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Russian Club Mascot Boosts Attendance

The Russian Club mascot visited a Russian class, and helped to encourage many students to come to Russian Club.

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Siegfried Mews Award for Excellence in Teaching German

The recipient of the 2016/17 Siegfried Mews Award for Excellence in Teaching German is Richard M. Lambert III – better known as Tres to the vast scores of undergraduate students who he taught over the years at Carolina. Tres joined the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies in 2010 and is currently working on his dissertation on the concept of experience in late Austrian modernism. For the academic year 2017/18, he has been awarded a dissertation completion fellowship by the Graduate School at UNC. We congratulate Tres Lambert on receiving this departmental teaching award.

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: News||0 Comments

Frühlings Erwachen. Eine Kindertragödie by Frank Wedekind

The Spring semester 2017 was brought to a dramatic end with two performances of Frank Wedekind’s thought-provoking 1891 play Frühlings Erwachen, as part of a senior seminar taught by Dr. Tin Wegel. Seventeen undergraduate students rehearsed this controversial play of young teenagers in distress over the course of the better half of the semester. Drawing also on volunteers from all levels of German, Dr. Wegel directed her students to not only convey the struggles, angst, and desires of Wedekind’s characters, but to also show students and the general public alike the artistic possibilities that come with taking German courses at Carolina.

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: News||0 Comments

Spektakl ’17

The Slavic “Spektakl’!” was born more than 15 years ago as a way to celebrate both the students’ success and the end of the academic year! Spektakl’ 17 on April 12, 2017 has brought together students of Russian, Czech, Polish, and Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian languages and a diverse audience from the UNC campus and the community! The performances ranged in genre from songs to films! Russian 101 students performed a robust song “Such man as Putin!”, read poetry by Alexander Pushkin and Marina Tsvetaeva, and performed a skit based on Daniil Kharms’s poem “A Liar”. Russian 204 students sang a song “The Last Tramway” by Bulat Okudzhava, one of the most fascinating songs written in the “bard” genre.  Czech 402 students acted out a folktale “The Circle of Life,” both funny and serious, in a typically Czech manner. BSC 402 staged a skit on a Serbian song “Mehmed’s Dream,” in which Mehmed has a nightmare about his mother tying his hand, blindfolding him, and ripping off his heart! (Not fun at all!) The Spektakl’ concluded on a high note with the Advanced Russian students staging a scene from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” and screening an exceptional film-rap song Dostoevsky-based literary production “The Fresh Prince of ‘To Dare’”! (Dostoevsky would have loved it!) 

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: News||0 Comments

Our 2017 Chancellor’s Award Recipients

The following graduating Seniors in Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures were chosen by our Faculty to receive Chancellor’s Awards on Wednesday, April 18, 2017.

The Paul Debreczeny Prize in Slavic Languages and Literatures:

Leona Aisha Amosah

The Ria Stambaugh Undergraduate Award for Excellence in German:

Nathaniel Ross Wagner

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: News||0 Comments

German Campus Week 2016

German Campus Week kicked off on Monday November 14th with an event at the FedEX Global Center featuring special guest, Afro-German playwright Olivia Wenzel. Dr. Priscilla Layne screened several clips from Wenzel’s Afrofuturist plays Mais in Deutschland und anderen Galaxien (2015) and We are the Universe (2016). Dr. Layne posed a few pointed questions to Wenzel about her background growing up in the GDR, how she got her start in theater and the origin of her interest in Afrofuturism. Afterward Wenzel answered questions form the audience. On Tuesday November 15th, in the Mandel Auditorium of the FedEx Global Center, Dr. Layne screened the German scifi film Transfer (2010) directed by Croatian German Damir Lukacevic. Then on Thursday, November 17th, German Campus Week proceeded with a panel discussion on German scifi literature and film in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall. The first speaker was Dr. Richard Langston who gave students an introduction to German scifi, utopian and spectualitive literature by way of showcasing several books in the Negley Collection which can be found at the Rubenstein Library at Duke University. Dr. Langston was followed by Dr. Paul Dobryden, Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. Dr. Dobryden explored the curious connections between R&B artist Janelle Monae’s work and Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis (1927). On Friday, November 18th, there was a concluding panel on African American culture and German electronic music. First, Dr. Trace Reddell of the University of Denver presented his interpretation of German Krautrock music as Afrofuturist, a phenomenon he calls “ethnoforgery.” Second, David Reinecke, PhD candidate at Princeton University, presented on time keeping in funk music and James Brown’s influence on German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. German Campus Week concluded with a German New Wave […]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Faculty News

From January 9th until the 14th, 2017, Priscilla Layne will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Bremen as part of the Program “Internationalization at Home”.

By |December 2nd, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

A World of Opportunities

On Tuesday, November 15, GSLL hosted an event called a World of Opportunities. It was an opportunity for students to learn about Russian culture and study abroad options. The event was organized by a senior Russian Literature and Culture major, Leona Amosah. Below is her description of the event.
My name is Leona Amosah and as a 2016 alumna of the Critical Language Scholarship, I had the opportunity to apply for the 2016 Alumni Development Grant Fund. The ADF offers grants of up to $500 for CLS alumni interested in funding projects, events, and activities that provide resources for or promote the study of critical languages. I decided to host an event to encourage more students, particularly students from underrepresented backgrounds, to study Russian. For this event, fellow Russian student Christian Wick and I prepared a home-cooked Russian meal and gave presentations on our experiences with studying Russian both in the US and in Russia. We discussed ways in which students could become more engaged with Russian both on campus and abroad. We also invited several current students and graduates of the Russian Department to speak about what motivated them to study Russian, talk about the ways in which they have engaged with Russian, and discuss how they hope to continue to do so. Around 35 people attended the event which lasted approximately one and a half hours. With the help of the dedicated faculty and staff of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, this event turned out to be a great success! Thank you to everyone who participated!

*This post is entirely my own and is not endorsed by or affiliated with the Critical Language Scholarship Program, the Department of State, or […]

By |November 18th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Phi Beta Kappa Inductee

Phi Betta Kappa has recently inducted 137 new students, one of whom is a student from GSLL. Leona A. Amosah from Forsyth County is a Russian Literature and Culture major. Congrats Leona!

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By |November 18th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Homestory Deutschland Exhibit

On Wednesday, November 2nd, the “Homestory Deutschland” exhibit opened at the Center for European Studies in the FedEx Global Center, suite 3200. The exhibit documents hundreds of years of Black German history from the Early Modern Period to the present. At the opening reception, Deputy Chief of Mission Boris Ruge spoke about the importance of drawing attention to the Black German community and the significant influence African American culture, in particular, has had on postwar German society. The highlight of the exhibit are several profiles of prominent Black Germans, including activists, authors and artists. The exhibit will run through December 7th.

By |November 11th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments