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musician , German language educator

Virginia Lorraine Lewis, German language educator, musician. Annenberg fellow University Pennsylvania, 1983-1987, German Academic Exchange Service fellow Government Federal Republic Germany, Hamburg, 1987-1988, American Council of Learned Societies grantee, 1995, Drake University research grantee, 1990-1996.


Lewis, Virginia Lorraine was born on July 22, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware, United States. Daughter of Walter David and Carolyn Wyatt (Brown) Lewis.


Student, University Paris, 1980. Bachelor in French and Art History, Auburn (Alabama) University, 1981. Master of Arts in German, University Pennsylvania, 1986.

Doctor of Philosophy in German, University Pennsylvania, 1989. Postgraduate, University Hamburg, 1988.


Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1988-1989;associate professor, Drake U., Des Moines, since 1989;study abroad advisor, Drake U., Des Moines, 1990-1992.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Flames of Passion/Flames of Greed: Acts of Arson in German Prose Fiction 1850-1990, 1991, Work and Freedom in the Minority Community: Ferdinand von Saar's Die Troglodytin, The German Mosaic, 1993. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Braille transcriber Iowa Department for the Blind, Des Moines, since 1989. Member Iowa Humanities Board, 1994-1997. Member Modern Language Association, American Association Teachers German, American Council Teachers Foreign Languages (certified oral proficiency tester), American Hungarian Educators Association, Des Moines Musicians Association, German Studies Association, Amana Heritage Society, American Philatelic Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Delta Phi, Delta Phi Alpha, Phi Sigma Iota.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: needlework, philately, Civil Defense collecting, fiction writing, gardening.


Walter David Lewis

Carolyn Wyatt (Brown) Lewis