Adam Rashkoff ’13, a double major in German Studies and the College of Letters, spent 2013/14 teaching English at two secondary schools in Vorarlberg, Austria, under the auspices of USTA-Austria, a program administered by the Fulbright Commission and funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture. He is currently enrolled in two MA programs at Vienna University: Deutsche Philologie (German Studies) and Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (Comparative Literature). Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft at the University of Vienna is a literary studies degree that emphasizes working with texts from the perspective of multiple languages, nationalities, cultures, and artistic traditions. Deutsche Philologie is, to quote Adam, “similar to German Studies at Wesleyan, but the program does incorporate some study of German linguistics and language history. For example, in the coming semester I’ll be taking courses in Middle High German and in contemporary grammar. These will help me to fulfill the MA’s first stage, which consists of a mandatory quota of courses in ‘Linguistics’ along with quotas in ‘Older German Literature’ and ‘Newer German Literature.’ In subsequent stages of the MA, (…) I’ll have the opportunity to focus on one of these three ‘fields’ and to develop a degree of scholarly competence in it with the ultimate goal of gaining enough context to write a masters thesis. While I don’t yet have a thesis topic, I am broadly interested in literary modernism, critical theory, and in writers who engage in social critique through innovative aesthetics, interests that I developed as a Wesleyan German Studies major.”
“Kaffee und Kuchen” at the German House
Converse in German as good as you can :), eat cake, and enjoy a cup of coffee!
65 Lawn Ave
Friday, February 13th, from 4-5PM
For more information, please contact Toys
Visit the German House this Sunday, February 8, 2015 as part of the program Housing Hopping Day >> 12.00 PM – 5.00 PM
The German house members organized a Scavenger Hunt, and you can decorate cookies!
Krishna Winston’s essay, “Was zu Günter Grass in der englischsprachigen Welt gesagt werden muss,” appeared in October 2014 in Volume 14 of Littera borealis, Edition zur zeitgenössischen Literatur im Norden, published by the Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel. The Grass volume features an interview with the writer, conducted by the director of the Günter Grass House in Lübeck, and essays by a number of Grass’s translators. It was presented to Grass on the occasion of his 87th birthday.
Jan. 22, 2015 by Iris Bork-Goldfield
On October 3, 2014, professors Lutz Hüwel and Krishna Winston were guests of Germany’s Consul General in Boston, Herr Rolf Schuette, for a celebration of Germany’s Day of Unity at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Connecticut. The reception highlighted the state of Baden-Württemberg, with which Connecticut maintains an official exchange focused on education and business. Since 1998, 50 Wesleyan graduates and graduate students have spent a year in Germany under the auspices of the exchange, and numerous students from Germany have come to Wesleyan. At an October 2 dinner at the Avon-Old Farms Inn, both professors were also present when the head of the visiting delegation from Baden-Württemberg, Minister of Higher Education, Research, and the Arts Theresia Bauer, presented a distinguished-service medal to Renate Seitz, who administers the B-W Exchange for the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.
Leo Lensing’s commentary on Austria’s exploitation of The Last Days of Mankind, Karl Kraus’s great anti-war drama, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, is featured this week on the homepage of the The Times Literary Supplement.
Come to the German House, converse in German as good as you can :), eat cake, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.Location: 65 Lawn Ave, Time: Friday, November 14th 4:00-5 p.m. For more information, please contact Toys.
Nov. 2, 2014 by Iris Bork-Goldfield
Please join us for our fourth and last lecture in the German Department’s fall series on commemorating the 25th year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this Thursday, November 6, in the Downey House Lounge at 4:15 PM. In her talk, “The Wallpeckers,” Krishna Winston introduces and reads from Günter Grass’s novel, Too Far Afield.
Refreshments will be served.
DO YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT …
- THE GERMAN STUDIES MAJOR & MINOR?
- STUDYING IN GERMANY?
- SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS?
THEN JOIN US THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, at 4:15 PM in FISK 403.
NPR -Journalist Bellamy Pailthorp ’89 will speak about “The Fall of the Wall — An Eyewitness Perspective.”
Oct. 24, 2014 by Iris Bork-Goldfield
“25 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall” is co-sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington D.C. All events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 860-685-3359.