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First German Area Studies Honors Projects

In preparation for the spring 2017 Senior Symposium, Lauren Carr ’17 and Zachary Grattan ’17 will begin working on German area studies Honors projects representing the first of their kind at HWS within the discipline to be presented by students.

For her project, Carr will be researching the refugee crisis in Germany and its impact on German healthcare. Grattan will focus his attention on German food culture and its interaction with the integration of immigrant groups, specifically on the immigrant Turkish population.

“I’m interested in learning about what kinds of illnesses and injuries are common among the refugee population, particularly those refugees who are coming to Germany from countries such as Syria and Iraq, and the resources – or lack thereof – that are available to them,” Carr explains.

A biochemistry major, Carr also hopes to pursue an individual major in German area studies. Carr says she anticipates that her research will draw on both her current major and her interest in German area studies, supporting the multiple perspectives of a liberal arts education at HWS.

Carr, who has studied the German language since middle school, says her interest was piqued at HWS after taking a German area studies course during her first year. She quickly “fell in love” with the program and credits Associate Professor of German Area Studies Eric Klaus and Visiting Assistant Professor of German Area Studies Ashwin Manthripragada for having played a significant role in guiding her interest. “They have been nothing but supportive of my academic career,” she says.

Co-president of the HWS German Club and a member of Hai Timiai (the Senior William Smith Honors Society), Carr is a recipient of the 2014-2015 Blocker Fellowship, which sent her to Leipzig, Germany for an immersive study abroad program in conjunction with the University of Leipzig and the Herder Institut. Funded by the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund, the program allows students to enroll in summer courses abroad and participate in cultural excursions across Germany.

Carr is currently spending her summer as an Orientation Coordinator for the incoming HWS Classes of 2020. She plans to apply for the 2017-2018 Fulbright Award as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany, and afterward to attend medical school.

For his Honors work, Grattan was inspired to pursue a project in German food culture after spending a summer as a Blocker Fellow in Leipzig through the same immersive study program as Carr.

“When immigration occurs, assimilation is often what people believe to happen, where one group simply becomes another. In reality, the results are somewhat more in the middle,” Grattan explains. Citing the numerous Turkish “doner” (kebab) shops seen in Germany, he adds: “[Turkish food shops] are on nearly every street corner and show the widespread Turkish presence in contemporary Germany, a presence that is only about 50 years old.”

A double major in international relations and religious studies, Grattan serves a Student Trustee and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He is a recipient of the Norbert A. Busch Prize for passion and dedication in German studies.

On campus, he is also a member of the Hobart basketball team, making the Liberty League All-Academic Team in back to back years. He’s a two time recipient of the Arnold Scholar-Athlete Award and received the Heaton-Franks Award in religious studies.

Grattan, who is minoring in German, plans on attending graduate school and going on to become a professor.

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