Isabel Elssner is a current sophomore at UNC-Chapel HIll from Asheville, NC. She is on the pre-med track and is double majoring in Biology and German with a minor in Chemistry. This summer she will be interning in Winnenden near Stuttgart with Kärcher, the world’s largest cleaning supply company in the world. She will be interning in their Inhouse Corporate Incubator. Isabel spent a gap year in Germany before coming to college, so she is excited to be back in Germany and to explore the German work culture.
JJ Schacht, a student majoring in GSLL with a concentration in German, will be interning for Pia-Pontis Institutional Advisors in Munich, Germany this upcoming summer. He received this position through the German-American Exchange, a competitively exclusive program that matches American young professionals with German companies. Pia-Pontis is an investment advising firm that helps top-tier managers navigate European markets, and helps bridge German institutional capital with global investment strategies. He will be living in the heart of Munich, and hopes to use this opportunity to build a career rooted in improving transnational relations, one potentially based in Germany.
One of our faculty members, Dr. Priscilla Layne, speaks about her founding interest in German and how that turned into an academic career. The podcast is part of UNC’s “Well Said” series which is a weekly podcast on Wednesdays where you can hear from students, faculty, staff, and alumni. From these podcasts, you can learn what’s going on in classrooms, labs and around campus, and how it pertains to the local, national and international headlines.
To listen to the podcast, visit Well Said: An unlikely reason to learn German Podcast
A German comic was created displaying one of our faculty members, Dr. Priscilla Layne life’s journey. The comic was created by Birgit Weyhe, a comic book artist that Dr. Layne met while staying in Berlin in the previous fall.
Professor Priscilla Layne did a recent interview with Kira Thurman, Assistant Professor of History and Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan about her new book White Rebels in Black: German Appropriation of Black Popular Culture. The interview was published by the AAIHS. Here is an excerpt of one of the questions asked and followup from the interview. Read the whole interview here.
Kira Thurman: Your book, White Rebels in Black, addresses something that at first glance appears benign but in actuality is insidious: white Germans’ hearty embrace of African American popular culture after 1945. What have you found to be problematic about white Germans’ fascination with African American popular culture?
Priscilla Layne: My interest in Germans’ fascination with African American popular culture began when I noticed during my graduate studies that while white artists made frequent references to African American culture and history in their texts, usually there was no acknowledgment of Black Germans. I found this odd because I felt that if white Germans truly were interested in the experience of Black people and fighting racism, why wouldn’t they just start at home and listen to the Black Germans in their midst? This made me suspicious. I began to question why white Germans would be so invested in African Americans’ struggle and so blind to the struggle of the Black citizens around them. The process of writing my dissertation and then this book led me to conclude that 1) Following World War II, white Germans liked to focus on African American culture because that allowed them to condemn racism without acknowledging their own implications in racism or their own white privilege (Sabine Broeck discusses this in her essay “The Erotics of African American Endurance”). […]
Professor Priscilla Layne has been working on her manuscript for her second book “Out of This World: Afro-German Afrofuturism” this Fall 2018 semester in Germany. While doing so, she gave a lecture in American Academy in Berlin, Germany about “Afrofuturist Challenges to Humanism”. Layne’s talk presented the writings of British author, publicist, and activist Sharon Dodua Otoo, winner of the 2016 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, in light of Afro-German literature. This lecture was written about in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Read the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Article
Read more information about Professor Layne’s upcoming book
Phi Beta Kappa recently inducted 190 new students in Fall 2018, 4 of whom are students from GSLL.
Clara Marcelle Shirley Schwamm, a senior with Information Science and Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures majors and a mathematics minor, daughter of Alice Ann Campbell and John Campbell of Hope Mills.
Linda Marie Henry, a junior with a Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering major and Chemistry and German minors, daughter of Frank Henry and Anette Henry of Charlotte.
Abby Marie Phelps, a senior with an Environmental Science major and a German minor, of Wilmington.
Thomas Alexander Elliott, a senior with Political Science and Contemporary European Studies majors and a German minor, son of John Elliott of Montreal, Quebec, and Joanneke de Cock of Chapel Hill.
Congrats to our students!
View Phi Beta Kappa Inductees original article here.
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,” […]
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 […]
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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