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Scholarship Available for study in Berlin

January 11, 2015
Students who are interested in applying for a Jackson/Cross scholarship for summer study, should apply by February 1, 2015.

Weinachtsfest a Success!

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.

Enrollment Opens for Sommer in Sewanee 2015

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.

Deadline to sign up for Summer in Berlin is February 1st

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.

Dr. Apgar presents at the German Studies Association Conference

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.

Dr. Apgar Joins the German Department

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.

Apply for Summer in Berlin 2015

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.

Kaffeeklatsch with Caroline Frank

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.

Kafka Discussion at Stirling's

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.

Dr. Davidheiser President of National German Honor Society

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.

Dr. Zachau Launches New Textbook

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.

Dr. Davidheiser addresses the AEDC Women’s Club

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.

German Drama Class Performs "Die Physiker""

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.

Sewanee Students Inducted into German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha

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.

Dr. Davidheiser new president of Delta Phi Alpha

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.

German Students Tour Chattanooga Volkswagen Plant

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.

German Majors Celebrate

February 8, 2013
To celebrate the German majors passing their Comprehensive Exams, a traditional German dinner was prepared in the Tower Room of McClurg.

Dr. Davidheiser speaks at St. Mary's Lunch and Learn series

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.

Former Student now a Peer

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.

Weihnachten Service

December 7, 2012
A traditional German Christmas service was held in St. Augustine's chapel to celebrate the Weihnachten season in December of 2012.

Deadline Approaches to apply for Sewanee in Berlin 2013

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.

Evenings at Chen Hall features Dr. Jim Davidheiser

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.

Dr. Davidheiser is Vice President of Delta Phi Alpha

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.

Dr. Jim Davidheiser Sustaining AATG

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.

Sewanee Students and German Students Benefit from Exchange

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.

Like Sommer in Sewanee on Facebook

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.

German Students Inducted into Honorary Society

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.

Dr. Davidheiser honored for 35 years at Sewanee

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.

Theme Chosen for 18th Sommer in Sewanee

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.

Summer in Berlin

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.

Sewaneenale 2011: German Film Festival

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.

New German program in Berlin

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.

Registration Open for Sommer in Sewanee, 2011

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.

Sewanee and German Students Have a Reunion

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.

Dr. Davidheiser to address ACTFL

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.

Dr. Davidheiser's Latest Book

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.

Dr. Davidheiser spends his Sabbatical Year in Bamberg, Germany

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.

Sommer in Sewanee 2010 Deadline Approaches

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.

Sewanee students inducted into National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha

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."

Sommer in Sewanee 2010

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".

German House Christmas Party

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.

Dr. Zachau presents paper on terrorism

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.”

Dr. Davidheiser's Publication now in DuPont Library

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."

Dr. Zachau's Publication now in DuPont Library

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.

Dr. Davidheiser delivers three presentations at ACTFL 2009

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).