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Get Your “Bratwurst” Fix

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:

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Night of Global Poetry

“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.

When Early German Settlers met Native Americans

Please join us for Prof. Katie Faull’s lecture, Stories of the Susquehanna, on Monday, March 28, 2016, 3:30-4:30pm, in Bullock Science Center/Teasley Lecture Hall (open to the public).

Prof. Faull has received several large NEH grants to translate and digitize documents from the Moravian archives in Bethlehem, PA. The Moravian community was founded by 18th-century German-speaking immigrants who in turn descended from Protestant communities in today’s Czech Republic.

The Stories of the Susquehanna project examines how these early settlers interacted with Native American communities, with the environment in the upper branches of the Susquehanna river, and forms a showcase project for digital undergraduate research. The lecture is open to the public, please direct any questions to ggraml@agnesscott.edu.

Going Global with German Studies

German Studies/Economics double major Sarah Harris is currently finishing up her last semester at Agnes Scott College. She’s already looking back at how Agnes helped her to become educated for a global world. We are happy to hear that German Studies played a crucial role in this process, from the courses at ASC to a teaching gig at Dortmund University and an internship offer from Porsche. But see for yourself…

Faculty-Student Discussion on European Refugee Crisis and its Global Links

Tens of thousands of refugees have crossed into the EU, into Austria and Germany in the last couple of weeks. Migrants have died on the highways of Austria, on the rail tracks of Serbia, and in the tunnel linking the UK to the European mainland. European member nations react very differently, from opening up the borders (Germany) to calling for an immediate halt and deportations (Hungary). German chancellor Merkel is alternately vilified and declared a saint, as the recent Spiegel cover suggests.

What are the historical, political, human rights, and global connections here? Join a faculty/student discussion on Tuesday, September 22, 5-6pm, in Lower Evans Dining Hall to learn more, contribute your perspectives and experiences. Start the discussion now by contributing links, photos, etc. via #agnesglobal.

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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 by shot:

German Author Peter Schneider on 25th Anniversary of Fall of the Wall

National Public Radio today had an interview with German author Peter Schneider, asking him about his views of Berlin 25 years after those stirring  days in November 1989 that brought down the wall and changed Europe’s history.Schneider has just finished a new book, called “Berlin Now,” where he brings to bear his experience of 50 plus years in Berlin on the current situation. Among German readers, Schneider is well known as the author of several by now canonical works. Most notably with regard to the Berlin Wall is his “Wall Jumper” [Mauerspringer], which addresses life in a divided city. But his literary accounts of the student revolution, published in his “Lenz” and, much more recently, in the semi-documentary novel “Rebellion und Wahn,” are equally popular.

There is an Agnes Scott connection:

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Germany 25 Years after the Fall of the Wall

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about history and culture in an international perspective: Three of our German exchange students, Anna Beier, Carolin Hehl, and Hannah Ziehm will discuss how Germans view the East – West relations in Germany 25 years after the wall came down. (Event will be in English, for more information consult the poster.)

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ASC Alums Work and Research in Vienna

It’s been a bit quiet on the blog lately, mainly due to the fact that I’m on research leave to complete my book on Tourism and Austrian national identity. But this morning I came across a photo on twitter that I can’t ignore, because it shows two of Agnes Scott alums program as part of the Fulbright Austria Program in Vienna (look for the red circles in the photo): Continue reading

ASC in Germany 2014

On May 11 another group of Scotties will depart for Germany to study aspects of history, culture, and environmental regulation on location. The two-week study trip will be co-lead by Profs. Gundolf Graml (German Studies, also the main author of this blog) and Katherine Smith (Art History). We will spend our first week in Berlin where we will meet with representatives from government and from cultural organizations. The second week will lead us from Berlin to Dresden, Leipzig, and Weimar, where we will visit historical sites such as the former concentration camp of Buchenwald near Weimar, meet with leaders of the Dresden city government, and learn about the philosophy behind the Volkswagen company’s architectural design of a car manufacturing plant in the heart of Dresden. And, of course, we will try to meet as many former Scotties as we can while in Germany (I’m talking to you, Lucy Nga Than). We will try to post frequent updates on this blog and invite you to follow and ask questions.

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