FORL 1662 Intro to Hispanic Studies
(FC:HU, GD). CRN 33213. TTh 11-12:15 with Prof. Purificación Martínez. No knowledge of Spanish necessary. All instruction and reading in English. Texts include The Diario of Christopher Columbus's first voyage to America, 1492-1493, readings about the Spanish Inquisition and Latin America, Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, units on Hispanic/Latino identity in the United States, code-switching, Spanglish and much more.
FORL 2620 Cannibals, Pirates, Hurons and Slaves
(FC:HU). CRN 33229. TTh 2-3:15pm. Prof. Nicolas Medevielle is offering this course on French Literature in Translation on a new Pirate theme, Of Cannibals, Pirates, Hurons and Slaves. The French Experience in the Americas. All instruction in English. Also available in Honors section 299 (35941) and for French majors and minors as FREN 3700 (33261) Special Topics in French or Francophone Literature or FREN 4700 (33263).
FORL 2690 Intro to German Cinema
(FC:HU). CRN 33236. T 3:30-6:30 with Prof. Susanne Lenné Jones. No knowledge of German necessary. All films subtitled. Learn why Germany was the original Hollywood, with stylish Weimar classics like "Metropolis"; study how Hitler used the genius of Leni Riefenstahl to create the look and feel of his Arian vision; films about life and art under Communism in East Germany such as "The Lives of Others," and much more.
This department sponsored summer study abroad program in Berlin features one month of study in Berlin, including 6 sh German language at the BIS School in Berlin and/or 3 sh GERM 3700 or FORL 2600 on The Holocaust and its Remembrance. Day trips and guided excursions in and around Berlin included in the $3500 fee; optional side trips to Dresden or the Spreewald.
This department sponsored summer study abroad program in Paris features one month of study in Paris, including a 3 sh culture class by ECU faculty and a 4 sh French language course from the Institute Catholique. Students are housed in an international student resident hall. Students will learn how to get around in Paris by public transportation, appreciate French cuisine, visit museums, take walking tours of various neighborhoods, watch French films see a French play, conduct interviews, etc.
Jessica Rassau, senior in Classical Studies and the Honors College, and Kyle Binaxas, a double major in Russian Studies/Psychology, have received Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Awards in support of their research. Jessica is studying abroad in Italy and Greece, researching ancient Spartan military culture and Spartan participation in the Persian Wars. Kyle's project grew out of his spring 2014 readings with Prof. Murenina on Aesthetic Choices in Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s. He is currently working with Prof. Hernandez in the Dept. of History.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce that Dr. Benjamin Fraser, currently with the Department of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston, has accepted the position as chair of our department. In addition to his current faculty position, Dr. Fraser is also the managing editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, executive/founding editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, and the associate editor of Hispania. Dr. Fraser earned his MA and PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of Arizona and his BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Virginia. He will assume his new role on July 1, 2014.
The Department mourns the loss of Brian Harris, ΦΒΚ Assoc. Professor of German, who passed away August 6 at his home. Dr. Harris brought humanity to every aspect of his work, from his love of teaching, to his research on Dada and German fiction and essays, his translation of Hugo Ball, his poems and plays, to his presence on faculty governance committees. He added jazz to every conversation, and was equally comfortable riffing on his sax or on the incompetence of petty bureaucrats. His conversations would modulate from the role of time-signatures in Bebop, to the fabric of space-time, to the creation of intellectual space in the university for humane letters, and always with self-deprecation and those smiling eyes. His great soul will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to French national education and culture, the French Ministry of Education has named Dr. Frédéric Fladenmuller a Knight (Chevalier) in the Ordre des Palmes académiques. The French Academic Palms recognize those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture. French citizens living abroad and foreign (non-French) nationals may receive this award for contributing significantly to furthering French intellectual, scientific, and artistic achievements in the world. Originally a decoration founded by Emperor Napoléon to honour eminent members of the University of Paris, it is an Order of Chivalry of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.