Languages and Cultures
Department News & Events
August 2019 Languages & Cultures welcomes new faculty member and Fulbright TA
Dr. Morgan King earned a PhD in Classics from UC Berkeley in 2019. Her dissertation, "Social Navigation in Elegiac Worlds: Travel, Immobility, and Identity in Roman Love Poetry," explores how Roman love poets used spatial imagery to think about questions of identity and community. Her research interests include Roman poetry, genre and intertextuality, and Late Antique Christian reception of Augustan era poetry. As a graduate of Carleton College and a Chicagoan, she's excited to return to Minnesota and the Liberal Arts tradition.
Matthias Milchrahm is this year’s Austrian Fulbright Teaching Assistant at the German department. He assists mostly under the supervision of Prof. Hollender in the instruction of German but also teaches his own class as a trained educator and native speaker. What’s more, he represents Austria as a cultural ambassador and organizes events and extracurricular activities for students. Matthias majored in English and Geography/Economics at the University of Graz, Austria. He specialized in American literature and investigated the role of nature and man in two American short stories in his thesis. After his studies, he worked one year as a secondary school teacher at a public school in Eastern Austria before going to the United States, where he’s gained invaluable experience in teaching methodology and pedagogy. Matthias is known for his love of sports, especially skiing and weightlifting and he’s also very enthusiastic about reading and connecting with nature. You can reach Matthias at [email protected].
The German Studies Program has been awarded a mini-grant from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)/Netzwerk Deutsch Mini Grant to host a German Football Festival on campus and to help towards a trip to see the MN United. Congratulations and many thanks to Kurt Hollender for receiving this award!
Congratulations to German minor, Valerie Doze '21, for receiving a Jackson Fellowship for Summer 2019. The fellowship is one of three that funds the pursuit of summer internships – including leadership and professional development – working toward civic engagement and the common good in the non-profit and government sectors.
April 25, 2019
The French Studies Program held their annual Festival Lyrique on April 25 in the Haehn Campus Center Alum Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to sing, recite or perform any piece in French.
Pictured left to right are CSB students: Ashley Dalbec '22, Sophia Modeas '20, and Steffi Tapsoba '21.
French students and faculty from CSB/SJU attended the Guthrie Theater's production of Cyrano de Bergerac.
April 2019 German Students visit Paisley Park
Dr. Kurt Hollender and students from GERM 342, Poetry in the German Tradition, visited pop star Prince’s Paisley Park studio and museum in Chanhassen, MN on Saturday, April 13. The philosophers Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy argue that the theory and practice of avant-garde communal living and the collaborative creation of art stems from Jena, Germany and the practices of the Romantics from around 1800. They further argue that these practices and theories remain our form of the artistic avant-garde to this day, even, as the GERM 342 students found, right here in Minnesota through Prince's championing of the artist’s autonomy and his collaboration with others.
Spring 2019 Inclusion and German Studies at CSBSJU
Dr. Kurt Hollender has earned the Mellon Foundation Becoming Community Professional Development Workshop Practitioner Certificate. The Mellon Grant Becoming Community program at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to strengthen the ongoing process of creating an inclusive community and a space for all to be heard and in which all can thrive. Read more here...
April 2019 CSB/SJU German Students Are Winning Scholarships!
The German Studies Program is proud to announce that five CSB/SJU German learners have recieved Fulbright scholarships for 2019-2020. Click here for our list of current and past recipients.
March 2019 Language Scholarships for 2019-2020
Congratulations to the following students who applied for and received language scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year:
S. Margretta Nathe Scholarship for CSB Majors
Amanda Bjerke '20
Otmar Drekonja German Cultural Scholarship
Julia Petron '20
Ilyse Putz '20
Gaida Family Scholarship for CSB French Majors
Ashley Dalbec '21
Maggie Pomerenke '20
Pictured: Maggie Pomerenke and Ashley Dalbec
(Photo by Elena Lozano '22)