Hans Rudolf Vaget
Helen & Laura Shedd Professor Emeritus of German Studies
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Hans Rudolf Vaget (born 1938 in Marienbad, Czechoslovakia) has been teaching at Smith College since 1967. He received his academic training at the universities of Munich and Tübingen, the University of Wales, Cardiff and Columbia University, New York. He has published widely in the field of German studies from the 18th century to the present, focusing on Goethe, Wagner and Thomas Mann as well as music history and film.
Aside from Smith, Vaget has taught at the University of California-Irvine, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, the University of Hamburg and the Summer School at Middlebury College. He is the co-founder of the Goethe Society of North America and he was awarded, in 1994, the Thomas-Mann-Medaille for his edition of the correspondence of Thomas Mann and his American friend and patron Agnes B. Meyer (Frankfurt/Main: S. Fischer Verlag, 1992; 1170pp.). He is also one of the chief editors of the new edition of the works, letters and diaries of Thomas Mann.