Department of German and Russian Studies at the College of Charleston
The Department of German and Russian Studies at the College of Charleston is the youngest department in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and provides students with opportunities to study the language, literature, cinema and culture of German-speaking Europe and Russia. America has many long-established social and cultural ties with the nations of the German-speaking world: Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Today, a knowledge of German has become important for anyone engaged in international commerce, research and technology. The Department offers a Major in German, a Minor in German, and a Minor in German Studies. The Russian Studies program offers a multidisciplinary course of study, which combines the Russian language with courses related to Russian civilization, culture, history, politics and economic. A primarymajor goal is to provide an understanding of the relationship between the United States and Russia in the aftermath of the Cold War. The Department offers a Minor in Russian Studies. . Both German and Russian programs offer a full range of extra-curricular activities in which students and faculty participate.
spotted today prepping fall courses in his office: the man, the myth, the Herr DL, who is smiling under that mask. We in German and Russian Studies hope everyone is having a safe and restful summer!
SRAS will take you live, via Instagram, to see what Moscow is like post-quarantine. Along the approximately hour-long walk, we'll discuss history, political economy, language, culture, and much more. We'll be starting at noon New York time, 9 am California time on Monday, July 13. Join us on Instagram at @SRASOrg.
PS - The painting here is _Old Arbat_ by M.V. Lanchaka (awesome!)
Congratulations to CofC Instructor of Russian, Professor Maggie Miltcheva, on receiving the College of Charleston 2020 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award!
In the words of the Awards Committee: “The College of Charleston’s Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award was established in 2014 and honors those adjunct faculty members who are outstanding among the College’s many exceptional teachers. This year’s award recipient is Meglena Miltcheva from the Department of German and Russian Studies. Maggie has been a dedicated adjunct teacher in Russian Studies since 2002.
Maggie is a teacher leader in the Russian Studies Program. She has developed several courses, including a Russian Folktales course that is consistently a student favorite. She has also been a leader in teaching online courses since 2014 and participates in intensive online professional development in language acquisition, modeling for students and colleagues her commitment to continued excellence in content and pedagogy. Maggie’s commitment to excellent teaching is also exemplified in her outstanding Course-Instructor Evaluation feedback.
We are pleased to recognize Meglena Miltcheva, a stellar teacher and colleague, with the 2020 Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award.”
Congratulations to graduating German, History, and Political Science triple major and International Studies Minor Morgan Eppley '20. This year, Morgan was chosen as a student ambassador for the inaugural year of the LCWA Global Ambassadors program led by Associate Dean, Ambassador James Melville. Congratulations on all of your successes, Morgan, and best wishes for the future!
To our graduating German and Russian Studies students: congratulations and best wishes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss6u9kb9E6s
Congratulations to graduating Russian Studies Minor and Anthropology Major Nathan Dabbs. Nathan has been awarded the Best Student of Russian Award, as well as the HSS Award for his work in Anthropology.
During his time at the College, Nathan studied abroad in St. Petersburg, and served as a Russian tutor with the Center for Student Learning and a Peer Facilitator for the First Year Experience Program. In his spare time, he volunteers teaching English to speakers of other languages. We are so happy to have been a part of his experience at the College and look forward to seeing where Nathan's passion for languages and cultures takes him!
Congratulations to graduating German and Foreign Language Education Double Major and German Studies Minor Denicee Becker '20, who has received the an Outstanding Student of German Award and the Josef Modzelewski Memorial Award. The latter award was established to honor the late Josef Mojelewski, Professor of German, who served as the first co-chair for the new Department of Classics and German in the mid-1990's. The program allocates this award annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated considerable leadership in our program.
During her four years at CofC, Denicee served as German tutor, taught conversation courses, co-chaired the German Stammtisch for a year, participated in an AATG-sponsored summer teacher's training in Leipzig, and co-wrote and starred in the theater production Deutschland 1968, among other things. She is currently applying to Masters programs in teaching and for jobs as a German teacher.
Alles Gute zum Uniabschluss, Denicee! Du wirst uns sehr fehlen!
Congratulations to graduating German and Marketing double major and Honors College student Sarah Jordan Dinning '20, who is the recipient of an Outstanding Student of German Award from the German Program. During her time at CofC, Sarah completed multiple internships in Communications with Mercedes-Benz Vans in Ladsen and completed a semester abroad at the University of Tübingen, where she completed an independent study that created materials and interviews in German for our second year German courses. She is currently applying for graduate programs for Marketing in Germany. Best wishes in all of your future adventures and plans, Sarah, we look forward to following them and know that they will be amazing!!
Congratulations to graduating German and History double major Alyssa Halbig '20! During her studies at CofC Alyssa worked at Feuerle Collection in Berlin as part of the summer internship program to Germany, and she displayed her tremendous creative writing and acting talent in two CofC German theater productions, Deutschland 1968 and 2Faust2Furious! Best wishes for the future and stay in touch, Alyssa!
Congratulations to graduating German and Accounting double major Garek Stanley '20. Garek interned in Finance at the German Company IFA in North Charleston and completed several other prestigious internships in during his studies. As an Accounting and German double major in German, he is a unicorn, and the time has come for the unicorn to run free! Best wishes for the journey ahead, Garek!
Congratulations to graduating senior Anne Moore '20, double major in German and International Business! Anne completed a semester long exchange at the University of Bamberg in Spring 2018 and this semester she co-wrote and acted in multiple roles the production "2Faust2Furious," including Gretchen's brother Valentin. Alles Gute zum Uniabschluss, Anne!
Congratulations to graduating German and Hospitality and Tourism Management double major Hannah Salmonowicz '20, who has now completed her studies at CofC! Hannah was an exchange student at the University of Bamberg in Spring/Summer 2020 and was a writer and actor in last week's theater production "2Faust2Furious!" Best Wishes for the future, Hannah!
Congratulations to graduating German and English double major Cara Bevensee! Cara studied abroad at the University of Bamberg in the spring and summer of 2019 and wrote and acted in the German theater production Deutschland 1968 and in the live zoom show 2Faust2Furious this spring. Congrats and best wishes for the future,
Congratulations to graduating German and History double major and German Studies Minor Gregory Fields! Gregory worked at the Deutsches Panzermuseum in Germany last summer as part of the CofC Cultural Vistas Summer Internship in German program to Germany, and also featured as an author and actor in this spring's live zoom performance of 2Faust2Furious!
With final exams now over but with an in-person graduation postponed until October at the earliest, the faculty of German and Russian Studies would like to take a moment to congratulate their major and minors who are graduating publicly here.
We'll start with Madison Mahrlig '20, a triple major in German, Arts Management, and Theater with a German Studies minor who spent three months at the Carl Duisburg Institute in Berlin as well as a fall semester in Prague, all the while completing the Air Force ROTC program! After graduation, Madison will be heading to Initial Flight Training to become an officer and pilot in the Air Force! Congratulations on all of your successes, Madison, and best wishes for the future!
Congratulations to German majors Jonathan Dickey and Aleksey Gorman and to German minor Savannah Deaver for being accepted into the prestigious Schottland Scholars Program for their senior year!
Thanks to Zoom we were able to capture the moment each of our new ‘21 Scholars found out they’d made it into the program! 🙌
Please take a moment to recognize and congratulate our new Schotties...the incoming Class of 2021 Schottland Scholars!
(Major: INTB, Minor: ECON, SPAN)
(Major: SCIM, Minor: GEMN)
(Major: INTB, Minor: ECON | GEMN)
(Major: INTB | GEMN, Minor TRAN)
(Major: ACCT | DANC)
(Major: ACCT, Minor: BADM | GEMN)
(Major: HTMT, Minor: PSYC | LCSR)
(Major: MKTG, Minor: HTMT)
(Major: FINC, Minor: SPAN)
(Major: ACCT, Minor: FREN | DSCI)
(Major: BADM, Minor: ECON | LCSR)
We’re so glad to welcome all of you to the Schottland family...just look at those smiling faces 😁😁😁
This Wednesday at 7pm! https://today.cofc.edu/2020/04/21/german-theater-students-to-host-online-performance/
today.cofc.edu Imagine a play spoken in German with scenes that vary in style and format from animation to a talk show to commercial parodies to a radio play – all performed online. That isn't what students in Morgan Koerner’s German theater course planned on when they enrolled in the class, but when
This Wednesday at 7pm, German 468 will present their final project "2Faust2Furious: Das Unzulängliche, Hier word's Ereignis!" on livestream on youtube live! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYA2wI6Ld6UzPi1d9MBeaPA/live
Originally planned as a live show in RITA auditorium, the performance has become a DIY multimedia zoom production thanks to the resilience and ingenuity of the 15 course participants! English subtitles will be provided for most of the production!
Delta Phi Alpha Ceremony, April 14th, 2020
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Congrats to this year's 22 German majors and minors who were inducted as new members of the Iota Pi Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha tonight on Zoom. And many thanks to German alumna Rebecca McCoy Smith '15 for performing the Wolf Biermann song "Ermutigung" as part of the ceremony!
The annual ceremony of the Iota Pi chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, held on Zoom. Congrats to all of this year's new inductees!!
The annual ceremony of the Iota Pi chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, held on Zoom. Congrats to all of this year's new inductees!!
Congratulations to the 22 German majors and minors who were inducted into the Iota Pi Chapter of the German Honor Society Delta Phi Alpha tonight, and thanks to German alumna Becca Smith '15 for performing the song "Ermutigung" by Wolf Biermann as part of the ceremony"!
very proud of our German majors Madison Daniel and Morgan Eppley, who are two of the 8 students in this year's inaugural class of the LCWA Global Ambassadors program https://today.cofc.edu/2020/04/02/global-ambassadors-program-cofc/
today.cofc.edu Retired U.S. Ambassador James Melville Jr.’s Global Ambassadors class comes off more as a meeting of senior government leadership than an academic program for undergraduate students. Seated at a round table, Melville, associate dean for international and community outreach in the College of Charle...
breaking news on a "transfer coup" for Summer I: Professor Carol Hollen is returning "on loan" to teach an online version of her GRMN 390: Fairy Tales Class! Description below!
German 390: German Fairy Tales
Summer I, Instructor: Carol Hollen
Course Description: Princes and princesses, knights and dragons, magic and witches: you know the stories, or do you? These are not the fairy tales of American popular culture. German Fairy Tales from the early 19th century are not only more “grim” than Disney’s iterations, they are also far more thought- provoking. But when were they changed and to what end? What do the original fairy tales tell us about their historical context, and are their themes still relevant in modern German speaking countries today? This upper level German course will explore 19th century fairy tales (by the Gebrüder Grimm and others) and analyze their adaptations in post-WWII German speaking cultures. Participants will analyze the original fairy tales in their historical contexts and then consider the ways in which they have been appropriated and reinterpreted to comment on themes in contemporary German culture, including post-war German history, gender, immigration, disability, and the effects of globalization. The course will be taught entirely in German, and will focus on further developing students' reading, writing, speaking, and analytical skills at the B1 and emerging B1 levels.
Dr. Nenno's GRMN 314 and Professor Gomer's RUSS 102C courses had a grand time today in our new normal: virtual classrooms. It has been great to see everyone again and continue classes in German and Russian Studies this week!
German Majors Erin Hauptman and Mikaela Franco are both spending this semester at the University of Bamberg and elected to stay after the outbreak became clear. In the picture below they are hanging out "Corona style" under the country-wide quarantine. Erin writes: "It hasn’t been the conventional study abroad experience so far but there are 5 more months to go for this opportunity of a life time! I am in Germany and practicing the language I love! I have hope that scientists and doctors will pull us out of this crisis. We can also help by staying home!“
Best wishes to both Erin and Mikaela and to everyone on both sides of the pond to getting back to normal soon!
Dr. Baginski's Advanced German Conversation Course on German-American Oral Histories dove back into class today in their new virtual format, with great success! It is great to "see" everyone again and interact, if only on Zoom! Hang in there and stay safe, everyone!
Day 1 of e-learning in our courses in German and Russian Studies is a wrap, and it went well as you can tell from Herr O'Neal and Dr. Tovey's class Zoom photos below! Welcome back to our brave new e-campus, everyone!
The Department of German and Russian Studies faculty have been in training over spring break and are now ready to enter the matrix of digital learning for the remainder of the semester. We look forward to seeing all of our amazing students back in the digital classroom!
#digitalreadiness Greetings from our offices, where we are currently working on going digital with our classes. Students, we are ready! See you online on Thursday, March 12th!
Many thanks to Rosemarie Peña, President of the Black German Heritage & Research Association, for speaking to Dr. Nancy Nenno's course on the African Diaspora in German-Speaking Europe today!
Happy International Women's Day, everyone! This Wednesday, CofC Russian Club and Russian Studies Program Director Dr. Erman are hosting a Jeopardy night to celebrate Russian women who rule - artists and athletes, tsaritsas and rebels. Students can compete for prizes to test their knowledge and learn about Russian women in history! March 11th, 6pm, RITA 103!
This weekend, Dr. Sarah Koellner moderated and presented at the annual conference of the Northeastern Modern Language Association at the panel “Skandal! Artistic Scandals around the Turn of the Century.” Her paper: "#Babykatzengate: On Stefanie Sargnagel and the Dramaturgy of a Media Scandal”
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