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Julia Bruggemann, professor of history
What's in your office?
1. Several photos with friends and family including one with my parents on the day of my Ph.D. graduation and one with my dissertation adviser and my graduate cohort.
2. A tiny Playmobil Martin Luther figure who was released to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017. That fall, I taught an upper level seminar on the history of the Reformation and on Oct. 31, the exact anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses, the students drew up a list of ideas for improvements at DePauw and we posted them on then VPAA Harris’ door.
3. An historical map of 19th century Hamburg. It’s the city where I was born and also the subject of my dissertation, so it has both personal and professional meaning.
4. A set of bills from various moments in German history including two from the period of hyperinflation in the 1920s that I bought at various flea markets in Germany over the years. Students are often fascinated by handling these historical objects in class and it helps us to empathize with folks who went through such a disorienting experience.
5. A pile of recent books that I’m working through in preparation for a new course on Afro-German history including the amazing and award-winning book by my colleague (at Michigan) Kira Thurman, “Singing Like Germans; Black Musicians in Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms” (Cornell, 2021).