Category Archives: German News

September 15. Berlin Wall exhibit opening. Joyner 2409. 4:30pm

ECU’s German program cordially invites you to the opening of
“The Berlin Wall: An Exhibit to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of its Fall”

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Monday, 15. September
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Joyner Library room 2409.

Guest speakers:
Dr. William Downs, Dean, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Jill Twark, Associate Professor of German

A reception will follow the opening remarks. The exhibit runs from 15 September through 15 November and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit would not have been possible without the support of the Joyner Library staff, especially Margaret Earley-Thiele, Heather White, Dawn Wainwright, and Leland Geletka.
We thank them in particular, and we hope you’ll join us.

Info: Dr. David Smith, smithdav@ecu.edu, 252.328.5524

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 »»

03/30/14 German Events

Dear friends of ECU’s program in German,

This week features a film by one of Germany’s most acclaimed directors, Margarethe von Trotta, about one of the twentieth-century’s most insightful political theorists/philosophers: Hannah Arendt. You won’t want to miss it.
We also have German Club on Tuesday, and you are all invited to mark your calendars for our annual Osterfeuer on April 13 (please rsvp to Prof. Jones by this Wednesday) and our first-ever Musikabend on April 25. More details are below, including a call for student volunteers at this Saturday’s Open House.
Mit herzlichen Grüßen
David Smith, Associate Professor

THIS WEEK

–German Club
12:30-1:30, Tuesday, April 1: Lunch @ the Croatan Faculty Dining Room, 2nd floor
English discussion on current events in Germany.

–Film: HANNAH ARENDT
5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, Bate 1022

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1674773/

dir. Margarethe von Trotta, 2012

VOLUNTEER REQUEST from PROF. JENSEN

“Dear German majors, minors, and potential Spring Open House volunteers,
I am this semester’s German faculty representative and would like to have enthusiastic student helpers who will chat with high school students and incoming freshmen while I talk to the parents about the ECU German program. Ideally, you will wear Pirate gear and bring your textbook to show to our young visitors. We will have brochures and hand-outs for you to distribute and discuss. You need to prepare nothing special — just bring your smile and two hours of your time! The heaviest traffic is in the morning hours, and I would appreciate if you could come earlier rather than later in the day.

Open House takes place on Saturday, April 5th, in the Student Rec Center from 8:30 am to 2 pm (These times are estimates. 8:30-9:00, for instance, is general set-up time). The German table is located in the open gym area in the rec center. An information flyer that provides the exact table number is always made available at the entrance to the gym.

Email me (jensenb@ecu.edu) if yo can come and tell me your preferred time slot. If your course requires cultural outreach points, you can earn one point per two hourse spent at Open House.”

LOOKING AHEAD

–Sunday, 13 April, 4-7 p.m.: Osterfeuer, River Park North.
Please see the attached flyer and sign up with Prof. Jones (jonessu@ecu.edu) by April 2.

–Friday, 25 April: Musikabend, 6pm-?. Please mark your calendars to join us for an evening of music (Brahms, Bach, …), performed by our students! Details forthcoming.