Modern Languages program acknowledges top students

The Modern Language Award Ceremony took place Thursday and honored the following outstanding students:

French
Applied Use of French – Nicole Phillips

Academic Excellence in French – Katie Crews


German
Applied Use of German – Mitchell Harings

Academic Excellence in German – Ashley Deprey-Peeters

Spanish

Applied Use of Spanish – Julio Morales III

Applied Use of Spanish – Tanner K. Vodvarka

Academic Excellence in Spanish – Kathryn Johnson

We’re told Vodvarka gave a short speech in Spanish and English via Skype from Bucamaranga (Colombia) where he is studying this semester and, after the presentation of the awards, faculty and students enjoyed wonderful cake and refreshments compliments of the Humanistic Studies program.

UW-Green Bay Music, German programs to join forces for ‘lyrics and song’ concert

Students from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Music and German departments will come together for a special performance Monday, March 10, reviving the popular “Lyrik und Lieder” (lyrics and songs) concert at UW-Green Bay. The no-cost event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

“Lyrik und Lieder” is the result of UW-Green Bay Music’s vocal and piano studios pairing with the German language program to study German art and song, and ultimately to present their discoveries. Directed by Music lecturer Abigail Mace, the concert event will include poetry, music, and insights into both poets and composers. A free reception will follow.

The “Lyrik und Lieder” concert had experienced a several-year hiatus before being resurrected due to the combined efforts of Mace, Assistant Prof. Courtney Sherman and Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston, Music; as well as Prof. David Coury, Humanistic Studies (German). It is an exemplar of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand, which encourages students, faculty and staff to consider topics and issues from a variety of different perspectives.

“Lyrik und Lieder” will feature student performances from William Burton, Liz Brandt, Lindsay Cummings, Paul Dugan, Ryan Dummer, Taylor Dynes, Leah Lamalfa, Andrew Lange, James Letellier, Lane Ludkte, Brian Roberts, Amber Schilling, Nick Schommer, Tory Schuurmans, Nathan Skifton, Kyle Sweeney, Adam Timmerman, Kevin Wellens and Rachel White.

UW-Green Bay is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available online at www.uwgb.edu/music.

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‘Evening of German Art Song and Poetry’ is interdisciplinarity in action

Here’s more on the interdisciplinary collaboration between UW-Green Bay’s Music and German programs that will see an evening of “Lyrik und Lieder” performed at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the Jean Weidner Theatre.

Students from Music are being paired with students from the German program to dig deeper into the language and musical settings of the beautiful German poetry (lyrik) found in German art song (lieder). Each German/vocal student pair will meet to discuss the translation and musical setting of the poems that will be performed on March 10. At the concert, the German student will recite the poem and discuss its historical background and the vocal/piano students will then perform the musical setting. The goal of this project is to gain a 360-degree perspective on German art song through a discussion of the poem, the poet, and the musical setting. For the audience, it’s a wonderful free concert with a free reception to follow.

Students participatng in the project are students of faculty members David Coury, German; and Abigail Mace, Sarah Meredith and Courtney Sherman, Music.
 

Lyrik und Lieder

“An Evening of German Art Song and Poetry” is in store when the UW-Green Bay German program hosts a performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The lyrik-und-lieder program is free and open to the public. Students performing will be William Burton, Liz Brandt, Lindsay Cummings, Paul Dugan, Ryan Dummer, Taylor Dynes, Leah Lamalfa, Andrew Lange, James Letellier, Lane Ludkte, Brian Roberts, Amber Schilling, Nick Schommer, Tory Schuurmans, Nathan Skifton, Kyle Sweeney, Adam Timmerman, Kevin Wellens and Rachel White.
 

407 Gallery is site for exhibit on 1953 East German uprising

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the people’s uprising in East Germany in 1953. While not as well known or remembered as the uprisings in Hungary in 1956 or the Prague Spring of 1968, it was the first popular uprising in the Soviet bloc. To commemorate, the UW-Green Bay academic program in German and the Humanistic Studies program are presenting an exhibit in the Studio Arts Building’s 407 Gallery titled “We Want to be Free Men” which runs through this Wednesday (April 17.) Prof. David Coury explains the exhibit was made possible by the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED-Dictatorship, a mandate funded by today’s German government to assess the history (1949-1990) of the socialist regime in the former German Democratic Republic, commonly known as East Germany.

Haynie, Gurung co-edit new volume on teaching; Ham contributes

Stylus Publishing has released the latest volume in its Exploring Signature Pedagogies series, and two of the three co-editors are UW-Green Bay faculty  members. Human Development Profs. Aeron Haynie and Regan Gurung collaborated with Vanderbilt professor Nancy Chick on editing the book, Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind. The volume includes nearly 20 essays by scholars from across the United States and Ireland and Australia, as well. Among the contributors is UW-Green Bay Prof. of German and Humanistic Studies Jennifer Ham. She collaborated with UW-Milwaukee colleague Jeanne Schueller on “Traditions and Transformations: Signature Pedagogies in the Language  Curriculum.”
 

Conversation tables in Arabic and German, too

The other day we shared postings about the conversation tables for French and Spanish language speakers and students. We’ve since learned (below) of comparable offerings in Arabic and German. Here’s the full list for fall 2011:
· Arabic (beginners level) meets T and W from 11-12 in TH 380
· Arabic (advance level) meets W at 4:30 p.m. in TH 380
· French meets T at 2 p.m. and W at 4 p.m. at Common Grounds
· German meets W from 6 to 8 p.m. in MAC 201
· Spanish meets Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to noon at the Language Lab (SA 355).