Category Archives: German News

Faculty Author Book Awards

Books2015lgFive FLL Faculty were recognized for the book publications during 2014-2015 (from left to right):

Frédéric Fladenmuller. Proust ou l’écriture inversive. Du temps perdu au temps retrouvé. Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures, v. 226. Peter Lang.

Steven Cerutti. Cicero’s Pro Archia Poeta Oratio. Bolchazy-Carducci. 3rd AP edition.

Jill Twark. Envisioning Social Justice in Contemporary German Culture. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture. Camden House.

John Given. The Fragmentary History of Priskos of Panion: Attila, the Huns and the Romans, AD 430-476. Christian Roman Empire Vol. 11. Arx Publishing.

Ben Fraser. Antonio López García’s Everyday Urban Worlds: A Philosophy of Painting. Bucknell University Press.

» Joyner Library Blog post

November 11, 2015 Laternenfest. 4-6pm Bate 1016.

I. On Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 4-6:00pm, starting in Bate 1016, our German Club will have our annual St. Martinsfest celebration with lantern-making, a walk around campus in the dark with the lanterns lit by candles, and the singing of traditional German songs. Email Dr. Jensen at jensenb@ecu.edu ASAP if you plan to come, so she and the cultural outreach student group will know how many supplies to bring to make the lanterns. Anyone can join us, no matter what level of German you are in!
» Read more about St. Martin here
» Make your own St. Martin’s Lantern!
» Other German Events this week

November 9-16, 2015 German Events

I. On Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 4-6:00pm, starting in Bate 1016, our German Club will have our annual St. Martinsfest celebration with lantern-making, a walk around campus in the dark with the lanterns lit by candles, and the singing of traditional German songs. Email Dr. Jensen at jensenb@ecu.edu ASAP if you plan to come, so she and the cultural outreach student group will know how many supplies to bring to make the lanterns. Anyone can join us, no matter what level of German you are in!
» Read more about St. Martin here
» Make your own St. Martin’s Lantern!

II. Der nächste deutsche Film, Der Schuh des Manitu ist am Donnerstag, dem 12. November um 6.00 Uhr am Abend in 1024 Bate.

III. History Lecture also on Thursday, Nov. 12th: “Guinea” Sam Nightingale and Karl Marx: Conjuring Communism in the American Civil War”
Date: November 12, 2015, Location: Sci-tech C-309, Time: 5:30-7:00pm

IV. Saturday November 14, 7:00 p.m. “The Classical and Romantic Trumpet” Concert at The Music House, 408 West 5th Street ($20 for adults, $5 for students)
Late 18th and early 19th century music featuring Mozart, Arban, Hummel, and others, played on period keyed trumpet, French Romantic valve trumpet, and an 1862 French cornet.

V. Kaffeeklatsch ist am Sonntag, dem fünfzehnten November um 1.00 Uhr bei Coffee Shack, 168 Beacon Drive Winterville. Carpooling will be provided at the parking lot behind Mendenhall Student Center @ 12:30pm contact Anthony Razov razova14@students.ecu.edu

October events in German

Dear German Students and Friends of German Studies,

I. Heute, Mittwoch, der 14. Oktober trifft sich unser Deutschklub im Zimmer 3321 Bate, im Foreign Language Department, für eine Kulturpräsentation.
Alle sind eingeladen (=invited), auch wenn Sie noch nicht so gut Deutsch sprechen!

1) II. On Friday, October 16, ECU German Major Alumna Jill Dawkins will speak of her professional career as a lawyer and how studying German has helped her succeed. Her talk will be in Bate 1031 from 3:00-4:30pm this Friday.

III. Kaffee und Deutsch will be at the Coffee Shack, which is located at 168 Beacon Drive Winterville NC 28590, on Sunday, October 18 and November 15, both at 1pm.
Carpooling will be provided at the parking lot behind Mendenhall Student Center @ 12:30pm contact Anthony Razov razova14@students.ecu.edu

Here it is the little spiel about the event: Come for brunch and an extra dose of German. Students will talk about topics in Germany, play games, receive help with German Hausaufgaben and/or converse in German. Students must contribute for a culture point.

IV. Filmabend — Der nächste deutsche Film, Lore von Cate Shortland (2012), ist am Mittwoch, dem 21. Oktober um 6.00 Uhr am Abend (moved up a day from Thursday because of the football game that night)

V. STUDY ABROAD IN BERLIN IN SUMMER 2016!

The program runs for 4 weeks from May 22-June 18 (SSI) and costs $3500. Students can take either:

a) 6 credits of German language at the Inlingua School in central Berlin; students will be placed in appropriate levels; no prior knowledge of German needed OR
b) 3 credits for FORL 2600/GERM 3700 Special Topics: The Holocaust and Its Remembrance; students learn about the Holocaust through lectures and site visits, such as the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the Memorial to Murdered Jews of Europe; lectures are in English
c) combine both options for 9 credits

We will explore the diverse facets of this vibrant city, along with its most astounding sites including the German Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, the Jewish Museum and much more.

For details, please contact Susanne Lenné Jones at 737-2309 or jonessu@ecu.edu.

VI. SCHOLARSHIP
Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society, has implemented a new Spring / Summer Study Abroad Scholarship to the German Speaking World!
*Deadline November 15th*
Full details regarding application for this scholarship are available online:
http://deltaphialpha.org/funding/scholarships/spring-summer-german-study-abroad-scholarship/

Please note that there are two additional student scholarships for Delta Phi Alpha members. The deadline for those scholarships is in March.
http://deltaphialpha.org/funding/scholarships/

Want more info?: Please contact Prof. Jones at jonessu@ecu.edu.

VI. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH UNCEP
You want to gain study AND work experience abroad? Then be part of the newly offered study and internship option within the state-to-state program between North Carolina and Baden-Württemberg!
UNC students studying in Baden-Württemberg for at least one semester may apply for this special internship program, that offers the possibility to combine a study abroad with an internship experience in Germany.
The internship can be completed either at a company or university (research internship) and will be supported by a scholarship offered by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.
* Internship Application Deadline: November 15 for Spring 2016
Please contact me, Dr. Jill Twark, the German Study Abroad Adviser, at twarkj@ecu.edu for more information.

September 26, 2015. 7pm The Music House. A Reading of Gerda Nischan’s “Letters to a Prisoner of War.”

An evening of reading, literature, history and music of World War II. RSVP to John O’Brien at obrienj@ecu.edu at least 48 hours in advance if you wish to attend this event. This beautiful, old Victorian Music House is located in Downtown Greenville at 408 West 5th Street.

An evening of reading, literature, history and music of World War II
based on Gerda Nischan’s new book LETTERS to a Prisoner of War
Gerda Nischan, reader – Dr. Michael Gross, historian – Jessie Martin, soprano – John O’Brien, piano
The Letters in this book show what happened during World War II not only to the soldiers fighting on the front, but also to those waiting at home, the families. And, once the war was over, the struggle for survival continued, in the prisoner camps, and at home for the starving families, who waited for the prisoners to come home.
Gerda Nischan was born in Frankenthal in the Palatinate in 1940 and attended local schools until she left for Switzerland in 1958. Later she moved to England to attend an International Language School to further her education. In 1967 she left for the United States to work at the German Consulate in Philadelphia.
After her move to North Carolina she started writing seriously, joined the East Carolina University Poetry Forum; she published many of her poems in Poetry Journals, and started giving readings of her work in the US as well as in Germany. She has been a member of the Society for Contemporary Literature in German (SCALG) for many years and was invited to become a member of the P.E.N. Zentrum International in 2013.
Her book “Briefe an einen Kriegsgefangenen” was published in 2010 by August von Goethe Literaturverlag in Frankfurt. Her first novel in German, “Dieses neue Leben,” was published in 2013, also by the August von Goethe Literaturverlag in Frankfurt. In June 2014 she read her work at the 80-year conference of the P.E.N. International Conference in Los Angeles. She is presently working on her new novel.

August 27, 2015. German News

Dear German Studies enthusiasts,

A new semester means it’s time again for our weekly email regarding German events on campus. (Our weekly notice is usually sent out every Monday.) This week’s email includes important information about planned events, the Delta Phi Alpha study abroad scholarship, and a new internship opportunity in Germany related to our UNCEP exchange programs in Baden-Württemberg. If you have questions, I hope you’ll contact me. Danke schön! Prof. Jill Twark (twarkj@ecu.edu or 252.328.6536)

Please see the flyer for German Club and the list of upcoming “Filmabende” for this semester.

A. EVENTS
this week
–GERMAN CLUB GAME DAY!
Monday, August 31st: 3:00-4:00 pm in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
(the small brick house called “Bloxton House” located between Mendenhall and Greene Hall — please see building #50 on the ECU campus map. Anyone can join us, no matter what level of German you are in!

This semester we’ll screen the following films (the rooms are TBA, but we’ll tell you soon where they’ll be shown):

1) September 9th 2@ 6pm: Bella Martha (Mostly Martha) by Sandra Nettelbeck, 2001

2) September 30th @ 6pm: Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) by Fatih Akin, 2007

3) October 22nd @ 6pm: Lore by Cate Shortland, 2012

4) November 19th @ 6pm: Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin) by Jan Ole Gerster, 2012 with a presentation by Dr. Twark

later in the semester
–SAVE THESE DATES: 26 September and 16 October

1) Spaziergang und Picknick im Wald (Walk and Picknick in the Woods)
Come join the German Club for a walk and picknick on Saturday, September 26th from 2-5pm (location TBA)

2) ECU German Major Alumna Jill Dawkins will speak of her professional career as a lawyer and how studying German has helped her succeed (Friday, October 16)
(location and time TBA)

B. GERMAN MINOR
German 1004 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.
» Here are the requirements

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. » See here

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 online.

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. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH UNCEP


Contact Dr. Jill Twark, the German Study Abroad Adviser, at twarkj@ecu.edu for more information!