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“It’s amazing how ignorant people are about their immediate neighbors—the Germans about the Dutch, the Germans about the Poles, and so on. A lot of countries are unaware that you live right next door. I needed to branch out. In today’s globalized world, it’s easy to make the argument that it’s important to know a little bit about our neighbors as well as about far- ung countries.” That’s how Dr. Max Kramer, a native of Germany, explains his interest in comparative literature.

Kramer has degrees from both La Sorbonne in Paris and Columbia University in New York and today is an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College/CUNY.


This work was originally published in College Talk.



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