Monthly Archives: February 2013

German Events 2/24/13

Wednesday is a popular day once again for German-related activities; we hope you can join us as your schedule permits. — Prof. David Smith (

Wednesday, 27 Feb, 2-3 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center 244

Wednesday, 27 Feb, 4-6 p.m., Cynthia Lounge (Mendenhall Student Center)
–GERMAN CLUB. Please come join us for German Club in Mendenhall’s Cynthia Lounge:
(Cynthia Lounge is the glassed-in area in Mendenhall on the right side at the main entrance)
Friends of our program and students of all levels are welcome! Info: Prof. Jensen (

Wednesday, 27 Feb, 7:30 p.m., Bate 1003 (see flyer)
–FILM: “DIE VERLORENE EHRE DER KATHARINA BLUM”, Regie: Volker Schlöndorff und Margaretha von Trotta

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Nobel Prize

Thursday and Friday, 28 Feb and 1 March, UNC-CH/DUKE U
–NCGS WORKSHOP: Creating Participatory Democracy: Green Politics in Germany since 1983
Info and Registration

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to our program, and thus support students’ learning of German, both here and in Europe, please visit us here.

We thank you for your support.

FLL offers Honors Spanish students live tutoring from Costa Rica

welcomeProf. Michael Schinasi, the Department’s leader in the use of Centra for live DE Spanish instruction, has long wanted to find a way to offer students both a fourth day of instruction in 1001-1004 and a way to use the relatively low cost expertise of native speaking tutors in foreign countries to improve student language proficiency. He proposed to Jim Gehlhar in the Office of International Affairs a one semester experiment in hiring live DE tutors from ILISA language school in Costa Rica. Thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gehlar’s office, the department is able to offer an honors section of Spanish 1004 in Spring 2013. In this course students are refining their command of the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Readings further acquaint students with the life, literature, and cultures of the Hispanic world. Unlike other sections of Spanish 1004, the honors section has an additional required lab that is a graded part of the course. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays students have face to face meetings with their ECU professor, Alberto González-Valdés, and in their lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays they use Centra web conferencing from their own computer to meet with a tutor in Costa Rica. In their videoconference with Costa Rica students are receiving additional practice in oral communication, reading and clarification of difficult grammatical structures. The intent of this course is to promote a very high level of proficiency in Spanish to prepare students for foreign study or upper division work as majors or minors.

German News 2/10/13

This Week

Monday, 11 Feb, 6 p.m. in Bate 3008
FILM: “DAS WUNDER VON BERN” — Sönke Wortman, 2003–in German with English subtitles

Additional Notes of Interest —


NCGS WORKSHOP: Creating Participatory Democracy: Green Politics in Germany since 1983
28 Feb and 1 March, UNC-CH/DUKE U
Info and Registration

Our program now has its own fund to support German students and German Studies in Eastern North Carolina. Find out more, and to make a tax-deductible contribution

Vielen Dank!

German Club meeting

I hope you will plan to attend the initial meeting of our German Club this Wednesday (13 Feb) at 4 p.m. in BATE to elect officers, set meeting times, and determine what we want to do this semester. If you can’t come then but want to be considered for a post, email Prof. Jensen at

When: 4 p.m., Wednesday, 13 Feb
Where: Lounge of Dept of Foreign Languages and Literatures (Bate Building). The Lounge is just down the hall from BATE 3324.

German News 02/06/2013

I. NEW STUDY ABROAD OPTION: ECU has just approved a brand-new study abroad partnership with the Institute of Political Science at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg. What does that mean you ask?

–Any undergraduate or graduate student majoring/minoring in Political Science or Security Studies, or with an interest in doing so, should consider this program.
–If accepted, the student(s) could study in Erlangen beginning as early as this fall. Students have the possibility to study there for a year or for a semester.
–Student must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
–Any student who has already applied to UNCEP or another institution in Germany could conceivably apply for this program in Erlangen instead. We’d have to ask.
If you have questions or are interested, please contact Prof. Smith as soon as possible.

Uni Erlangen-Nürnberg:

II. HOLOCAUST STUDIES. If you are interested in learning more about the Holocaust and will be studying abroad in Germany this spring/summer or next year, please consider applying for the Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad (AJC PSA) (this program should also be available in Spring 2014).

information from source follows:

The AJC PSA is a long-weekend program in Kraków for students studying overseas. The program, which includes a scholarly visit to Oświęcim/Auschwitz, provides an academic environment through which participants engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland.

The program takes place during fall and spring semesters and is facilitated by American and Polish staff of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. During the program, meals, accommodation, entrance fees, and transportation are provided.



April 17-21 (Wednesday-Sunday)
April 21-25 (Sunday-Thursday)
April 25-29 (Thursday-Monday)
May 9-13 (Thursday-Monday)

Applications are available here, accepted on a rolling basis, due no later than one month before each program. Early application is encouraged. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Financial aid is available for the $375 program fee. Participants are responsible for arranging individual transportation to and from Kraków.

AJC PSA <a href="”>Sample Syllabus

For further information, please contact Dara Bramson at, visit their website, and follow them on Facebook for ongoing updates.

Dara Bramson