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Charles Fantazzi Honored with Festschrift

FantazziDr. Charles E. Fantazzi, Thomas Harriot Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Classics and Great Books in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, was presented with Neo-Latin and the Humanities. Essays in Honour of Charles E. Fantazzi at the Renaissance Society of America Conference in New York City, March 28.

The collection of essays, contributed by scholars from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe, were co-edited by Dr. Jonathan Reid, ECU associate professor of Renaissance and Reformation History. The essays resulted from a two-day international symposium on Neo-Latin and the Humanities, which was held in honor of Fantazzi at ECU in February 2011.

“The event was a smashing celebration of Charles and the riches of contemporary Neo-Latin and humanities research,” said Reid. “The papers were excellent. So much so that after the conference, although it had not been the original plan, two presenters, Tim Kircher and Luc Deitz, and I solicited these papers and others from Charles’s colleagues who were not able to attend, to form a festschrift. The result is solid contribution to the field of Neo-Latin studies and a durable mark of the esteem of his colleagues at ECU and across North America and Europe.”

Marc Laureys, of the Universität Bonn in Germany, writes, “This volume is a fitting tribute to the scholarship of Charles Fantazzi. Its eleven excellent articles by renowned scholars in the filed of Neo-Latin philosophy, Renaissance humanism and the history of early modern learning are of extraordinary quality and break new ground in a variety of ways.”

Fantazzi came to ECU in 1998 as The David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, after retiring from the University of Windsor in 1995, where he served as chair of the Department of Classics (1973-79), chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages (1979-82) and was honored as University Professor (1994). During his time at ECU, Fantazzi taught courses in Great Books; Greek and Latin literature; Italian; Italian literature of the Renaissance; Latin literature; and Medieval Latin, before retiring in August 2011.

“Charles is a cheery and arrestingly amiable man, who wears his tremendous learning very lightly, has a ready laugh and is ever eager to help colleagues with difficult passage in Latin, Greek, Italian, French, Spanish and more,” said Reid. “His enthusiasm for everything from Dante’s poetics and Renaissance letters to classical music and the ins and outs (and scandals) of modern Italian politics is infectious.”

Student Research and Achievements

AnnaLawrence2014 Research and Creative Activities Week Presenters:
· Anna Lawrence (At right. BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: The Personified Cultural Contrast in “Blancanieves”
· Joshua Mangum (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Poster: An Information-Theoretic Approach to Cellular Decision-Making Strategies
· Jennifer Moser (BS-Hispanic Studies Education) Poster: The Effects of Implementing Authentic Materials in a Foreign Language Classroom
· Laura Pons (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: Blancanieves: The True Hero
· Jessica Chirico (Classical Studies Minor) Poster: New Technologies in the Public Library
· Megan Mehaffey (Hispanic Studies Minor) Poster: Insight into the Location of DNA Xenobiotic Damage by Mass Spectrometry
· Sandra Ross (Hispanic Studies Minor) Paper: Comparison and Contrast of Sethe and Scarlett as Independent Women

2014 Phi Beta Kappa Honoree:
Mariah Richards, BS Hispanic Studies Education

Attending Graduate School
Samantha Belmont, MA in French Studies, LSU
Mariah Richards, MA in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies, NYU in Madrid

2014 Conference Presentations
Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez presented A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference at Appalachian State University in February and again at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) in North Myrtle Beach in March.

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.

Osterfeuer and Scholarship opportunities

Osterfeuer2014Dear German Studies enthusiasts,

I hope you’ll mark your calendars for two big events in April, the Osterfeuer (13 April) and the Musikabend (25 April). Students in particular are reminded of two deadlines this week, one of them Monday (see “Funding” and “Delta Phi Alpha” below). Let’s all hope spring weather asserts itself soon. Es wird langsam Zeit. Regards, Prof. Smith

THIS WEEK

–Deutschklub
3-4 pm, FLL lounge, Wednesday, 26 March: games, conversation, films, music! [GERM 1001-1002 learners are hosted & mentored by more advanced students]
The FLL Lounge is located in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, third floor Bate.

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.

FUNDING
–Applications for the German Studies Priority Fund and Fleming-Perry Scholarship must be submitted by email to Prof. Smith by 5 p.m. tomorrow, *Monday, 24 March.* Students applying for either or both of these opportunities will receive confirmation of receipt by 9 p.m. Monday (24 March). If an applicant doesn’t receive confirmation of receipt, he or she needs to contact Prof. Smith by 9 a.m. the next morning (Tuesday) at the latest.

Students, you may apply for both awards if you meet the criteria. The application instructions are attached.

DELTA PHI ALPHA (DPA)
–Nominations for DPA, the National German Honor Society, will be accepted until 5 p.m. this Friday, March 28. Faculty will nominate new members, but students, you may nominate yourself for consideration, and we encourage you to do so if you meet the following requirements:

* A minimum of two years of college or university German or their equivalent
* 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

If you wish to nominate yourself, or if you have a question about membership, please contact our chapter’s adviser, Prof. Jones, at jonessu@ecu.edu.

NEWS OF INTEREST
What’s a foreign language worth in strictly monetary terms? (Because we all know that fluency in another language is worth far more than money.)

Two Way Immersion Programs

Pitt County Schools is doing a feasibility study on two-way immersion programs to start in 2015-16. In such programs the entire curriculum is taught partially in Spanish and partially in English. Prof. Ann Borisoff who has just completed a dissertation on this subject was featured in an article in The Daily Reflector on March 4, discussing the benefits of such an approach in Pitt County where schools like Belvoir Elementary are 48% Hispanic.
Borisoff said that not only do all the students become bilingual and biliterate, but achievement improves and students develop cross-cultural competence. Data from programs such as the dual immersion program in Greene County have shown that students in such language immersion programs not only learn the standard curriculum despite the language challenges, but actually perform equal or better on grade level tests than their mono-lingual peers. A sample classroom might be an equal mix of native-Spanish and native-English speakers on an alternate day schedule in which the same curriculum is taught exclusively in Spanish one day and in English the next.

German News 2-20-2014. Film: Dresden

Dear friends of ECU’s German program,

Last week marked the 69th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden, a controversial campaign that killed tens of thousands of the city’s inhabitants, decimated historical buildings and works of art, and inspired Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five.” (Vonnegut was a prisoner of war in Dresden at the time.)

MV5BMTM1NjEwMjI3N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTQyMjE2MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_This Thursday evening we will show “Dresden,” a made for t.v. miniseries that won the 2006 German Television Award for Best Movie/Mini-Series. “Dresden” is a love story set amidst war, one that gives us an opportunity to learn more about German history as we also learn more German. There will be subtitles and a brief 5-10 minute intermission halfway through the film, so feel free to bring friends and snacks as you require. (At 176 minutes, the film isn’t as long as “Titanic” or “Dr. Zhivago”, but it is slightly longer than “Der Untergang.”) I hope you can join us. — Prof. Smith

THIS WEEK

–German Club
Monday, 17 February
4-5 pm, FLL lounge (just down the corridor from Bate 3324, in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures)
“Hard-core” German language-only discussion about creating distance and intimacy in the German culture.

FILM: “DRESDEN”
Thursday, 20 February
6:00-9:15 p.m., Bate 1016
Questions?: Email Prof. Smith

NEWS and ITEMS OF INTEREST
Ruhiges Gedenken in Dresden

Kein Naziaufmarsch

Vonnegut exhibit in Dresden

JOB

One of our minors from a few years back is working at VS America in Charlotte, and they are advertising a position in sales. The successful candidate must have be able to speak and write German. Interested applicants should apply through this link. Please let one of us German professors know if you are applying.

About VS America
With more than 110 years of company history with numerous pioneering product developments: Each chapter in VS’s success story alludes to its high standards combined with uncompromising focus on quality, and to intensive development work leading in the long term to a strong product range. VS is a powerful performer in Europe and America in the field of complete suppliers. Its broad spectrum of products provides holistic furniture solutions for schools, administration departments, offices and conference areas.

VS America is seeking to fill a full time Inside Sales Account representative fluent in German for the Charlotte, NC location. The ideal candidate will be ambitious, self-directed, creative and have the capacity to discern and solve logistical issues quickly.

The job is fast paced and the duties include:

Comprehensive sales assistance
Preparation of Price Quotes for clients
Order Entry
Shipment Organization
Sales and Marketing Assistance

Students present at Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina Conference

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On February 8, Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez, who are completing a BA in Hispanic Studies and are student members of the SoCIOLing (Study of Community Involvement and Outreach & Linguistics) Lab, presented the poster ‘A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference held at Appalachian State University. Under the mentorship by Dr. Stephen Fafulas and Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig, the students summarized the results of the research project in which they investigated the expression of future and clitic doubling constructions by native Spanish speakers from Pitt County.

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