Gabriele Eckart is Professor of German and Spanish at Southeast Missouri State University. She has published scholarly articles on comparative literature and contemporary German literature and culture, as well as documentary and fiction. Her publications include So sehe ick die Sache and Hitchhiking.Meg H. Brown is Professor of German and Spanish and former chair at Murray State University in Kentucky. She has presented scholarly papers and published on German and Austrian literature and the reception of Spanish American literature in Germany, including her book The Reception of Spanish American Novels in West Germany 1981–1991: A Study of Best Sellers, and issues related to study abroad. Since 1996, she has directed and taught in the KIIS summer study abroad program in Bregenz, Austria.