This is the list of messages related to German at the University of Michigan. You generally receive these messages over the weekend via email, and you will see them posted on CTools (German Advising Mail). If you have any questions, please address them to the German advisors.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

“Below the Line”? The Feuilleton and Modern Jewish Cultures Symposium: Monday, October 16, 10:15 a.m.-6 p.m., 202 South Thayer Building - Room 2222

What is common to Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Theodor Herzl, Vladimir Jabotinsky, Isaac Babel, Joseph Roth, Walter Benjamin, and Ilya Ehrenburg? They were all Jewish writers during the 19th and early 20th centuries, who wrote feuilletons, often side by side with poems, novels, short stories, or philosophical and political works. Does the fact that these prominent Jewish figures wrote feuilletons in Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Russian and Polish makes these feuilletons Jewish? Is feuilleton a Jewish genre? The feuilleton has been a critical genre in the development of modern Jewish cultures but it has been overlooked and undertheorized in both literary and historical studies. This symposium convenes a group of scholars to investigate the feuilleton and its connections to modern Jewish cultures.

* Ella Bauer, Haifa University
* Naomi Brenner, Ohio State University
* Ofer Dynes, McGill University
* Brian Horowitz, Tulane University
* Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan
* Shachar Pinsker, University of Michigan
* William Runyan, University of Michigan
* Johannes von Moltke, University of Michigan
* Liliane Weissberg, University of Pennsylvania

MA & Doctoral Programs at Freie Universität Berlin (Humanities & Social Sciences) and LMU München (Natural Sciences): Wednesday, October 18, 1 p.m., Webinar

Join DAAD and German University Alliance for a free, interactive webinar on Wednesday, October 18, 1 p.m. EDT to learn more about graduate studies (Master and Doctoral Studies) in Germany. Find out more about the many graduate opportunities in various subject areas at Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München here:

"Schokoladenstunde": Wednesday, October 18, 2-3 p.m., Language Resource Center, North Quad

Schokoladenstunde will normally take place twice per week: Tuesdays between 5-6 p.m. with Mary Gell, and Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. with Silvia Grzeskowiak, in the Language Resource Center in North Quad.  The group will meet in the seating area between the two computer classrooms. During Fall Break, there will be no meeting on Tuesday, October 17.

As the name promises, chocolate will be available.  Silvia and Mary will be bringing games to the Schokoladenstunde.  The hour will be spent chatting and playing games in German (e.g. Tabu). Students at all levels are welcome. 

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program - Information Session Wednesday, October 18, 6-8 p.m.: Global Ties Detroit, 440 Burroughs Street, Test Track Conference Room (First Floor), Detroit

On Wednesday, October 18, an information session about the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program to Germany and the Alfa Fellowship Program to Russia will be held in Detroit. The information session is intended for anyone interested in learning more about these prestigious professional development opportunities in Germany and Russia.

RSVP at:

Max Kade Open House: Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m., North Quad 2175

The Max Kade German Residence, a Michigan Learning Community, offers students a unique opportunity to live in the only language house on campus. The core theme of the Max Kade House is experiential learning – applying what is learned in one's German classes to everyday life.

Come to the open house to see if living in Max Kade is right for you! Attendees will have a chance to meet and talk to current residents and Max Kade faculty advisor Vicki Dischler. Tours will also be available. Email with any questions.

Author's Reading - Merle Kröger, "Collision" (Havarie): Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m., Literati Bookstore, 124 E Washington

A raft with eleven Algerian refugees, running low on fuel. A cruise ship with a small town’s worth of international passengers and crew members. An Irish freighter. A Spanish rescue vessel. One single point of convergence in a vast wash of blue water. When a disabled raft nears 'The Spirit of Europe', the third largest cruise liner in the world, the ship’s captain is forced to do something headquarters in Miami wants to avoid: cut the engines. 

"Collision" (German title: Havarie) is a maritime thriller by one of Germany’s most celebrated crime writers, building suspense through the eyes of a diverse array of memorable characters. A screening of the film Collision, based on the research and the novel, follows the next day (Thursday, October 19, 7:15 p.m., Michigan Theater.)

German Club - "Stammtisch": Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m., Michigan Union Basement - Tap Room

The German Club plans to have a 'Stammtisch' this Wednesday.  

If you would like to learn about the events of the German Club, please send an email to Bridget ( of Meike (

German Career Day: Thursday, October 19, 3-6 p.m., Michigan Union, 2nd Floor

German Career Day is a new addition to this year’s International Opportunities Fair. Ever think about putting your German skills to use in your career?  Working for a German company? Connect with members of the German Business Community right here on campus!

* Learn about employment opportunities with German-based companies (e.g. Inora Technologies, German Machine Tools of America, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America).

Here is a quiz where you can test your knowledge about German Business in the US.

Cultural Vistas - Information Sessions: Thursday, October 19, 6:30 p.m., and Friday, October 20, 12 p.m., LSA Building, Room 2002

The internship and work abroad programs by Cultural Vistas allow students to develop the expanding set of competencies demanded in today’s global economy through sustained immersion in a foreign country – language learning, interdisciplinary problem solving, empathy, and respect for cultural attitudes and ideas, to name a few.

* Internship Program in Argentina
* Internship Program in Chile
* Internship Program in France
* Internship Program in Ireland
* Summer Internship Program in Spain
* Summer Internship Program in Brazil
* IAESTE - The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences
* Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Screening of "Collision" (Havarie) - Director: Philip Scheffner, 2016: Thursday, October 19, 7:15 p.m., Michigan Theater

As the film unfolds, one single, mesmerizing shot of a refugee boat adrift in the vast blue sea, a web of stories unfolds and worlds intersect and collide. Against the flood of news images about the refugee crisis, Collision radically redirects our imagination of Europe to a set of coordinates in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Based on the same research and Merle Kröger’s book by the same title (reading October 18, at 7 p.m. at Literati bookstore.)

"Havarie" premiered at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival and won the German Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film 2016, the arte-documentary award at the Duisburger Filmwoche, Best international feature film at L'Alternativa Barcelona, Best editing in an international feature at RIDM - Montreal international documentary festival, and special mention for the Prix Georges de Beauregard at the Festival International de Cinéma in Marseille.

Co-sponsored by the Goethe Institute, University of Michigan Center for European Studies, University of Michigan Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan Office of Research, and the University of Michigan Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

"Durch die Jahre: The RC Deutsches Theater Continuum, 1985 - Present": Thursday, October 19, 8:15-10:30 p.m., Residential College Keene Theater, East Quad

This event is part of the Residential College's 50th anniversary celebration.  It is organized by Janet Hegman Shier, Head of the Residential College Intensive German Program and Director of the Residential College Deutsches Theater.

Also appearing at this event will be Residential College Deutsches Theater Alumni.

Max Kade Events - "Kaffeestunde": Thursday, October 19, 9 p.m., Edward Said Multicultural Lounge, North Quad (3rd Floor) and "Deutschtisch": Sunday, October 22, 7 p.m., Dining Hall, North Quad

Kaffeestunde at the Max Kade Haus takes place once a week in the Max Kade House in North Quad, but please check this weekly email for occasional updates! The regular time and place is Thursday evenings 9 p.m. in the Edward Said Multicultural Lounge on the 3rd floor of North Quad. This is located in the residential portion of North Quad, which is only open to residents. When you go, please email Nico (, so that someone can come to the front door and let you in. You can also just knock on the door of the residential portion and tell a residence staff member that you are there for the Max Kade House event, and you will be let in.

Deutschtisch in the North Quad dining hall takes place each Sunday, 7 p.m. You will need a meal plan or Entrée Plus to enter, or you can purchase a meal at the door (note that this is not cheap) - but you may also be allowed to come in just to talk and not eat, if you say at the door that you are there for the Max Kade event. The group has yellow signs with "Max Kade Deutschtisch" to identify where they are sitting. For questions, contact Nico (

German students at all levels (101 and up) are welcome at all Max Kade events.

Translate-A-Thon: Friday, October 20; 5-9 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 9-9 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 9-3 p.m., Language Resource Center, Room 1500, North Quad

The Translate-a-Thon is a short, intense, community-driven translation marathon, where volunteers interested in translation come together to translate materials for the benefit of the local, national and international community. The LRC has collected videos, websites, and print from museums, non-profits, and university organizations, or you can bring your own project.  You can work in teams or on your own, and you can join as much or as little during this weekend as desired. All languages are welcome to this event, and free food is available.

One of the projects is to create subtitles for the film "Wir sind Wunderkinder."

To see the full schedule and to register, please go to:

Internship Posting - IT Support Intern for Bosch in Novi, MI: Tuesday, October 31, 5 p.m. (Application Deadline)

Job Description:
The IT Support Intern is responsible for support of desktop systems, software, and provisioning for Novi offices.  The intern will act as an interface between the customer and other IT groups.

* Student currently pursuing an IT related or business degree with technical skills
* Junior or above status
* A minimum 3.0 GPA
* Requires good troubleshooting skills so the customer’s request or concerns can be understood and quickly resolved
* Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and Windows operating systems
* Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
* Excellent organization skills and motivation
* Valid driver’s license as position may requires travel to other support sites
* Ability to travel internationally

Additional Information:
Spanish or German language skills a plus