The Participants

The students and their institutions:

Midwestern State University:  Margaret Green and Brendan Wynne

University of Alberta, Augustana Campus:  Michael Linley and Lisa Vaughan-Farrell

University of Maine at Farmington:  Mana Abdi and Donald Hutchins

University of Mary Washington:  Dominique Giles and Sarah Law

University of Montabello:  Annika Bastian and Donovan Cleckley

The instructors:

Dr. Yvonne Franke is Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Foreign Languages, where she is building a new German program. She earned Master of Arts degrees from the University of Augsburg, Germany and the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches German language, and also classes on German culture, literature, and film in English language. Since her research is informed by cultural identity formation, teaching a course on “strangeness” gave her the opportunity to view this topic through an interdisciplinary lens.


Dr. Janet Wesselius is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta. She earned an MPhilF in philosophy from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto and a PhD in philosophy from the Free University of Amsterdam. She teaches epistemology and philosophy of science, philosophy of the environment, and feminist theory. She became interested in the topic of “making strange” by thinking about how our patterns of categorising determine what is “strange” and what is “normal.”