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Please join the department in congratulating Kate Freeman, who has earned the "Professional Staff Award" from Secretariat for 2009. Kate is the office manager for the departments of French and Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Upcoming Events

Juliane (Schoenfeldt) Edenstrom will defend her dissertation entitled "Word Order in Spoken German: Syntactic Right-Expansions as an Interactionally Constructed Phenomenon" on April 16, 2009, 3-5 pm. in 3092-C FLB. Committee: Andrea Golato (Chair), Fred Schwink, Claudia Bornholdt, Numa Markee (Linguistics), Makoto Hayashi (EALC).
The public is cordially invited to attend. For the abstract of the dissertation, please go to

Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft on Thursday April 16, 5:15 pm, Lucy Ellis Lounge: Patrick Greaney (University of Colorado / Boulder) will speak on "Aestheticization and the Shoah: Heimrad Bäcker's 'transcript'".

Heimrad Bäcker’s 1986 book 'transcript' ('nachschrift') offers a startling collection of documents that confronts us with details from the bureaucratic world of the Nazis and the intimate worlds they destroyed. Bäcker uses the techniques of concrete and visual poetry to present quotations from the Holocaust’s planners, perpetrators, victims as well as from post-war historical accounts. Bäcker’s sources range from victim’s letters and camp graffiti to train schedules and Mein Kampf. Bäcker’s critics have focused on the documentary aspects of Bäcker’s work and ignored its aesthetic characteristics, because they understand aestheticization of the Holocaust as an error. But I argue that Bäcker’s documentary intention is one and the same as his aesthetic intention, because he aims to document how the Shoah’s planners viewed their task as an aesthetic one.

This talk was organized in cooperation with the French department.

The Department of Linguistics would like to invite you to a screening of "The Linguists" Thursday, April 16th from 4-6pm in Illini Union 406 (run time = 65 mins with time following for discussion).

"THE LINGUISTS joins David Harrison and Gregory Anderson, scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. David and Greg's 'round-the- world journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures, knowledge, and communities at stake.  THE LINGUISTS world premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The only film funded by the National Science Foundation ever at Sundance, THE LINGUISTS has since screened at more than thirty festivals worldwide. Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller & Jeremy Newberger; 2008."

For more information about the film:

To view the trailer:

Or, for a google interview with the filmmakers: v=gxI1MP3H92M

Professor Margret Selting from the University of Potsdam will present a public talk entitled "Emotive involvement in conversational storytelling - presentation of a project of the Cluster of Excellence 'Languages of Emotion' at the FU of Berlin" on Friday, April 24, 2009, 2 p.m., Lucy Ellis Lounge.  The event is organized by the IPRH Reading Group "Language and Social Interaction" and is co-sponsored by Linguistics and German.

On April 25, Prof. Selting will be meeting with faculty and grad students in a conversation analysis (CA) workshop as part of the Midwest CA Data Session. The Midwest CA Data Session, which attracts conversation analysts from surrounding campuses, will run from 10 am-5 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2009 in the Lucy Ellis Lounge. Anyone interested in attending the Midwest Data Session please contact Prof. Andrea Golato,

Critically acclaimed and award-winning Swedish film _Let the Right One In_ (Dir. Tomas Alfredsson, 2008) will be screened at the 11th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival on April 25 at 9.30 PM, at the Virgina Theatre in Champaign. For tickets and information, please see n let_the_right_one_in.html


Professor Laurie Johnson gave a paper entitled "Uncanny Love: Schelling's Meditations on the Spirit World" at the conference "Phantasmata: Techniques of the Uncanny" held at the Kulturlabor/Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, April 6-8, 2009.

Professor Emeritus Karl-Heinz Schoeps gave two invited lectures in Saint Louis, MO, last week: "Widerstand und Wehrmacht" on 7 April 2009 at Saint Louis University and "Holocaust and Resistance: Rescuers in Wehrmacht Uniforms" on 8 April 2009 at Webster University.


Kathleen Smith was awarded a travel grant from the American Friends of the Herzog August Library (HAB) to support dissertation research at the HAB in Wolfenbuettel, Germany.

The first German Story Hour at the Urbana Free Library took place on Saturday, April 4th and was a hit with the community. Sarah Henneböhl and Professor Rösch read stories to the children (and parents) who attended. Everyone who participated had a great time, and we are looking forward to working with the library to set up another reading hour, likely next semester.

Congratulations to all the Germanic L&L dept runners who logged 69.6 miles in EVERY race division of the Illinois Marathon on Saturday!

Full Marathon : Andrea Golato
Half Marathon : Anna Stenport & Sarah Henneboehl
Marathon Relay : Amanda Sheffer & Whitney Luke
5K: Kathleen Smith
Kids' fun run : Marta (with mom Anna!)
Thanks to Regine for volunteering!

Also spotted running the marathon in his native Illinois was alumnus Terry Welch! Congratulations to him too!

Weekly Departmental Activities

The Deutsche Konversationsgruppe meets 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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