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Susanne Jones Honored for Book Publication

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ECU’s Joyner Library honors ECU faculty authors

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2014) J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted the fourth annual Joyner Library/Academic Affairs Faculty Author Book Awards on October 24. This event honored 35 faculty in ECU Academic Affairs Colleges and Schools: College of Business, College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Health and Human Performance, College of Human Ecology, and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

“Publishing a scholarly book is a significant professional achievement for university faculty. We want to recognize our faculty authors and congratulate them on their accomplishments. The Library is an important partner in the creation of scholarly output so it’s a natural fit for us to host such an event,” says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services.

Dr. Ron Mitchelson, interim provost and senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs remarked, “the book remains the signature event in an academic’s life and we admire our authors for their creativity and endurance.”

Prof. Susanne Lenné Jones was honored for the publication of her monograph, The Multiplicities of Memories in Contemporary German Literature: How Photographs are Used to Reconstruct Narratives of History (Edwin Mellen Press 2013). The incorporation of photography into German literary texts dealing with the years between 1933 and 1945 is an important innovative technique that offers insights relating to questions of truth, authenticity, and opportunities for personal engagement in the visual and textual representations of the catastrophe that still haunts us today.

Prof. Jones’ book fills a void in contemporary scholarship by providing an in-depth analyses of three major German-language writers and their literary reflections of the Holocaust: Monika Maron’s Pawels Briefe; and W.G. Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten and Austerlitz. It examines important insights into the limits of memory on the effects of this historical catastrophe on those born afterwards and the blending of text and image in the search for truth and authenticity.

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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.
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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.

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