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April 22, 2010



Deutsches Seminar (Graduate student presentation series): Paul Meyer will speak about "The Inverted Religion of Johann Faust" on Monday, April 26th at 5:15 pm in FLB 1022.


Swedish film _The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo_ (Niels Arden Oplev, 2009) will be screening for one week at the Art Theatre in Champaign, beginning Friday April 23.

Swedish director Roy Andersson's film You The Living (Du levande, 2009) has been selected to screened as part of the Ebertfest in Champaign (April 21-24). Production manager/assistant director Johan Carlsson and actress Jessika Lundberg will be present to take part in a discussion with Ebert and the audience. All panel discussions will be streamed live at A keen admirer of Roy Andersson and his films, Roger Ebert earlier chose You, the Living as one of 2009’s best independent films, and in 2001 Andersson’s Songs from the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen) was also screened at Ebert’s festival.

The University of Illinois German Choir will perform its Spring Concert on Sunday, April 25 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Saint John the Divine, 1101 South Wright Street. C. Choral and instrumental works from the Renaissance and Baroque by Hassler, Caldara, Mendelssohn and Fischer will be performed. Admission is free.


The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures was well represented at the spring meeting of the Southern Illinois chapter of the AATG in Urbana, IL on Saturday, April 10. Presentations on teaching film in the German classroom included:

  1. Prof. Cori Crane: "Black Survivors of the Holocaust: Vergessene Geschichten des Holocausts im Dokumentarfilm. Ideen für den fortgeschrittenen Unterricht"
  2. Carola Dwyer and Amanda Sheffer: "Sissi: Teaching Culture through the Heimatfilm Genre in the Basic Language Classroom"
  3. Stefan Freise and Sören Priebe: "Meet the Department! Creating a Departmental 'Home' Video for Beginning-Level German Classes”
  4. Dr. Irene Zavarsky: "Making Movies—From the First Idea to the Final Project"

Professor Laurie Johnson gave an invited paper entitled "Werner Herzog's Romantic 
Spaces" at the Midwest Symposium in German Studies at the University of 
Missouri-Columbia on April 17, 2010.

On April 9, Professor Carl Niekerk talked about "Reading Proust with Sacher- Masoch" at the conference 'Proust and his Era/ Proust et son époque' at the University of Illinois. A version of his paper can be downloaded here:

Professor Yasemin Yildiz gave an invited paper "The Postmonolingual Condition: Multilingual Art and Literature in a Globalizing World" at the Midwest Symposium in German Studies at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO on April 17, 2010.


Congratulations to Donnie Robinson who passed his MA exams and presented a paper, "Homoeroticism and Social Discipline in Grimmelshausen's Simpliccissimus." The members of his committee were Professors Wade (chair), Schwink, and Niekerk.


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.