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Cliff Robinson, first ECU Alumn to complete a PhD in Classics.

Cliff, shown here as winner of Duke’s 2014 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, successfully defended his dissertation on November 20, 2014 at Duke on “The Longest Transference: Self-Consolation and Politics in Latin Philosophical Literature.” Cliff graduated from ECU in English, Philosophy and Classics in 2007. He is currently a Visiting Instructor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

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November 19, 2014. «Ночной дозор», Night Watch, (2004). Russian Film Series. 6:30pm, Bate 1018

NightWatchA spectacular fantasy-thriller set in modern Moscow and directed by Timur Bekmambetov, this action movie is now well known as one of the first marvels of digital technology. It immediately became an international blockbuster after its 2004 release, and, at the time, it represented the largest profit ever made by a Russian film. The clash of good and evil, and the deadly conflict between the worlds of light and dark, brings a Hollywood-esque flair to a modern Russian setting, with healthy amounts of vampires and monsters mixed in. Sponsored by the Russian Studies Program.

Taste of Russia. 5pm, West End and Todd Dining Halls
Featuring Beef Stroganoff over Mashed Potatoes. Sponsored by Campus Dining.

November 16, 2014 German News

Dear German Studies enthusiasts,

This week is International Education week on campus; I hope you will review the attached information and plan to attend as your schedule permits. German Club is also offering a game day once again (all learner levels are welcome), and we are co-sponsoring a big event on Wednesday that will close out our series on “The Art of Peaceful Revolution: The Berlin Wall and Beyond.” More information is below and attached to this email. With best wishes,
David Smith, Associate Professor

Events This Week

–Tuesday, 18 Nov, 2-3pm
German Club: Game day – all levels welcome!
Lounge in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (Third Floor Bate)

–Wednesday, 19 Nov, 5:30pm (Hendrix Theater)
The Art of Peaceful Revolution: Can music/art change the world?
Welcome by Dr. Susanne Lenné Jones, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, ECU and Lecture by Dr. Amy Carr-Richardson, School of Music, ECU: “Compositional Process in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.”
Film Screening: Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, (Kerry Candaele, 2013). The acclaimed film follows the Ninth Symphony to cultures around the world, including Germany, China and Chile, telling the story of the music’s impact in countries at critical turning points in history.
Panel Discussion: “Can music change the world? The Arts and People’s Protests.” Scholars from different disciplines in the arts and humanities discuss the role of art in social change.
Info: Dr. Susan Pearce ( or 252.328.2544) or Dr. Susanne Lenné Jones ( or 252.737.2390)

Any students interested in the Study Abroad in Berlin can come to the Study Abroad Fair on Nov. 18th. It’s from 1pm-4pm on the 2nd floor of Joyner library.
If you would like to secure a spot for the Study in Berlin program, please submit your application and a $300 deposit as soon as possible, as spaces are filling.
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Regarding Tuition Fees in Germany

GIVE TO GERMAN. Help support German Studies at ECU by making a tax-deductible contribution today.
Donate online

Then click on “Click here to choose the designation(s) for your gift”
In the window that opens, click on the + next to “Foreign Language”, then on “German Studies Priority Fund”.
Enter the amount you wish to donate and your payment information.
The students served by our program thank you for your support.

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If you would like more information about German at ECU, please contact Dr. David Smith, program chair, at, 252.328.5524.

November 12, 2014. St. Martin’s Festival of Lanterns

Dear students and German enthusiasts,
The celebrations never end, the learning is endless, and culture points beckon!

Now the ECU German Program is getting ready to celebrate St. Martin’s Day, which traditionally is observed on Nov 11. On this day, German children craft their own paper lanterns and then carry them, lit with a candle, through the streets, singing songs that praise St. Martin’s generosity and kindness. We will do the same!

Please join us for our annual Laternenfest on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 4pm – onset of darkness and help German-speaking children or your own children create a lantern or craft your very own!

If you would like to join us, drop Dr. Jensen a line at You will receive an acknowledgement of your email, the address to her house (where the event is held this year), and an idea of what kind of materials you can gather to make your “Laterne” stand out! Please indicate in your email whether you can offer a ride or need one. If you would like to add an additional item to your resume (and an extra culture point), let Dr Jensen know whether you would like to serve on the ECU German Culture Outreach Committee. This entails arriving an hour early and helping set up and/or staying a bit longer to aid in clean-up.

Be kind to the event organizers and help us plan: Absolute deadline to respond to Dr Jensen: Monday, Nov. 10, at 8 pm.

November 3, 2014. Fall of the Berlin Wall

ECU German students together with students from Construction Management erected an effigy of the Berlin Wall and then tore it down later in remembrance of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Their purpose was to teach the history of the Cold War and how it affected Germany, as well as how events in Germany affected the United States.

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