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December 9, 2009



Please join us for holiday cheer on the last day of the semester, Friday, December 18 from 3-5 PM for tea and Stollen in 2090 FLB. This will give us the opportunity to say goodbye to and thank Professor Andrea Grafetstaetter who will be returning to Bamberg.

"Ein Deutscher Filmabend" will show “Erbsen auf halb 6: Die wunderbare Geschichte einer blinden Liebe” TONIGHT, Wednesday, December 9 at 7 pm in G-18 FLB. Refreshments will be provided.

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 Mara R. Wade has published a review of Nicolas Russell and Hélène Visentin, French Ceremonial Entries in the Sixteenth Century: Event, Image, Text Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2007, in the Renaissance Quarterly, LXII (2009): 1302-1303.


Amanda Sheffer and Carola Dwyer presented a paper at ACTFL entitled "Sissi: teaching cultural competence through “Heimatfilm” at the intermediate language level" on Nov. 21, 2009 in San Diego, CA. The authors would like to thank Professor Crane, and 104 instructors Karin Maxey and Irene Zavarsky for their feedback on the project!


The Department would like to thank our Max Kade Visiting Distinguished Professor, Dr. Andrea Grafetstaetter, Universitaet Bamberg, for the wonderful Nibelungen-Abend that she and the graduate students organized on Monday December 7. Professor Grafetstaetter has been a very positive presence in the department all semester. Thank you!

Graduate student Brad Blair has been interviewed by a graduate student who was doing a series of profiles of people with disabilities for a local radio program to raise awareness about disabilities. Brian McMurray, a friend of the department at DRES, was also interviewed. The interview can be found at:

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.