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Upcoming Events

The Scandinavian Lucia Party and "Julfest" will be held THIS SUNDAY, December 7 at 6-8 pm. Please join the Scandinavian Program and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures for a pot-luck dinner and Lucia Procession. Please bring a holiday dish or other food item to share. Families and children are welcome!

This year the event will be held in the downstairs fellowship hall at the First United Methodist Church, 304 S Race Street, Urbana, adjacent to Lincoln Square Mall and the Urbana MTD transit hub.

For questions, please contact Anna W. Stenport at or Cora Lacatus at

The “Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft” presents a lecture by Professor Friederike Eigler, Georgetown University: “Beyond the ‘Victims Debate’: Notions of Belonging and Germanness in Recent Representations of the Expulsion of Germans after WWII,” on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 at 5:15 p.m. in the Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building.


Professor Cori Crane recently co-published an article with Charlotte Melin, Monika Chavez, Glenn Levine, and Tom Lovik in the 2008 issue of Profession. The article, entitled "The language program director in curricular and departmental reform," is a response to the 2007 MLA report by the Ad Hoc Committee of Foreign Languages.

Martina Hamidouche published an article entitled "Courasches Ehen: eine genderorientierte Untersuchung des Grimmelshausenromans" in Colloquia Germanica 39.3/4 (2006): 231-242. This paper originated from a seminar paper for Professor Mara Wade’s graduate seminar "Schreibende Frauen der frühen Neuzeit" taught in Spring 2005.


Professors Andrea Golato and Tobias Barske presented a paper entitled “German turn-initial 'so': Managing sequence and action” at the Convention of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA, November 20-24. The paper was part of a panel called “Managing Actions and Topics in Talk in Interaction” organized by Andrea Golato.

Brandy Trygstad co-presented a paper with Prof. Dr. Britta Hufeisen, “Aus den Arbeiten zur gendergerechten Sprache an der TU Darmstadt" in the section "Forschungsgebiet Sprachpragmatik mit Schwerpunkt feministische Konversationsanalyse" in the lecture series “100 Jahre Studium von Frauen” at the TU Darmstadt on November 20, 2008.


Call for papers: Northernness: Ideas and Images of the North in Visual Culture June 25-27, 2009, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. Keynote Speakers Professor Peter Davidson, University of Aberdeen. “Snow Light and Evening: The Fall of Evening Light,” Professor Mette Hjort, Lignan University, Hong Kong. “Shades of Illumination in Nordic Visual Culture: A Contribution to Environmental Aesthetics,” Professor Dave Russell, Leeds Metropolitan University. “A Place Apart? The English North in Twentieth Century Cultural Life.” For more details, contact: Dr Ysanne Holt, Reader in Art History, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST United Kingdom.

Weekly Departmental Activities

The Swedish Coffee Hour will meet Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm at the Bread Company on Goodwin Avenue. For more information on this new activity, please visit

Our DAAD Visiting Lecturer Sarah Henneböhl offers open office hours every Wednesday from 13.15 to 15.15 in the Espresso Royale Cafe (Urbana). You will recognize her by the little German flag on her table.

The Deutsche Konversationsgruppe meets Mondays from  2-4 at the Bread Company on Goodwin Avenue. Students of all levels are welcome. Instructors of German courses, please let your students know about this opportunity to get extra German practice in an informal, no-pressure setting. For more information and meeting time, email Frederick Schwink (

The Middle High German Reading group meets on Fridays 12-1 in  3114 FLB. All are welcome and since we will be reading -- or attempting to read -- a large variety of shorter texts, we are always on the lookout for recommendations concerning reading material. No text is too inappropriate for our tastes! Please contact Frederick Schwink with questions at

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