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German director and author Mo Asumang visits CofC: April 15th and 16th

On April 15th, and 16th, the German documentary filmmaker, author, and television personality Mo Asumang will be visiting campus to present and discuss her work.

Monday, April 15th, 6:30pm, Burke High School Auditorium, 224 President Street: Mo Asumang’s 2014 film The Aryans: Screening and Q&A with the director.

On Monday night, Mo Asumang will be giving a screening of her 2014 film The Aryans at Burke High School Auditorium at 6:30pm.. The film conducts a daring and timely journalistic experiment: Asumang, as a German woman of color, seeks out and engages neo-nazis and white nationalists in Germany and the US in face-to-face conversation. For more, see this BBC Interview with her about her award-winning film. Following the screening, Asumang will hold a discussion and Q&A session with the audience. Admission is free! Here is a link to the Facebook page for the event. Please use the North Campus entrance on 499 Sumter, parking at the Burke Football Parking Lot.

April 16th, 6pm, Arnold Hall on 96 Wentworth Street. “Confronting Racism Face-to-Face: a reading and conversation with Mo Asumang.”

The very next evening at the College, Asumang will be giving a reading and leading a discussion on her book about the film, Mo and the Aryans: Alone among Neo-Nazis and Racists. This event will be held at 6:00pm in Arnold Hall on 96 Wentworth Street. Here is the link for that event on Facebook.

Both events are being sponsored by the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, the German and Russian Studies Program, the Avery Institute, the African American Studies Program, the African Studies Program, the Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World Program, the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies, The First Year Experience Program, the Sustainability Literacy Institute, and the Department of History.

Dr. Sarah Koellner presents at the annual conference of the Northeastern Modern Language Association

Dr. Sarah Koellner, Visiting Assistant Professor of German at CofC, recently presented at the Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA) conference in Washington D.C., on a panel on “Teaching Romanticism to Today’s Undergraduates” with Astrid Weigert (Georgetown U), Susan Norland (George Washington University) and Walter Byongsok Chon (Ithaca College).

Dr. Koellner’s paper was entitled “The Gaze, Love, and Data: Reloading Romanticist Love in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Sandman & The Chatbot Replika.”

CofC’s Delta Phi Alpha chapter inducts 11 new members and honors non-degree seeking student Hugh Tant

On Thursday, March 28th, CofC’s Iota Pi chapter of the national German Honor Society Delta Phi Alpha initiated eleven new German majors/minors: Victoria Czarnecki, Ashley Dowd, Gregory Fields, Mikaela Franco, David Furst, Emma Geraghty, Cyril Langston, Matthew Morris, Katelynn Muth, Ally Salyers, and Dorian Soleimani. The ceremony featured performances of Lieder by honorary DPA member professor David Templeton’s vocal performance majors, accompanied by honorary DPA member professor Robin Zemp on the piano. In addition, the German program awarded long-time non-degree seeking student Brigadier General Hugh Banks Tant III with an honorary diploma recognizing his completion of the courses required for the German major. Congratulations to our new members and to Brigadier General Tant on their successes!

Dr. Koerner, chair of German and Russian Studies and faculty advisor for Delta Phi Alpha (right), inducts the 11 new DPA members.

Dr. Thomas Baginski, Professor Emeritus, presents Brigadier General Hugh Banks Tant III with his honorary diploma in recogniation of completion of the required courses for the German major.

Kaitlyn MacKinnon ’20 receives study abroad scholarship from the German Language & Culture Foundation in Charlotte

Congratulations to CofC Communications major and German minor Kaitlyn MacKinnon, who has received a study abroad scholarship from the German Language & Culture Foundation in Charlotte. The GLCF supports the learning of German at schools and universities in the Charlotte area, with the goal of encouraging students to combine German proficiency with workforce skills in order to provide career opportunities with the over 200 US subsidiaries from German speaking countries in the Charlotte region. This summer, Kaitlyn will participate in the CofC Cultural Vistas Summer Internship in Germany Program, spending the month of May in an intensive language course at the Carl Duisburg Institute in Berlin, and then moving to Frankfurt am Main for two-month internship at Panalis, a company that offers digital solutions for political and public affairs management. A native of Fort Mill, SC, Kaitlyn is grateful for the scholarship and excited about her future: “The support that the German Language & Culture Foundation provides for German learners across the Charlotte area is phenomenal! Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to pursue my plans to intern in Germany and take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to gain experience at a German company while improving my German. My dream is to work in corporate communications for one of the many German companies located in the Carolinas, and the GLCF has given me a launchpad towards that goal!”

Kaitlyn MacKinnon ’20, Communications and German

Kaitlyn (left) with CofC German professor and Summer Internship in Germany Program Coordinator Stephen Della Lana at the 3rd German-American Business Summit in Charleston on February 5, 2019

From Monks Corner to Moscow and Beyond: Tyler Owens’ ’19: Critical Languages Scholarship Award Winner to Russia

It’s a Thursday afternoon in Russia in the Summer of 2018, and Tyler Owens ’19 is learning to cook traditional Russian dishes with other international students studying at the Vladimir KORA language institute. The afternoon cooking class comes on the heels of six hours of immersive Russian language instruction, from 8:00am-2pm. On the coming weekend, Tyler and his cohort will travel to St. Petersburg to tour the city there: all a normal work week in the life of a recipient of the Critical Languages Scholarship, a prestigious all-expenses included scholarship from the State Department!

Meanwhile, Tyler’s friends and family in Monks Corner, South Carolina check his Facebook updates and smile with pride: with each step of his journey, from Monks Corner to Trident Tech, to the College of Charleston and then Germany and Russia, Tyler has been steadfast and unflappable in his pursuit of his international dreams. To put it in the words of his high school French teacher Cheryl Pyatt: “Tyler’s insatiable curiosity combined with his love of language made him a joy to teach. I am delighted that he is making his dreams come true!”

Since the fall of 2015, Tyler has been pursuing his international dreams at CofC with a major in German and minors in Russian Studies and French for Business. In the summer of 2017, he enjoyed his first study abroad experience in Stuttgart, Germany as a participant the CofC Cultural Vistas Summer Internship Program in Germany. This, his second, has been equally transformative for his language skills in Russian as the former was for his German. In addition, he has fallen in love with Russia and the Russian people: “There is a big difference between what the government and media shows versus the people in Russia. The Russian people I have met have been just as loving and kind as in any other culture, and it’s been a joy to live here”

Tyler also shares some advice for those wanting to study abroad or study languages. He reminds us that it will not always be easy, but not to give up, especially if you are medically challenged. He notes “A challenge is something meant to be overcome and that’s what I do. Just because I get over something in a different way doesn’t make me disabled.” To students at CofC, he highly recommends studying Russian, since it would be valuable in any workplace and foreign affairs. He also recommends applying for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) since language skills and opportunities (both professionally and academically) will open up!

Dr. Irina Erman presents at AATSEEL Conference in New Orleans

Dr. Irina Erman, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Russian Studies at CofC, presented this weekend on a panel at the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). Her presentation is entitled “How a Man Killed His Wife: Tolstoy’s “Kreutzer Sonata” and Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Dead House.”

Translation Company Ivannovation to attend 3rd German-American Business Summit as Gold Sponsor

The South Carolina based localization and translation company Ivannovation has just announced that they will be attending the job and internship expo of the 3rd CofC German-American Business Summit on February 5th, 2019 at the Gaillard Conference Center in Charleston. For more information about the company and careers in translation, listen to Ivannovation owner and CEO Yuri Ivanov’s Interview on ETV Radio’s South Carolina Business Review

Dr. Steven Lee to lecture on “Russian and Soviet Lessons for American Multiculturaism” on January 14th, 2019

Steven Lee, Associate Professor of Englsh at UC Berkley and the author of the prize-winning book The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution (Columbia UP), is visiting CofC for a public lecture on Monday, January 14th.
“Beyond Interference: Soviet and Russian Lessons for American Multiculturalism”
Monday Jan 14th, 5:30pm, Rita Hollings Auditorium

In the wake of the Russian interference in the 2016 election, Dr. Steven Lee’s talk will explore avenues for cross-cultural dialogue between the U.S. and Russia, and lessons we can draw from history. Russian interference included the manipulation of U.S. identity politics via fake social media accounts and propaganda. During the Cold War, Soviet propaganda about Jim Crow indirectly helped lead to U.S. civil rights reform. So, what can we learn from Russia today? Dr. Lee will focus on how Soviet and Russian discourses on race, ethnicity, and nationality might open new ways of conceptualizing multiculturalism here in the U.S, and offer a useful complement to contemporary U.S. discourses of “otherness” and “intersectionality.”

Dr. Irina Erman presents at annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

This weekend, Russian Studies program director and Assistant Professor of Russian Dr. Irina Erman is presenting at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Boston. Her paper is entitled ““Diminution, Repetition, and Decomposition in Dostoevsky’s ‘Poor Folk’ and ‘Bobok’”