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German Events Fall 2014

GERMAN CLUB Organizational Meeting. Wednesday, 3 September: 3:30-4:30 in the FLL Lounge (Located in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, third floor Bate Building).
This week’s meeting is geared toward students at the 1004 level or beyond. Please see the attachment for more information.

–OPENING REMARKS/RECEPTION–
The Berlin Wall: A Historical and Photographic Exhibit to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of its Fall
Monday, 15. September: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Joyner Library room 2409.
The exhibit runs from 15 September through 15 November and is free and open to the public.
Info: Prof. Jill Twark (twarkj@ecu.edu), 252.328.6536

German Outreach Events, Fall 2014. Includes LaternenFest November 18 and St. Nikolaus December 4.

–German Week: 2 November – 6 November–
The German program is planning a week of events to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. To start the week, we are going to build and install a “Berlin Wall” on campus. (Yes, you read that correctly, and we will be calling on you to help!) We will then host an open mic night meant to emulate to some degree the Friedensgebete that had become a tradition in Leipzig in the 1980s and that then inspired/influenced the Montagsdemonstrationen. We will hold poetry readings, film screenings, and a roundtable discussion about life in a divided Germany, and we will conclude the week with a tearing down of the wall. The final event will take place the following week, time and place TBA, but I’ll save that announcement for later.
You are all welcome to attend and participate! Want more info? Please contact Prof. Smith or another member of the German faculty

»» More info about the Friedensgebete/Montagsdemonstrationen

B. GERMAN MINOR
German 1004 now counts toward the German minor, making it all the easier for you to pursue a field of interest (Deutsch!) and get institutional recognition for it.
This change is effective with the fall 2014 semester. Did you start your studies before that? No problem. As a student, you may “choose” a later catalog. If you started ECU in fall 2013, your graduation requirements are dictated by the 2013-2014 catalog, but NOT if you choose a later catalog. That means that any student may take advantage of this curricular change. We just need to make sure the change doesn’t affect your major requirements, which it shouldn’t, and which we can do easily. Want to find out? Please contact the German minors’ advisor, Prof. Susanne Jones, at jonessu@ecu.edu or Prof. David Smith, German majors’ advisor at smithdav@ecu.edu.
»» Requirements

C. GERMAN MAJOR
The German major has also been streamlined effective fall 2014. For example, the German history requirement now counts as part of the core.

What does that mean? It means there’s no time like now to complement your course of study with a major in German. And just like I mentioned under “B” above, students that have been here a while can take advantage of this change by “choosing” a later catalog. Please contact me, Prof. David Smith, and let me show you how it’s possible (smithdav@ecu.edu).

D. SCHOLARSHIP
Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society, has implemented a new Spring / Summer Study Abroad Scholarship to the German Speaking World!
This one-time award is intended for Sophomore & Junior Delta Phi Alpha Members who are planning to study abroad on an accredited program in a German speaking country during the spring / summer semester of the coming year. The recipient must provide evidence that they will be participating in a study abroad program that will begin either in the spring or summer semester. Preference will be given to support students who are attending programs that promote advanced use of the German language.
*Deadline November 15th*
Full details regarding application for this scholarship are available from ΔΦΑ.

Please note that there are two additional student scholarships for Delta Phi Alpha members. The deadline for those scholarships is in March.

Want more info?: Please contact Prof. Jones at jonessu@ecu.edu.

E. ARTICLE OF INTEREST
I like to include articles of interest in the weekly email. This note is already long, but I wanted to share this gem from the web, as it deals with German prepositions and how mystifying they appear at sometimes (people say the same about English)– mystifying sometimes even for native speakers, though my friends would probably argue that that stems in part from the unholy Anglicization of Deutsch. I don’t want to be partial here, but Schiller proves again that he was ahead of his time. Viel Spaß wünsche ich Ihnen beim Lesen!

Brian Harris In Memoriam

The Department mourns the loss of Brian Harris, ΦΒΚ Assoc. Professor of German, who passed away August 6 at his home. Dr. Harris brought humanity to every aspect of his work, from his love of teaching, to his research on Dada and German fiction and essays, his translation of Hugo Ball, his poems and plays, to his presence on faculty governance committees. He added jazz to every conversation, and was equally comfortable riffing on his sax or on the incompetence of those in power. His conversations would modulate from the role of time-signatures in Bebop, to the fabric of space-time, to the fabric of civilization, and always with self-deprecation and those smiling eyes. His great soul will be missed by those of us who knew and loved him.

Upon His Retirement »»

Paul Funeral Home Memory Wall »»

Obituary »»

May 28, 2014. Visit by a National Expert on Dual Language Immersion

EOSATalk

On Wednesday, May 28th, Dr. Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Prof. Emerita San Diego State, was able to sit in on a discussion involving representatives from several departments at ECU concerning Dual Language Immersion programs. Included were possible steps for implementation and how DLI programs in schools would change the way we prepare educators to teach children through dual language education. She then gave a presentation to community members and school superintendents of Eastern North Carolina interested entitled “Benefits and Challenges of Dual Language Programs. Research and Implications.” She shared her findings about DLI effectiveness in student learning for both English-speakers and Spanish-speakers. She answered questions concerning this research, and participated in a discussion with several groups interested in learning more about this topic.

Thursday, May 29th, and Friday, May 30th, were spent visiting 2 different school settings in the area. First, we visited Greene County schools, a district which was a pioneer in our region, having implemented a DLI, the Los Puentes program, over ten years ago. With Dr. Lindholm-Leary, we observed classes at the elementary and intermediate level to assess the strengths of the program, as well as areas for growth and further development. On her last day here, Dr. Lindholm-Leary visited Pink Hill Elementary School in Lenoir County, to speak to teachers and administrators about dual language research, and gave a presentation to show concrete findings in the positive effects of this type of education.

Having Dr. Lindholm-Leary present with us for a few days gave us an additional perspective on our current and previous work on the Engagement and Outreach Scholars’ Academy project, along with an opportunity to reach out to the community and start a meaningful conversation on Dual-Language Immersion programs in our schools.

– Stephen Fafulas

Frédéric Fladenmuller awarded Palmes Académiques

PalmesAcademiquesIn recognition of his extraordinary contributions to French national education and culture, the French Ministry of Education has named Dr. Frédéric Fladenmuller a Knight (Chevalier) in the Ordre des Palmes académiques. The French Academic Palms recognize those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture. French citizens living abroad and foreign (non-French) nationals may receive this award for contributing significantly to furthering French intellectual, scientific, and artistic achievements in the world. Originally a decoration founded by Emperor Napoléon to honour eminent members of the University of Paris, it is an Order of Chivalry of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education. In the United States, dossiers for nominations and promotions are typically prepared by the French Consulates and forwarded to and reviewed by the French Embassy before being transmitted to the Ministry of the French National Education in Paris, which prepares the final recommendation for decree of the Prime Minister.

Frédéric Fladenmuller
Dr. Fladenmuller was an invited contributor to a special edition of Bulletin Marcel Proust celebrating the centennial of the publication of Swann’s Way, alongside the foremost international scholars in his field. In addition, he is at work on his 5th monograph, La textualité du genre. Étude sur la sexualité non-normative. His published works include:

· Proust ou l’écriture inversive. Du temps perdu au temps retrouvé. (Forthcoming from Peter Lang Publishers).

· La voix neutre du chaos: étude sur la complexité de textes modernes. Series: Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures, v. 179. Peter Lang Publishing. NY. 2010

· Télescopie. La science du genre d’ À la recherche du temps perdu, in Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. Vol. 106, 2002.

· A novel entitled Les Oiseaux de Pékin, Éditions les 5 Continents, Québec, 2001.

· Caractérisation et les modes de la narration dans le roman moderne. Théorie de caractérologie narratologique. In Reading Plus. Peter Lang Publishers, New York. 1994