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February 8, 2016 German News

Einen frohen Rosenmontag wünsche ich Euch!

Here are this week’s and next week’s German Club events:
I. Montag, 8. Februar: ROSENMONTAG (Crazy Candy Give-Away!): Thank you to those who registered with Dr. Jensen to participate!

Wednesday, February 10th @ 5:30pm, Bate Building Room 1028 (please see our updated Filmabend schedule, as well)
The Legend of Rita (Volker Schlöndorff, 2000)
This film follows Rita, a West German who belongs to a left-wing terrorist group in the 1970s. The group robs banks, kills people and inspires a dragnet after a jailbreak. The movie doesn’t make it easy for us: Rita is not an innocent bystander and kills a policeman herself. The Legend of Rita doesn’t adopt a simplistic political view: it’s about the collapse of belief during the last decade of the Cold War. It’s not propaganda for either side, but the story of how the division and reunification of Germany swept individual lives away indifferently in its tide.

II. DELTA PHI ALPHA – NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016

Delta Phi Alpha is the National German Honorary Society. Our chapter, Eta Mu, has been existence since 1970 and aims to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for continued engagement and scholarship.

Please send Prof. Jones (jonessu@ecu.edu) an email by Friday, February 19th if you would like to join and if you think you might meet the criteria for membership. She can work to verify your candidacy:
* A minimum of two years of college or university German or their equivalent (if you are in German 1004 now, you qualify as far as this requirement goes)
* A minimum average of B+ or its equivalent in German courses
* A minimum cumulative average of B- or its equivalent

* Indication of continued interest in the study of German language and literature

Internships in Germany: please see the information and application here for internships in various fields offered through the American Association of Teachers of German. Applicants must pay a fee up front to apply, but then receive payment for their work at the host company or university: https://aatg.site-ym.com/?page=Internships

Internships are available in a wide variety of fields, including social services, agriculture, computer science, medicine, finance, chemistry, childcare, and engineering.
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students who have had at least year of German study. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 at time of departure.
Internship Duration ranges from 2 to 6 months. See specific internship listings on the website for details.

Internship Program Cost is $2,000. The costs include the application fee and placement fee for services relating to placement, housing, work authorization, and visa application. Students must also have a minimum reserve of $1,500 at the time of departure to pay for personal expenses during their stay. See specific internship listings below for details on whether room and board is provided.
Internship Salary: Salaries are paid monthly and depend on the particular internship. Salaries range from €400-2000 per month.
Application Deadline is March 15.

III. Morehead City Music Festival Concerts, February 7 or April 9 — both Saturdays at 8:00pm, you can see another classical music concert with German music and earn a culture point if you are a German student: http://americanmusicfestival.org/program.html These concerts look fantastic and Morehead City is on the beach, a great way to enjoy culture and nature in one weekend!

IV. Please also consider donating to the Syrian refugees on the German Club’s Gofundme website: https://www.gofundme.com/munichrefugees.

Herzliche Grüße an Alle!
Dr. Jill Twark

Charles Fantazzi et al. edd., Brill’s Companion to the Neo-Latin World

Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World. Brill Publishers, Leiden, 2014.

Edited by Philip Ford (†), Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi
CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2014
Library Journal Best Print Reference Selection 2014

With its striking range and penetrating depth, Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World traces the enduring history and broad cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this 800,000 word two-volume work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences. An invaluable resource for both the advanced scholar and the graduate student.

The Encyclopaedia is also available ONLINE.

Contributors are: Monica Azzolini, Irena Backus, Jon Balserak, Ann Blair, Jan Bloemendal, David Butterfield, Isabelle Charmantier, John Considine, Alejandro Coroleu, Ricardo da Cunha Lima, Susanna de Beer, Erik De Bom, Jeanine De Landtsheer, Tom Deneire, Ingrid De Smet, Karl Enenkel, Charles Fantazzi, Mathieu Ferrand, Roger Fisher, Philip Ford, Raphaele Garrod, Guido Giglioni, Roger Green, Yasmin Haskell, Hans Helander, Lex Hermans, Louise Hill Curth, Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Brenda Hosington, Erika Jurikova, Craig Kallendorf, Jill Kraye, Andrew Laird, Han Lamers, Marc Laureys, Jeltine Ledegang-Keegstra, Jan Machielsen, Peter Mack, David Marsh, Dustin Mengelkoch, Milena Minkova, David Money, Jennifer Morrish Tunberg, Adam Mosley, Ann Moss, Monique Mund-Dopchie, Colette Nativel, Lodi Nauta, Henk Nellen, Gideon Nisbet, Richard Oosterhoff, Marianne Pade, Jan Papy, David Porter, Johann Ramminger, Jennifer Rampling, Rudolf Rasch, Karen Reeds, Valery Rees, Bettina Reitz-Joosse, Stella Revard, Dirk Sacré, Gerald Sandy, Minna Skafte Jensen, Carl Springer, Gorana Stepanić, Harry Stevenson, Jane Stevenson, Andrew Taylor, Nikolaus Thurn, Johannes Trapman, Terence Tunberg, Piotr Urbański, Wiep van Bunge, Harm-Jan van Dam, Demmy Verbeke, Zweder von Martels, Maia Wellington Gahtan, and Paul White.

David Wilson-Okamura, winner of the 2016 MacCaffrey Prize

The Spenser Review

2016 MacCaffrey Prize

The winner of the 2016 MacCaffrey Prize was David Wilson-Okamura, for Spenser’s International Style (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In the words of the selection committee:

“Spenser’s International Style ushers the reader into a virtual drawing room where the great literary stylists and theorists of style from a 1500-year span of European history are engaged in vigorous discussion on a range of formal matters. Cicero and Quintilian, Tasso and Du Bellay, Harvey and Harington are just a few of the more vocal guests in this lively parliament of style, and their discourse ranges from sound and ornament to rhythm and meter, from figures of speech to genre. Wilson-Okamura functions as universal translator, rendering intricate technical discussions from multiple centuries and languages into highly accessible—even colloquial—modern English prose. With polish and precision, Wilson-Okamura leads us through the major stylistic influences on Spenser, but, more significantly, through Spenser’s eclectic but original response to those influences: The book is about Spenser’s style, but is itself written with verve and in its chic casual style recalls the opinionated voices of critics such as C.S. Lewis. (“His prosody was no less bold than his politics: stanzas he managed in an English way, rhythm in a Tuscan way, rhyme in a French way… . his style was international but Spenser himself was always independent” [221].) No matter what a critic’s current theoretical interest may be—ecocriticism, feminism, queer studies—it is a book in which she will find important and always useful readings for the classroom.”

Foreign Language Course Renumbering, starting Fall 2016

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has renumbered a large number of courses to comply with evolving university expectations for course level content and enrollment expectations. This may cause some difficulty for current students seeking courses under the old numbers to meet Catalog requirements before fall 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience and will maintain this list during the transition.

Old number (to new number):
CHIN 1003 (to 2003)
CHIN 1004 (to 2004)
FREN 1003 (to 2003)
FREN 1004 (to 2004)
FREN 2108 (to 3001)
FREN 2330 (to 3002)
FREN 3555 (to 4555)
FREN 3556 (to 4556)
FREN 3557 (to 4557)
FREN 3558 (to 4558)
FREN 3560 (to 4560)
GERM 1003 (to 2003)
GERM 1004 (to 2004)
GERM 2210 (to 3001)
GERM 2211 (to 3002)
GERM 2300 (to 3510)
GERM 2420 (to 3420)
GERM 3350 (to 4000)
GERM 3520 (to 4520)
GERM 3530 (to 4530)
GERM 3540 (to 4540)
GERM 3550 (to 4550)
GRK 1003 (to 2003)
GRK 1004 (to 2004)
ITAL 1003 (to 2003)
ITAL 1004 (to 2004)
JAPN 1003 (to 2003)
JAPN 1004 (to 2004)
LATN 1003 (to 2003)
LATN 1004 (to 2004)
RUSS 1003 (to 2003)
RUSS 1004 (to 2004)
SPAN 1003 (to 2003)
SPAN 1004 (to 2004)
SPAN 2222 (to 3001)
SPAN 2330 (to 3002)
SPAN 2440 (to 3440)
SPAN 2441 (to 3441)
SPAN 2550 (to 3550)
SPAN 3330 (to 3210)
SPAN 3225 (to 3325)
SPAN 3340 (to 4140)

German Club to send volunteers to assist refugees in Munich

Dear German students,

Have you been reading about the refugee crisis in Europe and wondering how you could help?

Would you be willing to travel to Bavaria to volunteer in a newly built dormitory for refugees over ECU’s spring break (March 4-13)? Here’s your chance:

ECU’s German Club plans to send a team of German students and one faculty member to München over spring break (March 4-13) to help refugees as they acclimate themselves to their new life in Germany.

Our duties are yet to be determined with the host aid organization (yes, we have a host organization in München already!), but they suggested that we might organize games for children, help serve meals, plan free-time activities, tutor introductory German, etc. There may also be an opportunity to meet with local politicians and social workers to learn more about the refugee crisis from different perspectives.

Interested? Please keep an eye out for the call for applications, which we hope to post via this listserv and on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/66615182254/)
by the end of the week at the latest, with an application deadline sometime in January. Preliminary criteria are as follows, but please refer to the Call for Applications when it has been distributed for more information:

At the time of application, students must
possess basic German skills (must have taken at least German 1001 at ECU);
be an official German Club member on Orgsync (instructions regarding how to sign up to follow);
have or be willing to get a US passport valid through at least September;
and be willing to undergo a background check (host organization’s requirement).

Again, these criteria are preliminary, but we wanted to give you an idea as to what will be expected so you can be thinking about it.

It should be noted that we are seeking funding from various entities for this trip and that we hope to fund it completely so that students volunteering their time and talents won’t be deterred by financial costs.

People or organizations wishing to donate to this initiative are encouraged to contact Prof. Smith at smithdav@ecu.edu or 252.328.5524. Your support of our students and the refugee families in Germany is much appreciated.

Vielen Dank und herzliche Grüße

Anthony Razov, German Club President
razova14@students.ecu.edu

and

Dr. David Smith
Associate Professor of German
smithdav@ecu.edu