1. What makes Deutsches Haus unique?
I think the way it is always buzzing with creative energy – everyone is dedicated to making it a special place and for that reason it has a lot of heart. And every day brings new people of all ages and from all walks of life to the ‘Haus’. It’s never boring!
2. What fascinates you about languages and teaching?
The way language and culture connect – films, music, literature, art. And all of these are important in teaching language, not only to inspire students to keep learning, but also for teaching the structure of languages.
3. What brought you to New York in the first place?
I grew up in Massachusetts but spent eleven years away from the States, teaching and studying first in Berlin for four years and then in Scotland for seven. I always wondered what it would be like to the live in New York City, so when I got a postdoctoral fellowship with the Scholar Rescue Fund here, I decided to try it out. It’s great to be closer to my family again and to have the chance to explore NYC.
4. What is your favorite spot in New York City and why?
My favorite spots are in Brooklyn, where I live: I love the Brooklyn Bridge Park and especially the piers in Red Hook. In the late afternoon and early evening, the light on the water is beautiful and Red Hook has a great laid back atmosphere.
5. What is your highlight of the week (or upcoming weeks)?
We have a lot of exciting holiday events coming up in the next two weeks, including the holiday Haus-Club lounge next week, complete with carols and Gluehwein. I am looking forward to all of those events!