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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.
»» 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.

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.

Upon His Retirement »»

Paul Funeral Home Memory Wall »»

Obituary »»

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.)

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

11/17/2013 News: Visiting Wintergreen School, Summer in Netherlands, Internship

–GERMAN IN MOTION: Visit to Wintergreen Intermediate School to introduce 4th graders to the German tradition of St. Nikolaus. In English
Thursday, 21 November
From Prof. Jensen: In Germany, St. Nikolaus comes on Dec 5, filling children’s boots with candy to be found the following morning. Due to our semester ending before that date, St Nikolaus will come to Greenville on Thursday, Nov. 21. We will show a PowerPoint presentation about diverse winter holidays in Germany to Greenville schoolchildren. While they watch, der Nikolaus fills their shoes in the hallway! If time permits, we teach the children to say “Fröhliche Weihnachten” and make snowflakes. Each classroom needs two student presenters, so the more students volunteer, the more children will smile.

ONE CULTURE POINT FOR STUFFING GIFT BAGGIES ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, from 3-5 pm in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center..
ONE CULTURE POINT FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR SCHOOL VISIT ON THURSDAY, NOV. 21 (unfortunately, we’re not sure about the time yet).
You don’t have to participate on both days.

Please email Birgit Jensen by the end of this coming weekend to register for the school visit. We need to know how many classrooms we can visit. We may be able to do one morning and one afternoon trip.

2014SummerStudyNetherlands***STUDY ABROAD (NETHERLANDS)
ECU is offering a two-week summer program in the Netherlands on alternative energy and sustainability. It would be very easy to combine with a summer study abroad German language program, because of the geographical proximity of the two countries. Students could really benefit from the synergy of the two programs together. Apply through the International House and write a short, 3/4 page essay explaining how it would benefit your future career. See the attached flyer and contact Prof. Twark for more information about how to combine it with study in Germany.

*** INTERNSHIP
Attention rising juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors in business and/or engineering: The Halle Foundation Internship Program, sponsored by the German American Chamber of Commerce for the Southern U. S., has 15 internships this coming summer for students in Georgia and the Carolinas (See flyer for more info, and contact Prof. Smith if you are planning to apply.)

Liebe DeutschsprachlerInnen,
Wir würden uns sehr freuen, wenn ihr am Mittwoch, 13. Nov., zu unserem Laternenlaufen kommen könntet. Ich werde versuchen, campus parking permits zu besorgen. Könnt ihr mir bitte schreiben, falls ihr kommen wollt?

Dear ECU German students,
You’re hereby cordially invited to become members of the ECU German Cultural Outreach Committee. Each semester we plan a couple of special events.

This week we are celebrating St. Martin’s Day, which is observed in many European countries. Read more about St. Martin of Tours »»

Join us this coming Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 3-6 pm. We will meet in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center (located in the Bloxton House, which is sandwiched between the Erwin Building and Greene Residence Hall) to craft our own paper lanterns. You can join us at any time up until 5:30 when we will walk with our lit lanterns across campus. Here is a very brief family video shot in Germany, to show a bit of authentic Laternenlaufen.

To ECU students of German: ONE CULTURE POINT FOR ATTENDING. We will have a variety of items available to make a lantern.
TWO CULTURE POINTS FOR BRINGING IN MATERIALS FOR A LANTERN (vellum, wax or tissue paper, cardboard, decorations, a stick for the handle. See the attached pdf for some ideas on how the lanterns are crafted) or FOR VOLUNTEERING TO BE A HELPER.

Be sure to update your resumé with this activity: Member, ECU German Program Cultural Outreach Committee, 2013-2014.


The second event is our St. Nikolaus outreach to Pitt County Schools. In Germany, St. Nikolaus comes on Dec 5, filling children’s boots with candy to be found the following morning. Due to our semester ending before that date, St Nikolaus will come to Greenville on Thursday, Nov. 21. We will show a PowerPoint presentation about diverse winter holidays in Germany to Greenville schoolchildren. While they watch, der Nikolaus fills their shoes in the hallway! If time permits, we teach the children to say “Fröhliche Weihnachten” and make snowflakes. Each classroom needs two student presenters, so the more students volunteer, the more children will smile.

ONE CULTURE POINT FOR STUFFING GIFT BAGGIES ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, from 3-5 pm in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center..
ONE CULTURE POINT FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR SCHOOL VISIT ON THURSDAY, NOV. 21 (unfortunately, we’re not sure about the time yet).
You don’t have to participate on both days.

Be sure to update your resumé with this activity: Member, ECU German in Motion Committee, 2013-2014.

Please email me (jensenb@ecu.edu) by the end of this coming weekend to register for the school visit. I need to know how many classrooms we can visit. We may be able to do one morning and one afternoon trip.


Thank you and hope to see you soon,
Dr Jensen