Category Archives: News by Language

Postcard from Paris

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Dori St. Amant, Nicolas Medevielle and Marylaura Papalas in the Latin Quarter with students from the study abroad program. MLP: We spoke mainly in French throughout the meal. We all had a really nice time, and I was glad to see that the program is doing so well!

Innovation in Digital Humanities in CLAS 4000

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Prof. Marylaura Papalas and her students created an interactive digital humanities website, as part of their spring 2015 course, CLAS 4000, Seminar in the Classics, on “Modern Greek Identities.” The companion website, a “Virtual Tour,” was created through the ECU Center for Geographic Information Science, using the “Story Map Journal” application in ArcGIS online by Esri.

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It presents an interactive map of Athens, with links and readings related to Amanda Michalopoulou’s 2003 novel, Why I Killed My Best Friend. The website was designed by Prof. Papalas. A majority of the contributions are from Jessica Rassau, who provided all the text. Jessica Rassau, Cameron Gross, and Brittany Cox contributed the voice recordings. Morgan Bridgers and Brianna Shugrue, along with the others, contributed to class discussions of the novel that culminated in the production of this website.

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Laura Levi Altstaedter to serve on the CAEP volunteer corps


Professor Laura Levi Altstaedter was nominated by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to represent it as a volunteer with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which appointed her as a Site Visitor. Prof. Levi Altstaedter has served for some time as lead reviewer for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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The mission of the CAEP and its site visitors is to advance excellence in teacher education by providing evidence-based accreditation to assure the quality of programs and their continuous improvement. It serves more than 900 institutions that offer accredited programs in teacher education.

Students honored by Phi Beta Kappa Chapter of Eastern NC

PhiBetaKappaThe Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa honored five students from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the spring recognition ceremony hosted by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Each student had a grade point average in excess of 3.93:

Erin Cottrell (Psychology and Hispanic Studies)
Sara Kurtz (Fine Arts and Hispanic Studies)
MacKenzie Alyn Mull (Hispanic Studies and Elementary Education)
Jessica Rassau (Classical Civilization)
Sara Sipe (Chemistry and German)

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(left Sara Sipe, middle Jessie Rassau, right MacKenzie Mull)

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‘Entire streets’ of Roman London uncovered in the City

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An archaeological dig in the heart of the City “will transform our understanding” of Roman London, experts claim. About 10,000 finds have been discovered, including writing tablets and good luck charms.
The area has been dubbed the “Pompeii of the north” due to the perfect preservation of organic artefacts such as leather and wood. One expert said: “This is the site that we have been dreaming of for 20 years.”

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Purificación Martínez and John Given honored for their service to faculty governance

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Profs. Martínez and Given were awarded medallions in honor of their leadership and significant contributions to ECU shared governance, on the occasion of the Faculty Senate’s 50th anniversary. There were 74 medallions awarded, including to all past chairs of the faculty as well as present and past faculty, staff and administrators who have helped shape the ECU system of shared governance. They were presented by Prof. Andrew Morehead, current Chair of the Faculty, at a reception hosted by the Chancellor on March 30,2015.

Prof. Puri Martínez has been the past Chair of the Faculty Governance Committee, and served for many years as Faculty Marshall. She has also been past president of the NC AAUP Faculty Conference, Vice-Chair of the AAUP Assembly of State Conferences, and through it a national leader in helping programs in danger of elimination. She has also been ECU delegate to the UNC Faculty Assembly, and has served on a great many UNC system initiatives and committees. Prof. John Given, current Vice-Chair of the Faculty, has been a member of the University Budget Committee and the University Committee on Fiscal Sustainability, which have advised the Chancellor on ways to respond to the university’s ongoing fiscal constraints.

New Books by FLL Faculty

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Benjamin Fraser, Toward an Urban Cultural Studies (Palgrave McMillan series in Hispanic Urban Studies). Blending Urban Studies and Cultural Studies, this book grounds readers in the extensive theory of the prolific French philosopher Henri Lefebvre. Appropriate for both beginners and specialists, the first half of this book builds from a general introduction to Lefebvre and his methodological contribution toward a focus on the concept of urban alienation and his underexplored theory of the work of art. The second half merges Lefebvrian urban thought with literary studies, film studies and popular music studies, successively, before turning to the videogame and the digital humanities. Benjamin Fraser’s approach consistently emphasizes the interrelationship between cities, culture, and capital.

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Jill Twark, ed., Envisioning Social Justice in Contemporary German Culture (Camden House Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture). Social-injustice dilemmas such as poverty, unemployment, and racism are subjects of continuing debate in European societies and in Germany in particular, as solutions are difficult and progress often comes slowly. Such discussions are not limited to opposing newspaper editorials, position papers, or legislative forums, however; creative works expound on these topics as well, but their contributions to the debate are often marginalized.
This collection of new essays explores how contemporary German-language literary, dramatic, filmic, musical, and street artists are grappling with social-justice issues that affect Germany and the wider world, surveying more than a decade’s worth of works of German literature and art in light of the recent paradigm shift in cultural criticism called the “ethical turn.” Central themes include the legacy of the politically engaged 1968 generation, eastern Germany and the process of unification, widening economic disparity as a result of political policies and recession, and problems of integration and inclusivity for ethnic and religious minorities as migration to Germany has increased.

Contributors: Monika Albrecht, Olaf Berwald, Robert Blankenship, Laurel Cohen-Pfister, Jack Davis, Bastian Heinsohn, Axel Hildebrandt, Deborah Janson, Karolin Machtans, Ralf Remshardt, Alexandra Simon-López, Patricia Anne Simpson, Maria Stehle, Jill E. Twark.

April 14, 2015. German Film: Lola Rennt. Bate 1009, 5-8pm.

Hosted by German 2 students, Emily and Felicia!

–CRAFT DAY
Sunday, 19 April, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and then again on Wednesday, 22 April at the same time.
German club members will be meeting at Anthony Razov’s place to make
crafts for sale. All proceeds will go to support German Club
(did I mention we’re planning events already for next year–including OKTOBERFEST)?
Come lend a hand.
Email Anthony for address/directions:
razova14@students.ecu.edu

Next Week

–FUNDRAISING (Crafts and German books–for learners of all levels)
Volunteers need to help raise money for German Club by staffing a table featuring
crafts and German-language books for sale.
Thursday, 23 April, 9am-3pm at Wright Plaza
Contact Anthony to volunteer: razova14@students.ecu.edu

–FACTORY TOUR
Interested in touring a local German-owned and operated company,
in this case PAS GmbH (Providing Appliance Solutions Corporation)?:
Tuesday, April 28th, from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The maximum number of participants is six students.
Contact Dr. Jill Twark at twarkj@ecu.edu if you are interested in going!