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Bellamy Pailthorp ’89 is a news reporter in Seattle with KPLU Public Radio, one of the leading NPR stations in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from Wesleyan with High Honors in German Language and Literature in the spring of 1989. She went to Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship that September, to pursue a project on dramaturgy and Bertolt Brecht. Little did she know she would end up working as an interpreter for journalists during the fall of the wall – an unforgettable experience that led to her career as a broadcaster. She lived in Berlin from 1989-1998, eventually working as a TV producer at Deutsche Welle TV and freelancing for other outlets. She now covers the environment beat at KPLU. In this talk, she will share anecdotes about her experience in Berlin before, during and after the fall of the wall.

“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.

Please join us for the  first lecture in the German Department’s fall series on commemorating the 25th Year of the Fall of the Berlin

This Wednesday, October 15 in FISK 210 at noon, Prof. Sarah Wiliarty will speak on “ The Fall of the Berlin Wall – A Political Perspective.”

Refreshments will be served.

“25 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall” is co-sponsored by the German Studies Department and 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.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Studies Department has received a grant from the German Embassy in Washington DC and is looking for creative submissions pertaining to the historic event. Submissions can include a poem, a 1000-word essay, a one-page cartoon, a digital story, or even a collage. The best three submissions will receive gift card prizes of $200, $100, and $50 respectively. Please submit all entries to Debbie Pozzetti in Fisk 401 by November 9 at 4:00PM.

If you have any questions, or would like to submit your work electronically, please contact Prof. Iris Bork-Goldfield

For more events about the Fall of the Wall, please visit the many talks on campus throughout the month.


MittagstischEat and speak German

Faculty Dining Room
USDAN im dritten Stock
Freitag, den 3. Oktober
12.30 – 13.30 Uhr

Fragen? Schreiben Sie Iris Bork-Goldfield

Please join us for the  first lecture in the German Department’s fall series on commemorating the 25th Year of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

This Wednesday, September 24 in FISK 210 at noon, Erik Grimmer –Solem will speak on “From Great War to Great Wall: The Fall of the Berlin Wall in Historical Perspective.”

Refreshments will be served.



Shemuel Garber



Professor Leo Lensing addressing German Studies majors and minors and faculty at our luncheon on May 10, 2013.

Shemuel Garber ’13, a double major in German Studies and the College of Letters, wrote his thesis for COL, entitled, The Circular Cut: Problematizing the Longevity of Civilization’s Most Aggressively Defended Amputation.

He will spend this summer in Brooklyn before leaving for Germany with a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to teach English at a high school in Mainz, Germany.

James Gardner ’13 is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a German Studies major. His Senior Honors Thesis explores Afro-German history from 1871 to 2013. He has been awarded the Prentice Prize for his excellent work in German, the Heidemann Award, for helping others in the Wesleyan community, and the Butterfield Prize for his leadership, intellectual commitment and concern for the Wesleyan community.

James Gardner


James will continue his work with the Afro-German social work organization, Joliba, in Berlin, where he worked while studying abroad in Berlin in 2012. At Joliba, James will coordinate initiatives, tours, and events in line with his Afro-German academic work. He also hopes to obtain the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS), which offers young people the opportunity to gain practical experience in parliamentary work during a 15-week internship under the auspices of a Member of the German Bundestag. James is planning to apply for a DAAD scholarship this fall in order to continue his studies at the Free University of Berlin.

Max Kaplan ’13 will be working at The Fund for the Public Interest in Philadelphia. This is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. They run campaigns for USPIRG, Environment America, the Human Rights Campaign, and Environmental Action.

Adam Rashkoff


Adam Rashkoff   ’13, a double major in German Studies and the College of Letters wrote a senior essay for both departments on Freud’s theories of psychological repression to analyze Theodor Adorno’s appropriation of the German Idealist concept of Naturschöne, or natural beauty. He will spend the upcoming academic year 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. This summer, he will split his time between Stanford University, where he will work at a literature and arts summer camp for middle and high school students, and Brooklyn, NY. In New York,  he will intern on a project to develop a humanities curriculum for a network of charter schools. Ultimately, he plans to pursue his interest in German Studies at the graduate level. 

Avery Trufelmann


Avery Trufelman ’13,  a double major in German Studies and the College of Letters, wrote a senior thesis in both departments. Avery translated the autobiography of Hans Rosenthal, an iconic German gameshow host and holocaust survivor. She received high honors for this work Avery is also the recipient of the Scott Prize, awarded for excellence in foreign-language study. She will go on to intern for NPR Berlin (produced entirely in Washington, DC).



Mari Jarris ’14 This summer, Mari will conduct her thesis research on the Frankfurt School’s critique of German Idealist philosophy using the archives and libraries at the University of Frankfurt and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. She received the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship, the Davenport Grant, and the Blankenagel Prize to support her summer research.

Maddy (R)

Maddy (right)

Maddy Smith-Huemer ’14  She is a German Studies and History major who has been studying at the Free University of Berlin with the Duke in Berlin program since January 2013. She will continue her studies there until the end of July, while also conducting research for her senior year thesis on resistance movements in the former GDR.

Oscar Takabvirwa


Oscar Takabvirwa ’14, a double major in German Studies and Mathematics, hopes to be working for a consulting firm in New York City this summer. He will start research for his honors thesis for German, a translation of works by authors whose parents migrated to Germany and who grew up in a multi-cultural environment.





Colin, Jackie and Dan

Colin, Steffi and Dan

Jaqueline Heitkamp ‘15,  Colin O’Connor ‘15  and Daniel Hurlbert ‘15 have been studying in Regensburg since January 2013 and will continue their studies there until the end of July.

In the photo below, Colin is joined by former Wesleyan students and  Regensburg exchange students who visited the Regensburg Dult, an annual folk festival, in May 2013.Regensburg Dult 2013


The third and last movie in our German film series for this semester is When We Leave (Die Fremde), Germany 2010, directed by Feo Aladag, with Sibel Kekilli, Nizam Schiller, Derya Alabora. 119 min.

A young German woman of Turkish descent flees a difficult marriage by moving to Berlin, but her fight for more freedom and independence causes strife within her family. Introduced by Katja Straub, Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies



The second movie in our film series in the crime thriller Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt), Germany 1998. Dir: Tom Tykwer, with Moritz Bleibtreu, Franka Potente. 81 min.

The film begins with Lola receiving a phone call from her distraught boyfriend Manni, a small-time criminal, who lost 100,000 marks belonging to his crime boss. Manni fears for his life. Can Lola help?  Introduced by Leo Lensing, Professor of German Studies & Film Studies.

More information…





Eat and speak German

Faculty Dining Room
USDAN im dritten Stock
Mittwoch, den 27. März
12.15 – 13.30 Uhr

Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland is the first movie in our spring film series. Hüseyin Yilmaz came to Germany from Turkey in 1964, and later brought his wife and children. With warmth and a sense of humor, his granddaughter recounts their family history during a family vacation back home in Turkey. An uplifting, funny film about heritage and intercultural family life. Directed by Yasemin Samdereli, 95 min., Germany 2011  Introduced by Iris Bork-Goldfield, Professor of German Studies.More Information and Trailor

Eat and speak German

Faculty Dining Room
USDAN im dritten Stock
Mittwoch, den 13. Februar
12.15 – 13.30 Uhr

William Donahue, Professor of German and Professor of Literature as well as a member of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for European Studies at Duke University, will discuss new research on the reception of the Holocaust for a work in progress and for Holocaust Lite, the recently published German translation of his book Holocaust as Fiction. Bernhard Schlink’s “Nazi” Novels and Their Films. Holocaust in Fiction is “the first scholarly study to probe the ‘Schlink phenomenon’ and to analyze its profound role in coming to terms with the Holocaust. Donahue dissects the seductive, transnational appeal of his work and the ways in which popular culture more generally has contributed to the success of Germany’s normalization campaign” (Todd Samuel Presner).

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:30p.m. Downey 113

Sponsored by German Studies and Jewish & Israel Studies


Meet Jochen Wohlfeil, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Practice in German and Resident Director of  Duke in Berlin

Jochen Wohlfeil, usually omnipresent in Berlin as Director of Duke University’s academic program there but in residence in Durham this semester, will give a presentation on Duke in Berlin and discuss student life in Germany’s greatest city.

Monday, November 12

4:30p.m – 5:30p.m. in Fisk 210

Das German Studies Department lädt ein zu zwei Vorträgen von GRST Majors

Freitag, den 9. November um 14.00 Uhr in Fisk 404


Mari Jarris

“A Contemporary Critique of Metaphysics:

Adorno’s Nietzschean Analysis of Astrology.”


Katie Dean

“‘Überfrau’ oder Opfer?

The Liminal Characterization of Women in 19th Century German Drama.”

Die Vorträge sind auf Englisch, die Diskussion auf Deutsch und Englisch.

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