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.
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”
Hats off to CofC German, Political Science, and History triple major and Global Ambassador Morgan Eppley '20, who made an appearance on a CNN town hall last week! https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/02/26/bloomberg_staple_a_green_card_on_every_degree_to_prevent_immigrants_from_going_back_to_china_india.html?fbclid=IwAR3_lM_nKkn7-2K9R_fhOEJoccWoKWcBhVXtutSsTYftsqyU5KGam4X8tSA
At a CNN town hall Wednesday night, Michael Bloomberg said it is necessary to give undocumented immigrants a "clear path to citizenship" in a policy that includes stapling a green card to every degree. Bloomberg also weighed in on China and how a war with the country would not be in the best interes...
Last week a group of Russian Studies students sat down with journalist Rafael Saakov from Golos Ameriki to discuss their views on politics and US/Russian relations. Watch their interviews here about 4 minutes into the episode:
golos-ameriki.ru Специальный корреспондент «Голоса Америки» Рафаэль Сааков об итогах ключевых праймериз в штате Южная Каролина и взгляд студентов Колледжа Чарльстона на выборы-202...
The numbers are in on the German Program Alumni Study Abroad Award fundraising campaign and they are supergeil (super awesome)! 35 alumni donors raised $3,412 in total! Many thanks to everyone who gave on behalf of our German faculty and current students. Unsere Alumni sind supergeil! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxVcgDMBU94
German Program Alumni and Friends have raised $674 towards our fundraising goal of $2,500, with one week left in the campaign! Join your fellow alumni Christopher Thomas '12, Margaret Hudson Mauldin '11, Rebecca McCoy Smith '15, Beverly Simpsonand '85, Claire Hall '03, Ramona Montjoy '93, Dianne Price 03, Tihm Howard '15, Jean Breza, and Stephen Della Lana by donating and help us send a student to intern in Germany this summer! And please reach out to your fellow German program alumni to encourage them to give as well! To make a gift visit https://give.cofc.edu/donate
In the designation box select “other” at the bottom and write in “German Program Fund.”
Thank you all for coming to our first CofC German Club event of this semester, which was a huge success! We are in particular thankful to Dr. Bodek, who shared with us his insights to the German TV-Series "Babylon Berlin," the Weimar Republic, and the genre of "Detective Fiction". Thanks to his expertise, we could view the first episode of Babylon Berlin through a critical lens that allowed us to tease out the political tension of the time, draw similarities between different political contexts and reflect upon the ways in which the genre of "Detective Fiction" artistically challenge societal and political dynamics in different contexts.
The University of Verona in Italy is offering scholarships for international students to complete Masters programs, which include German and Russian!
German Club is busy prepping for tomorrow's February 21st Babylon Berlin screening at 5pm in the Robert Scott Small Auditorium, with and introduction from Weimar Germany history Dr. Rich Bodek! Check out the trailer here and show up at 5pm on Friday in your best roaring 20s attire (optional): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5eorwxcIuU
Many thanks to Klaus E. Becker, Honorary Consul of The Federal Republic of Germany to Western North Carolina, who gave an intriguing presentation today at Addlestone Library on the manifold ways of transatlantic relations between Germany and the USA. We were thrilled to hear about all the great opportunities that the Zeitgeist foundation provides to connect the community of the greater Charlotte area with Germany through art, politics, and philosophical thought. For further information: https://www.klausbecker-clt.com/zeitgeist.html
Achtung CofC Cultural Vistas Alumni! Professor Stephen Della Lana aka Herr DL just donated to the German Program Alumni Study Abroad Award to help support one of our 13 interns to Germany this summer and he has requested that you join him and his many memojis in giving and pay your experience forward! Donate here https://give.cofc.edu/German and click on "German Program Fund" at the bottom to help us reach our goal of $2,500 by March 1st!
"18 years ago I went to Tuebingen for a year as a college junior. I grew up less than 3 miles from CofC as the crow flies, so going to Germany was my true leaving home experience. I also made life long friends and memories like no other. I give to help others have this experience too." (Claire Hall '03, German and Political Science, Attorney, Parker Poe)
Did you have a transformative experience in Germany through CofC's German program? Pay it forward by donating to our German Program Alumni and Friends study abroad award like our alumna Claire Hall! To make a gift visit https://give.cofc.edu/donate. In the designation box select “other” at the bottom and write in “German Program Fund.” In honor of the 250th anniversary, we are fundraising towards a $2,500 goal and need everyone to chip in who can (and it can be as small $15 dollar donation--4 lattes!). If donate, please post a picture of yourself, say why, and tag us here at German and Russian Studies at CofC!
congrats to CofC German alum George Gabriel '19, who has begun work as a contract administrator at Hamburg Coffee Company in Hamburg, Germany. His workplace has quite the view of the Hafen!
Give to what you love! This Valentinstag, the German Program is launching a 2 week fundraising campaign to raise money for a German Program Alumni & Friends Study Abroad Award for one of our students studying in Germany this summer! In honor of CofC's 250 year anniversary, our goal is to double last year's Award of $1250 to make it a 2500!
To make a gift visit https://give.cofc.edu/donate. In the designation box select “other” at the bottom and write in “German Program Fund.” If you do donate again, please post a picture of yourself on Facebook and say something about why you donated and tag German and Russian Studies at CofC!
today.cofc.edu Four students and one graduate from the College of Charleston earned Fulbright Awards for the 2019-2020 academic year, which will fund their overseas work for the coming year.
This semester, Professor Stephen Della Lana’s GRMN 390-01 Business Translation course is linking up with CofC French and German alumna and professional translator Kristen Gehrman’s English Text Editing Course at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Professor Gehrman’s students will work in tandem with Professor Della Lana’s and she will also videoconference in to GRMN 390-01 to discuss careers in translations with CofC’s students! With the completion of the Global Education Initiative’s International Lab on the 4th floor of JC Long this month, Professor DL’s students will be able to communicate simultaneously with their tandem partners at four different work stations. Exciting times for global connection possibilities here at CofC! #GloballyConnected #GlobalFluency #CofCGerman #LCWA
The 4th German-American Business Summit (GABS4) is now over and it was a tremendous success. The day before, German and Russian Studies Chair Dr. Koerner and Interim Dean of the School of Sciences and Math went on Fox 24 Charleston to discuss the summit and economic development here in South Carolina. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yim5fJ76dlg
Dr. Morgan Koerner, Associate Professor of German at the College of Charleston, and Dr. Sebastian Van Delden, Interim Dean of Sciences and Math at the Colleg...
Great pictures from yesterday’s job fair at the 4th German-American Business Summit, which was a great success. We can’t wait to hear from our German students about the contacts they made!
Today we had our annual German American Business Summit! Businesses and brands such as Meredes Benz, BMW, and Siemens visited to show off their companies and talk to students. Students were able to network, pass out resumes, watch keynote presentations given by business leaders and much more. The event lasted from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. - an all-day affair! We can’t wait for GABS5. 🇩🇪
The 4th German-American Business Summit is now 1 day away, starting at 11:30am tomorrow at the Gaillard Conference Center on 95 Calhoun St. Why attend? Our alumna Stephanie Rhodes '13 has a compelling answer. go.gabs.cofc/edu #CofCGerman
Event details: German industries are making a tremendous impact on the state of South Carolina, and the trend is only poised to continue. That’s why the Coll...
This morning our very own Dr. Morgan Koerner did an interview for Fox 24's "Monday Mondays" segment about the 4th German-American Business Summit, together with CofC's Interim Dean of the School of Sciences and Math, Sebastian van Delden. You can catch the interview on tv tomorrow on Fox 24 at 12:30pm and 11:00pm and more importantly, the summit is on February 5th starting at 11:30am at the Gaillard conference center! go.cofc.edu/gabs
Congrats to Dr. Nancy Nenno on the publication of her review of Sudabeh Mortezai's 2018 film "Joy." You can read the review here:: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=54930
Happy 250th birthday, CofC! To celebrate today's 250 anniversary, the German program is soliciting donations from alumni and friends for a study abroad scholarship for a German major this summer. Donate below and leave a comment--we'd love to hear form you and every little bit helps!
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Many thanks to our amazing, dedicated CofC German Program alumni Ashley Lench '18 and Thomas Waverly Aggeless '16 from Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC and Stephanie Selker '19 from Zapp Precision Wire for speaking to CofC students tonight about their experiences in German industry and providing advice on how to make the most of the 4th German-American Business Summit!
This Saturday at 4pm at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, the US Premiere of "Gefängnisgedichte," a song cycle setting of the Prison poems written during three imprisonments of German priest Fr Max Josef Metzger ( 1887-1944) which have been given a ‘Song Cycle’ setting by Charleston resident Irish – American composer Cormac O’Duffy. Following his experiences as an Army Chaplain in World War 1, Fr Metzger had spent his whole life dedicated to the causes of world peace and Christian unity. He was constantly hounded by the Nazi authorities and finally was executed for his beliefs and ministry by the Gestapo in a Prison in Berlin on April 17 1944.
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