Anna Tjeltveit, Jake Neuffer, and Linus Mao talking about their honors theses.
Film Event: TV Series Doppelhaushälfte
Wesleyan is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in April, so come and join us this Wednesday, April 26 at 6pm in Fisk 413 for the last screening of our “Asian German FilmSeries” and pizza!
We’ll be showing some episodes of the 2022 TV series Doppelhaushälfte (Semi-Detached), with Iranian and Vietnamese diasporic characters in the main cast.
The Kröger-Sawadi family from hip Berlin has just settled down in a suburban duplex home, right next door to the Knuppes. Their idyllic house in the countryside may not be what they imagined… Come see how the neighbors get along in this fresh and subversive take on the German “culture-clash comedy”!
Wensinger and Lensing on Enzensberger
In memory of poet and essayist Hans Magnus Enzensberger, who recently passed away at the age of 93, retired German Studies professors Jerry Wensinger and Leo Lensing published commemorative articles in the “Geisteswissenschaften” section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on February 15, 2023. For historical background, Enzensberger had been offered a yearlong fellowship at Wesleyan’s Institute for Advanced Studies (now the Center for the Humanities), but in January 1968 resigned after only a semester to move to Cuba “to work there for a substantial period of time,” as he explained in his resignation letter to Wesleyan president Etherington. On campus, he had been disturbed by the quiescent attitude towards the militarism of the Johnson administration, an attitude he found reflected in how people talked about US politics: “a new crop of words has been banished, by common consent, from polite society: words like “exploitation” and “imperialism.” They have acquired a touch of obscenity. Political scientists have taken to paraphrases and circumlocution which sound like the neurotic euphemisms of the Victorians. Some sociologists have gone so far as to deny the very existence of a ruling class. Obviously, it is easier to abolish the word “exploitation” than the thing it designates; but then, to do away with the term is not to do away with the problem.”
Asian German Film Series
These contemporary German productions represent diasporic characters of Central, West, South, Southeast, and East Asian descent in a variety of genres and intersecting themes including stereotypes, gender, generation, mixed race identity, class, disability, and more.
(1) Get Up (Steh auf!), a 2019 short drama, directed by Seung-Hyun Chong. Taeshik, a German-born 26-year-old of Korean descent is torn between his Korean upbringing and his life in Germany. (2) Fruits & Vegetables (Obst und Gemüse), a 2017 short comedy-drama by Vietnamese director Duc Ngo Ngoc. At first glance, the Vietnamese greengrocer and his employee, who is as attached to the Berlin soccer team FC Union as he is to alcohol, have little in common. At second glance…
Tschick (Goodbye Berlin), a 2016 coming of age film, directed by Fatih Akin, based on Wolfgang Herrndorf’s bestselling novel Tschick. The film depicts two teenage outsiders from Berlin who steal a car and go on an eccentric roadtrip through Germany that will probably change their lives.
My Blind Date with Life (Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben), a 2017 biopic, directed by Marc Rothemund, based on the autobiographical book by Saliya Kahawatte. An ambitious young man struggles to achieve his dream of becoming an employee in a Munich luxury hotel despite being strongly visually impaired.
Semi-Detached (Doppelhaushälfte), a 2022 German TV comedy series. A family moves from hip Berlin to a semi-detached house in the idyllic countryside and gets to know their very different neighbors…
Online German 101 Superintensive with the Goethe-Institut
- January 2-9: Preparatory asynchronous modules to be completed
- January 10-23: Mondays-Saturdays 10am-11:30am (Eastern Time)
- January 25: Final Exam
This 3-week superintensive online course allows students who were not able to attend GRST 101 this fall, to enroll in GRST 102 this spring. German 101 Superintensive is an introduction to German and leads to communicative competence in German by building on the four primary skills–speaking, listening, reading, and writing–while developing participants’ awareness of life and culture of German-speaking countries.
The German language opens vistas into a world of ideas that is as complex as it is elemental. It provides access to many fields, from philosophy to the natural sciences and many disciplines between: history, musicology, art history, and environmental studies. The course sequence 101/102/211 prepares students to study abroad in Germany, on one of the two Wesleyan-approved programs in Berlin and Hamburg or continue with GRST212 here at Wesleyan.
The cost of this non-credit course, offered by the Goethe-Institut – worldwide leader in German Language education – is $1350 but offered to all members of the Wesleyan community at a 20% discount. Registration is open through December 23 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the Goethe-Institut online. Students with additional questions are welcome to contact Professor Bork-Goldfield in Wesleyan’s German Studies Department.
Distinguished GRST and COL major Mark H. Gelber ’72 on China, Judaism, and Franz Kafka
Mark Gelber spent his academic career at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, retiring a few years ago. Before giving his talk at Wesleyan, Mark will deliver the keynote address at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Nov. 15-16 international conference on Ruth Klüger, which he co-organized.