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November 12, 2009


CHOOSING CHANGE: A Symposium on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
November 11-13, 2009 Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Nov 12th, Thursday
Faculty Panel, 3:00pm-4:30pm
"Personal Narratives on the Fall of the Berlin Wall”
Illini Union, General Lounge Room 210
Moderator: Prof. Anna Stenport, German
Prof. Yasemin Yildiz, German
Regine Kroh, German
Dr. Eva Grünstein-Neuman, Champaign-Urbana
Prof. Anke Pinkert, German
Prof. Marcus Keller, French

Coffee break

Keynote address, 5:15pm-6:45pm
Gabriele Gysi, Berlin
"Der Flügelschlag eines Schmetterlings..., die DDR als Mikrokosmos der Weltpolitik"
Illini Union, General Lounge Room 210

Nov. 13th, Friday
Graduate student panel, 9am-11am, FLB 2090B
"Post-1989 Literature and Culture: New Approaches”
Moderator: Prof. Stephanie Hilger, German
Molly Markin, German
Regine Kroh, German,
Sören Priebe, German
Daria Kabanova, Comparative and World Literature
Jessica Wienhold, Comparative and World Literature

As part of the SLATE lecture series, Professor Nick Ellis from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan will be giving a talk entitled "The Emergence of Second Language Constructions." 4:00pm, Thursday, November 12, 2009 in Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB.


Molly Markin presented her paper, "Paradise Lost or Paradise Regained? Christa Wolf and the Third Way” at the 42nd Wisconsin Workshop, "The Wall Came Down: On the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall" in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5-7, 2009.

Amanda Sheffer presented a paper entitled “Medicine, Masculinity and Monstrosity: Narrative Voice in Kafka’s “Ein Landarzt”” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, on November 7, 2009 in Atlanta, GA.


The student-run German Club will meet for the first time this semester on Wednesday, November 18 at 5 pm in FLB 1022. Everybody interested in joining the German Club is welcome!

The University of Illinois German Choir will perform its Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 12th at 8:00 PM in the Chapel of Saint John the Divine, 1101 South Wright Street. C. Choral and instrumental works from the Renaissance and Baroque by Monteverdi, Corelli, Graupner, and Buxtehude will be performed. Admission is free.

Call for Papers: The 12th annual Graduate Student Conference of the German and Dutch
Graduate Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison entitled 'What is a German Department?' will take place on March 19 and 20, 2010. Please submit your abstracts (approx. 250 words) to Joshua Bousquette ( by no later than January 1, 2010. The primary language of the conference will be English, however papers in German are also welcome. For the complete call for papers and for instructions regarding the submission of abstracts, see


This semester, the Deutsche Konversationsgruppe will meet on Wednesdays from 1-3 PM in the cafe of the new Institute for Genomic Biology. The IGB is the first building east of the Morrow Plots, and the cafe is in the downstairs level on the west side of the building.

This semester, the Swedish Coffee Hour will meet at 5pm on Fridays at the Espresso Royale Cafe on Goodwin and Oregon.