Pitzer Spotlights

Chris Burwick, Fulbright to Germany

Chris Burwick '06
Chris Burwick '06 will be going to Germany as a Fulbright scholar.

A German Studies and history major at Pitzer, Chris Burwick learned to speak German as a child at home. “Since my family is German, I have spent every summer in Germany and consider myself bilingual and bicultural,” Burwick said.

Burwick has been instrumental in bringing various German musicians and journalists to campus. He has worked with Professor Dipa Basu and other professors to bring prominent German journalists who are connected to the popular music scene to the Pitzer campus, including Thomas Venker and Thees Uhlmann.

Burwick says that he has learned much from his advisor Professor Andre Wakefield, Professor Al Wachtel and Professor Judy Grabiner, the latter who has made mathematics both “doable and interesting” for him.

Ultimately, Burwick hopes to teach German as a foreign language in the U.S. combined with his interest in contemporary German music.

Burwick’s older brother graduated from Pitzer in 1995 as an art and German major. “I decided to attend Pitzer because I was both familiar and comfortable with the environment. I also find the people incredibly open and friendly,” he said.

In addition to the high praise Burwick gives to Pitzer and his professors, he said: “I appreciate the support of my brilliant parents. My mom is a professor at Scripps College and my dad is a professor at UCLA.”

—Susan Andrews