International Education Week also happens in Evans Dining Hall. ASC’s adventurous dining hall crew went into overdrive to create a weeklong menu featuring dishes from many different regions and cultures. Today they will feature Germany, and, to everyone’s surprise, it will be “Bratwurst.” (Bavaria and Austria are celebrating. Berliners: We’ll try to get Currywurst and Döner Kebap next year!). Come and join our German lunch table and don’t forget to stop by the German Club’s table to learn about study abroad, German courses, fellowships, and much more from our amazing German club team and the untiring Fulbright Teaching Assistant, Julia Peyreder! They even created a video for the occasion, capturing some student voices about their experience with German at ASC:
“Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt [The limitations of my language form the limitations of my world(view)” — Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein‘s sentence illustrates to what extent language shapes our thinking and creativity. Participants and attendees at Monday evening’s first “Global Night of Poetry and Music” at Agnes Scott College experienced the extent to which a multilingual experience can broaden our intellectual and creative horizons. Guided by “emcee” Ishara Agostini, the event featured students performing poems in spoken and sung form from antiquity to the twenty first century and exposed the audience to the rhythms, sounds, and expressive linguistic elements of Latin, Greek, Urdu, German, and Catalan, among others.
This week is international education week. German Studies has teamed up with other foreign language programs and the Gué Pardue Hudson Center for Leadership and Service for a series of exciting events. It starts tonight with “A Night of Global Poetry and Music” in Maclean Auditorium, from 7-8pm. Come and listen to your fellow Scotties’ poems and musical pieces. We hope to see you there. Bis dann.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the study tour itself, do not hesitate to e-mail Gundolf Graml at email@example.com.
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