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Klaus Hanson

Outstanding Former Faculty Member 2017


Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Klaus D. Hanson joined the Department of Modern and Classical Languages as assistant professor of German in 1973 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1989. In that same year he was a visiting professor of English at the University of Erlangen, Germany, and in 1993/94 at Osaka University/Japan. He department head from 1986 to 1989 and 2000 to 2003. Hanson’s research interests were older German literature, modern German drama, history, and phonetics of the German language. He published the biography and works of the early Baroque poet Theobald Hoeck and articles on German language, drama and theatre. While teaching at the German Summer School in Portland, Oregon, from 1976 to 1988, he directed annual student theatre productions of plays in German. The highlight for the school’s 25th anniversary was the performance of Goethe’s Faust I in 1982. Hanson was a member of WFLTA (WY Foreign Languages Teachers’  Association), the Modern Language Association, the American Association of Teachers of German, and The Pacific Northwest Council of Foreign Languages. Klaus lives in Laramie, where he has served 14 years on the City Council, and as Mayor and Vice Mayor from 2007 to 2010.

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