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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

April 2011



Undergraduate German majors Christine Evans and Zachary Grotovsky have won Fulbright grants for 2011-2012. Zach will join the graduate program in German in Fall 2012.

Congratulations to University of Illinois undergraduate student Neal Benjamin, who was recently accepted to participate in the 2011-2012 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals!

Christine Evans presented on her senior thesis project at the University of Illinois’ Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 12, 2011. Her presentation was entitled “Ich denke, ich sage, ich weiß, dass … : The Use of Projection in Second Language Writing.”


Congratulations to Swedish language student Bergen Basset (SCAN 494) on receiving an internship with the U.S. State Department in Washington for 10-weeks this fall. Bergen is a MA student in EU studies, and her internship will be with the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs. Bergen will be putting her knowledge of Swedish to good use, conducting research on current events, writing and editing summaries of news for internal briefs for senior officials, and other various duties. Lycka till, Bergen!

Congratulations to Sarah Pudell, who received the award for “Excellence in Continuing Swedish” and to Dane Jorgensen, who was recognized for “Excellence in Beginning Swedish.” This award is based both on superb grades and extra-curricular involvement in department and Scandinavian Club activities.

Congratulations are due to Jenny Haare for receiving the “Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award ” for study abroad in Sweden ($1,500.00).

Congratulations go out as well to Brigette Ruhland and Cathy Selen, who will each receive “An award for study abroad in Sweden as part of grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation” ($750.00).


Professor Cori Crane presented at the annual conference for the American Association of Applied Linguists in Chicago, IL on March 29. Her paper, "Considering Evolving Multi-Voicedness as a Curricular Construct in Collegiate FL Departments” was part of a larger colloquium devoted to foreign language curriculum construction.

Professor Stephanie Hilger presented the paper “Sophie von La Roche Quoting Bernardin de Saint-Pierre” at the 2011 Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, March 31-April 4, 2011.

Professor Laurie Johnson gave a talk entitled "Recovered Voices: Listening to Viktor Ullmann's 'Der zerbrochene Krug' (1942)" at the conference "Form - Violence - Meaning: Two Hundred Years Heinrich von Kleist" at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, April 7-10.

Graduate student Paul Meyer gave a talk called "The Herzog August Bibliothek-University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Emblematica Online Project." on the "New Tech Panel" at the Rennaisance Society of America Conference in Montreal, Quebec on March 25, 2011.

Professor Carl Niekerk gave a talk entitled "Natural History, Anthropology, and the Construction of the Primitive Other in Kleist's 'Die Verlobung in St. Domingo'" at the conference "Form - Violence - Meaning: Two Hundred Years Heinrich von Kleist" at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, April 7-10.

Professor Mara R. Wade organized the working group meeting of the research team Emblematica Online with participants from the US, the Netherlands and Germany at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, 11-12 April 2011.

Professor Mara R. Wade presented two invited papers at the University of Tel Aviv: “Gender at Play in Seventeenth-Century Nürnberg” on 16 March 2011 for the Department of Art History and “Violence and Gender in the Thirty Years’ War” on 17 March 2011 for the Department of Gender Studies, Tel Aviv, Israel.


The Midwest Symposium in Germanic Studies will take place at the University of Illinois on April 15-16, 2011. The conference website, which includes the program and conference flyer, is here:
For additional information, mail Laurie Johnson at

This year's Departmental Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday April 25, 5:00 PM in Lucy Ellis Lounge in the Foreign Languages Building. All are cordially invited as we recognize the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students.

Professor Yasemin Yildiz will speak at the ACLS Grant/ Guggenheim Fellowship Workshop on Monday, April 25, 4:00 PM in 400 Swanlund. She will briefly share her experience with and insights into the grant application process as a 2011-2012 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship winner for the joint project "Citizens of Memory: Muslim Immigrants and Holocaust Remembrance in Contemporary Germany," conducted with Michael Rothberg and Andrés Nader.

The final Scandinavian Film Night is Tuesday, April 19th 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

You are welcome to join the weekly Swedish conversation hour – Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 @ Espresso Royale on Goodwin & Oregon.

Scandinavian Club News

The Scandinavian is heading up a field trip to “Scandinavian Chicago” during the day of Saturday, April 16th. Carpools will leave from Champaign-Urbana in the morning, visit IKEA, the Swedish American Museum (in Andersonville) and conclude with dinner at Tre Kronor (in North Park). If you are a student and plan on attending, contact Melissa Boban ASAP, so that dinner reservations can be made.

Club T-Shirts are being ordered!! To order, contact Melissa Boban – shirts will cost around $12.00.


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