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December 2, 2009


“Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft” lecture: Professor Andrea Grafetstaetter, University of Bamberg and Visiting Distinguished Max Kade Professor, Illinois, will give a talk entitled "'daz geschiht von mannes minne'. Szenische und ikonographische Visualisierung heldenepischer Paarbeziehungen am Beispiel von Siegfried und Kriemhild" THIS Thursday, December 3 at 5:15 p.m. in the Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building

The Scandinavian Program in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures warmly welcomes faculty, students, and the community to its annual Lucia Celebration and pot-luck dinner. Please join us Sunday December 6 from 5-7 pm at the McKinley Foundation on 809 S 5th Street (corner of John St) in Champaign. Please bring a dinner-item for the table to share, preferably with a Scandinavian Yule-tide twist. Some suggestions include meatballs, herring, anchovy bake (Jansson's temptation), ham, cabbages, beetroots, hard bread and cheese, and so forth. For more information or any recipe suggestions, please contact

The NIBELUNGENABEND will take place on Monday, December 7, 5-8 pm, Lucy Ellis Lounge. There will be a reception with medieval food and drink, demonstration of medieval instruments, readings and performances.

Danish director Lone Scherfig (of Dogma95 fame) has made her first US feature production: An Education. It screens at Boardman's 7 and 9 pm until Thursday December 3.

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.


Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Cecilia Alm have published the article "Corporations, Crime, and Gender Construction in Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Exploring Twenty-first Century Neoliberalism in Swedish Culture" in Scandinavian Studies, vol. 81 2009:2, 157-178.


Professor Cori Crane presented at the ACTFL/AATG conference in San Diego, CA on Nov. 21. The title of her paper was: "A Tale of Two Genres: Narrative and Expository Writing in the Advanced L2 German Classroom" for the session: "Advanced L2 writing: What does it look like?" Prof. Crane also organized the AATG session, "Innovative Approaches to Teaching at the Advanced Level" at the annual convention.

Professor Grafetstaetter and Professor Crane participated in the fourth annual SLCL Foreign Language Share Fair on Nov. 13. Professor Grafetstaetter presented: "Teaching a Reconstructed Language with the Help of Reconstructed Music: The Case of Middle High German." Professor Crane presented: "Learning Stations to the Rescue: Dealing with Diverse Learner Proficiencies and Preferences in Intermediate and Advanced FL Classrooms."

Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport gave an invited talk "Lukas Moodysson: Show Me Love and Landscapes of Contemporary Swedish Film" in the Department of Scandinavian at the University of California, Berkeley, on November 20.

Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport presented the paper "The Berlin Sets of Bergman and Fassbinder: Concrete Connections in the Mise-en-scene of European film" at the German Studies Association Annual Conference on
October 8-11.


Jacob Baum, PhD student in History, has received a twelve-month fellowship from the Institut fuer Europaeische Geschichte in Mainz. His advisers are Professor Craig Koslofsky and also Professor Mara Wade.

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships Workshops for Undergraduate and Graduate Students Are you taking an intermediate level foreign language? Do you want to receive a scholarship for your work? FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. Come to a workshop to learn more! This Friday, December 4th in Room 101, International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth St. 2pm – Undergraduates; 3pm – Graduates. We’ll let you know what a FLAS fellowship entails, present tips on how to write a successful application, explain what supporting documents you need, and answer general questions. Undergraduate eligibility requirements: All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Undergraduates must have a 3.0 GPA. Undergraduates must be enrolled in the second year of a foreign language at the time of their application. Undergraduate fellowships are not available for Spanish, French, or German. For more information, go to:


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.