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Selling Democracy
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.

“The Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft” of the Department of Germanic Languages
and Literatures presents a talk by Professor Dr. Gerhard Lauer from the
Universität Göttingen. Professor Lauer will speak on “Das Erdbeben von
Lissabon und die Katastrophensemantik des 18. Jahrhunderts” on Thursday,
October 1, 2009 at 5:15 pm in Lucy Ellis Lounge (1st floor, FLB).

With Support from the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics.


Professors Maria Egbert, Andrea Golato and Jeffrey Robinson published a chapter entitled “Repairing Reference” in Jack Sidnell (Ed.), Comparative Studies in Conversation Analysis (pp. 104-132). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Professor Stephen Jaeger published "Philosophy, ca. 950 - ca. 1050", in Viator 40 (2009), 17-40.


Professor Stephen Jaeger gave two lectures at the University of Bamberg. "Kathedralschulen" in the "Ringvorlesung" on "Bildung im Mittelalter", July 13; and 
"Freundschaft in Augustins Bekenntnissen," in the Medieval Studies Graduiertenkolleg, July 14.

Professor Stephen Jaeger gave a lecture at the Hebrew University, Israel, Summer School in Comparative Religion: "Noble Suicide in the Middle Ages," July 21.

Professor Stephen Jaeger gave a lecture on "Bernard Silvestris's 'Mathematicus' and Noble Suicide in the Middle Ages" at the University of Bergen, Norway, Centre for Medieval Studies, August 25.

Professor Stephen Jaeger spoke on "The Ancient World as Satire on the Contemporary in Chretien de Troyes and Saxo Grammaticus," at the conference, "Nordic Literature in the European Context" at Finse, Norway, August 31.


Professor Stephen Jaeger was a guest at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen, Norway, August 17- Sept. 15.

Teaching Assistant Tina Schultz (GER 101) was listed on the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students” with a * ! Apologies for the omission in the last edition.  Congratulations again! 

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.

The GLL grad students held a bake sale on Thursday, September 17 and would like to send a big and heartfelt thank-you to everyone who helped, whether you baked, took a shift, donated a flag or a book, or just stopped by.  We sold nearly everything we baked and tripled the graduate student fund.  The food was so good that we even had people stop by multiple times, so thanks again to all the bakers - your time and culinary creativity is much appreciated!

Weekly Departmental Activities

This semester, the Deutsche Konversationsgruppe will meet 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.

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