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Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport will give a presentation on the European 
 Film industry as part of the European Union Center Brown Bag Lecture Series this Friday September 18 at noon in the Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB. Description of Talk: "The European film industry produces more films than in any period of history, at least partly thanks to opportunities awarded by European Union funding. This presentation addresses practices and problems of the European film 
industry today--including over production--by drawing on recent examples 
from Scandinavia and Germany"

Ein Deutscher Filmabend” will show the movie “Free Rainer — Dein Fernseher lügt” (2007, with English subtitles) on Wednesday, September 23 at 7 pm in Lucy Ellis Lounge (FLB). Refreshments will be provided! Description of Movie: “Frustrated because he is forced to produce bad TV- shows, a manager of a TV-station breaks into the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.”


Films of the Marshall Plan, 1948-1953 September 24-26, 2009 at Krannert Art Museum 500 East Peabody Dr. (Room 62), Champaign

The European Recovery Program (ERP) - better known as the Marshall Plan- relied on cinema to bring hope to European citizens after WWII. Short films told the myriad stories of recovery in funny, entertaining and provocative ways. ERP's European filmmakers had tremendous latitude, and they made cartoons, mini dramas, satires, and newsreels. The nearly 300ERP films did their duty, and were then lost from view for over 60 years. Americans never saw them at all, for they were banned in the U.S. under the 1948 Smith-Mundt Act. Now that the ban has been lifted, they can be shown for the first time. Marshall film historian Sandra Schulberg introduces each program.

Program Schedule

Thursday, September 24 -- 5:15 - 7:30pm
Marshall Film Shorts - Program 1 "Out of the Ruins: Help is on the Way" -- Introduction and post-screening Q&A session with Sandra Schulberg.

Friday, September 25 -- 5:15 - 7:30 pm
Marshall Film Shorts - Program 2 "Unity in Difference: The Road to the European Union" -- Introduction and post-screening Q&A session with Sandra Schulberg. Followed by reception (in the Link Gallery between the Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art and Design)

Saturday, September 26 -- 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Marshall Film Shorts - Program 3 *"Public Diplomacy Techniques: From Art to Ideology" -- Introduction by Sandra Schulberg and followed by PANEL DISCUSSION: Selling Democracy -- Then and Now (4:00 - 6:00 pm) with S. Schulberg and UI Faculty: Anke Pinkert(Germanic Languages & Literatures), Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Mark Leff (History)

Sponsored by the University of Illinois European Union Center. Co-sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of History, the Unit in Cinema Studies, the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.


Professor Stephanie Hilger published _Women Write Back: Strategies of Response and the Dynamics of European Literary Culture, 1790-1805_ (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2009).

Professor Marianne Kalinke has published “Endogamy as the Crux of the “Dalafífla þáttr.” In Fornaldarsagaerne: Myter og 
virkelighed. Studier i de oldislandske fornaldarsögur Norðurlanda. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanums Forlag, 2009. Pp. 107–121.


Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport gave the keynote lecture "Regional, European, and Global in Contemporary Swedish Film: Cinematic Landscapes in _Show Me Love_, _Let the Right One In_, and _The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo_ at the symposium "Sweden and Scandinavia in their European and International Contexts" at Cornell University on September 4, 2009.


* Congratulations to those whose name appeared on the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students” for Spring 2009:


CRANE,C 102,212
* GOLATO,A 321,501
NIEKERK,C 211,332



The University of Illinois German choir - a chamber choir devoted to German choral music - seeks interested singers. Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 8:00 to 10:00 PM in St. Andrew's Campus Center, 909 S. Wright St. in Champaign. The first rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, September 29. Email for further information. One hour credit for German 199 is available to students.

Weekly Departmental Activities

After 12 years of meeting in the Bread Company, the Deutsche Konversationsgruppe is moving on. As of Sept. 9, our new time and place will be 1-3 PM in the cafe of the new Institute for Genomic Biology. It's close to FLB, it's quiet, and from 2:30-3:00 they have reduced prices. 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. There seems to be good outdoor seating available during this beautiful weather, and we can pull tables together inside. Please let your students know that they are more than welcome, whatever their language proficiency, and whether it's for two, one, or half an hour (or even less). Stop by and have a chat!

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

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