In response to the ever-changing environment surrounding the study of foreign language(s) at the university level, and in an effort to meet student demand for interdisciplinary courses, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies (SPS) at the University of Florida recently introduced a new Certificate in Spanish for the Professions. Early results are quite promising, and this could serve as a model for other institutions interested in boosting enrollments in a wide variety of languages. In this presentation, Dr. Gregory E. Moreland, University of Florida, Undergraduate Coordinator in Spanish and Director of their Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC) program, will describe the climate in which this Certificate was developed, outline its place within the broader Spanish curriculum, and speculate on prospects for the future. Audience participation is strongly encouraged.
A 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.
Dîner Français and Lecture by Nicolas Medevielle, “16th & 17th Century French Explorers in the Americas”:
Concert of French music featuring Louise Toppin, Soprano and John O’Brien, piano. Saturday, November 8, 2014, at The Music House in Greenville. French Club officers with Ms. Toppin:
Louise Toppin, Professor and Chair of the Music Department, was a finalist in the Munich International Competition and winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions. She has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the United States, Czech Republic, Scotland, Japan, China, Uruguay, Sweden, the Caribbean, Bermuda, New Zealand, England, and Spain. She has appeared in recital on concert series including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Opera House, Licieu Theatre in Barcelona, Spain and the International Albeniz Festival in Camprodon, Spain.
Orchestral appearances include: the Norrköping Symphony (Sweden), the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Czech National Symphony, Mälmo Symphony Orchestra, (Sweden), Tokyo City Orchestra (Japan), The Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay), the Scotland Festival Orchestra (Aberdeen, Scotland), the Honolulu, Bermuda, Petersburg, Fayetteville, Fairfield, Toledo, Canton, North Carolina, Charlotte, Lafayette, Erie Chamber and Raleigh Chamber Symphony Orchestras, The Bach Aria Group, Phoenix Bach Consort, and the Washington DC Bach Consort with conductors such as: Paul Freeman, Richard Aulden Clark, Justin Brown, James Meena, and Gearhart Zimmerman.
Opera roles include: title role in the world premiere of the opera Luyala by composer William Banfield, Treemonisha in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Mary in William Grant Still’s Highway One, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, both Clara and Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Ms. Toppin performed Mozart’s Impresario (Goldentrill) at The Kennedy Center, to rave reviews from The Washington Post. Most recently she was contracted to sing Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess for Opera Carolina, Baltimore Opera, and Piedmont Opera companies.
She toured for seven seasons in “A Gershwin party” with pianist Leon Bates and tenor William Brown. The trio appeared on such series as the Minnesota Pops Cabaret Concert, Spivey Hall Concert Series in Atlanta and NPR’s Performance Today. She is currently a member of “Gershwin on Broadway” with baritone Robert Sims and pianist Leon Bates for Joanne Rile Artist Management. She has created and tours in many other recitals such as: Music of African American composers; Music of Women composers; Pictures from an Exhibition (a visual show interacting art with music); and Music of Spanish composers on college campuses around the US such as Universities of Mississippi, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Miami, California, Oregon, North Carolina, Denver, New York University, Morehouse, Spelman, Duke, Michigan State, Tufts, Emory, etc.
Her compact discs of American Music are: Songs of Illumination, (Centaur Records), Ah love, but a day (Albany Records), Extensions of the Tradition (Albany Records), More Still (Cambria Records), Sence you went away (Albany Records) and Paul Freeman Introduces… Vol. II and IV (Albany Records) with the Czech National Symphony, A Hall Johnson collection published by Carl Fisher (2003), Highway One (opera by William Grant Still) released on Albany Records, The Major’s Letter (Albany Records), Poetry Preludes (Albany Records), Good News (Visionary Records), He’ll Bring it to Pass (Albany Records), Somewhere Far Away with the Dvorak Symphony conducted by Julius Williams (Albany Records), and Heart on the Wall, art songs with symphony by African American composers with the Dvorak Symphony on Albany Records. Two more CDs will be released in 2015, Frühlingsglaube (music for soprano and fortepiano) and George Shirley: A Spiritual Collection.
In demand as a presenter and guest clinician for masterclasses, in the summer she teaches for programs in Bogota, Colombia (The National Conservatory of Music), Amalfi, Italy (The Amalfi Coast Music Festival) and Baltimore, Maryland, (The Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop). She is the Director of the non-profit organization Videmus which promotes the music of African American concert composers through recordings, performances, and educational programming. Through Videmus, she administers annually the George Shirley African American Art Song and Opera Aria Competition in Michigan.
She is a graduate of The University of Michigan (DMA voice), Peabody Conservatory (MM voice, MM piano) and The University of North Carolina (BM piano). Her teachers and coaches include: George Shirley, Reri Grist, Charlotte Holloman, Sylvia Olden Lee, and Mattiwilda Dobbs. In the summers of 1995 & 1996 she worked with Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge and Elly Ameling respectively at the Britten Pears School in England. She was formerly on the faculties of East Carolina University, Bowling Green State University and Eastern Michigan University. Formerly she was the Area Head of Voice at UNC and the Associate Chair for Performance, Composition and Music Education.
ECU’s German program cordially invites you to the opening of
“The Berlin Wall: An Exhibit to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of its Fall”
Monday, 15. September
Joyner Library room 2409.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 252.328.5524
—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.
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 (email@example.com), 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. David Smith, German majors’ advisor at email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com.
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!