Concerts in Context: Parable of the Sower

On two nights in November, renowned artist Toshi Reagon debuted her new opera, an adaptation of Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower,” at the Carolina Performing Arts. On Friday November 17th, Dr. Priscilla Layne gave a brief lecture, offering contextualization for Butler’s works, as well as thoughts on her uncompleted trilogy: Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents. Together with Dr. Kia Caldwell, Dr. Layne is the co-founder of the Carolina Seminar on Afrofuturism, Black Optimism and Afropessimism. Furthermore, her second book, “Out of this World,” is an investigation of Afro-German Afrofuturist literature. Thus, Dr. Layne was especially qualified to offer a unique take on Butler’s work that positioned it vis a vis Afrofuturist thought and scifi/dystopian literature more generally.

By |December 5th, 2017|Categories: News||0 Comments

Study Abroad Awards

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has provided $648,234 in scholarships, fellowships and program support to 182 undergraduate students pursuing study abroad programs in Spring, Summer and Fall 2017, and yearlong programs during the 2017-18 academic year. A number of these students are studying in Germanic or Slavic countries. Listed below:

Emily Bulla of Beaufort participated in the Burch Field Research Seminar on European Smart Cities and Renewable Energy this summer in Germany and the Netherlands, for which she received the Davis-Barden Honors Study Abroad Scholarship. She is also studying this fall at King’s College London in England, for which she received the Frances and E.T. Rollins Jr. Study Abroad Scholarship. Bulla is a public policy major.

Jennifer Craft of Hickory participated in the Burch Field Research Seminar on European Smart Cities and Renewable Energy this summer in Germany and the Netherlands. A double major in environmental studies and political science, Craft received the G. Timothy and Jessica Hope Pate Environmental Science Field Program Scholarship.

Amanda Peele of Chapel Hill participated in the Burch Field Research Seminar on European Smart Cities and Renewable Energy this summer in Germany and the Netherlands. A public policy major, Peele received the G. Timothy and Jessica Hope Pate Environmental Science Field Program Scholarship, the Davis-Barden Honors Study Abroad Scholarship, and the Jacques Family Honors Study Abroad Scholarship.

Collin Williams of Clemmons participated in the Burch Field Research Seminar on Conflict Resolution and Democracy Building in the Balkans this summer in Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. A double major in global studies and peace, war and defense, Williams received the Richard S. Reynolds Honors Study Abroad Scholarship.

Zachary Lee of Wilmington studied at the Freie Universität Berlin International Summer University in Germany. A […]

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: News||0 Comments

Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

Phi Betta Kappa has recently inducted 165 new students, 3 of whom are students from GSLL.

Faith Caroline Goldsmith, a senior with peace, war, and defense and Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures majors, daughter of Col. (R) Stu Goldsmith and Ann Goldsmith of Fayetteville.
Kristin Grace Weiss, a senior with biology and German literature and culture majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of Richard Weiss of Davidson and Susan Gover of Hillsborough, NC.
Ori Erna Hashmonay, a senior with an art history major and German and French minors, daughter of Dr. Ram Hashmonay and Michal Hashmonay of Kiryat Shmona, Israel.

Congrats to our students!

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By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: News||0 Comments

Dr. Layne Interviewed for The Daily Tar Heel

Professor Priscilla Layne was interviewed about her upcoming talk as a part of the Triangle Film Salon lecture series.

Read the interview here.

By |November 7th, 2017|Categories: News||0 Comments

Russian Club Mascot Boosts Attendance

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

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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.

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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!) 

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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

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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 […]

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