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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities








Welcome to a new member in the winter term 2019/20 in the department of American Studies:

Professor Julie Villegas


Teaching Exchange with Seattle continued with Prof. Julie Villegas

In the past eight years, our department has enjoyed a teaching exchange with the University of Washington at Seattle. Some students may still remember Gillian Harkins’s seminars on incarceration and the US disciplinary system. We are continuing our exchange in the winter by sending Anne Potjans to Seattle, where she will teach a seminar on “Black Political Consciousness in Germany and the United States.”

In return Professor Julie Villegas will join us here in Berlin and teach a Master-seminar on “Mestiza Consciousness,” which will cover prose, poetry, memoir and personal essays towards expressing identity narratives that straddle and intermix multiple “races” and cultures. Julie Villegas is Acting Director of the Honors Program at the University of Washington and Affiliate Assistant Professor of the Department of English in Seattle. She has received her BA and MA from the University of Washington;she has studied also at the University of New Mexico and the University of Guadalajara; and she has conducted her doctoral research at the University of California and the University of Washington, where she received her PhD in 1997.

Julie Villegas’s dissertation was on “The Racial Shadow in American Literature.” Her work as head and deputy head of the Honors Program at the University of Washington has also led her to issues and questions of (international) teaching, career development, community outreach and scholarship stewardship. She has organized and taught excursion seminars in Berlin, Istanbul, Tokyo, Rome, Florence and Naples.

Both Anne Potjans and Julie Villegas will participate in the respective events at their guest departments and will work towards furthering the research and teaching collaboration between the University of Washington and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.



The Distinguished W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is now in full length on YouTube. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/IA1OW_2fvow