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LaVern J. Rippley

Lavern J. RippleyDr. LaVern J. Rippley’s paternal ancestors immigrated with the name Rieple from Unadingen near Donaueschingen in Baden, Germany, around 1855 and settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, near the small community of Waumandee. Today, the county remains largely German and Swiss. His maternal grandparents arrived in 1882 with the name Rucinski (sometimes Rudschinske) from the Silesian towns of Schubin and Lachowo near Bromberg in Posen Germany and settled in the Trempealeau county Polish-speaking community between Arcadia and Independence. Born at Waumandee in 1935, Rippley took a B.A. in Wisconsin, an M.A. at Kent State and the Ph.D. at the Ohio State University in 1965, following study also as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Munich. He taught high school for two years at River Falls, WI, three years at Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware before beginning a professorship at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, since 1967. Details are available in his family history Noble Women, Restless Menand at Rippley is the author of over 200 articles and 17 books, the latest of which is The Chemnitzer Concertina: A History and an Accolade (2006).

Dr. Rippley’s teaching areas include German Romanticism, the Novelle, Survey of German Literature in Translation, seminars on the German Revolutions of 1848, Germany during the Hitler Period, German Regionalism, the German Bauhaus, Germanic Folklore, Stoff-Motif-und Symbolforschung, Urbanization (Material Culture and the Common Landscape in the Paracollege) Berlin Seminar, Freshman Writing courses, Summer Seminar for Teachers of German, the German-Americans, the German Economy, Seminars in 1991 and 1992 on the unification of the economies of East and West Germany done on-site in Paderborn (Westphalia) and Dresden (Saxony) regions. He has also led student study tours to the Hanseatic region of Mare Balticum (Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Sweden in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007) as well as adult groups to the concertina region around Chemnitz, Germany.