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Rick Weber

Professor of German and French

Haupt Humanities 306
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Phone: (859) 233-8248
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“The life of the mind has always been attractive to me. I’m always examining and evaluating and investigating.”

As the German studies program developer and director, Rick Weber wanted to create a curriculum that addresses undergraduate needs. In his mind, that includes getting to know the culture as well as the language and getting a feel for the literature that students would study at the graduate level.

"I think we offer a fully integrated program," says Weber. "It's a cohesive and articulated curriculum that moves you from basic learning to an advanced level at a reasonable, logical, and coordinated pace."

Weber also works with the study abroad office to make sure students have opportunities to study or intern in Germany. German pastries, occasionally made by Weber's wife, Christine, help give students a taste for the culture beyond the language alone.

"Teaching is essentially all I've ever done," says Weber. "In retrospect, I can't think of anything I'd have rather done. Teaching is like raising children in a sense. As a teacher, I'm there to be exploited and eventually discarded. The best teacher is one to whom someone eventually says, ‘I can do it on my own now. Thanks.' There can't be any higher compliment than to know that your pupils can now walk on their own two feet and are interested in doing so."

Professional memberships

  • Chairman of the Board of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS)

  • Director of a summer-study program in Munich and a semester program in Regensburg, Germany

  • Founder of a national interest group for German professors in small undergraduate programs

  • Served on the boards of directors and held numerous offices in state and regional foreign language organizations

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Academic history

Courses taught

Areas of research

Academic history

  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1984
  • M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1978
  • A.B., Boston College, 1970

Courses taught

  • Contemporary Germany
  • German Geography, Political Institutions, and Social Structures
  • Other Voices in German
    Berlin and Weimar: Birth and Rebirth of a Nation (1871–1933)
  • Vienna and Munich: Aesthetes, Decadents, and the Fin de Siècle
  • Berlin, Bonn, East-Berlin: The Third Reich, The Stunde Null
  • The Wall Falls: Putting Germany Together Again
  • Weimar and New German Cinema
  • Contemporary German Cinema

Areas of research and specialization

  • Language pedagogy
  • Curriculum development and articulation
  • German culture studies
  • Jugendstil/art nouveau
  • German drama, especially Bertolt Brecht and Frank Wedekind
  • Friedrich Nietzsche and his influence on German literature and postmodernism

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