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Modern Languages Holiday Celebration

Three christmas balls shaped as globe or planet, Asia, Europe and AmericaJoin Modern Languages faculty and students from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 in Walker 134 for a unique celebration of French, German and Spanish Holiday traditions. Appearing live will be the French Canadian group Maple Sugar Folk as well as guest performer Andy Fiss.

Learn songs in each language for the sing-along and listen to traditional holiday music. Play Holiday Bingo and enjoy a variety of treats from different cultures. No prior language experience required. Families are welcome.

For more information, contact Karin Schlenker.


World War I and the Copper Country

collins-sue-personnelThe World War I & the Copper Country collective, led by Sue Collins (HU) in collaboration with Patty Sotirin (HU), Stefka Hristova (HU), Steve Walton (SS), Elise Nelson (Carnegie Museum), and Hilary Virtanen (Finlandia), has been awarded a Michigan Humanities Council grant.

Conceived as a joint project between Michigan Technological University, the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, and Finlandia University, the grant will support a series of events commemorating World War I to run in the fall of 2018 including historical exhibits, a symposium, a relief bazaar, and an immersive life-size trench installation with a Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) produced soundscape.


PhD Student Authors book chapter

image144711-persEdzordzi Agbozo, Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture Ph.D. Candidate, authored, with co-author Kwame Osei-Poku, a book chapter entitled “Negotiating the Gothic in African literature: a study of Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard and Besie Head’s Maru“.

Agbozo’s work is in Memories of the Caribbean futures: Reclaiming the pre-colonial to imagine a post-colonial in the languages, literatures and cultures of the Greater Caribbean and beyond, 2017. University of Curacao and the University of Puerto Rico published the book along with editors Nicholas Faraclas, Ronald Severing, Christa Weijer, Elisabeth Echteld, Wim Rutgers, and Robert Dupey.

Congratulations!

 


Holocaust Survivor from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

8dad3602cbacfe04d0e097ff560d42b913fa23c9Rozsa Lecture “Survivor: A Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor from the Survivors Speakers Bureau of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Museum’s Office of Survivor Affairs is proud to offer schools, civic groups, military bases, and other institutions nationwide the opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor share his or her experiences. Every year, our survivor speakers reach hundreds of different audiences, providing thousands of people across the country and abroad with the moving and memorable experience of listening to them recount their stories of suffering, loss, and survival.

The speaker will be Peter Gorog, born Péter Grünwald in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on March 10, 1941. Peter’s father, Árpád Grünwald, worked as an office manager at the Franklin Publishing House and his mother, Olga Schönfeld, was a hat-maker. Hear his story, and learn how his experience can inform society today.

https://www.ushmm.org/remember/office-of-survivor-affairs/speakers-bureau

 Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 pm
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

You can purchase the tickets by either visiting our events page or through this link directly to ticketing services, tickets will be available for the event beginning September 1st.


On the Road

image153105-persDana Van Kooy recently attended two conferences: the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) in York, England (July 27-30), where she presented her essay, “Configurations of Jamaica: The Modern Narrative of Diminishing Returns.”

She then attended the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), which met in Ottawa, Ontario (Aug. 10-13). There, she presented a paper entitled, “Reanimating the Decorporializing Logics of Modernity and Capitalism.” Both essays contribute to her current book project about how modernity emerged from the nexus of human and environmental catastrophe: plantation slavery.


Rhetoric Theory and Culture PhD Graduates

PhD Grads 2017The Rhetoric Theory and Culture PhD program had five graduates receiving their degrees at Michigan Tech’s Spring Commencement on Saturday April 29.

Pictured here are faculty advisors and graduates, from left to right, Jennifer Slack, Nate Carpenter, Kirsti Arko, Joel Beatty, Stefka Hristova, Vicky Bergvall, Ann Brady, Ron Strickland and Yunana Ahmed.

Also participating in the ceremony but not present for this photo was Professor Emerita Beth Flynn.

Congratulations!


Modern Languages Spring Celebration

14568137_1842598435969765_4973928427164305117_nModern Languages hosts a language celebration of French, Spanish, and German.

The French-Canadian group, Maple Sugar Folk, will perform and help teach songs in French, German and Spanish.  There will also be guest performers.

There may be some games played if time allows. Refreshments will be served.

Contact Karin Schlenker, kbschlen@mtu.edu, with questions.

Tuesday, April 11th
Walker 134
5-6pm


A Year in Germany Gives Michigan Tech Student New Insights

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 2.33.40 PMWhy would someone put acceptance to a prestigious law school on hold to spend a year in Germany?  That’s just what Russell Lawson did, and he doesn’t regret a minute of it.

Lawson, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in economics at Michigan Technological University in 2016, has been accepted into the University of Michigan Law School, but he chose to spend this year participating in the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange program.  In Germany, he’s going to school, working a job, immersing himself in the culture.

Lawson calls the competitive program, known as the ‘’Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm’’ in German, a “cultural exchange program aimed at promoting understanding and cooperation between the two countries.”  It includes 75 participants chosen from all over the US, representing a majority of states and multiple fields of study. “We have engineers, bio chem majors, those who study music, politics, international relations, two welders and four chefs/bakers, really a diverse group,” Lawson explains.

Read the full story.

In the News: The Monroe News (Minnesota) published a feature article about Russell Lawson, a Michigan Tech student who is spending a year on a fellowship in Germany.

by Mary LeDoux, student writing intern


Michigan Tech Alum in episodes of “This Is Us”

Eric Michael JohnsonEric Michael Johnson, who graduated with a degree in Scientific and Technical Communication in 2012, was featured in an article in the Duluth News Tribune for earning a role as the drumming instructor in two episodes of the NBC drama “This Is Us” (Season 1, Episodes 13 and 14).

While at Michigan Tech, Johnson created a parody video of Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy” for a digital media course. In the article, Johnson recalls his time filming the video:

“It celebrates the geek, nerd culture at Michigan Tech. It is a celebration of that because I absolutely identify as a big sci-fi geek,” he said. Being in front and behind the camera in creating the video, he said “it was right around then that I really started to fall in love with the idea of filmmaking.”


Modern Language Film Series

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The Department of Humanities, Modern Language Program, presents 3 language films.

All films will screen in Walker 134

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Spanish Affair (Martinez-Lazaro, 2014)
In this romantic comedy, Sevillian Rafa is so smitten with Amaia, a Basque woman, that he’ll do whatever it takes to win her heart – no matter how outrageous.

 

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C.R.A.Z.Y. (Vallee, 2005)
Born on Christmas Day, 1960, Zac knew he was different from his four brothers but was desperate to fit in.  During the next 20 years he tries to live a lie, but a life full of surprise and unexpected experiences leads Zac to accept his true nature.

 

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Barbara (Petzold, 2012)
In this impeccably crafted Cold War thriller, a Berlin doctor is banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa.  Barbara is a subtle portrait of a woman caught between her desire for freedom and her sense of responsibility.