Category Archives: German News

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)

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!

March 23-27, 2015. FLL @ Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Week

Aenia Amin (BA Hispanic Studies)
The Association Between Metabolism and the Expression of Circadian Regulatory Genes (Oral Presentation) 10:15-10:30 MSC Great Room I Biomedical Sciences

Kyle Binaxas (BA Multidisciplinary Studies: Russian Studies)
Soviet Animation Before and After Khrushchev’s Thaw: Historical and Critical Analysis (Poster UP 23) 8:15-12:15 MSC Social Room Social Sciences

Kimberly Bostick (BA Hispanic Studies)
Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Food Insecurity in Obese Pediatric Patients (Poster UP 43) 10:15-2:30 MSC Social Room Human Health

Charles Jauss (BA Hispanic Studies)
Understanding Cultural Self-Efficacy Among Medical Students (Poster UP 35) 10:15-2:30 MSC Social Room Human Health

Jessica Rassau (BA Multidisciplinary Studies: Classical Civilization)
The Training and Decisions of King Leonidas (Oral Presentation) 1:30-1:45 MSC Great Room 2 Social Sciences

Alix Rothbart (Hispanic Studies Minor)
Stress, Burnout and Coping Mechanisms among Health Professionals working in Pediatric Oncology (Poster UP 38) 10:15-2:30 MSC Social Room Human Health

Sarah Sipe (BA German)
Intensity of Amyloid-beta (A) peptides and the exposure of their hydrophobic residues in forming amyloid plaques (Poster UP 98) 8:15-2:30 MSC Room 221 Biomedical Sciences

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January 21, 2015 News and Study Abroad Deadlines

Dear friends of ECU’s program in German,

A new semester is upon us and in full swing; with that in mind, our weekly email (in digest form) has resumed. I’ll generally send out the email every Sunday with a listing of upcoming events and opportunities related to German Studies at ECU. (Ausnahmsweise bekommen Sie diese E-mail erst heute.)

Several film showings are listed below; more are on the way, as is a schedule of German Club meetings and events.
Students, if you have ideas for activities or films you would like to help plan, please contact me (Prof. Smith) or another faculty member in German. Our programs exist for and because of you!
Herzliche Grüße
David Smith, Associate Professor of German (smithdav@ecu.edu).
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SSABerlinSTUDY ABROAD FAIR
Wednesday, 21 January, 1:00pm-3:00 p.m.
Faulkner Gallery of Joyner Library (second floor)
*This fair will feature information about ECU’s offerings, including our Study in Berlin program (please see attachment).

APPLICATION DEADLINE–Study in Berlin!
30/31 January
The application deadline for the Summer Study Abroad program in Berlin is Jan. 30th, with the $300 deposit due on Jan. 31st.
Don’t let questions about course credits or possible funding deter you from applying. Contact Prof. Jones (jonessu@ecu.edu) today to discuss options!
»» Application Link

FILM SCREENINGS (preliminary list)

1. Montag, 2. Februar um 17. 30 Uhr: Das Leben der Anderen (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

2. Donnerstag, 12. Februar um 18 Uhr: Der Untergang (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004)

3. Mittwoch, 1. April um 17.30 Uhr: Alles auf Zucker (Dani Levy, 2004)