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February 18, 2010




Dissertation Defense: Shawn Boyd will be defending his PhD dissertation, “Occidental Regionalism in the Nibelungenlied: Medieval Paradigms of Foreignness,” prepared under the direction of Professor Stephen Jaeger and the doctoral committee of Professors Laurie Johnson, Marianne Kalinke, Frederick Schwink, and Carol Symes. The dissertation defense will take place on Monday, February 22 from 2-4 pm in 2090B FLB.

The first Deutscher Filmabend of the semester is "John Rabe", a true-story account of the German businessman, John Rabe, who saved more than 200,000 Chinese people during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38. The screening is on Monday, February 22 at 7pm in the Lucy Ellis Lounge. The movie will be shown with English subtitles and all are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft lecture (co-sponsored by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society): Professor Barbara Hahn (Vanderbilt University) will discuss her paper "Kafka's Wife and the Children of Bruno Schulz" on Tuesday, March 2 from 4 to 5:30pm in the Lucy Ellis Lounge of the Foreign Languages Building.


The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois presents a One-Day Conference: “Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s” this Friday, February 19 from 9:30am - 6:15pm at the Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street). For more information, click here.

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society presents the First Bi-Annual Rosenthal Family Lecture in German- and Habsburg-Jewish History and Culture: Barbara Hahn (Distinguished Professor of German, Vanderbilt University) will speak on “Rahel Varnhagen: The Woman Who Created German-Jewish Culture” on Monday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m., Music Room, Levis Faculty Center, 919 West Illinois Street.


Professor Anna W. Stenport gave an invited talk in the Program of Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin on February 11. The title of her talk was “Money Metaphors and Economic History in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House."


This semester Swedish Coffee Hour meets on Monday at 3:30pm at the Espresso Royale coffee-shop on Goodwin and Oregon.

This semester, the Deutsche Konversationsgruppe will meet on Wednesdays 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.