Commencement will be held at Agnes Scott today, and the German Studies Program congratulates all students (and parents)! Special congratulations go out to Charlotte Kubicz, German Studies major, who will move on after having contributed so much to our program for the last four years.
Charlotte has been a great student in all courses, has been active in pretty much all curricular and extra-curricular activities of the program, and will remain a great model for students to follow. Alles Gute!
Last week, Ruth Klüger, retired professor of German Studies, writer, witness to and survivor of the Holocaust, has visited Agnes Scott College. I’ve been too busy catching up with administrative work to post this earlier, but I wanted to thank everyone involved in Ruth Klüger’s visit. Ari Strudler, energetic and multi-talented ASC sophomore was a forceful engine behind the entire effort; Hiram Ramirez from the ASC Center for Student Engagement was on top of the logistics; Profs. Christine Cozzens (English), Barbara Drescher (German Studies), Katharine Kennedy (History), and Nicole Stamant (English) for integrating Ruth Klüger’s book “weiter leben [Still Alive]” into their curricula; ASC president Elizabeth Kiss for delivering such a great introduction for Ruth Klüger.
Way back in August 2012, my colleagues Nell Ruby and Katherine Smith from the ASC Art and Art History Department invited me and another colleague to have a “creative breakfast”. They asked if we wanted to participate in an art exhibit that foregrounded the way we “think” and “create.” I had no idea that this would give me the opportunity to revisit and also present my research in a completely different way. Nell and Katherine challenged us to leave the traditional terrain of presenting the finished product of research, i.e. “the paper,” “the article,” and “the book.” Instead, they wanted us to highlight the path, including the detours, missed intersections, cul-de-sacs, and uphill patches.
The video embedded above is one of the outcomes of this process. The rest can be explored in ASC’s Dalton Gallery, together with the exhibitions of my colleagues in Classics, Megan Drinkwater, and Mathematic, Larry Riddle.
In connection with German 330: Postwar German Film, the ASC German Studies Program will show a series of German films from both East and West Germany.
Check out the program below and download it as pdf here.
Advising week is upon us, and I wanted to share the two upper-level courses with you: German 351: Politics of Holocaust Memory (in German), and German 330: From “Rubblefilms” to “Wendefilms”: German Cinema from 1945 to 2000 (taught in English). (Clicking on the titles will lead you to pdf files with detailed course descriptions.)
Since 1991, the German Parliament, called Bundestag, has been meeting again in the Reichstag. Built by the Kaiser, burnt down by the Nazis, and then lingering in the no-man’s-land along the Berlin Wall for decades, this building synthesizes more than others the many layers of German history. Continue reading