Cultural and program events and other news
Summer 2013 courses include German I, German culture (distance), Japanese film, Russian culture (distance), and Russian I (distance). See the university's schedule of courses.
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Language and culture student organizations enjoyed a successful spring 2013.
The German program and club's awards took plac Sunday, 7 April.
The Russian program and club's 28th annual awards evening was held Thursday, 18 April.
List of awardees here.
The 40th Japanese-American business meeting (Nakama) is Tuesday, 7 May, 5-8 P.M. Toshikata Amino, past vice-president of Honda America will be the keynote speaker. Contact Akiko Jones for advance information.
The German play Die Physiker, 25 & 26 April, was a great success!.
In the Swiss psychiatric institution Les Cérisiers, Police Inspector Voss has just arrived to investigate the second murder in one month. Why are the physicists, inmates in the sanatorium, murdering their nurses? Why does the director of the sanatorium appear unalarmed? What caused these three physicists, geniuses in their field, to become inmates in the institution in the first place? This grotesque comedy explores these questions, especially as they relate to scientific progress, personal responsibility and ethical principles.
The afternoon of 7 April, at 2 P.M. alumnus Steve Harris (member of Austria Alumni Board)- -photo from the event -- presented his new Civil War novel, Faded Lines of Gray, at Grounds for Thought coffee house in Bowling Green. Summary info. on the novel.
The Cherry Blossom Festival (O-hanami) took placeSaturday, 20 April.x Kade writer in residence is Julia Schoch. The writer-in-residence program is made possible by a generous grant from the Max Kade Foundation. Ms. Schoch gave a public reading from her works on 25 March. FLYER
The Russian version of Mardis Gras, Maslennitsa, was a great success! It was observed 12 March and co-hosted by the Arts VIllage.
The Russian Club and program hosted the Ohio (college) olympiada of spoken Russian on 23 February. Students competed in a fun atmosphere. Russian faculty members from around the state enjoyed themselves.
Prof. Ohba from Hiroshima Jogakuin University visited, 17-25 February. She interviewed BGSU students who attended the Peace Studies in Japan last summer.
The Russian Club hosted iconographer Dennis Bell (Mentor, Ohio) on 12 February. Mr. Bell also visited a course on Russian culture. FLYER
Over fifty Russian Club members attended the 6 December winter party. Ded Moroz paid a visit and all enjoyed the Russian refreshments.
The 39th Japanese-American Business Dinner on 29 November drew 60 guests. Thanks to all who attended.
The department, German Club, and other campus organizations sponsored a celebration of polka music and dance on 24 October in the BTS Union ballroom. FLYER Major funding wass provided by the Ethnic Cultural Arts Program. Over 400 people attended.
Language learning assessment and literary geography were the topics of the 18 October International Forum meeting. Satomi Saito and Timothy Pogacar presented. FLYER.
The summer 2012 AYA Austria alumni newsletter is now out.
Josef Haslinger, distinguished Austrian novelist and professor of creative writing at the University of Leipzig, who was the BGSU Max Kade Foundation writer in residence in 1991, presented his book Tsunami at the Arts and Sciences Forum on Wednesday, 19 September.
A recent international report from the University of Salzburg features its comprehensive bilateral relations with BGSU. 2011-12 Faculty Director Edgar Landgraf is pictured next to the title, "Welten und Möglichkeiten."
U.S. federal departments list languages vital to the country's interests. See the list here
U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarships are available to students in the Russian Language major program. Air Force ROTC students taking certain language courses (including German, Russian, Chinese and Japanese) may be eligible for a bonus stipend, even if it is not their major of study. Members of the military may be entitled to additional benefits once on active duty for certain levels of proficiency in various languages. Contact the BGSU AFROTC office for more information.
Complete your B.A. in German and an M.A. with only one additional year of study!
The December 2011 Austria alumni newsletter. (recent newsletters: Summer 2011 Austria and winter 2010).
Select recent scholarly activities of department members:
Geoffrey Howes’s essay "Der Rhythmus als Übersetzungsprinzip: Texte Peter Roseis auf dem Weg ins Amerikanische" was published in October, 2011, in a volume marking Peter Rosei’s 65th birthday, Advanced Rosei, ed. Clemens K. Stepina (Vienna: Sonderzahl, 2011) 141-56. Peter Rosei was Bowling Green State University’s Max Kade Writer in Residence in 1996, 2002, and 2006.
Geoff Howes will present “Translating Rhythm in Prose, German to English” at “Doppelgängers and Fraternal Twins: Translations in German Studies,” Binghamton University German Studies Colloquium 2012, 21–22 April 2012.
Geoffrey Howes’s article “The Bestiality of Decency”: Communal Cruelty in Erich Hackl’s Abschied von Sidonie”will appear in Modern Austrian Prose. Interpretations and Insights, Volume II, ed. Paul Dvorak (Riverside, CA: Ariadne) in April 2012.
Geoffrey Howes will present on “Austria as a Microcosm of the West in Peter Rosei’s Recent Novels” at “AEIOU: Global Austria,” the annual conference of the Austrian Studies Association (formerly MALCA) 26 - 29 April, 2012, Long Beach, CA.
Geoffrey Howes’s article “Hell is not interesting, it is terrifying.” A Reading of the Madhouse Chapter in Robert Musil’s The Man without Qualities”will appear in Journeys into Madness:
Mapping Mental Illness in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ed. Gemma Blackshaw and Sabine Wieber, Volume 14, Austrian and Habsburg Studies (New York: Berghahn Books) in May 2012.
Michael McMaster, Education Coordinator of the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, will introduce his book Henry County in the Great War: German-Americans, Patriots, and Loyalty 1914-1918 for the German-American Day observance at the Wood County Museum (13660 County Home Road Bowling Green, OH 43402) on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 7-9 pm. Co-sponsored by the Wood County Historical Center and Museum and the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages, BGSU.
Geoffrey Howes's article "Literature and Identity in Vienna 1900: Robert Musil, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Arthur Schnitzler" appeared in Birth of the Modern: Style and Identity in Vienna 1900.
Edgar Landgraf's Improvisation as Art: Conceptual Challenges, Historical Perspectives, has been published at Continuum Publishers
Edgar Landgraf has been invited to present on “Kleist’s Politicization of the Public. A Luhmanian Perspective” at the German Studies Program and Department of Philosophy, Swarthmore College, on 26 April 2012.
Edgar Landgraf will speak on “The Politicization of the Public in the Context of Niklas Luhmann’s Political Theory” at Ohio State University’s forum on “Transformations of the Public Sphere,” 12–14 April 2012.
Edgar Landgraf is a member of the MLA Division Executive Committee for 18th and Early 19th Century German Literature (2012–16)