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“Ein Deutscher Filmabend” will show the movie “Keinohrhasen” (with English subtitles) on Thursday, January 29 at 7pm in Lucy Ellis Lounge (FLB). Refreshments will be provided.


Professor Anke Pinkert published "Rubble Film as Archive of Trauma and Grief: Wolfgang Lamprecht’s 'Somewhere In Berlin,'" in German Postwar Films: Life and Love in the Ruins, eds. Wilfried Wilms, William Rasch (New York: Palgrave, 2008): 61-76.


Professor Cori Crane presented a paper at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference in San Francisco entitled "Broadening the FL Teaching Methods Course: A Proposal for Considering Pedagogical Practice in the Advanced FL Classroom" for the session on "Applied Linguistics and TA Development.

Kathleen Smith served as a co-organizer and chaired the conference panel “Gender & Social Roles in Education” at the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies 26th Annual Graduate Student Conference Education: Forming and Deforming the Premodern Mind, on January 23, 2008.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has selected Professor Laurie Johnson for the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. LAS, in fulfillment of its mission, is devoted to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The purpose of the award program is to reward and honor the college's best teachers. The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures is delighted to congratulate Professor Johnson on this distinction.

PhD candidate Molly Markin has been awarded the competitive Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics for 2009-2010. Her Dissertation adviser is Professor Anke Pinkert.

Professor Mara R. Wade has been invited to serve on the editorial board of Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association. The series editor is Professor David Luebke at the University of Oregon.  Berghahn Books agreed to publish the series. The first volume for inclusion in the new series is a collection of essays from the 2007 GSA conference entitled "The Holy Roman Empire Reassessed," edited by Ben Marschke and Jason Coy.There are several more submissions under consideration. The German Studies Association is the multi- and interdisciplinary association of scholars in German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, political science, and economics. GSA holds an annual Conference and publishes a scholarly journal - German Studies Review - as well as a Newsletter. Members are generally professors at universities in colleges in North America, although there are several hundred members in Europe and Asia. Membership is open to anyone interested in German studies. GSA is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

Professor Emeritus U.Henry Gerlach was recently featured as a volunteer in a German class at Central HS in Champaign. He is working with a project pairing senior volunteers with HS teachers. The department is delighted at his activities in the community. Please see the News Gazette, December 27, 2008. The article is posted on the bulletin board in 2090.

Weekly Departmental Activities

The Deutsche Konversationsgruppe will be meeting this semester on Wednesdays from 1-3 at the Bread Company on Goodwin Avenue. Come by for a relaxed opportunity to practice German. All levels are welcome. Contact:

The Middle High German reading group is getting together Fridays from 1-2 in the departmental library to enjoy various gems of Middle High German literature or at least textual material. All are welcome, levity is assured.

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