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Jonathan Hess Memorial Roundtable

The German Studies Association organized a “Jonathan Hess Memorial Roundtable” at its forty-second annual conference held in Pittsburgh between September 27 and September 30. More than a hundred people, including many of Professor Hess’s former doctoral students as well as colleagues from around the nation, came to honor and remember him and recalled together the impact he had on their professional and personal lives.

Professor Eric Downing, Interim Chair in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, held one of four prepared eulogies in honor of Professor Hess. “The GSA event was very moving,” Professor Downing explained in an interview. “There were lots of stories, tears and laughter. It was wonderful how so many of his former students and colleagues, and also present ones, came and spoke, and so many others whose lives he touched. I didn’t sleep for several days afterwards—but I’m so glad we had a chance to bring together so many of those in the field who needed to come together and share.” Joshua Shelly, a current Carolina-Duke graduate student who was one of Professor Hess’s doctoral students, was also in attendance: “Seeing the impact Jonathan had on so many people — former teachers, students, colleagues, and even his doctoral advisor — was quite emotional.”

Following the prepared presentations by Professor Downing, Professor Liliane Weissberg, Professor Hess’s doctoral advisor from the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Martha Helfer (Rutgers University), and Professor Skolnik (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), members of the audience were invited to share their own memories. Joshua Shelly recalled just some of these many memories. “Together, we told stories about our time with Jonathan and fondly recalled his wit and humor, his kindness towards us, and his joie de vivre,” […]

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: News||0 Comments

Professor Gabriel Trop awarded 2018 Hettleman Prize for Artistic & Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty

Gabriel Trop, associate professor of German, has been awarded the 2018 Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. The awards, made possible by the generosity of Phillip (UNC Class of 1921) and Ruth Hettleman, recognize scholarly and artistic achievement by junior tenure-track, or recently tenured, members of the faculty.

Trop came to Carolina in 2010 after earning his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests tend to examine the relationship between literature, science, and philosophy, with a special focus on German Idealism, Comparative Romanticisms, and poetics and aesthetics.

His major scholarly achievement to date is his monograph, Poetry as a Way of Life: Aesthetics and Askesis in the German Eighteenth Century, published by Northwestern University Press in 2015. Reviewers described the book as “refreshingly original,” “bold,” and “groundbreaking” and herald it as a major reinterpretation of Germany poetry.  He has also published 13 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious scholarly journals in Europe and North America.

Jonathan M. Hess, former chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, said departmental course offerings in the field of literature and philosophy have expanded exponentially since Trop came to Carolina. For instance, Trop designed a new first-year seminar on “Intensity, Vitality, and Ecstasy” and revamped and revitalized key courses such as “German Intellectual History” and “The Age of Goethe.”

In addition, Trop is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and an official mentor for the Carolina Scholars Program. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen.

He has earned a Johnson Teaching Excellence Award, a UNC Global Partnership Award and a Schwab Academic Excellence Award.

Said Hess, “Trop has truly distinguished himself as a scholar, teacher, mentor and […]

By |October 26th, 2018|Categories: News||0 Comments

Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

Phi Beta Kappa recently inducted 190 new students, 7 of whom are students from GSLL.

Meg Keeter Fletcher, a senior with linguistics and Hispanic linguistics majors and a Russian language and culture minor, daughter of Lyn Fletcher and Jimmy Fletcher of Shallotte.
Rachel Elizabeth McGrath, a senior with political science and global studies majors and a Russian language and culture minor, daughter of Thomas McGrath and Diane McGrath of Cary.
Kevin Michael Tillman, a junior with music and German majors, son of Shirley Tillman and Andrew Tillman Jr. of Jacksonville.
Margaret Anna Williams, a junior with political science and peace, war and defense majors and a German minor, daughter of Thomas Williams and Judyth Williams of Matthews.
Zachary Matthew Lee, a junior with German literature and culture and sociology majors and a medieval and early modern studies minor, son of Ann Newton of Wilmington and Byron Lee of Jacksonville.
Benjamin Holte Sagmoe, a junior with computer science and mathematics majors and a German minor, son of Jeanette Sagmoe and Todd Sagmoe of Waxhaw.
Ryan D. Rowe, a senior with Slavic languages and cultures and music majors, son of Robert Rowe and Brandi Rowe of Durham.

Congrats to our students!

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By |March 26th, 2018|Categories: News||0 Comments

From Multicultural Chicago to a Career in German

By Priscilla Layne, assistant professor of German in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences

When people hear I’m a German professor, they ask me two questions: Do I have German relatives? Was I a military brat? The answer to both is “no.” People frequently assume that if an American decides to learn German, this must be for familial, functional or professional reasons. I began learning German as a 10-year-old living on the North Side of Chicago because I wanted to understand Indiana Jones! I wanted to know what Indiana Jones was saying when he cleverly disguised himself as a Nazi to infiltrate his enemies. Indiana Jones was my hero. I wanted to become an archaeologist, just like him. And I wanted to be fluent in several languages and cultures, just like him.

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By |January 24th, 2018|Categories: News||0 Comments

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.

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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.

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