Margaret Ramrattan obtained her Masters degree in German Literature at Florida State University in 2005. Her Masters thesis was entitled, "May Ayim: A Woman on the Fringe of German Society." This work examines the literature produced by May Ayim, a well-known Afro-German activist, writer and poet who played a prominent role in helping to organize Afro-Germans and other peoples of color in the 1980s and 1990s in order to vocalize their concerns to German society at large. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Humanities and her dissertation is focused on the autobiographical writings of Afro-Germans, their experiences under the Third Reich and in the postwar years, as well as their unique identity struggles.
Margaret has taught at FSU since 2003 in both the German and Interdisciplinary Humanities departments. She finds both German literature and culture fascinating and strives to impart some of this enthusiasm onto her students.
Courses taught at FSU: GER 1120 (Elementary German 1), GER 1121 (Elementary German 2)
GER 2220 (Intermediate German), German Literature in Translation, Multicultural Film
Fatemah Naji studied Oriental Studies and Political Science at The Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and The Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (M.A. 2010). She is an Adjunct at the Florida State University and Teacher at The German School of Tallahassee, where she gives German classes from Beginners to Intermediate. Her enthusiasm for teaching is driven by the improving skills and interests of students, she sees every day. Her main emphasis in teaching includes Modern German literature, music and methods in foreign-language teaching.
Elisabeth "Elsbeth" Stein received her Ph.D. in Humanities with a concentration on 19th century German philosophy from the Florida State University. Segments of her dissertation, entitled "Nietzsche's Influence on the Superman in Science Fiction Literature," were published in various academic journals. For her M.A. degree in German Literature, she focused on German Classical and Romantic literature and later published several articles including "Commentaries on Goethe's 'Faust'" in "Magill's Survey of World Literature." Salem Press,1992. Reflecting her broad interest in a variety of creative expressions and time periods, the title of her Master's Thesis is "Zur Sprache des Romans 'Die Blechtrommel'von Günter Grass." She has also published a number of articles and presented several papers at academic conferences including the following: "Inoperative Religious and Ethical Values in Technological Society" at the FSU Humanities Institute, in 1989, "A Biblical Perspective of the Mid-East Conflict" at the CCHA National Conference in San Francisco, 1991, "Angels - A Non-Canonical Perspective" at the FSU National Film and Literature Conference, 1994, and the "Classroom of the Future - Using Multimedia to Enhance Teaching," at the National CCHA Conference in Portland, Oregon, 2001.
At times, Elisabeth's varied classroom activities led to media attention. In a 3-segment live interview on Anna Johnson's In Person show on WECA-TV, she was asked to speak on her work in Humanities, Humor, Philosophy, Judo and Self-Defense, 1982-83. In 1996, she was a guest on WFSU-FM's Radio Program on Angels along with author Sophy Burnham. In 1998, Elisabeth was the Keynote speaker at the Cumberland College Graduation ceremony in Williamsburg, Kentucky. In 2007 she was the Commencement Speaker at Tallahassee Community College's graduation.
Elisabeth began her teaching career as a Graduate Assistant in the German Department of FSU. She taught German at Leon High School, then accepted a teaching position at Tallahassee Community College where she taught Humanities, Philosophy, World Literature, the Bible as Literature and Judo. Returning to her roots, she is now teaching Intermediate German and German Graduate Reading Knowledge at FSU.