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Have you seen any good films lately?

German 330 will definitely be an opportunity to catch up on recent developments in German and Austrian film. Taught by Prof. Sarah Richards, a graduate of Emory U’s Film Studies and German Studies programs, this course will take a close look at recent and non-mainstream films from Austria and Germany, from Spielmann’s Revanche (2009) to Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon (2009). Directors such as Ulrich Seidl, Stephan Ruzowitzky and others will likely play a role as well.

This course is taught in English, cross-listed with the Film Studies Minor, and has no pre-requisites.

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Study Abroad Info Session

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 bdrescher@agnesscott.edu with additional questions.

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Teaching English Where the “Hills Are Alive…”

Agnes Scott Seniors: If teaching is on your radar, you should consider applying for the US Teaching Assistantship in Austria. The deadline is January 15, 2013! For more information, watch the video on the front page of our blog and check out the program’s website, which has a host of useful information and explains the application procedures in great detail.

Since 1962, US students have had the opportunity to work as teaching assistants at secondary schools throughout Austria. Although participants are not technically Fulbright grantees, the program follows the goals and mission of the Fulbright exchanges.

Agnes Scott College and the German Studies program in particular have a strong connection to this program through our alumna, Molly Roza.

Oktober 26: Austrian National Holiday

Today, Austria celebrates its “Staatsfeiertag”, the Austrian National Holiday. Officially, the day commemorates Austria’s declaration of “immerwährende Neutralität” [eternal neutrality]. This meant that Austria would stay out of any military pacts such as NATO or the former Warsaw pact and would not engage in any military actions other than self-defense.

It was that condition, which finally led to the signing of the so-called State Treaty of 1955. From 1945 to 1955, Austria had been occupied by the US, British, French, and Soviet armies as a consequence of World War II. While the Western Allied had more or less handed over sovereignty to the Austrian government, the Soviet Union used the Eastern parts of Austria as a pawn in the Cold War. Many feared that Austria would be partitioned similar to Germany, where the Soviet Union did not give up control over the Eastern zone, which eventually became the GDR.

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Austrian Architects Design Expo 2012 Building

If it looks like a giant stranded fish, that’s intended: The Austrian architecture office “soma” designed the building to illustrate the Expo’s theme “The Living Ocean and Coast.” Continue reading

Vienna’s Solar City Map

Imagine this: You live in greater Atlanta area and are interested in solar energy. You would like to know quickly what potential for electricity production the roof of your house or your apartment building has? Where do you go to find that information in 2 minutes? Right, nowhere…

In Vienna it takes you less than 2 minutes. The city just published its “Solarkataster,” an electronic map of the city where you can either zoom in on your location or type in your address. The website will then provide you not only with data about the sun’s angle and strength at particular days and times, but it will also tell you the potential for electricity production on your roof and calculate possible investments in solar energy. The website is based on overflights of the city with a laser-sensor conducted in 2007.

That was one year before Obama was elected president in the USA. Here we are still talking about whether or not solar energy is a feasible and valid energy source.

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“Our Woman in Vienna”: ASC Alumna Molly Roza

Studying German will make you go places. And it’s wonderful to catch up with former students. Here’s a video message from Molly Roza, an ASC alumna who went to Vienna, Austria, with a Fulbright and…well, watch for yourselves. (This video premieres the new ASC German Studies channel on youtube, subscribe to it if you like it.)

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