Fall 2015 German Film Series Starts on Thursday, Sep 24!

Fall wouldn’t be fall without watching a German film now and then–we’ll get started on Thursday, Sep 24, at 7pm in Campbell Fanny Graves auditorium (Room 128). The series will offer a survey of more recent German cinema, from the historical to the culinary. Students with an interest in history want to make sure to not…

German Expressionism and its influence on Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton’s films have shaped American cinema, from Edward Scissorhands to Alice in Wonderland and, most recently, Inside Out. ASC German film students who have watched and discussed Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Murnau’s Nosferatu, and Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will not be surprised by this great video clip that actually compares Burton’s drawing on German Expressionism shot…

“Hanna’s Journey” at Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Today afternoon I’ll have the honor to introduce the German-Israeli co-production “Hanna’s Journey” at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival at Atlantic Regal Theater (2:35pm). “Hanna’s Journey” is the story of a young German student, Hanna, who begins to question her sole focus on a desired career as jet-setting consultant during a volunteer internship in Israel….

Music and Emotions in Postwar German Film

Courses and finals are over, the grading continues. What makes it fun are examples of creative and inspiring student work. Here’s an example from the final projects in German 330 “Postwar German Cinema”:

German Studies Courses 2013-14

It’s advising time and we invite you to check out the German Studies course descriptions for 2013-14. In addition to the elementary, intermediate, and advanced language courses, the German Studies program also offers a series of upper-level courses in English on topics such as German Cinema and German Cultural Studies. These courses are open for…

ASC “Showing Thinking” Exhibit

  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…

German Film Series Tonight: “Rotation” by Wolfgang Staudte, 1949

Wolfgang Staudte’s 1949 release Rotation continues the director’s engagement with postwar German society. Produced by the East-German company DEFA, Rotation tells the story of an unassuming worker in a printshop, who does not like the National Socialists but avoids confronting them in order to safeguard his employment and his modest standard of living. As the war drags on,…

German Film Series Starts with “Murderers Are Among Us”, 1946

This year’s German film series will begin tonight, Monday, January 28, 7-9pm, in Buttrick Hall G-4, with a screening of The Murderers Are Among Us (1946). The screening is open to the ASC community and the film is subtitled. You can download the entire program of the filmseries here. Wolfgang Staudte’s 1946 release Die Mörder sind unter…

German Studies Film Series at Agnes Scott

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.

Stereotyping Afro-German Actors

In German 340, Afro-German Culture and History, we have moved into the project phase and have begun interviewing an amazing group of volunteers who identify themselves as Afro-Germans: An army soldier who was born in Germany, served in the German army, and then moved to the US to enlist in the army; an Afro-German woman…

ASC German Studies Upper-level Courses, Spring 2013

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.)

ASC German courses relate to current research

I’m in Milwaukee to give a paper at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association and to hear what 4000 of my colleagues are working on in their research and teaching endeavors. Permitting sufficient internet coverage and time, I hope to post intermittent reports about interesting projects on this blog. Those students currently in…