Department News

Congratulations and All the Best to Our 2013 Graduates! 

This year four German students have been awarded prestigious English Language Teaching Assistantships in Germany or Austria, managed by the Fulbright Commission, to teach in German or Austrian secondary schools:

Michael Bolling '13 (Milwaukee, WI) Austrian Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program in Salzburg, Austria

Christina Getaz '13 (Winchester, VA) Austrian Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program in Enns, Austria

Christina is also finishing her honors project "Mich beschäftigen vor allem Dinge, die sich in meiner Umgebung abspielen": Konstruktionen des Privaten und des Öffentlichen in Literatur und Film der BRD und der DDR.  "What concerns me most is what happens around me:" Literary and cinematic constructions of the private and public spheres in the two Germanies.

Tsesa Monaghan '13 (Mankato, MN) Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany

Elizabeth Nelson '13 (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Austrian Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program, Steyr, Austria

In addition - one German student has received a Fellowship from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. The fellowship includes two months of intensive language training, four months at a German University, and a five-month internship with a German company:

Esther Schlotterbeck '13 (Auburn, Maine) Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellowship, Germany

Research Papers of Two Macalester Students Selected for Conference

Research Papers by Christina Getaz '13 and Elizabeth Nelson have been selected to be presented at the German Studies Undergraduate Conference at Indiana Univ., Bloomington, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1.

The papers are entitled "Manipulierte KonsumentInnen: Konsum als ästhetische Verführung und Urheber falscher Bedürfnisse" by Elizabeth Nelson and "Theater nach Film: es geht um den Raum" the final paper for the theater class in Vienna as part of the Macalester Study Abroad Program by Christina Getaz '13.
This conference is an opportunity for the next generation of scholars to present their research and learn about the discipline. The keynote speaker is Professor Patrizia McBride of Cornell University. Faculty members as well as graduate students of the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University will make short presentations and take part in conference discussions. 

The conference is generously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service  (DAAD) and, at Indiana University, the University Graduate School, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Germanic Studies.

Deutsches Filmfest Screening - Win the Goldener Gummibar!

  On Friday Nov 9, 2012 the German Studies sponsored the 1st film shorts contest.  

The theme was "Wir werben: Produkte, Parteien, Personen, - ?" ["We're advertising: products, parties, people, - ?" (anything you can advertise!)]

Winners are:

Best Picture:  Macalester und der Raum der Wünsche
from German 203: Hannah Baker, Evan Anderson, Brett Campbell, Emily Clough, Charlotte Martinkus, Mark Luth

Best Acting: Wollen Sie glücklich sein? Lernen Sie Deutsch!
from German 101: Unur Unal, Anna Pery, Gage Garesson, Justin Gemuth, Johanna Kwon, Daniel Yee

Screenplay & Editing: Geschlechtsveränderung für Hündchen
from German 305: Zoe Aquilino, Stefan Faridani, Hannah Johlas, Xiran Lu, Jill Oberski, Sebastian Roemer

Idea/Konzept: Geld53
from German 110: Angela Clem, Ian Wyse, Hasselgard Dag

Visual Effects: Das Omega-Band
from German 305: Charlie Nesler, Helena Bruce, Nathaniel Macijeski

People’s Choice: Wollen Sie glücklich sein? Lernen Sie Deutsch!

Congratulations to the winners! 

Congratulations to our Macites!

Erin Crnkovich '12 won the DAAD Express Your German(y) photo contest this spring. In her words: "I took this photo in Munich while on a high school Latin class trip to Europe. The idea of the contest is to choose a favorite German word and take a photo in Germany that depicted the word. My word was "Sehnsucht" meaning desire, yearning."

Lydia Brosnahan '13 won an essay contest sponsored by the Goethe Institute & European Academy in Berlin in which young people in North America and Europe were asked to write on the topic "Fascinating Europe." Lydia's essay was one of 6 chosen from the US and she was invited to participate in a workshop in Berlin in March that was designed to foster understanding between Europeans & North Americans. She said it was a wonderful experience because as an anthropology major she learned quite a bit about the interesting differences between European and American culture. Lydia wrote a blog entry on the website on her reflections from the conference:

Ruth Conkling '11 (German, Biology) has received a German Teaching Fulbright to be an English language teaching assistant for the 2011-12 academic year.

Carl Skarbek '11 (German & Environmental Studies) has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals next year. The fellowship includes two months' intensive language training, four months at a German University where he will be studying ecological sciences, and a five month internship with a German company.

Brooke McAdam '09 (German) has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Scholarship from DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service. The German equivalent of the Fulbright, the scholarship covers a full year of study at a German University. Brooke will be studying at the Freie Universitat in Berlin on the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche.