Dr. Albrecht Classen is University Distinguished Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of German Studies. Dr. Albrecht Classen was born near Bad Hersfeld in Northern Hesse, Germany. He studied at the universities of Marburg, Erlangen (Germany), Millersville, PA (USA), Oxford (Great Britain), Salamanca (Spain), Urbino (Italy), and Charlottesville, VA (USA). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1986. He has a broad range of research interests covering the history of medieval and early modern German and European literature and culture from about 800 to 1800. He has published close to 90 scholarly books, critical editions, translations, and textbooks, and 9 poetry volumes of his own (Dec. 2016). At the latest count he has published 630 scholarly articles and 2380 book reviews. He is the editor of Mediaevistik and Humanities- Open Access.Online, and book review editor of Trans-Lit2
He has served four times as President of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association.
In 2009 he won the Five Star Faculty Award for teaching (only students driven award)
In Spring 2012 he received the Award of the “Outstanding Academic Title” for his Handbook of Medieval Studies (2010) by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (selection from 7,263 titles reviewed and 25,000 submitted)
See also the official recognition by De Gruyter
In Nov. 2012 he received the U.S. Professor of the Year Award, Arizona, from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Then, in Nov. 2012, he received the "Friend of German Award" by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
Also, in Nov. 2012, he was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Golden Key Honour Society, Arizona Chapter:
In March 2013 he was included in the List of Top Professors at Large Affordable Universities
In October 2013 he was awarded with the Sterling Membership of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
In May 2015 he received the Excellence in Academic Adivsing Faculty Advisor Award
In May 2016 he received the Certificate of Merit from NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising
For a fun snippet:
His book The Medieval Chastity Belt (2007) was used in the TV show Jeopardy on May 18 and Sept. 14, 2012:
Read Dr. Classen's profile on the Department of German Studies website. Watch a video of Dr. Classen made for his Fall semester 2010 TRAD 104 class and another where he introduces us to the UA library's Special Collections. See also his comments in the PBS Special "The Secret of the Divine" (on the Retablo Room Paintings: http://originals.azpm.org/secrets/. See also the news on a Tucsoncitizen.com blog: Carolyn's Community. In 2016, he appeared in the video profiling the Special Collections
See also “Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan, facsimile of the Munich manuscript cgm 51 (Staatsbibliothek): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTozDuiRCqA (Feb. 2012)
In 2016, he offered a course on Happiness in the Middle Ages to the Humanities Seminar at the UA.
In July 2016 he gave a workshop on "Women (Writers) in the Protestant Reformation and Early Baroque" at the University of Göttingen, Germany" (recording on youtube)
He has also published nine books of his own poetry, most recently Reflexionen über gestern und morgen, and Politische Reflexionen - Poetische Fragmente , or Hawaiische Impressionen (2013) (Gnothikon). See also his printed volumes of his own poetry. See below.
Listen also to the Buckmaster Show with an interview of Prof. Classen about his new book The Letters of the Swiss Jesuit Misssionary Philipp Segesser (1689-1762). Interview starts around minute 29:00 (Sept. 5, 2012).
He was also interviewed on BYU Thinking Aloud: (April 3, 2013)
For an article in TucsonCitizen.com about this Segesser publication, click this link.
He was interviewed on Kamp Radio, UA, Sept. 9, 2013
Medieval Studies at the University of Arizona (March 2014)
Interviewed by Bill Buckmaster on German in Tucson and Southern Arizona (April 9, 2014)
Interview with Marginalia Los Angeles Review of Books, Sept. 30, 2014
Special Collection, University of Arizona (March 2017)
In 2012 he also published two new volumes of his own poetry in German:
(together with Th. Moedriach), sprachbrücken: Gedichte von Tucson bis nach Gottschee (II) (Gottschee: Thomas Schuster, 2012), 85 pp.
(together with Th. Moedriach), Grenzgänger: Gedichte von Tucson bis nach Gottschee (II) (Gottschee: Thomas Schuster, 2012), 91 pp.
A new volume, Hawaiische Impressionen, appeared in 2013 (see the links under Text in the right-hand navigation bar).
This was followed by a volume of his poems, Sonora, harte Klänge (2015)
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WE ARE THE AVATARS OF THE MIDDLE AGES. IN ORDER TO APPROACH OUR FUTURE, WE MUST BE ABLE TO LOOK BACKWARDS AND USE PAST EXPERIENCES AND REFLECTIONS FOR OUR OWN EXISTENCE! WE ARE NOT PRISONERS OF THE PAST, BUT DRAW FROM THE PAST AS A MINE THAT WILL ALLOW US TO WORK TOWARD THE FUTURE.