Features and Accolades: Two of our past and current students have been featured in special profiles. The Daily Reflector published a great
article about former German, History, and Education triple major, Danny Franch,
who visited us in between two years as a Fulbright English Teaching
Assistant in Germany. If you are interested in learning more about his
remarkable achievements and experiences,
follow this link to the article. You might have seen our wonderful current English and German double major, Kestra James, smiling
at you from one of the many screens at ECU or from its website, where her profile is featured. Check out her story here!
We are also very proud of our colleague, Dr. Birgit Jensen,
who was recently selected as the inaugural recipient of the award for
German Program Development and Advocacy,” presented by the American
Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Anyone who has had
the pleasure of working with her knows her dedication to her students
and the study of German language and culture. Herzlichen
German minor Anthony Razov has been offered an internship with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, where he is currently studying as an exchange student.
German and English double major Kestra James has been selected to represent the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures on Dean Downs’s Student Leadership Council (Harriot College of Arts & Sciences).
Professor David Smith was an invited presenter at a conference on Johann Klaj, Baroque poet and theologian, at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nürnberg in September.
Dr. Susanne Lenné Jones has been named chair of our program in German. Dr. Birgit Jensen will continue to serve as German Club advisor and Prof. David Smith as study abroad advisor.
Professor Birgit Jensen has been awarded a $1,000 leadership grant from BB&T.
Dr. Jill Twark has published “Negotiating the Politics and Aesthetics of Satire: Satirical Novels in the GDR and Beyond” in Re-Reading East Germany: The Literature and Film of the GDR. Ed. Karen Leeder. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 126-42.
Daniel (Danny) Franch, BA in German and BS in History, has been awarded a Fulbright ETA grant to Germany to study and teach English at a Gymnasium in Dessau, Germany. Danny received the Outstanding Senior Award in German at the departmental awards ceremony in May and presented original research of his at ECU’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium.
German and English major Paige Vaughan was awarded the Fleming / Perry Scholarship for her academic achievement and commitment to learning about other cultures. Paige also presented original research of hers at ECU’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium.
German major Hunter Marshall received the Dina Jensen Award for outstanding research writing in German.
German Club President Anthony Razov received the Outstanding Minor in German award.
Orly Maldonado, William Reinhardt and Paige Vaughan were honored with a German Studies Priority Fund Award to pursue studies in Germany.
Harriet Carlton, Andrew Jones, Hunter Marshall, Jeffrey W. Mullins, Anthony Razov, William Reinhardt, Logan W. Richardson, Iman Schnelle, Paige Vaughan, and Austin Vaughan-Harris were inducted into Delta Phi Alpha, The National German Honor Society.
ECU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures recognized Dr. Birgit Jensen for her Outstanding Achievement to Teaching during the academic year. Dr. Jensen was the first faculty member to receive this award, which recognizes just one tenured faculty member per year.
Eleven members of ECU’s German Club traveled to München over spring break to help refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan acclimate to their new lives in Germany. The group, which suggested and planned the project with the generous help of volunteers from Helferkreis-Asyl-Waldperlach, was featured in an article in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest daily newspaper, as well as in local media: Süddeutsche Zeitung, ECU News.
Dr. Jill Twark has published her co-edited manuscript (with Axel Hildebrandt), Envisioning Social Justice in Contemporary German Culture. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015. Prof. Twark also co-wrote an article for the volume with Patricia Anne Simpson: “Die Toten Hosen, Rammstein, Azad, and Massiv: German Rock and Rap Go Global for Social Justice.” Envisioning Social Justice. 88-118.
Dr. Susanne Lenné Jones published her book chapter “Chance Encounters: The Secrets of the ‘Quiet Center of Berlin.’” for the book German Women Writers and the Spatial (Re)Turn. Eds. Carola Daffner and Beth Muellner. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2015.
The German Academic Exchange Service and Fulbright-Kommission have chosen Prof. Birgit Jensen to attend the Leipzig Summer Academy for American Faculty in German and German Studies. Prof. Jensen is just one of 19 faculty members from the U. S. chosen to participate in this program and the only one from North Carolina.
Professor David Smith has been awarded a $1,000 Active Learning Grant from BB&T.
Michael Veale, BA in German and BA in Theatre, has been awarded a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to study at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
David Smith has been named director of ECU's graduate program in International Studies.
Susanne Lenné Jones has published
The Multiplicities of Memories in Contemporary German Literature: How Photographs are Used to Reconstruct Narratives of History with Mellen Press. Prof. Jones's manuscript provides in-depth analyses of three major German-language writers and their literary reflections of the Holocaust. In so doing, Prof. Jones examines the limits of memory on the effects of this historical catastrophe on those born afterwards and the blending of text and image in the search for truth and authenticity.
Kendra Beaty has been invited to present her research,"German Television: Really 'German' or Forever an American Reproduction?", at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Ogden, Utah. Kendra spoke on this topic at the North Carolina Research Symposium last November in Greenville. Way to go, Kendra!
Jill Twark, Birgit Jensen and Susanne Lenné Jones have published their co-authored article on strategies for developing a German Studies program in the U. S.: "Erfolgsstrategien zur Wiederbelebung eines universitären Germanistikstudienganges in den Vereinigten Staaten."
Aussiger Beiträge 5 (2011): 23-34.
David Smith has published an article on a work by J. M. R. Lenz and its relation to Goethe's
Werther: "The Role of
Einbildungskraft in Lenz's
Der Waldbruder: Ein Pendant zu Werthers Leiden."
Postscript 27 (2012).
Chadwick Spence! Chadwick received a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to study for the year at the Universität Konstanz. Chadwick is the third ECU German student to receive this prestigious award in the last three years!
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