German Faculty


Kurt Hollender, Ph.D.

   Wendy Sterba, Ph.D.

Matthias Milchrahm, MA


German Faculty in the News!

German Studies Program receives grant for German Fußballfest 2019 at CSB/SJU

A group of CSBSJU students from Dr. Kurt Hollender's German classes visited Allianz Field, the new home of Minnesota United Football Club, on Sept. 7th. Students, Prof. Hollender, and Fulbright TA Matthias Milchrahm toured the stadium, the newest in Major League Soccer whose design includes elements from the stadiums of the German soccer clubs FC Bayern München and FC Saint Pauli. They went on to watch the soccer game between MN United and CF Pachuca (Mexico) and cheer on the United to victory! The visit was funded through the generous support of a Netzwerk Deutsch "Deutsch macht Spaß" grant funded by the German government and administered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Matthias Milchrahm is this year’s Austrian Fulbright Teaching Assistant at the German department. He assists mostly under the supervision of Prof. Hollender in the instruction of German but also teaches his own class as a trained educator and native speaker. What’s more, he represents Austria as a cultural ambassador and organizes events and extracurricular activities for students. Matthias majored in English and Geography/Economics at the University of Graz, Austria. He specialized in American literature and investigated the role of nature and man in two American short stories in his thesis. After his studies, he worked one year as a secondary school teacher at a public school in Eastern Austria before going to the United States, where he’s gained invaluable experience in teaching methodology and pedagogy. Matthias is known for his love of sports, especially skiing and weightlifting and he’s also very enthusiastic about reading and connecting with nature. You can reach Matthias at [email protected]

Dr. Kurt Hollender earned the Mellon Foundation Becoming Community Professional Development Workshop Practitioner Certificate during spring 2019. The Mellon Grant Becoming Community program at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to strengthen the ongoing process of creating an inclusive community and a space for all to be heard and in which all can thrive. Read more here...

Dr. Kurt Hollender and students from GERM 342, Poetry in the German Tradition, visited pop star Prince’s Paisley Park studio and museum in Chanhassen, MN on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The philosophers Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy argue that the theory and practice of avant-garde communal living and the collaborative creation of art stems from Jena, Germany and the practices of the Romantics from around 1800. They further argue that these practices and theories remain our form of the artistic avant-garde to this day, even, as the GERM 342 students found, right here in Minnesota through Prince's championing of the artist’s autonomy and his collaboration with others.