Alumna Lasee receives prestigious Merit Award

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay alumna Melanie Lasee ’96 (German). Lasee received the prestigious state Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Recognition of Merit Award for 2017, a statewide award presented annually to language teachers in the state, who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and made significant contributions to the language teaching profession. A gifted and dedicated German teacher at Ashwaubenon High School, Lasee also coordinates the high school’s German exchange program with Karolinen-Gymnasium, a partner school in Frankenthal, Germany.

Faculty note: Coury participates in Islamophobia workshop

UW-Green Bay Prof. David Coury (Humanities/German) was an invited participant at a University of Toronto workshop on Islamophobia in Germany. His presentation, “Integration, Assimilation and the Racialization of Islam,” looked at the rise of right-wing populism and the use of Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic rhetoric in eastern and western Germany. The workshop was supported by cultural funds from the Canadian and German governments.

German election discussion includes special guest

Join Prof. David Coury (German, Humanities and Global Studies) and special guest, Prof. Melanie Kintz from the University of Chemnitz (Germany) via skype and others for an important discussion, “German Federal Elections: Predictions and Implications for the Future.” The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 103 of the University Union. These discussions (free and open to the public), allow members of the campus community to have important and timely conversations about topical events and processes around the world.

Faculty note: Prof. Coury chairs doctoral dissertation defense tribunal

In July, UW-Green Bay Prof. David Coury (Humanities, German and Global Studies) was the chair of a doctoral dissertation defense tribunal at the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain). The Erasmus Mundus doctoral candidate with her dissertation, “Transcultural Research on the ‘Cultural Other’ in European Films,” sought international distinction before the committee. Coury was joined by two other international faculty members, Prof. Annabel Martin (Dartmouth) and Prof. Fernando Bayon (University of Deusto).

Lyrik und Lieder: An Evening of German Art Song and Poetry

Students in the UW-Green Bay German and Music programs will be performing an evening of “Lyrik und Lieder” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 in newly renovated Studio Arts 101. Music vocalists and German literature students are pairing up for an evening performance of German poetry (Lyrik) and German art songs (Lieder). The vocal students will be singing the musical pieces to piano accompaniment, and the German students will recite the poems and provide some brief historical background. The initiative is meant to provide a broader appreciation for the tradition of German art song by combining a discussion of the poem and the poet along with its musical setting. The concert is free and open to the public.

Immigration program is a hit with local school children


Prof. David Coury (Humanistic Studies, German, Global Studies) reports that the first in a series of programs aimed at local students and their families, to help them better understand immigration and global displacement, was well received. The majority of the programs take place at the Neville Public Museum. On Feb. 14, 2017 students were able to Skype with Los Angeles filmmaker Zach Ingrasci. Co-directors Ingrasci and Chris Temple spent one month living alongside displaced Syrian and Iraqi families in the Za’atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers allowed inside a refugee camp, they were able to provide a never before seen look into the world’s most pressing crisis. The film will be shown again at 7 p.m. Feb. 15, 2017 at the Neville Public Museum. The series is sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Neville Public Museum, UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay Film Society. For more information, contact David Coury ( See the press release.

Hispanic Heritage Month continues

Campus continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the following events:

Literature discussion between Professors Fernandez Meardi (UW-Green Bay) and Pablo Ruiz (Tufts University) on Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, commemorating the 30th anniversary of his death. 4 to 5 p.m., Christie Theatre, Oct. 13. (Spanish/English)

Want to practice languages?

Here is your opportunity. Free and open to the public:

French conversation (with Maria and Maeva from France):

  • Mondays: 2 to 3 p.m. at the Common Grounds
  • Thursdays: 5 to 6 p.m. at the Library

German Stammtisch (with Yen and Elke from Germany):

  • Mondays: 5 to 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room

Spanish “Tertulia” (with Jorge from Colombia and Isabel from Spain)

  • Tuesdays: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Common Grounds
  • Thursdays: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Club

Faculty note: Coury publication

David Coury (Humanistic Studies/German) published an article on the German-Iranian writer Navid Kermani, entitled “Kafka and the Quran: Patriotism, Culture and Post-National Identity” in a monograph devoted to Kermani’s works published in Germany. The article deals with Kermani’s literary and cultural influences from both Germany and Iran and how they have come to inform his idea of a transnational identity.