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Andrew Himel

M.A. Student Contact andrew.himel@mail.utoronto.ca  Background I am returning to school to pursue graduate studies after a long hiatus and a gratifying career in business. My academic area of interest, as reflected in my proposed MA thesis, is the intersection of Jewish culture and German life in Weimar Germany. I will be examining this through the lens of the (German-language) Encyclopaedia Judaica, which was begun in 1928 and abruptly halted before completion (they made it to the letter “L”). As such, I am pursuing the MA in Yiddish Studies. I graduated with a B.Sc. from University of Toronto in 1983 (Hons 1984), majoring in microbiology and human biology. In 1989, I graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University. I lived in Germany for nearly fifteen years in both Hamburg and Berlin and was there during Reunification. After the fall of the Wall, I worked on the redevelopment of the historic Potsdamer Platz. I am currently a board member of Heritage Toronto. Read More »

Diana Mezini

M.A. Student Contact diana.mezini@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Mon 1-3pm    Read More »

William Ohm

Ph.D. Candidate Contact will.ohm@mail.utoronto.ca  Education Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in German Studies, with High Distinction, University of Toronto, May 2010 Research topic The motive that drives my research is a fascination with the beauty and power of thought and its channel, language. In pursuit of this interest, I found my way to the 19th century German writer Heinrich Heine and his treatise "On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany." My dissertation will argue that the "History" contains a pattern of ideas about literary style that link Heine's sensualist world-view and revolutionary political programme to his own manner of writing; a constellation centred upon the thought that an idea, if it is to shape society, must be given physical body, and that the body of thought is a sensualist style, a language that gives flesh to thought. This perspective illuminates Heine's own style both within and beyond the History and deepens our understanding of the nature of the "new literature" developed by Heine and other politically and socially engaged writers of the 1830's and 40's; perhaps it can also provide theoretical and practical inspiration for those writers of the present age who seek to diffuse complex ideas among the ... Read More »