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  John Hengge


After completing his Masters Degree in Non-Verbal Communication and Language: Psycho-Motility, Music Therapy, and Performance from the Università Ca’Foscari Venezia, Italy, Jan Hengge moved to the United States to pursue his passion and work with children.  In Denver, Colorado, he found a teaching position in a school for children with special needs.  After a near-fatal hunting accident near Rifle, Colorado, Jan’s work with children was cut tragically short and ushered in new career prospects.  Confined to his home due to the accident, he fell in love with reading post-war German literature and, more specifically, the philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin.  Interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of Germanics, Jan applied to the University of Washington, Seattle.  In the fall of 2004, he was accepted to the German Department, where he resumes his studies today. * Any similarities between real persons living or dead are purely coincidental.