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.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Take a German Department Faculty Member to Lunch (Winter 2018)

Foster community and collegiality, and enjoy a free lunch! This program is a chance for undergraduate students to get to know faculty in a comfortable and informal setting outside of the classroom. Choose anyone from: or  

Lunches can take place Monday through Friday during Winter 2018, and purchases are limited to $50 per lunch at campus locations below. Lunch vouchers are available on a first come/first served basis for one lunch per term. 

How it works:
* Discuss with your classmates whom you want to invite
* Set the time and place to meet up for lunch
* Pick up vouchers from 3106 MLB; you will need the names of all who will attend
* Redeem vouchers at:
- Shapiro Undergrad Library, Bert’s Café
- Michigan League, Beanster’s Café, or that day's visiting vendors
- Michigan Union, Ahmo’s Gyros & Deli, Au Bon Pain, Luna’s, Panda Express, Starbucks, Subway, and Wendy’s
- Pierpont Commons, Ahmo’s Gyros & Deli, Fireside Café, Fireside Roast, Hibachi San, Mujo Café, Panda Express, Ugo’s Pizza Pi
- Duderstadt Center, Mujo Café
* Take a picture at the lunch and forward it to, we might feature your group on the Department’s social media!  

"In the Fade" (Director: Fatih Akin, 2017): Monday, February 19, 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 21, 4:15 p.m., State Theatre

2018 Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Film and Cannes Winner for Best Actress! Out of nowhere, Katja’s (Diane Kruger) life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind-numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo, a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, but there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.

Presented in German with English subtitles.

Oscar-Nominated Shorts, Live Action: Monday, February 19, 4:30: p.m., 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 21, 3:45 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 4:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m., Michigan Theater

Shorts include:
* "DeKalb Elementary" – USA, 21 minutes,
* "The Eleven O’Clock" – Australia, 13 minutes,
* "My Nephew Emmett" – USA, 20 minutes,
* "The Silent Child" – United Kingdom, 20 minutes,
* "Watu Wote/All of Us" – Germany & Kenya, 22 minutes


German Department - "Schokoladenstunde": Tuesday, February 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, February 21, 5:15-6:15 p.m., Language Resource Center, North Quad

"Schokoladenstunde" takes place twice per week: Tuesdays between 5:30-6:30 p.m. with Mary Gell, and Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 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.

The hour will be spent chatting and playing games in German (e.g. Tabu). Students at all levels are welcome. 

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students 2019/2020 - "English Teaching Assistantship Information Session": Wednesday, February 21, 12-1 p.m., Weiser Hall 447

The 2019-20 Fulbright program will provide grants to U.S. students for projects in over 140 countries. 

Types of grants:
* Academic grant: a self-designed program that may include coursework at a foreign university, independent field/library research, or any combination of these.
* Arts grant: a self-designed program to train in the creative or performing arts, usually via classes at an art or music school, training with a professional, or a combination.
* English Teaching Assistantship: a placement as an assistant to an English teacher at the primary, secondary, or university level. Placement is typically part-time and an additional independent project is expected.

To apply for the Fulbright program through the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, applicants must:
* Be University of Michigan students, alumni, or staff;
* Be U.S. citizens;
* Have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award; and
* Demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.
* Enrolled students are required to apply through U-M.

At this session, a University of Michigan Fulbright Student Program Advisor (FPA) will provide an overview of the program and provide basic details related to the application process. You are encouraged to bring a laptop to the session.

Advising: University of Michigan Fulbright Program Advisors are available for scheduled advising throughout the year. Advising may be in person, via phone or via a video conference. Schedule a fellowships advising appointment.

The University of Michigan application deadline for the 2019/2020 Fulbright program is Friday, August 31, 2018.

For questions, send an email to: or call: (734) 763.9200.

German Club - "Stammtisch": Wednesday, February 21, 7 p.m., Michigan Union Basement - Tap Room

The German Club will be having a "Stammtisch" this Wednesday.  Speakers at all levels are welcome.

For any questions, please send an email to Nico (, Meike (, Bridget (, or Lauren (

Max Kade German Residence Events - "Kaffeestunde": Wednesday, February 21, 9 p.m., Edward Said Multicultural Lounge, North Quad (3rd Floor)

"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 Wednesday 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.

The next "Deutschtisch" will only be held after the break on Sunday, March 11.

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

German Department - 6th Annual Open-Book Translation Contest: Thursday, February 22, 4-5:30 p.m., Mason Hall 2401 (RSVP by Monday, February 19, 5 p.m.)

Students are invited to put their translation skills to the test by participating in the sixth annual University of Michigan German Department Open-Book Translation Contest! This contest will be judged by a panel of three faculty members. The entries will be identified only by the student’s university ID number, making the judging anonymous. There will be monetary prizes of $150 for first place, $125 for second place, and $100 for third place!

Participants: All undergraduate University of Michigan students currently enrolled in a German course or who are registered as a German major or minor are welcome to participate.

Registration: All contest participants are required to register for the contest by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 19! To register contact Andrew Mills:

Alternative Times: If students can demonstrate that they cannot make the contest time due to their class schedule or work schedule constraints, an alternative time and location can be arranged. This alternative time must be arranged and confirmed before 5 p.m. on Monday, February 19, and must take place at some point during the day of Thursday, February 22.

Contest Rules: The contest will be held under the same conditions used by the American Translators Association (ATA) for its certification exam. Students will have 70 minutes to translate a text by hand that will be provided for them. The translation will be from German to English. The contest will be held in “open book” format. Students will not have access to the internet, but may bring and use as many hardback or paperback dictionaries as they wish. All students receive the same text, which will be approximately 225-275 words in length. The contest must be written in (dark) pencil capable of being photo-copied for our judges. Students must bring their own pencils. Paper will be provided.

The text to be translated will be “general” in nature. This text expresses a view, sets forth an argument, or presents an idea or situation. Examples include: a newspaper article, an essay, or a passage from a non-fiction book. The contest passage is chosen in such a way as to avoid highly specialized terminology requiring research. There are, however, terminology challenges in the text, and knowledge of German culture, society, and history often is necessary for contestants to excel.

Challenge yourself! The worst that could happen is you discover how things stand with your translation skills. The best thing that could happen: you win some money!

Accommodations may be made for participants who demonstrate that they cannot write the text by hand. Please contact Andrew Mills at by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 19.  

Theresa Bauer, "Chikago" - Reading and Q&A: Thursday, February 22, 4:30-6 p.m., MLB 3308

Theodora Bauer is the author of two novels as well as stories and philosophical essays. A native of the Austrian province of Burgenland, Bauer's most recent novel Chikago follows the lives of three young protagonists fleeing poverty and misfortune on the 1920's Hungarian-Austrian border. A story with roots in lesser-known aspects of Austrian history, Chikago reminds readers that Central Europe was not always a destination of migrants seeking opportunity and a better life. 


Damani Partridge, "Democratization as Exclusion?: Refugee Futures and Holocaust Heritage": Friday, February 23, 3-5 p.m., Rackham Graduate School, Assembly Hall, 4th Floor

Who has the right to make claims on the post-Holocaust and post-Berlin Wall state’s resources and under what conditions? If art is a key arena of participation that also requires state funding, then what does this combination mean for political participation? And finally, if teaching others how not to be anti-Semitic is a key element of post-Holocaust democratization, when and how will refugees and other noncitizens be incorporated into the democratic polity?

The Roy A. Rappaport Lectures: “Articulating ‘Blackness’ as a Universal Claim: Holocaust Heritage, European Enlightenment, and Noncitizen Futures” by Damani Partridge.

This series thinks through the relationships between European Enlightenment, Holocaust memory, and contemporary democratic participation. It will examine, in particular, the ways in which "Blackness" intervenes in philosophical and everyday discussions about enlightenment and genocide, examining the relevance of the Haitian revolution to French democracy, and post- World War II African-American military occupation to a democratizing and denazifying Germany. From Berlin post-migrant theater’s use of “Black Power,” to the contemporary articulations of refugee rights, the series will investigate the extent to which articulations of “Blackness’’ enable democratic participation in a context in which that participation demands accountability for Nazi perpetration and the associated proof that one is not anti-Semitic or a terrorist.

LSA Summer Orientation Academic Peer Advisor Positions (May 21 - August 3): Friday, February 23, 5 p.m. (Application Deadline)

The LSA Academic Advising Center will hire 16 Summer Academic Peer Advisors during First-Year Student Summer Orientation to introduce incoming mainstream LSA students to academic aspects of college life. A full list about job responsibilities, employment schedule, compensation, qualifications, and the selection process can be found here:

Applicants will be informed via e-mail by Monday, March 5, of their interview status. Those granted a personal interview will be given instructions via-email as to how to sign up for the interview. Final selection will depend upon the interview, information included in the application, and comments from references. All applicants will learn their final status via email by Wednesday, March 21.

You will support LSA academic advisors to welcome new first-year and transfer students to LSA and the University.
* Work collaboratively with LSA academic advisors and other Newnan Center staff
* Greet and guide new students to orientation sessions and advising meetings
* Assist with group presentations about academic policies and procedures
* Demonstrate how to use the LSA Course Guide and Wolverineaccess
* Provide hands-on guidance with course backpacking and registration
* Engage actively with new students and share personal experiences and insights
* Provide overall program support to ensure the success of orientation

As an APA, you’ll be paid $15.00 per hour. By completing the required training and work hours, you will earn, before taxes, approximately $4,150.00.

Time Commitment:
You must attend all planning and training sessions and all orientations sessions between May 21 and June 4 and complete assigned work shifts:
* Two weeks of training from 9-5 p.m. weekdays between May 21 - June 4.
* Nine weeks of summer orientation between June 4 - August 3.
* 12:45-2 p.m., Monday - Thursday: assist with a large group presentation.
* 2-3 p.m., Monday - Thursday: lead a small group session with 7 incoming students.
* 7:20-9:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday: lead a backpacking session
* 8:15-11 a.m., Tuesday - Friday: assist with registration.


Current undergraduate student in LSA including those who are graduating in May 2018.
* In good academic judiciary standing
* Excellent listening, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
* Proficiency with the LSA Course Guide and Wolverineaccess
* Engagement with campus resources, events, and student organizations
* Ability to work cooperatively and respectfully with diverse populations
* Strong teamwork and problem-solving skills
* Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision
* Enthusiasm, reliability, flexibility, maturity, and patience

Application and Interview Process:
The online application is due Friday, February 23, by 5 p.m.
* Interview invitations will be emailed after Spring Break.
* Interviews will take place in March.
* Hiring decisions and notifications will be made by Monday, March 26.

If you are interested in this position, please fill out the application here.

LSA International Academic Peer Advisor (August 20 - August 31): Friday, February 23, 5 p.m. (Application Deadline)

The Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center is hiring 9 international students to be academic peer advisors for International Orientation and Final Fall Orientation, Monday, August 20–Friday, August 31.

Please read the following information about job requirements and the application process before completing the online application form. The application will ask for:
* Basic personal and academic information
* List of activities and work experience
* Responses to 6 questions
* Contact details for 2 references

If you have any questions, please email Clara Kawanishi at

International APA Duties:
You will support LSA academic advisors to welcome new international and domestic first-year and transfer students and their families to LSA and the University.
* Work with LSA academic advisors and other Newnan Center staff
* Assist with online pre-orientation advising with supervisor approval
* Greet and guide new students to orientation sessions and advising meetings
* Assist with group presentations about academic policies and procedures
* Demonstrate how to use the LSA Course Guide and Wolverineaccess
* Provide hands-on guidance with course backpacking and registration
* Engage actively with new students and share personal experiences and insights
* Support new students’ autonomy and decision-making
* Provide overall program support to ensure the success of orientation

Time Commitment:
You must attend all planning and training sessions and complete assigned work shifts:
* Introduction and planning meeting in mid-April (date to be decided)
* Online assignments like reading articles during the summer, before orientation starts
* Two weeks of full-time, on-campus work, Monday, August 20–Friday, August 31.

Compensation:As an International APA, you’ll be paid $15.00 per hour. By completing the required training and work hours, you will earn, before taxes, approximately $1,320.00.

* Current international undergraduate student in LSA ((April 2018 graduates must have employment authorization for April–August 2018)
* In good academic judiciary standing
* Excellent listening, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
* Proficiency with the LSA Course Guide and Wolverine Access
* Engagement with campus resources, events, and student organizations
* Ability to work cooperatively and respectfully with diverse populations
* Strong teamwork and problem-solving skills
* Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision
* Enthusiasm, reliability, flexibility, maturity, and patience

Application & Interview Process:
* The online application is due Friday, February 23, by 5:00 pm.
* Interview invitations will be emailed after Spring Break.
* Interviews will take place in March.
* Hiring decisions and notifications will be made by Monday, March 26.

If you are interested in this position, please fill out the application here.

Internship Posting - Volunteer Positions and Internships in Austria Through AIESEC: Friday, February 23 (Application Deadline)

AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) is the world's largest youth-led non-profit organization located in more than 126 countries in the world. AIESEC believes that it can activate youth leadership through cross-cultural exchanges.  Countries in which it has special volunteering and internship opportunities for Michigan students include Mexico, Austria, Morocco, China, and Peru.

No German language skills are necessary for the volunteering positions.

The first round of deadlines is Friday, February 23. To learn more, schedule a 30-minute consultancy at:, or contact AIESEC at

Students who complete a of a project of at least eight weeks through AIESEC in Austria are eligible to apply for funding through the German Department and receive credit through German 351 (Fall 2018).

Linguistics Experiment for German Language Students: Friday, February 23 (Completion Deadline)

Megan Brown is an MA student in applied linguistics at Boston University.  She is doing an experiment as part of her MA project investigating the way that adults learn German as a second or third language.  

Her experiment is completely online and students can take it on their own computer.  It takes roughly 30 minutes to complete.

There is no monetary compensation for participating, but it is a great opportunity for students to practice their German and help researchers to understand how adult language learning works.

Here is the link to the survey:

Golden Apple Award Nomination: Saturday, February 24 (Nomination Deadline)

The Golden Apple Award is the only student nomination-based teaching award given to instructors (aside from GSIs) to honor outstanding teaching and student engagement here at the University of Michigan. Please help the organizers in their mission to show gratitude towards instructors who dedicate so much to their work and nomination one or multiple professors whom you think is/are deserving of this award! You may nominate multiple professors, but please only nominate each professor once. You can nominate any instructor from any department or school within the University, regardless of when they are your current instructor or someone that you have had in the past. The winning professor will host a lecture with a theme of "Last Lecture" where they will give a lecture with a topic of their choice as if it was their last. This event will be held on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at Rackham Auditorium. 

You will be entered into a raffle for one of five $25 gift card for filling out this nomination form! Nominate your professor at:

International Programs in Engineering - International Engineering Summer School at University of Technology in Berlin: Sunday, February 25 (Application Deadline)

This program at the Berlin University of Technology helps students gain insight into German culture, engineering and industry. The program combines intensive German language training with ENGR 350: International Laboratory Experience for Engineers. Participants will join a TUB research laboratory and work on small project teams led by German graduate students. Lab work is complemented by visits to relevant scientific and industrial sites near Berlin. Students earn academic credit for their engineering degrees and establish useful connections for future internships or employment. This program has also earned the seal of quality from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

You can participate in either the Spring session or the Summer session:
* Spring Session: May 5 - June 16
* Summer Session: July 7 - August 18

* Minimum 2.75 GPA
* Current University of Michigan Ann Arbor College of Engineering and LSA Computer Science students in good academic standing
* Freshman or above
* There is no foreign language proficiency required for this program

Priority deadline for this program was January 31. Applications completed by this date were reviewed for early admission. Final deadline for this program is February 25.  Applications completed by this later date will be reviewed for any remaining spots on the program and students may be placed on a waiting list.

Orientation: All admitted students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on North Campus.

Job Posting - Customer Relationship Manager for GACC South in Charlotte, NC: Friday, March 9 (Application Deadline)

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US (GACC South) is seeking a highly motivated full-time Customer Relationship Manager to support its team. This position requires a strong willingness to travel since you will be spending approximately 40% of your time in the Carolinas. After a short training period you will take over responsibility for Membership & Events in the Carolinas. The GACC South has two Chapters located in Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC, who you will support in the acquisition and support of the members and in the organization of events. Due to the small and flexible organizational structure it is necessary for each employee to assume full responsibility for their assigned duties as quickly and completely as possible.

Your job responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
* Responsible for developing and implementing the overall strategy for membership acquisition, growth and retention and membership related event planning in South and North Carolina
* Develop and ensure that established procedures for processing prospective members’ applications, upgrades, downgrades, renewals are consistently followed
* Support the strategy development process for the marketing department
* Insure the timely entry and accuracy of member and prospective member contacts in the CRM system
* Add, maintain and update local media and news service contacts in the CRM system
* Establish relationships with local multipliers to promote the GACC South
* Engage with local news and media especially with respect to media inquiries and interview requests and actively promote such inquiries
* Develop new concepts and formats to increase bottom line
* Identify and invite members to GACC South member events, providing staff support as needed (Annual Meeting, Gala, Gateway Award, local chapter meetings in the Carolinas and Atlanta)
* Schedule and participate in Membership Committee meetings, setting agenda items and ensure that meeting minutes are distributed
* Actively look for ways to outsource services that are not key to the GACC without compromising service level and quality and/or bottom line
* Connect with prospective and existing members either through company visits, email, phone calls or get-togethers with the intend to learn more about current business needs/obstacles and how the GACC can help facilitate solution
* Actively promote the services of the GACC to members and non-members such as consulting services, Memberships (or upgrades of memberships), marketing services, etc.
* Generate member prospect leads through a variety of sources including the Internet, periodicals, direct leads or through networking events
* Planning, organizing and carrying-out membership related events (such as networking events, business seminars, receptions), incl. representation/hosting, budgeting, sponsorships (development of sponsorship packages and sponsor search) and event marketing (incl. invitations, website, social media) and provide staff support for as needed for annual events
* Coordinate with Marketing Communication PR activities and mailings and provide content as needed
* Assess the need for and makes recommendations regarding membership classifications to help ensure that the needs of ever-changing markets are met
* Planning and pursuing of sponsorship opportunities in cooperation with other departments
* Develop monthly membership reports for GACC South management
* Assist with financial projections, budgeting and controlling
* Compile membership packets and work with the Director, Marketing and in cooperation with the marketing team in Atlanta to identify and develop membership recruitment and retention collateral materials (including membership directory)
* Responsible for tracking and maintaining member participation and engagement statistics by creating reports and spreadsheets that clearly illustrate member involvement at GACC South
* Provide a best customer experience and customer first approach for GACC South Members
* Cross-selling of other GACC South services
* Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Bachelor’s degree in communications, economics, PR, marketing or business
* Experience with membership organizations and/or community outreach
* Experience with member drives, fundraising, event planning, building relationships and identifying sales opportunities
* Research and data collection skills
* Excellent reading, writing & oral proficiency in English. German language skills a plus
* Self-motivated, energetic learner with a good sense of humor
* Ability to work well in high-stress environments while remaining professional and producing impeccable work with a high degree of attention to detail
* Ability to work independently while integrating well with the GACC South team
* Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize
* Comfortable with travel including weekends and working in a continuously changing environment
* Must possess an open communications style. Ability to communicate efficiently and clearly in a bi-lingual, multicultural environment
* A positive, friendly attitude, high level of creativity and personal commitment to your work
* Highly organized with the ability to meet tight deadlines
* Work well under pressure, requires multitasking and being a team player
* Willingness to travel required (min. 40%)

This position is an excellent opportunity to work with a great young team in an international environment.

Start Date:
May/June 2018
How to apply:
Please email your application to (cover letter, two references and resume attached). Reference: Customer Relationship Manager Carolinas.

Job Posting - Financial Analyst for ZF in Northville, MI: Saturday, March 10 (Application Deadline)

The Financial Analyst is responsible for performing financial and/or accounting analyses of the general ledger for the North American Region (RN), as defined in the Service Level Agreement (SLA), in addition to reviewing, preparing, and analyzing account master data, GL journal entries, SAP monthly reports, and completing special accounting projects to ensure timely and accurate financial compliance with all internal (company) and external (regulatory) requirements.

Position Responsibilities:
* Work with other Accounting Service Center (ASC) personnel in a team environment to ensure compliance with ZF standardized processes/policy and external financial standards/regulations (e.g. IFRS)
* Process monthly journal entry transactions as defined in the SLA Annex including accruals and provisions.
* Post journal entry transactions as prepared and provided by the location to the ASC Accounting department.
* Post payroll journal entry transactions as prepared by the ASC Payroll department
* Perform account clearing function; post month-end revaluation entry.
* Review financial statements for any additional reclassification and/or ensure accrual of entries needed to close the financial period.
* Assist with the preparation and review the accuracy of month-end statistical uploads
* Process month-end close uploads within the consolidation system of SAP.
* Support the location with responses and corrective action development with regards to internal audits.
* Serve as a primary liaison of the General Ledger team for external audits.
* Prepare monthly balance sheet reconciliations.
* Provide support and assistance with preparation of documents/reports for the interim and year-end external audits.
* Provide financial guidance and/or developmental/compliance support for any new process implementations.
* Participate in continuous improvement programs and promote team efforts and objectives.
* Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional societies.
* Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience:

* Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or related discipline
* 3+ years of experience as a financial analyst, accountant, or comparable experience in a finance function
* Experience working as a financial/business interface to operational customers as defined by a service level agreement (SLA) and/or performance / customer satisfaction expectations
* Working knowledge of ad-hoc financial analysis and the generation of monthly executive-level financial reports (e.g. profitability and forecasts)
* Proficient with Microsoft Office® (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
* Solid organizational and project management abilities
* Strong problem solving and analytical skills
* Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, high-volume environment
* Ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel and management
* Strong verbal and written communication skills with a customer-oriented approach
* English language competency - both written and oral

Preferred Skills and Experience:

* 3+ year of experience in the Automotive industry or international durable goods manufacturing industry
* 3+ years of experience working in a shared services environment
* 3+ years of SAP FI experience
* German and/or Spanish language skills

Application Website:

Max Kade German Residence - "Yoga auf Deutsch": Sunday, March 11, 5 p.m., North Quad 2175

The yoga instruction will be led in German, but experienced yogis will not need knowledge of the language. Please bring your own mat (no equipment will be provided).

If you have any questions, please contact Nico (

Walter & Florence E. Aupperle Scholarship Fund for German Majors at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University: $2,000-$8,000: Tuesday, March 13 (Application Deadline)

Established in 2003 by Walter and Florence Aupperle to provide four-year scholarships annually to students studying the German language, history and culture at the University of Michigan or Eastern Michigan University.

Recipients may automatically renew their scholarship up to three times, to receive four years of scholarship support, as long as they continue to meet the Scholarship Fund's criteria.

Four new Aupperle scholarships are available this year.

Award Amounts: The award amounts to $2,000 each year (including the current academic year.) Graduating seniors can still apply.  The scholarship can be renewed up to three years.

Scholarship Criteria:
* Demonstrate financial need (that is key here!)
* Must be a full-time undergraduate student pursuing German Studies (history, language, culture, etc.) at either Eastern Michigan University OR the University of Michigan
* Enrolled full-time
* Minimum GPA 3.0

To renew a scholarship, recipient must be,
* Enrolled at Eastern Michigan University or the University of Michigan,
* Maintain a 3.0 GPA, and
* Submit his/her transcript showing German Studies major to AAACF for review each year

Required Materials:
* Online scholarship application
* Latest transcript
* Letter of recommendation (from an individual not related to applicant)
* Short essay, composed in English, answering the question: How did you become interested in German Studies? (Uploaded as an attachment)

Application Website:

The Aupperle scholarship is part of the programs of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.  The attachment in the long email, on Canvas and in MBox will show how to apply for one of their scholarships.

Contact Information:
Maryellen Ferro
Program Administrator
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
301 N. Main Street, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1133

Telephone: (734) 663-0401

Susan Neiman, "Working Through the Past: What Americans Can Learn from the Germans": Tuesday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Angell Hall 3222

What seemed tendentious a year ago was made clear, at the latest, in Charlottesville: Nazis are not just a German problem. As America is struggling with its own racist past, and present, it makes sense to examine what the Germans have done with their own. For the past 70 years, many Germans have been engaged in what they call Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung - working-off the past. Though the process has been slow, fitful, and often problematic, Americans can learn from the ways in which Germany has - partially - confronted its racist past, as we begin to examine our own.

Susan Neiman is an American philosopher, who is the Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam.

Paid Summer Internship/Work Positions in Germany Through International Cooperative Education: Thursday, March 15 (Application Deadline)

If you are still looking for a paid internship or work position in Germany this summer, you can find some through the 'International Cooperative Education' ( You will find Dr. Seefeldt's contact information at the bottom of this posting, but please look carefully at the application procedures in the FAQ section.

All current students (including graduating seniors and graduate students) are eligible to apply.

Though the application deadline is March 15, I encourage you to apply earlier as you may be placed earlier.

He announced that he is looking for qualified candidates for these positions:
* BMW in Regensburg or München: for mechanical or automotive engineering students, preferably six months: stipend of €700 per month
* Infineon Technologies in München: for computer engineering/computer science students, who are in their third year of studies: stipend of €1,600 per month
* Münchener Rückversicherungsgesellschaft in München: for business/economics, geology, or mathematics majors who are in their third year of studies: stipend of €1,200 per month
* Kärcher Futuretech, marketing, students with knowledge of German and Spanish preferred, internships should last preferably six months: stipend of €800 per month
* Siemens Medical Solutions in Erlangen for Engineering students: stipend of €680 per month
* Meals on Wheels in Baldham (near Munich), it is essential that you know how to drive a car with stick shift: stipend of €500 per month
* Hotzenplotz Kurklinik in Rickenbach (Black Forest), work with children: free room and board
* Refugee camp in Friedland, work with refugees from Iraq and Syria: free room and board
* Mutter/Eltern-Kind Kliniken in Bordelum (North Sea), and Braunlage, work with children: free room and board plus stipend of €400 (Braunlage) - €500 (Bordelum) per month
* Work with the care of the elderly at the Georg Brauchle Haus in München, work with elderly patients, ideal for pre-meds and pre-nursing students: free room and board plus stipend of €500 per month
* Work at the Deutsches Rotes Kreuz in Bernkastel-Wittlich: free room and board plus €100 stipend per month
* Work at the Deutsches Rotes Kreuz in Unna: free accommodation
* Hotel Ihnkern on Norderney (North Sea); student should have experience in restaurant/hotel services, six days work per week: free room and board plus €1,100 stipend per month
* Two positions in the field of agriculture in Westfalen work with animals, live with a family: free room and board plus a €200 stipend per month

By completing the internship in a German-speaking country, you will be eligible to receive academic credits by taking German 351 (Fall 2018), and you can apply for various funding resources.

The total fee for obtaining a position through ICE will be $1,500.

Contact information:
Dr. Günter Seefeldt
International Cooperative Education
15 Spiros Way
Menlo Park, California 94025

Phone: (650) 323-4944
Fax: (650) 323-1104

Gutekunst Prize for Emerging Translators: Friday, March 16 (Application Deadline)

In 2010, the Goethe-Institut New York received a generous donation in memory of Frederick and Grace Gutekunst. A prize was created to identify outstanding young translators of German literature into English and assist them in establishing contact with the translation and publishing communities. As of 2017, the prize is supported by the Friends of Goethe New York.

The Gutekunst Prize of the Friends of Goethe New York is open to college students and to all translators under the age of 35 who, at the time the prize is awarded, have not yet published, nor are under contract for, a book-length translation. Applications will be accepted only from permanent residents of the United States. Team translations will not be accepted.

Each applicant is required to translate a literary text of approximately 22 pages, available on request from the Goethe-Institut New York. To receive the text and the application form, please send an email to:

The translation and application form must be mailed electronically to the Goethe-Institut New York by Friday, March 16, 11:59 p.m. EST. Full information on the submission procedure is included on the application form.

Translations will be submitted to a jury consisting of three experts in German literature and translation. The winner will be notified in early May 2018.

The winner of the Gutekunst Prize of the Friends of Goethe New York will be invited to an award ceremony to take place at the Goethe-Institut New York. The $2,500 prize will be awarded at this time and the winner will have the opportunity to present his or her translation.

The jury’s statement, the name of the winner, and the text of the winning translation will be published on the website of the Goethe-Institut New York and, following agreement with the German publisher of the work, be used as a sample translation in negotiations with US publishers, to be conducted by the Frankfurt Book Fair New York.

For further information, please contact Walter Schlect:


Goethe Institut Spring/Summer 2018 - Mass Meeting: Sunday, March 18, 5 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium C

We will have a mass meeting for all students, who will take language courses at a Goethe Institut this spring or summer.

We will have Goethe Institut alums from various sites present at this gathering.

I will speak for the first 15 minutes about the transfer of credits, which is important for all of you, and about MCompass, which is important for you and the university.  I will also introduce google sites to which you will have access and where you can fill in information and post photos for future students.  

We will then break up into separate groups and separate rooms where Goethe Institut alums will talk about their experience and answer questions about course content, accommodation, early arrival, free time, other participants, transportation, travel, homework, class hours, costs, etc.   

Above all, this meeting also gives you the opportunity to meet fellow participants in person. As you will have noticed, I already established a separate M-Box site (Goethe Students 2018) for all Goethe students with the names of participants and with the regulations how the credits get transferred.  Get in contact with fellow students: some of you may have already gotten to know each other via email or GroupMe.  It would be ideal if you were to fly out to the Goethe Institut with fellow students--you may want to share your flight information with them.

Please bring a list of your own specific questions for the alums to this meeting.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

College of Engineering International Internship Scholarship: Wednesday, March 21 (Rolling Admission - Final Application Deadline)

Interested in exploring new and diverse cultures while gaining valuable engineering experience?  The College of Engineering (CoE) encourages you to participate in an international internship by providing a scholarship to support your experience.

The CoE International Internship Scholarship offers $1,000 scholarships to CoE undergraduates pursuing international internships during the spring/summer.  The scholarship is designed to benefit those who would otherwise face financial barriers to participation and is open to students pursuing paid or unpaid positions.

This scholarship is open to College of Engineering (CoE) students who meet the following criteria:
* Have completed the first year in the CoE by the start date of the internship and are in good academic standing (transfer students who have completed one semester in the CoE by the start date of the internship are also eligible)
* Are a current CoE undergraduate returning as an undergraduate in the Fall semester
* Obtained an internship outside of the US and outside of the student's home country
* Will work on the internship assignment for a minimum of 6 weeks

Internships are considered positions where the student will work for an organization for a limited period of time to gain meaningful work experience. Internships can be paid or unpaid and can be administered by a University of Michigan program, a non-University of Michigan internship provider organization, or the student may find the internship directly with a company. University of Michigan summer study abroad programs that are research-based are not considered internships.

If you have questions about your eligibility or whether your experience counts as an internship, contact Jill Coughlin, CoE International Internship Coordinator (

Students must have applied for and obtained an internship already to be eligible for the scholarship. To learn more about how to find an international internship before applying for the scholarship, start with these resources:
CoE International Internship Program
IPE's Work, Intern, Research, and Volunteer Abroad (WIVRA) website

To learn about additional funding opportunities for international internships, and to see what past scholarship awardees have done, click on the following links:
Additional Funding Opportunities
Summer 2017 CoE International Internship Scholarship Recipients

Program Requirements

* Attend the International Internship Pre-Departure Orientation offered jointly by the Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) and International Programs in Engineering (IPE) on April 18, 2018 (exam study day) from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
* Provide your internship offer letter by no later than April 30
* Have GeoBlue Health Insurance coverage for the duration of the internship
* Agree to the College of Engineering Funding Rules, which will be outlined in your scholarship award letter

Post-Travel (Fall 2018)
* Attend a follow-up meeting with ECRC/IPE to discuss your experience.
* Submit a write-up and photo of your internship experience (that may be shared publicly).
* Share your experiences with the CoE community at a work abroad event.

Contact Information:
Questions about this scholarship application may be directed to Jill Coughlin, CoE International Internship Coordinator (


German Department Funding for Taking Spring/Summer Language Courses at Goethe Institut in Germany: Monday, March 26 (Application Deadline)

If you are taking spring/summer classes at a Goethe Institut in Germany, you can apply for a scholarship from the German Department.

The application deadline for funding through us is Monday, March 26. Here is the funding application link:

You will be informed by early April, how much funding you will get through the German Department; and you will then have two weeks to complete all items (uploading passport photo, GeoBlue health insurance, etc.) on MCompass.

There is no rolling disbursement of funds--applications will only be reviewed after March 26.

German Department Funding for Summer Internships: Thursday, March 29 (Application Deadline)

Awards for internships in Germany and German-speaking countries are distributed on a competitive level based on financial need, academic merit and (possible) compensation of the internship. You do not need to have a confirmed internship placement at the time of application, but need to be accepted into an internship program. International students are eligible to apply.  

Apply for funding by using this link:

If you receive funding, you will have to comply with regular university policies as posted on MCompass (uploading photocopy of passport, GeoBlue health insurance, etc.).

There is no rolling disbursement of funds--applications will only be reviewed after March 29.

You can look for additional funding resources here:

Artemis Quartet: Sunday, April 8, 4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium

Named after the Greek goddess of hunt and wilderness, the Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 but took a full 10 years before it performed its first concerts for a live audience.

This dedication to excellence has not wavered, and their playing is known for its “apparently effortless grace and effervescent athleticism” (BBC). Based in Berlin, it programs its own series at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Vienna Konzerthaus, as well as in Munich and Amsterdam.

* Mozart, Quartet No. 23 in F Major, KV 590
* Bartók, Quartet No. 2, Op. 17
* Schumann, Quartet in a minor, Op. 41, No. 1