As we go through the summer, here a first batch of impressions from a fabulous Global Study tour with an amazing group of Scotties!
Join us for a lecture and reading from the acclaimed bestseller, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, by author Andrea Wulf.
When: Tuesday, March 27, 7pm
Where: Agnes Scott College, Campbell Hall 128
Free and open to the public.
Read below for more information. Continue reading “The Invention of Nature”: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World (Author Visit)
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.
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 What I learned from Umberto Eco’s Little Red Book
For all interested students, including German 101: Where can you study abroad in German-speaking countries? Get up-to-date info from German and Austrian exchange students and American study-abroad “veterans”. See the flyer for details and e-mail Dr. Barbara Drescher at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.