Honored Instructor Award

On December 3, six FLL professors were honored with Honored Instructor Awards by ECU’s Office of Campus Living and the Residence Hall Association for their “invaluable contribution to student learning”: Prof. Ninfa Bayas (Spanish); Dr. Ann Borisoff (Spanish), Prof. Lisa Ellison (Classics), Prof. Tatjana Goodman (German), Dr. Susanne Lenné Jones (German), and Dr. Javier Lorenzo (Spanish). According to Michael Perry, Associate Director of Campus Housing, each of the five instructors had been “recognized by one or more student(s) who reside in Campus Living for having made a significant impact on their educational experience here at ECU.”

Musical Postcard from Berlin

Studying abroad is a truly transformative experience, touching personal lives as well as guiding professional trajectories, as Cameron Stephenson showcased on Monday, November 19th, when he premiered sections from his “Postcard” Septet as part of the NC NewMusic Initiative at ECU. After returning from his summer study abroad program in Berlin, Music Composition major and German minor Cameron was inspired to turn his impressions and experiences into a musical composition: “Just like the postcards and souvenirs I bought to share with my friends and family, I wanted this piece to serve as a group of vignettes representing the memories and scenery of Berlin as I experienced it.” The three movements entitled “Nachtwalzer,” “Auf dem Tegeler See,” and “Spaziergang durch den Tiergarten” represent the city after dark, scenes at lake Tegel, and a walk through Berlin’s central park as they remind the listener of music by some of Berlin’s most well-known composers, such as Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Kurt Weill, along with folksier tunes. These three movements are part of a longer Berlin-themed composition, which will be premiered in the Spring semester, so stay tuned for details regarding the time and place.

 

Extremism in Democratic Societies – German Film Screening, November 13th

Next week offers many opportunities to explore diverse cultural perspectives and experiences through events put on as part of International Week, National French Week, or our foreign language films series. If you haven’t made plans yet for Tuesday, November 13th, at 5:30pm (Bate 1020), please join us for a screening of the recent, critically acclaimed German film In the Fade (Fatih Akin, 2017), which stars Diane Kruger (in an impressive German-speaking lead role, earning her a best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival) and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film, the Critic’s Choice Movie Award, along with several others.

With the recent increase of right-wing terrorism in Germany, the film In the Fade is grappling with the question of how democratic societies deal with homegrown political extremists, who seek protection from the democratic institutions they are intent on destroying. How should the justice system, victims, and society at large respond? The film centers on Katja (Diane Kruger), who is suddenly faced with unspeakable loss and who finds her grief and helplessness curdling into the kind of hate that can inspire similar violence that took the lives of her loved ones.

 

For questions, feel free to contact Dr. Susanne Lenné Jones at (252)737-2390 or jonessu@ecu.edu.

Celebrate the Reunification of the Two Germanies with FLL German Professors, Nov. 9

Friday, November 9 at 6 pm. Join us at Christy’s Euro Pub. The reunification of the two Germanies began on November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall was opened. Join us to celebrate! Professors Susanne Jones and Birgit Jensen of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures will reminisce about growing up on either side of the wall. All questions welcome!

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