Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Frackman says German and Nordic culture always held a certain allure for him. First interested in the languages, he went on to study history, film and literature and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to further his studies in Hamburg. His research in recent years has focused on East Germany ? more specifically, the social evolution and awareness of gender and sexuality. Catch Ira?s interview with Professor Frackman for more!