Immigration program is a hit with local school children

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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 (couryd@uwgb.edu). 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.

National Hispanic Heritage month events, continued

The UW‑Green Bay Spanish program has put together an array of events to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), and the many contributions of Hispanic/Latinos to the culture of the United States. Among them:

Oct. 6: Translation discussion. Prof. Fernandez Meardi & Kolin Jordan from “7 vientos,” a publishing house based in Chicago will discuss translating Spanish literary works into English. 4 to 5 p.m., Christie Theater, University Union. (Spanish/English).

Oct. 13: Literature discussion. Professors Fernandez Meardi (UW-Green Bay) and Pablo Ruiz (Tufts University) will discuss Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death. 4 to 5 p.m., Christie Theater, University Union. (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: 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Club

German film ‘Measuring the World’ is Wednesday at Neville

The Green Bay Film Society’s International Film Series continues this week with a screening of the 2012 German film “Measuring the World,” a fictionalized account of Alexander von Humboldt’s and Carl Friedrich Gauss’ travels and their attempts to “measure the world” in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The film is free and open to the public and starts at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum. UWGB Prof. Carol Emmons (Art) will lead a discussion. Sponsored by UWGB Humanistic Studies, the Brown County Library and the Neville Public Museum.

Great Books tonight: Coury on My Name is Red


Humanistic Studies’ Great Books discussion series continues tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 10) with a presentation of the novel My Name is Red, a work written by the Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. Prof. David Coury (Humanistic Studies and German) will lead the discussion, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown branch of the Brown County Public library. All events are free and open to the public.

Film Society offers timely take on illegal immigration


This Wednesday (Oct. 7) the Green Bay Film Society presents the 2010 Belgium film Illegal, a very timely work about illegal immigration examining the situation of many immigrants in Europe and the process of being placed in detention centers. Prof. David Coury of Humanistic Studies and German will introduce the film’s showing at 7 p.m. and lead a discussion afterward, all in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum. The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by Humanistic Studies and the Brown County Library.

Passing of former professor Heinz Geppert

Heinz-GeppertAn email from a former student shares word that Heinz W. Geppert, an associate professor of German at UW-Green Bay during the 1970s, passed away May 7 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He died at home after a long illness, at age 84. There was no published obituary.

Geppert taught courses in German language and culture beginning in 1973. He was active with UW-Green Bay’s fledgling college theatre program. He directed German-language plays here including Harig’s “Ein Blumenstueck” and “Hochwasser” by Gunter Grass, in addition to English-language productions including “A Dream Play” and another Grass play, “The Flood.”

After leaving UW-Green Bay, Geppert taught at Whitman (Wash.) College and spent time directing German theatre with Seattle Theatre Arts before he joined the faculty at Colorado College in 1991 to teach courses on the history of German film.

Geppert grew up in the war-torn Silesia province of Germany, now part of present-day Poland. Barely into his teens, he avoided being conscripted into either the Nazi or Russian armies in the final days of the war and somehow found his way west. He landed work as kitchen help with the English occupation forces and eventually emigrated to the United States.

Humanistic Studies honors top students


Last Friday (May 8), Humanistic Studies hosted an awards ceremony for outstanding students and scholarship winners.

Student honorees were:

Humanistic Studies Scholarships

Harold and Edna Bickford Endowed Scholarship – Taylor Navis

Coryll Crandall Memorial Scholarship – Danielle Eder

Thomas E. Daniels Memorial Scholarship – Samantha Molina

Lise Lotte Gammeltoft Memorial Scholarship – Faith Lent


Modern Languages Awards Academic Year 2014—2015

Academic Excellence Award in German – Ashley Thibeau

Applied Language Award in German – Sara Lueth

Academic Excellence Award in Spanish – Julia Rose Shariff 

Academic Excellence Award in Spanish – Colin Nohr 

Applied Use of Spanish Award – Courtney Mueller-Krouse 

Academic Excellence Award in French – Elijah Amelse 

Applied Use of French Award – Adam Meyer