A heartfelt “Herzlich Willkommen/Welcome” to all new and returning Scotties! Have a great move-in day and orientation phase. And help your parents to depart, it’s hard for them!
Tomorrow is Academic Fair and we hope to see many of you in Bullock Science Center. (If you don’t come we have to eat the Gummibärchen ourselves and that would not be healthy!) At the German Studies table you can meet with your professors, take a peak preview of the books we use in our courses, chat about study abroad opportunities, and a lot more. If you need a bit more information as to how German Studies might support and align with your academic interests, check out what other students say.
We have a new flyer and also a brand-new video from a recent alumn, Chantelle Kodua. Chantelle was a German Studies & Public Health double major with an Environmental Studies & Sustainability minor (yes, she was busy!). She is now an assistant teacher for German in an Atlanta-area school.
When we teach the 20th-century history and culture of Germany and Austria, we repeatedly caution students against drawing all-too quick parallels between National Socialism and other anti-democratic developments. This is mainly to avoid the re-categorization of Hitler’s Third Reich as yet another manifestation of a kind of universal “evil.” National Socialism, we emphasize, originated in the historically specific political and cultural environment of early 20th-century Germany and Austria. And the postwar generations of these countries, irrespective of their families’ personal involvement, own the responsibility to maintain political alertness against fascist tendencies.
But there are moments when the parallels between anti-democratic and racist movements in the United States and National Socialism must be highlighted. This is the moment, and Charlottesville is the place.
We hope everybody’s enjoying the final weeks of summer. At the German Studies program we look forward to seeing returning and new students soon. As you are getting ready for arrival on campus, make sure that one of your first stop will be at the Center for Global Learning in Buttrick Hall. We have only a few seats left in the May 2018 Global Study tour to Germany and the deadline for completed applications is September 27. Remember, even if you are trying to figure out budget etc., it’s important to sign up asap, for only then can the financial aid office tell you how much award money or financial aid money you can get. More information and a link for signing up can be found here. If you have any questions about the CARTA enrollment process, please e-mail Julie Champlin, Coordinator of Faculty-led Study-Abroad Programs, at email@example.com. If you have any questions about the study tour itself, do not hesitate to e-mail Gundolf Graml at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you at one of the three information events coming up at the start of the semester:
We hope everybody’s having a great Spring Break! With advising week and registration period coming up we wanted to share what courses German Studies will offer in the coming academic year. If you just participated in a Journeys course and were reminded of the importance of foreign languages in any global learning endeavor, consider picking up German as a language that opens doors into a broad range of international careers. If you are already studying another language, you might be interested in our upper-level interdisciplinary courses taught in English (German 330 and German 220.) These courses satisfy various global learning requirements, lend themselves to become the foundation of your global specialization, and also offer important cultural and historical context for current global political developments. These courses are also open for first-year students! For any questions about these courses, please contact Prof. Gundolf Graml (ggraml[at]agnesscott.edu). Click here for pdf versions of the course descriptions.
Join us for a presentation by Natalie Martinez to learn about her experiences while studying abroad in Marburg, Germany.
When: Friday, Feb 3, 1-2pm
Where: Buttrick Hall 211
In May of 2016 our ASC in Germany group met with activist and writer Sharon Otoo in Berlin, Germany, and was let in on a secret: Sharon Otoo told us that she had been nominated to participate in the competition for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, likely the most prestigious award for contemporary German-language fiction. We were not allowed to tell anyone yet, but we joked around that she had to visit Agnes Scott College should she win.
Join the ASC German Club for a fun Easter Egg Hunt.
When: Thursday, March 24, 4:30pm
Where: Plaza in front of Alston Student Center
Advising and enrollment weeks are coming up and the ASC German Studies program has several new courses in its offerings. Keep in mind that all of our upper-level courses count for a SUMMIT category in the Global or the Leadership track.
While we recommend to all of you to pursue language-learning beyond the the ASC language requirement, several of our courses are taught in English and will enable you to acquire the cross-cultural knowledge important for your future learning even if you haven’t yet taken intermediate language courses.
Umberto Eco, the Italian author, philosopher, and professor of literature has been one of the towering figures of my intellectual coming-of-age. His scholarly books on semiotics and on the role of the reader as producer of meaning in literary texts (Lector in Fabula) opened up a world of new and sometimes radical connections.
But Eco also embodied a certain coolness factor. After all, here was an academic who compared the protagonists of the classical Western literary canon with comic-book superheroes. And an academic who wrote novels, which I devoured: Starting with Eco’s bestselling debut novel, Der Name der Rose (The Name of the Rose), I worked my way through Das Foucaultsche Pendel (Foucault’s Pendulum), Baudolino, Die Insel des vorigen Tages (The Island of the Prior Day), Ein Friedhof in Prag (Prague Cemetery), and Nullnummer (Number Zero), his last one.
But the one book of his I probably returned to most often, and the one I actually pulled from the shelves when I read about Eco’s death on February 19, 2016, was a not very exciting looking red-bound paperback, titled Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeit schreibt (How to Write an Academic Thesis). Continue reading