German Studies End-of-the-Year Party

The party started off with Leo Lensing introducing our two senior thesis writers, Lynn Heere and Matthew Alexander. They both gave excellent presentations of their works. While Lynn talked about the German student movement in the Sixties, Matt introduced us to the German playwright, Lord Schadt.

Lynn Heere: “From Spassguerilla to Stadtguerilla: The Theory and Praxis of the West German Student Movement.”

Matthias Alexander: “Lost Modern Love by German author Lord Schadt: A Translation and Adaptation.”

Leo Lensing thanked faculty members Krishna Winston, Uli Plass, Katja Straub, Angela Guliemetti, and Iris Bork-Goldfield for their many contributions to the department and its students.  Iris thanked Stefanie Schaffler for her excellent work as a Teaching Assistant.


Then it was time to barbecue, sample deviled eggs, stuffed breads, and the many different salads.

Leo Lensing and His Altenberg Collection in a Documentary Film

On May 2, Leo Lensing attended a screening of A Little Pocket Mirror, a documentary on the Austrian writer Peter Altenberg (1859-1919), at the Neue Galerie in New York. The British art historian Gemma Blackshaw and the award-winning filmmaker David Bickerstaff collaborated on the project. Lensing is one of the consultants interviewed in the film, which includes footage of several objects from his collection of Altenberg’s manuscripts and inscribed photographs.

Kaffee and Kuchen – Study/Work abroad in German speaking countries

The members of German house would like to share their study/work experiences in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and give you helpful tips about available program options and lifestyle abroad.

Elena Georgieva will talk about science programs in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland during and after graduation, as well as some work possibilities for science majors.

Nathan Shane will talk about studying music and German (and learning to cook!) while living in Leipzig, and how participating in such a different educational system gave him more perspective on his experience at Wesleyan.

Lana will talk about  the Wesleyan-Vanderbilt-Wheaton program in Regensburg which she did, and also about how one can take music and psychology classes that were counted towards her majors. Steffi, our exchange student from Regensburg also be there to answer any questions.

Our guest, Sara Lynch, who went to Berlin as part of the Duke in Berlin program will talk about her experience.

Frau Bork will also be there and answer any questions about Regensburg, the Duke in Berlin and the Columbia in Berlin programs.

The rest of the house members will be there to share our excitement with German culture and assist you with any other questions related to campus German life. Bring your questions, maybe laptops, and stomachs ready for cake!