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 […]
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”.
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!
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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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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.
The University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is adding a new international summer seminar for 2017 that will focus on the ways information gathering, dissemination, privacy and security affect businesses.
Students will travel to Dublin and Berlin, getting behind-the-scenes access to global technology companies in each city and participating in other educational and cultural activities made possible by SILS’ partnerships with University College Dublin and Humboldt University of Berlin.
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A delegation from Universität Bremen in Germany visited the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the week of Sept. 6 to strengthen the growing partnership between the institutions. The delegation included Annette Lang, director of the Bremen International Office, and Christian Peters, managing director of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences.
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Ruth von Bernuth’s new book, How the Wise Men Got to Chelm: The Life and Times of Yiddish Folk Tradition, was released on September 16.
A summary and reviews can be found here.
The UNC-Visegrad Studies program is designed to bolster and complement the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures (GSLL) interdisciplinary major in Central European studies.
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47 undergraduates have graduated this spring, brining the total number of graduates from GSLL to 56 if one includes August 2015, December 2015, and May 2016. Of those 56, 14 graduated with Distinction; another 14 graduated with Highest Distinction; and nine graduated with honors or highest honors awarded from writing an honors thesis in one of their majors.