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Jonathan M. Hess

The faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are profoundly shaken by the sudden and unexpected loss of their beloved colleague and dearest friend Jonathan M. Hess.
A stellar scholar and colleague, a passionate teacher and mentor, and dedicated leader and administrator, Jonathan grew to become the heart of our Department in every sense of the word. His remarkable compassion, dedication, and grace were felt by everyone who had the privilege to work, study, teach, mentor, and research under his guidance.

Jonathan M. Hess Career Development Term Assistant Professorship

To honor Jonathan’s commitment to supporting junior scholars and cultivating future faculty leaders, memorial gifts may be made to the Jonathan M. Hess Career Development Term Assistant Professorship in the College. The fund will support a term professorship for a tenure-track assistant professor in the fine arts and humanities. Click here to make a contribution to Jonathan’s legacy.


Moments of Enlightenment

German Jewish Interactions from the 18th Century to the Present:
Jonathan M. Hess Symposium (April 13-15, 2018)

A celebration of our colleague Jonathan Hess’s pathbreaking scholarship, this conference brings together international scholars to reflect on the major themes that informed Jonathan’s career. More information including the program and registration information will be posted shortly.