Joachim "Yogi" Reppmann
Dr. Joachim “Yogi” Reppmann was born in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, in 1957. He attended the Altes Gymnasium, a school founded by Danish King Frederick II in 1566. He matriculated at the University of Kiel, where he studied history, American literature, and philosophy. In 1984, he completed his master’s thesis entitled “Transplanted Ideas: The Concept of Freedom and Democracy of the Schleswig-Holstein Forty-Eighters--Origins and Effects, 1846-1856.” He has written several books on notable Schleswig-Holstein emigrants and the mass migration to the United States; served as a professor of German at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges in Northfield, Minnesota; and chaired several conferences on topics ranging from the Low German language to Forty-Eighter Hans Reimer Claussen.
Since 1983, Yogi has organized both individualized language study-abroad programs and educational exchanges between the United States and Germany for groups as diverse as farmers from Holstein, Iowa; American teachers of German language; college football players; and representatives of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.