Lecture: Karin Schutjer, University of Oklahoma
"The Hebrew Bible and the Roots of Modern German Literature." Wed., March 30, 4:00pm, 602 CL.
Spring Undergraduate Conference: Inszenierung der Politik/Staging Politics
German majors will present their research at an undergraduate conference March 18-19.
Writing in Progress: Stephen Brockmann, Carnegie Mellon University
"Constructing East German Literature 1944-1959." Fri, January 29, 2:30pm, 244B CL.
Meet Our People
Mila boldly traverses intellectual and disciplinary boundaries to study those who cross geographical and cultural ones. Read her profile.
With intellectual coolness and composure she researches emotion, affect, and madness. Read her profile.
Researching the imagined communities that make up our increasingly globalized and transnational world. Read her profile
Following the footsteps of J.W. v. Goethe, Prof. Muenzer leads students to discover "was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält." Read his profile
Charts undiscovered spaces and places of the 19th century and maneuvers students through treacherous academic waters. Read his profile
Prof. von Dirke
Our discourse queen is the salt and pepper in the Department and lays the beat for a diversity of cultural vibrations. Read her profile
The Berlinale has its Golden Bear, but Pitt has Prof. Halle. He envisions the impossible and makes students their own auteurs of critical thinking. Read his profile
Farewell to Valued Colleague
The German Department is sad to announce the passing of a beloved teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. Dr. Elizabeth Wylie-Ernst passed away on July 15, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. Beth was an invaluable colleague. She was tireless in her service to the department, serving at various times as Director of Language Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies, TA/TF coordinator, German Club faculty liaison, representative to Pitt's College in High School program, and numerous other duties. She was a popular and effective teacher, consistently garnering excellent teaching evaluation scores and winning teaching awards. She regularly taught our large-enrollment courses and loved interacting with students both inside and outside the classroom. She built bridges across departments and programs at the university and was conscientious in her efforts to do her best in everything she did. Her loss will be felt keenly in the department.
The German Department has established a fund in her memory with the aim of helping the Pitt students to whom she was so devoted. If you would like to contribute, please do so at the following link: https://secure.giveto.pitt.edu/wyern.
Randall Halle Interviews Prominent German Film Director
During the 65th annual Berlinale Film Festival, Professor Randall Halle interviewed prominent German film director Andreas Dresen. To learn more, click here.
Randall Halle Publishes Latest Monograph
Professor Randall Halle, Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German and Film Studies, has published his most recent monograph, "The Europeanization of Cinema. Interzones and Imaginative Communities," with the University of Illinois Press. From the book jacket: "In this innovative study...Halle advances the concept of 'interzones' as a mechanism for analyzing European cinema. Interzones, he explains, are geographical and ideational spaces that develop from border crossing in the broadest sense. They are places of transit, interaction, transformation, and contested diversity. Halle explicates this innovative concept by reinvigorating the theory of the cinematic apparatus, exploring anew the relationships between cinema and the social order. Focusing especially on borders, borderlands, and cultural zones, he shows how interzones have manifested in distinct periods of cinema history." One scholar praises the book as follows: "An original and ground-breaking view of the post-Wende central European landscape, drawn from a remarkable abundance of sources. Halle's writing is intelligent and even amusing - I couldn't put the book down until I had read it to the last page." - Janina Falkowska.
Holly Yanacek Accepts Fulbright Fellowship
Holly Yanacek, Ph.D. candidate, has accepted a Fulbright fellowship to study at the Free University of berlin and the Max Planck Institute during the 2014-2015 academic year. Holly will be working on a dissertation about Emotional Communities in late 19th Century Germany. In addition to the Fulbright fellowship, Holly was also offered a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a Mellon Fellowship.
John Wagner Receives Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship
One of our current seniors, John Wagner, has been named the recipient of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship. With this award, John will be spending the next academic year in Germany, continuing with German language study and working in the office of a Bundestagsabgeordneter. This is at second year in a row that one of our students has been selected (Currently, Jason Hutton is participating in this program.) Read More
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