November 16, 2018
The Consortium of Women in German held its annual conference in Sewanee the weekend of October 18. Professors and scholars of German language, literature, and culture presented their research, but still managed to have fun: hiking the Perimeter Trail, visiting the Jack Daniels distillery, going on guided tours, and holding a Cabaret. Dr. Liesl Allingham will be hosting the annual WiG Conference in Sewanee for the next two years as well. Dr. Allingham is pictured with special guests, Reyhan Sahin and Faye Stewart.
November 9, 2018
The fourth annual International Karaoke Night on Nov. 8 was a raucous event with international food, great music, and prizes! Students sang in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. The three judges - Hiydees Feliciano-Torres, C'20, community member Linda Heck, and Jenna Whitehead, C'20 - chose the winners based on such factors as voice quality, audience response, and complexity of the song.
November 9, 2018
At the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association meeting in Franklin, Professor Richard Apgar participated in a panel with colleagues from the University of Memphis, Belmont University, Austin Peay State University, and the University of Tennessee about articulation between language study at high school and college. He addressed the ways language courses differ at the college level and how teachers can help students successfully build on their successes in high school. Other panelists spoke about placement, proficiency-oriented instruction, and training the next generation of language teachers. Later that weekend, Dr. Apgar was elected president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, a role he will fill for a two-year term.
October 10, 2018
Fall is in the air! The German House is hosting its annual Oktoberfest this Saturday, October 13 from 3-6. Don your lederhosen to enjoy bratwurst, pretzels, and camaraderie.
October 4, 2018
All three members of the German Department: Richard Apgar, Liesl Allingham, and Ariana Orozco, along with retired German professor, Reinhard Zachau attended the 42nd Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, which met in Pittsburgh, PA the weekend of September 27-30, 2018. Dr. Allingham co-organized a seminar (with Stefanie Ohnesorge from UT Knoxville) entitled "Mapping Identities through Mobilities." Richard Apgar was one of 18 participants, and he presented a paper entitled "Walking to New Worlds: Pedagogical Travels and a Pedagogy of Travel." Ariana Orozco participated in the "Teaching German History in the 21st Century" Seminar, where she workshopped her syllabus for German Culture and Civilization: From the Romans to World War I. She also moderated the panel "Comics Studies: Graphic German Medicine". Seminars meet for three consecutive days and are a much more intense conversation around a specific topic.
September 18, 2018
Come and enjoy cake, coffee, and conversation at the German House at the corner of Louisiana Circle and University Ave.
September 13, 2018
Dr. Richard Apgar presented a paper at the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit) in Paris at the Sorbonne this summer (June 27-29). His paper was titled, "German Enlightenment Periodicals within Transnational Print Culture." Travel to the conference was supported by the Barclay Ward Research Fund.
August 30, 2018
Join the folks at the German House for an information session about study abroad opportunities in Germany!
-Hear about your fellow students' study abroad experiences in Germany.
-Learn about upcoming opportunities to study in Germany.
-Enjoy pizza (while supplies last)
Tuesday, Sept. 4
at the German House (corner of Louisian Cir & University Ave.)
May 3, 2018
Professor Apgar co-edited a volume of the "International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing" on the spatial humanities in a liberal arts context. This volume features contributions from participants in a duPont Summer Seminar at the National Humanities center in 2016. Dr. Apgar's article is based on digital itineraries created by students in German 354 that then served as a starting point for exploration with Sewanee in Berlin students in summer 2017. His article, "Emplacing Berlin: Digital Itineraries and Short-Term Study Abroad in the City," discusses a tour designed by Morgan Carroll, a German minor graduating this May.
April 19, 2018
German major, Meredith Stuber, presented her paper entitled "1968 Massenmedien: Realität der Proteste oder verfälschte Wahrnehmung?" at the Undergraduate Research Conference at Lafayette College in Easton, PA on April 7.
April 11, 2018
We celebrate the arrival of spring and the accomplishments of our students this Saturday, April 14 from 4-7 pm. Please join as we celebrate our graduating students, induct new members to the national German Honor Society, and enjoy fresh-from-the-grill Bratwurst.
February 26, 2018
Three Sewanee women: Jennifer Merriman who is on a Teaching Fulbright in Leipzig; Leonie Weigt (former German House Director/exchange student) and Betsy Cornelius, who is on an exchange program in Bamberg met up for an afternoon in Bamberg.
February 21, 2018
Galeriebummel: Help us start a new tradition! We will meet in front of Guerry around 4:15 on Saturday, Feb. 24 for the gallery walk. There will be refreshments and performances in each of the gallery spaces on campus.
February 21, 2018
Open House: Are you interested in living in the German house next year? Stop by on Wednesday evening between 7 and 9 to speak with current residents.
January 31, 2018
Brettspiele (Board Games) TODAY, Wednesday January 31 from 4:30-6:30 at the German House. Join the residents of the house for some new favorites and likely a few classic board games.
December 11, 2017
Please join us next Wednesday, December 13 at 7 pm in St. Augustine's Chapel (a small side room in All Saints) for the German Department's annual Weihnachtsfest! A party will follow immediately at the German House.
December 11, 2017
Members of Dr. Schweppe's German 409 class are presenting their research at a student-conference titled "Protest: West Germany, 1968." The conference is this Tuesday, December 12th at 7pm in the German House. All presentations will be in German.
November 8, 2017
Students, faculty, and community members got together for a fun night of international music, food, and culture. There were over 35 acts singing in 8 languages taught at Sewanee: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish! Judges awarded prizes to the 3 best solo and group acts. Read more to find out who won.
November 8, 2017
"The Germans and the Holocaust" and "Holocaust Angst" are two recent books Dr. Zachau reviewed in the German Studies Review (Volume 40, Number 3, October 2017, pp. 676-679).
November 7, 2017
Middle Tennessee State University has Teaching Fellowships available in the Master of Arts in Teaching program for Spanish, French, and German. Graduate Assistance in Areas of national need (GAANN) Fellowship offers: Full tuition and all fees paid, generous stipend, and a study abroad option. For more information, contact Dr. Joan McRae, Professor of French and Humanities at Joan.McRae@mtsu.edu and visit mtsu.edu/graduate.
November 7, 2017
Come practice your German writing skills at the German House on Sunday, Nov 12 4:00-6:00 by writing a letter to a student in Germany and enjoy some afternoon snacks and drinks! Writing supplies will be provided!
November 7, 2017
The German Department held an event commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on Wednesday, November 15 at 4:30pm at Convocation Hall. Dr. William E. Engel delivered a lecture entitled "How Luther Extended the Horizon of Reformation Printing," and there was a special appearance of Martin Luther by Dr. James C. Davidheiser.
October 31, 2017
Professors Allingham and Apgar contributed to a seminar on strengthening small undergraduate German programs at the German Studies Association meeting in Atlanta this fall. During the seminar, organized by Dr. Jennifer Redmann (Franklin & Marshall College) and Dr. Tim Malchow (Valparaiso University), participants shared ideas about courses, curriculum, and extra-curricular events. The exchange of ideas was fruitful, the greatest benefit of the seminar, however, was the opportunity to build connections with colleagues in similar departments at small colleges and mid-sized universities.
October 27, 2017
Come to the German House this Saturday, October 28 from 4-8 for the first ever Halloweenfest. Carve a pumpkin, drink cider, eat brats, and listen to German music.
October 25, 2017
Dr. Reinhard Zachau will present at the 2017 conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL.) His presentation will give German teachers ideas and materials for using the German language to acquaint their students with the plight of refugees.
October 17, 2017
500 years ago, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Or did he?!! How does the Reformation impact us today? These questions and many others were explored on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Gailor Auditorium by a panel of four scholars from four disciplines across the University of the South to discuss the significance of the Reformation in their work.
October 11, 2017
Come to the German House Saturday, October 14 from 4:00-7:00 for a day of traditional festivities. There will be lots of Oktoberfest goodies, including bratwurst, salads, desserts, beverages, and much much more!
September 29, 2017
Dr. Reinhard was interviewed about the recent German elections for the Portuguese political site, “The Democrat.” Read more for a translation of the article from the original Portuguese.
September 19, 2017
Are you interested in study abroad? Would you like the opportunity to find out about the many different opportunities to study in a German-speaking country? Do you like pizza? On Wednesday, September 20, at 7 PM in the German House, students will give very brief presentations on their experiences and will be available to answer any questions you might have. Come support your friends and learn about opportunities at the same time! Also, there will be pizza.
September 18, 2017
Germany is having an important election this Sunday! Ever wondered how the German political system and election process works? Come to the German House this Sunday, Sept 23 from 12:30-2:30 to learn and vote! There will be brief exhibits for each party as well as voting ballots and political party cookies! They will be streaming German media coverage of election results. Come learn something new about Germany!
September 12, 2017
Dr. Reinhard Zachau recently spoke with Francisco Castelo Branco, the author of this article, which appears in a Brazilian publication. Read more for the full English text of this succinct explanation of the complex German political landscape and its ramifications for the rest of the world.
September 4, 2017
Anette Dietz is excited to be the director of the German House for the 2017/18 academic year. She comes from the beautiful medieval city of Nuremberg in Bavaria and is a junior psychology major and economics minor at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. She is a member of the largest scout troop in Nuremberg and enjoys hiking and ballroom dancing in her free time. She looks forward to sharing German traditions and culture with the community and also hopes to learn more about American culture as well as the many other cultures represented on campus.
September 4, 2017
Meet with faculty, staff, students, and community members for lunch every Wednesday at noon on the balcony of McClurg to practice your German skills or just listen in. You do not have to be fluent to participate.
May 18, 2017
Class of 2017 German major Jennifer Merriman is the recipient of one of the two Sewanee Fulbright scholarships for 2017/18. Jennifer will spend the next year in Germany, teaching English in the Free State of Saxony. Congratulations, Jennifer!
May 5, 2017
After 39 years teaching German at Sewanee, Dr. Zachau is retiring. Dr. Davidheiser organized a festive gathering of his colleagues, friends, and students at the Alumni House to mark this momentous transition. Remarks were given by Davidheiser along with colleagues from other institutions who had collaborated with him. During his many years at Sewanee, Dr. Zachau published numerous books and articles, played an active role in developing the German teaching profession in the Southeast, helped start the Film Studies Department, and expanded study abroad opportunities in the German-speaking world.
April 13, 2017
Dr. Liesl Allingham delivered an address entitled "Domestic Creativity: The Spaciality of Gender and Authorship around 1800" at the 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary conference, "A Sense of Space and Place: Global and Local Perspectives" organized by the Mellon Globalization Forum, which was held at the University of the South, April 6-8, 2017.
March 29, 2017
Come celebrate the beginning of Spring with German food and drinks at the German House. There will be grilled Bratwurst and fresh German rolls along with tasty desserts (first come, first served). Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends!
March 8, 2017
"Writing under National Socialism", written by Dr. Reinhard Zachau, will appear in a collection of essays entitled, "The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Berlin" to be published in 2017.
February 16, 2017
It's time to register to be a resident of the German House for the 2017-18 academic year. In this cozy old Sewanee home that hosts all of the German Department's festivities and events, you will be immersed in German language and culture and live with a student from Germany, so you can practice with a native speaker. Applications are due on March 3rd. Read more to access the form.
December 14, 2016
The students in Professor Kikkert's German 103 class have been studying the various regions of Germany along with their art, music, literature, cuisine, architecture, and manufactured products. To illustrate some of their findings, students made a display in the upstairs atrium of Gailor consisting of a map of Germany covered with QR Codes and images of the objects they have chosen. Passersby can use their phones to scan the QR codes, which links to a voice recording site where that plays the students telling a riddle in German about their chosen object. Viewers can then choose from among the images to find the answer to the riddle.
November 7, 2016
Dr. Apgar attended the TN Foreign Language Teaching Association meeting in Franklin, TN. At the meeting, he was elected vice president for the state chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German for a two-year term.
November 4, 2016
Four Sewanee professors participated in the September, 2016 Conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego, CA. Dr. Liesl Allingham led a panel called "Allies Across Time: Sex, Gender, and Race" (Sponsored by Women in German) and delivered a paper: "Opposition from Within (1): (Counter)Memory in Karoline von Günderrode". Dr. Richard Apgar participated in a seminar on travel literature. Dr. Andrea Kikkert gave a presentation entitled "Mapping Hugo Wolf's literary landscape," and moderated a panel on the financial crisis and refugees in Europe. Dr. Reinhard Zachau delivered a presentation on Jewish women's underground stories in Nazi Berlin and was a commentator on a Nazi legacy panel.
October 28, 2016
International Karaoke Night featured group and solo acts with songs from 9 different languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish! We would like to thank the foreign language faculty, the Mellon Globalization Forum, the Center for Teaching, the E.L. Kellermann Language Resource Center, the Academic Technology Center, the Tiger Bay Pub, Sewanee Catering, and our judges: Linda Heck, Aaron Welch, and Jennifer Whitehead for making this event a success. Singers were judged based on voice quality, pronunciation, stage presence, and lyrical complexity. Read more to find out who won!
October 25, 2016
On October 21, the German Department and the German House celebrated Oktoberfest in and outside the House. The weather was splendid and numerous students and faculty attended. Thanks to the advertising by Dr. Liesl Allingham, faculty advisor to the House, the cooking and careful preparation of Leonie Weight, the German exchange student, and James Hausman, the House manager, as well as the other House residents it was a big success. German food was a hit: Bratwürste, Rotkraut, pretzels, two kinds of German potato salad, Lebkuchenherzen (gingerbread hearts), etc.
October 25, 2016
Congratulations to Rebecca Manseau, C’15 who received a DAAD Graduate Study Scholarship for the academic year 2016/17. The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) is the largest funding organization in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. DAAD programs help create goodwill and professional relationships that will build a solid basis for relations between Germany and North America. DAAD scholarships are highly competitive and recipients are selected by independent selection committees on the basis of outstanding academic records and convincing project proposals or statements of purpose.
October 11, 2016
Students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered on the evening of October 6th on the balcony of McClurg to celebrate Oktoberfest. Chef Rick and his staff prepared a variety of German dishes, such as schnitzel, spätzle, and strudel.
September 19, 2016
Leonie Weigt is delighted to be the director of the German House for the 2016/17 academic year. She comes from the beautiful city of Bamberg in Bavaria where she is a junior international business major at the University of Bamberg. Leonie loves sports of all kinds and can often be found at the Fowler Center or running outside. She also is an avid photographer and enjoys baking homemade German specialties. While at Sewanee, she looks forward to sharing German traditions (although she reminds us that Germans do not wear Dirndl or Lederhosen every day!) and is happy to be part of the cultural diversity on campus.
August 17, 2016
Dr. Richard Apgar participated in a three-week seminar on the Spatial Humanities at the National Humanities Center this summer. The seminar, led by Dr. John Corrigan (Dept. of Religion, Florida State University), covered mapping, visual analysis, and spatial theory. Dr. Apgar plans to use digital mapping techniques from the seminar in his course on 20th century Germany in spring 2017 and publish the results with colleagues from the seminar in a special issue of the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing on using spatial analysis with students at liberal arts colleges. The seminar was funded by the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund.
July 21, 2016
David Pride, a recent graduate from Sewanee with a German major has been accepted into a molecular medicine masters program at the Charité [hospital] in Berlin. The program is for two years starting in October of 2016, and is in collaboration with both the Humboldt University and Freie Universität.
May 17, 2016
Dr. Liesl Allingham was among the 28 scholars contributing to "'Why All the Fuss about the Body?': An Interdisciplinary Conference on Local and Global/ized Bodies". As part of the panel on "Body, Sex, Gender", she delivered a talk on "The (In)Visible Body" on April 15, 2016.
April 18, 2016
Students gathered for Frühlingsfest at the German House on a beautiful spring day to celebrate the end of the academic year and to induct students into the national German honor society, Delta Phi Alpha.
March 23, 2016
Maggie Bliss, C’16, has received a Fulbright Research Grant for study in Germany in 2016-17. Her research will focus on the field of animal personality.
January 25, 2016
Don't forget to submit your application for the next academic year. Applications will be due on Friday, January 29.
November 17, 2015
Dr. Liesl Allingham attended the Women in German Conference in Banff, Canada in October where she presented "Why Should I Care? Interrogating Contemporary Feminisms through Eighteenth-Century 'Feminist' Voices."
November 17, 2015
All three members of the German Department: Dr. Allingham, Dr. Apgar, and Dr. Zachau attended the German Studies Association's Annual Conference in Washington DC in October. Dr. Allingham participated in a seminar entitled "New Approaches in Feminist and Queer Studies." Dr. Apgar participated in a seminar on travel literature from the 18th to the 21st century, Dr. Zachau participated in a seminar about integrating language, culture and content learning in the undergraduate curriculum.
November 17, 2015
At this year's meeting of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teacher's Association, Professor Apgar was elected to the board for a three-year term. The TFLTA advocates for foreign language education in the state and provides resources to language teachers at al levels.
November 9, 2015
Along with his colleagues, Dr. Zachau will deliver a presentation at the 2015 meeting of ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) in San Diego entitled, "Community and Collaboration: The City-Our Classroom!"
November 4, 2015
The German House hosted an Oktoberfest to celebrate the arrival of fall. The house was decorated in blue and white and the grill was full of Bratwürste. Students enjoyed choosing just the right Lebkuchenherz for themselves or their sweetheart.
October 27, 2015
Students of German won 1st prize for best solo act and for best group act at this year's International Karaoke Night, held at the Tiger Bay Pub on Monday, October 26th. Andy Kim tied for 1st place with a Spanish singer for his rendition of a rap song called "Astronaut" by Sido. Leqi Zhang and Xin Chen took 1st place in the category for gorup acts singing the theme song from the popular German children's cartoon, "Schnappi", which is about a crocodile.
September 10, 2015
Bitte unsere Seite auf Facebook liken. The German Department has just launched its Facebook Page. Be sure to like it so you will know of all the events coming up at Sewanee, find out what our alumni, students, and professors are up to, in addition to interesting stories about German language and culture.
September 2, 2015
Mel is happy to be this year's German House director. She comes from the beautiful city of Münster in Germany. She is a senior psychology major at the University of Witten/Herdecke, located in the heart of the Ruhr area. When she's not studying or working, you will usually find her outside in nature doing all kinds of outdoorsy things, like camping and snowboarding. She's a big fan of the German and American traditions and enjoys good hamburgers or Weisswurst with Sauerkraut. Her goal, while in Sewanee, is to make new friends and help create mutual understanding and introduce some of her favorite German traditions and holidays.
August 24, 2015
The German Department welcomes Liesl Allingham. She comes to Sewanee from Virgina Tech where she received a number of teaching awards. Dr. Allingham research area focuses on the role of gender in 18th and 19th century German literature. In the fall semester she will teach the introductory course to German literature and an intermediate level language course.
August 24, 2015
Dr. Zachau finished his new book Introduction to German Cinema slated for publication in 2016. In a number of chapters the book introduces popular German movies in their social and historical context. The book will be of interest to anyone who no or little prior knowledge of German movies.
August 24, 2015
Students in the 2015 Summer in Berlin course explored Berlin’s Jewish and Muslim quarters, Nazi Berlin’s architecture, East Berlins Stasi prison and modern Berlin’s impressive political power center where they witnessed Britain’s Elizabeth II’s state visit to Germany. Other trips included Martin Luther’s Wittenberg, the concentration camp Sachsenhausen and the Prussian palaces of Sanssouci and Charlottenburg.
August 12, 2015
In June Professor James Davidheiser visited the national office of the AATG in NJ to discuss its fundraising. He and Marilyn Davidheiser are visiting Germany in August and September and catching up with many former German exchange students to Sewanee. Jim continues as President of the National German Honor Society and chair of the American Association of Teachers of German Planned Giving Committee. In those capacities he will be attending national meetings in the fall.
June 1, 2015
On May 10 2015, 5 students graduated from Sewanee with majors and minors in German. Janie Hannon (center) displays the colors of the German Honor society, Delta Phi Alpha.
April 8, 2015
Rebecca Manseau, C’15, has received a Fulbright Study/Research Grant for the 2015-16 academic year. She will be doing research under the guidance of Dr. Sabine Kropp, who is a professor of German domestic politics at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of Political Science at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
April 2, 2015
NPR's "Marketplace" recently featured a story called "American students head to Germany for free college" which featured one of Sewanee's German majors, Delisha Duran.
March 23, 2015
On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Sewanee’s German department hosted Frühlingsfest, the Tennessee AATG’s annual competition and celebration of student achievements. High school students from Nashville, Cleveland, Knoxville, and Kingsport showed their knowledge of German language and culture in events throughout the day.
March 10, 2015
On Sunday, March 1, 2015 The Sewanee chapter of Delta Phi Alpha held its annual initiation into Delta Phi Alpha, the German National Honor Society in the German House. Membership in the honor society is open to all students in advanced German classes with high grades in German and overall.
January 11, 2015
Students who are interested in applying for a Jackson/Cross scholarship for summer study, should apply by February 1, 2015.
December 17, 2014
On December 10th, the German Department, students and community members gathered at St. Augustine's Chapel for a traditional Christmas Service delivered in German. Celebrants then gathered art the German House for a party.
December 4, 2014
The 2015 Sommer in Sewanee program is accepting applications for this summer, June 1-June 12. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers and students of German to experience language and cultural immersion on the beautiful Sewanee campus.
November 18, 2014
The “Summer in Berlin” program consist of a three-week language course at the DiD German language institute in Berlin where students take language classes along with other international students. The program this year will run from June 15-July 4, 2015. Make sure to get your application turned in by February 1, 2015.
October 17, 2014
Dr. Apgar presented a paper in September at the German Studies Association conference in Kansas City. His paper, entitled "Forest on a Shelf: Authenticity and Schildbach's Holzbibliothek," investigated the connection between society and the forest at the end of the 18th century.
October 17, 2014
The German Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Richard Apgar to Sewanee. Dr. Apgar holds a Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, he taught for several years at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
October 13, 2014
The German Department will offer its three-week summer program in Berlin in the summer of 2015. The course consists of daily coursework in the morning at the Deutsch in Deutschland language Institute. A culture program is offered to Sewanee students in the afternoon where they explore Berlin’s rich cultural heritage and museums along with some of its surrounding cities, such as Potsdam, Leipzig, Dresden, Wittenberg or Stettin/Szczecin in Poland.
February 5, 2014
Caroline Frank, visiting instructor of German at Sewanee presented a Power Point of her home state, das Saarland, to a Kaffeeklatsch in the German House at the Univ. of the South on Sunday,Feb. 2, 2014.
January 27, 2014
German 413, Kafka und seine Zeit, gathers on Tuesdays in Gailor 212 and on Thursdays in Stirling's Coffee House. On Thursday, Jan. 27, Prof. Davidheiser and the 11 students finished discussing Franz Kafka's Der Prozess and posed for a picture.
December 4, 2013
At the annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of German, Dr. James C. Davidheiser officially took over the office of President of Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society, a group which includes German departments at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. Last year 900 new student members with high grades in German and overall were inducted into the national organization and pledged to persevere in their German studies and support the advancement of students' knowledge of German culture in the USA. Each year Sewanee inducts its own members in April at a festive ceremony in the German House. In this picture Dr. Davidheiser is shown next to the new National Secretary-Treasurer of Delta Phi Alpha, Dr. Michael Shaughnessy.
November 26, 2013
Dr. Reinhard Zachau attended the launching of his newest book Cineplex at the 2013 ACTFL’s exhibitor fair in Orlando, America’s largest convention for foreign language educators. Cineplex is a groundbreaking second-year German textbook with feature-length German films on prominent cultural-historical topics. The event featured the three Cineplex authors Zachau, Jeanne Schueller of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez of Longwood University and their editor Allen Cooper of Focus Publishing. Along with the 440-page student text Cineplex offers a student workbook, a teacher manual and a wealth of Internet-based activities.
October 7, 2013
Dr. Davidheiser delivered an address entitled "Why are Fairy Tales so Popular Today and Why are They so Scary?" to the Arnold Engineering Development Center Women's Club in Tullahoma on October 1, 2013.
May 9, 2013
Dr. Reinhard Zachau's German Drama class worked hard to put together a performance of "Die Physiker" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Informed by the Second World War and the many recent advances in science and nuclear technology. The play deals with questions of scientific ethics and mankind's ability to handle its intellectual responsibilities. The play was first performed in Zürich in 1962 and has remained popular in the decades since. The class memorized their lines and put on a great performance, and Kathe Richter filmed and edited it.
April 22, 2013
On April 21, 2013 Dr. James C. Davidheiser, National President-Elect of Delta Phi Alpha and Chapter Advisor at Sewanee, and together with Dr. Reinhard Zachau, initiated 10 new student members into Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society: Lewis Affronti, Seth Austin, Arianna Burkhardt, Julia Galliher, Amanda Lopez, Rebecca Manseau, Richard Percy, David Prichard, Kathleen Richter and Jacob Walker. Students with high grades in German, a high GPA and an abiding interest in the study of the German language and culture are eligible to join as of their fourth semester of university study and their presence in an advanced German course. The members received a certificate of membership, a booklet on the Society and an honor cord in black, red and gold, the colors of the German flag. The formal ceremony finished with refreshments in the dining room of the German House on University Avenue.
February 21, 2013
At its most recent meeting the German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, elected Dr. Davidheiser to be their new president. He formerly held the post of vice president. The group met at the annual conference of ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages), which was held in Philadelphia, PA in November of 2012.
February 11, 2013
Students of German and Business toured the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant on February 8. They met with Emily Noggle, an alum, to find out about internship opportunities. The tour was arranged by the Babson Center for Global Commerce.
February 8, 2013
To celebrate the German majors passing their Comprehensive Exams, a traditional German dinner was prepared in the Tower Room of McClurg.
January 7, 2013
Prof. James C. Davidheiser spoke at the Lunch and Learn series at St. Mary's Spiritual Center on Dec. 13 on the following topic: "Why are Fairy Tales so Popular Today: What is Behind this Popularity?" Prof. Davidheiser traced the recent popularity to the 1980s and reviewed the many forms in which fairy tales appear today. He also discussed the reasons for this upsurge and gave a lively narration of "Rapunzel" by the Brothers Grimm.
December 12, 2012
Dr. Gregory H. Wolf, Class of 1989, met with his two Sewanee German professors, Dr. Jim Davidheiser and Dr. Reinhard Zachau, at the national conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Philadelphia, PA, in November 2012. Upon graduation from Sewanee, Dr. Wolf earned a Ph.D. in German Studies at The Ohio State University. In 2012 he was named the Dennis and Jean Bauman Endowed Chair of the Humanities. Wolf is professor of German at North Central College, a comprehensive liberal arts college located in Naperville, IL, thirty miles west of Chicago.
December 7, 2012
A traditional German Christmas service was held in St. Augustine's chapel to celebrate the Weihnachten season in December of 2012.
December 5, 2012
Dr. Zachau is accepting applications for the Sewanee in Berlin up until January 1st, 2013. This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of German language and culture and gain one full Sewanee course credit.
October 20, 2012
On Oct. 18, 2012 Prof. James C. Davidheiser spoke at Evenings at Clement Chen Hall, a monthly gathering of faculty, staff and students at the home of the Vice Chancellor. His topic, "How a Professor Came to Highly Value the Brothers Grimm and their Fairy Tales," covered the history and meaning of fairy tales as well as the astounding achievements of the Grimm Brothers and their effects on German history and culture. To set the scene Prof. Davidheiser opened with a lively telling of the famous tale, "Rumpelstiltskin." Each fall Davidheiser teaches "The Literature and Culture of Fairy Tales" in English and will be teaching a fairy tale course in German on the 300-level in the spring, 2013. Davidheiser's book for the course, Die Märchen der Brüder Grimm, his second on fairy tales, was published in 2011.
September 12, 2012
Prof. James C. Davidheiser is serving as vice-president of the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha again this year and will meet in November with officers of the Society. Delta Phi Alpha initiates highly qualified and recommended students of German into the association. It also evaluates German programs across the country for membership in DPA.
September 12, 2012
Prof. Davidheiser is chair of the national Planned Giving Committee of his professional association, The American Association of Teachers of German. In that capacity, he presides over meetings of a committee that seeks to insure the strength and longevity of the organization by finding long-term donors. He recently authored a brochure to send to members of the organization.
March 8, 2012
Lillian Winchester, recipient of the full scholarship from the Federation of German-American Clubs, and David Pritchard, participating in Sewanee's direct exchange with Bamberg, are both studying this year at the Univ. of Bamberg, Germany. Viktoria Knotz from the Univ. of Karlsruhe lives in the German House as the recipient of Sewanee's scholarship for student members of the Federation of German-American Clubs.
March 8, 2012
In an attempt to spread the word about the Sommer in Sewanee program, it now has a presence on Facebook. The more people who like the page, the more visible in will become to people looking for ways to improve their knowledge of German who we aren't already reaching through more traditional routes. Please like the page, to increase its visibility.
March 5, 2012
On March 4, the German Department inducted 7 students into Delta Phi Alpha. DPA is a national German Honor society with thousands of members from campuses across the country. At a semi-formal ceremony in the German House, Dr. James Davidheiser, national Vice President of DPA, inducted the following students into the honor society: John Robert Carter, Edward Randall Floyd, Margaret Hervey Hudson, Curtis Robert Middlekauff, William Thomas Noggle, Denton Lee O'Neal, and Lena Margaret Viljoen. Dr. Reinhard Zachau presented them with official certificates of membership while Katherine Hardin and Patrick Platzer, both present members of DPA, handed them a booklet about DPA and hung honor cords around them in the German national colors, schwarz rot gold, which they will wear at graduation.
March 5, 2012
At a colorful luncheon on March 5, Dr. James C. Davidheiser was presented with a certificate and gift in honor of his 35 full years of service to Sewanee: The University of the South. The ceremony took place in Cravens Hall where Dr. Davidheiser was congratulated by both the Vice Chancellor, Dr. John McCardell, and the Provost, Dr. John Swallow. His wife Marilyn and several colleagues from the foreign language departments were present as well.
December 13, 2011
Sommer in Sewanee will take place this year June 17th-June 30th, 2012. The cultural topic will be "Wanderlust: Reisen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz", and will explore the German fascination with travel and offers workshops in the many beautiful regions of the German-speaking world. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers and students of German to deepen their knowledge of German language and culture.
May 2, 2011
Sixteen Sewanee students will spend part of their summer in Berlin with the "Summer in Berlin" program, the German Department's new study abroad opportunity, which is directed by Dr. Reinhard Zachau. The program includes a three-week language course at Berlin's Deutsch in Deutschland German Language Institute. The afternoons are spent exploring Berlin's neighborhoods following the excursions described in Zachau's Berlin Walks, Berliner Spaziergänge published by Focus in 2010. Sewanee students will return with an appreciation of Berlin's history and architecture and its rich literature.
February 10, 2011
From Feb. 9-16, Sewanee will be holding its own German Film Festival, the Sewaneenale, to coincide with the International Film Festival being held at the same time in Berlin known as the Berlinale. The festival opens with a red carpet gala at the German House featuring a viewing of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, followed by a showing of F.W. Murnau's Faust at 7 p.m. in Gailor Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 11. Then on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m., you can see Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel. All of these films are emblematic of the Weimar Period. Fatih Akin's Soul Kitchen brings us into the modern era and closes the festival on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 8:30 p.m. at the German House. The Sewaneenale has been organized by German House Head Resident, Florian Seubert.
January 18, 2011
"Summer in Berlin" offers a three-week language course from May 19 to June 9, 2011 at the DiD language institute in Berlin where students take language classes with other international students, according to their language skills. Students will also take a culture class with Dr Zachau and explore Berlin's many neighborhoods. The program is available for $2000, which includes room and board and four Sewanee course credits.
December 10, 2010
The seventeenth German summer school will take place at the University of the South from June 19 to July 2, 2011 with the topic "Visualizing German". The seminar explores how German can be taught by using images, picture books and movies. As a full immersion language seminar "Sommer in Sewanee" offers four credit hours to high school teachers, graduate, undergraduate and qualified high school students.
November 3, 2010
While on sabbatical in Germany Prof. Davidheiser presided over a festive weekend of events celebrating a third decade of exchange between Sewanee students and students from various German universities under the auspices of the Federation of German-American Clubs. The students from Germany have lived in the German House on the Sewanee campus and presided over three decades of cultural events there. Thirty guests from all over Germany came to Bamberg to exchange memories of Sewanee and catch up with each other's lives.
November 3, 2010
Dr. Jim Davidheiser will deliver an address in Boston at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages on "Teaching Fairy Tales as a Cultural Phenomenon" as part of a session that he created and is chairing.
November 3, 2010
Prof. Davidheiser's new book, "Die Märchen der Brüder Grimm: A Communicative Reader for Intermediate/Advanced German," is being published by TPRS Publishing, Inc. (Arizona) and will appear in Dec. 2010 with a 2011 copyright. Students will use it in the spring term 2011 in German 310, Das deutsche Märchen. It will appear with an ancillary CD with questions and full of pictures showing the importance of fairy tales in German culture. During his sabbatical in Germany in the first half of 2010 Davidheiser travelled extensively to do research on the book.
June 3, 2010
"It is amazing how pervasive fairy tales are in German culture. They or figures from them appear in signs, parks, on stage, in gardens, on TV, etc. People often quote fairy tales. There is even a Märchen Road which features many places associated with fairy tales and the lives of the Brothers Grimm who made substantial contributions to German language and literature. Writing about fairy tales has been a wonderful way to steep oneself in German culture. I look forward to teaching more about them in Sewanee." Dr. Davidheiser will be offering a course on fairy tales in English in the fall and in German in the spring. While in Gemany he also met Sewanee students abroad and with people who help foster the exchanges Sewanee has both with Bamberg and the Federation of German-American Clubs so that Sewanee students might have attractive opportunities to study in Germany.
April 29, 2010
The sixteenth Sommer in Sewanee, a collaborative seminar supported by the German, Austrian and Swiss governments, will take place from June 20 to July 3, 2010 at the University of the South. As a full immersion seminar Sommer in Sewanee offers four transferable Sewanee credits to high school teachers, graduate, undergraduate and qualified high school students of German. The 2010 seminar has the title "Crossing Border: German in the European Union". Registration closes Saturday, May 1.
February 1, 2010
On January 31, 2010, the following Sewanee students were inducted into the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha: Jackson Gannaway, Kate Hardin, Michael Haywood, Patrick Platzer, and Matt von Lunen. Delta Phi Alpha seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to man's eternal search for peace and truth."
December 18, 2009
The sixteenth Sommer in Sewanee, a collaborative seminar supported by the German, Austrian and Swiss governments, will take place from June 20 to July 3, 2010 at the University of the South. As a full immersion seminar Sommer in Sewanee offers four transferable Sewanee credits to high school teachers, graduate, undergraduate and qualified high school students of German. The 2010 seminar has the title "Crossing Border: German in the European Union".
December 11, 2009
On Wednesday, December 9th, the German Department and German House hosted a traditional German Christmas Celebration. The evening began with a lovely traditional service in St. Augustine's Chapel with Bible readings by students and songs in German and was followed by a festive party at the German House.
November 30, 2009
Dr. Zachau presented a paper at German Studies Association meeting in Washington DC in October of 2009. The paper was part of a panel on terrorism in film and had the title “From photo to film: Visual transformations in the Baader Meinhof Complex.”
November 23, 2009
Foreign language annals, Vol. 29, No. 2 (Summer 1996) [CALL # P53 .D29 1996], with an article written by James C. Davidheiser, Professor and Chair of German and German Studies. (1 copy located in General Collection; 1 copy located in Archives) Professor Davidheiser's article is on pages 271-278: "Grammar groups in the student-centered classroom."
November 23, 2009
"An articulation study of post-secondary German students: results, implications, and suggestions" in Language program articulation: developing a theoretical foundation, edited by Catherine M. Barrette and Kate Paesani, editors (Boston: Thomson, Heinle, 2005) uses data collected from several German departments nationwide. Professor Zachau's chapter is on pages 94-108.
November 23, 2009
Dr. Jim Davidheiser recently returned from the Annual Convention of ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) which was held in San Diego, CA November 20-22, 2009 where he delivered 3 different presentations. He delivered the MLA (Modern Language Association) report on Foreign Languages, a presentation on Teaching Culture in the Intermediate German Classroom, and delivered a report on The Work of Delta Phi Alpha: the National German Honor Society. In addition, he chaired a committee for the AATG (American Association of Teachers of German).