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Mallory Bubar (German Ph.D.) Awarded the Milton B. Dolinger Fellowship in World War II Era Studies

Mallory Bubar has been awarded the Milton B. Dolinger Fellowship in World War II Era Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Fellowship will allow Mallory to work full-time on her dissertation, which is focused on representations of children in Holocaust literature and archives. Congratulations, Mallory!

GSLL to Celebrate 25th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence and 25 years of Ukrainian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University


The Woskob Family Foundation, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence and 25 years of Ukrainian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA on Tuesday April 4, 2017. The event will also mark 25 years of cooperation in Forestry and Agricultural Sciences with the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences (NULES) in Kyiv, Ukraine.  The Rector and representatives of NULES will be in attendance at the daylong series of events.


The schedule for the day includes the following:

v  At 3:00PM there will be a book launching of Helen Woskob’s memoirs Freedom and Beyond: My Journey from Ukraine to a New Life in America as well as Professor Michael Naydan’s novel about the city of Lviv Seven Signs of the Lion at the Hintz Alumni Center on the Penn State University Park campus. Actor Michael Bernosky will provide dramatic readings from both books.

v  At 4:00PM Dr. Markian Dobczansky (PhD in history from Stanford University and Jacyk Fellow at the University of Toronto) will present a lecture “The Legacy of Soviet State-Building: A Historical Primer on the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict” at the Hintz Alumni Center.

v  At 5:00PM Dean Susan Welch of the College of Liberal Arts and Dean Richard Roush of the College of Agricultural Sciences will open the reception at the Hintz Alumni Center.

v  At 5:15PM to 7:00PM a reception sponsored by the Woskob Family of State College at the Hintz Alumni Center in honor of the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence as well as a commemoration of 25 years of Ukrainian studies in Liberal Arts and Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. There will also be an exhibit of woodcarvings by Ukrainian artist Serhiy Karpenko during the reception. 

v  At 7:30PM the Ukrainian world music group DakhaBrakha (pictured at right) will perform in Schwab Auditorium. The performance is sponsored by The Woskob Family Foundation at Penn State.


Dr. Markian Dobczansky studied Soviet, East European, and Imperial Russian history at Stanford University. The topic of his dissertation was “From Soviet Heartland to Ukrainian Borderland: Searching for Identity in Kharkiv, 1943-2004.” His academic interests include Soviet history, nationalism, Russian-Ukrainian relations, and urban history.


DakhaBraka is a world-renowned group from Ukraine whose music is described as “ethnochaos.” They create a world of unexpected music at the intersection of folklore and theater. Using traditional music from various regions of Ukraine as a starting point, the quartet incorporates rhythms from around the planet to create a bright, fierce, and unforgettable sound. For information on tickets call 814-863-0255 or go to or for additional information.


Serhiy Karpenko is a Ukrainian artist who was born in the town of Koziatyn in the Vinnytsia region of Ukraine. Originally educated as a physical education teacher, he has been a woodcarver since 1993. He has exhibited throughout Ukraine and the US. His woodcarvings are known for extraordinary detailed and refined technique as well as for the presentation of traditional Ukrainian historical themes in the unique bas-relief wood medium. 

German Day 2017 set for 5 April at the HUB

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Penn State University will be hosting middle school and high school German students at University Park for German Day 2017. It will be a fun-filled day of German language activities, including a poster and movie competition, a spelling bee, poetry recitation, German trivia game, and presentation of a one-act play by fifth-semester PSU students. Students will also have the opportunity to practice their German (and earn prizes!), learn more about studying German at Penn State, visit a German language or culture class, and get a tour of campus.


The event is co-sponsored by the School for Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Center for Global Studies, the Center for Language Studies, the Program in Linguistics, and AFS-USA.

For further information, visit the event website.

Adam Toth Defends Dissertation on Orientalist Writings of Franz Kafka

On 28 February 2017, Adam Toth successfully defended his dissertation for the Ph.D. in German under the direction of Drs. Bettina Brandt and Daniel Purdy. Adam's dissertation, titled "Kafka’s Mei Lanfangs: Race Theory, Performativity, and the Undoing of German Orientalisms," analyzed Orientalist writings of Franz Kafka as deconstructions of 19th-century German race theory.

German Professor Emeritus Gerhard Strasser featured on an episode of Codebreaker

Dr. Gerhard F. Strasser's internationally recognized expertise in cryptography brought him a transatlantic telephone call from NPR Marketplace. NPR conducted a 31-minute interview at the end of November 2016, which was edited and inserted as a feature in the  Marketplace Codebreaker series:  On Dec. 21, 2016, it was turned into a kind of dialogue on Vergennes' method.  Broadcast Episode No. 6, "Cryptography," can be accessed at . 

Summer Internships Available in Pforzheim, Germany

The German program announces a new summer 2017 internship possibility for this summer in Pforzheim, Germany, for students who have completed four semesters or more of German and who also have a background in either business or engineering. This program may be of special interest to Engineering and Business students who are also minoring or majoring in German. Students will receive 3 credits of German language (GER X99) and 6 credits of GER 495. Some or all of these credits may be applied toward a German major or minor depending upon what courses students have or have not already taken.

Further information can be found at the Global Programs website. Interested students should also contact .

Liese Sippel Defends Dissertation on Peer Interaction and Correction in the Language Classroom

On 5 December 2016, Liese Sippel successfully defended her dissertation for the Ph.D. in German under the direction of Dr. Richard Page. Liese's dissertation, titled "The effects of peer interaction, form-focused instruction, and peer corrective feedback on the acquisition of grammar and vocabulary in L2 German." investigated the effectiveness of peer interaction and peer corrective feedback in third-semester German language classrooms.

New Internships for German Majors Summer '17

1. Summer 2017 Libra Internship Program, which has international placements, as well as domestic locations.

The Libra Internship Program offers a paid opportunity for undergraduate students to intern with the Libra Group and its' 30 subsidiaries in locations, including with Lomar Shipping in Bremen. Internship roles are available in finance, marketing, social responsibility, accounting, human resources, policy & government affairs, communications, hotel operations, culinary and more.

Some of the program features include:

*Paid Placement – All interns are placed on the local payroll. Libra will directly book and pay for flight/train(s) to and from orientation, the hotel for orientation week and the flight/train(s) to and from each internship location.

*Mentor and Buddy Program – A senior executive (mentor) and a junior colleague (buddy) are assigned to interns to provide guidance on navigating through the internship, local area and personal career track.

*Training – To enhance employability and professional development, Libra offers ongoing group and one-on-one training through workshops, coaching and mentorship.

• Be at least 18 years of age
• Currently enrolled undergraduate student
• Fluency in English
• Minimum Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 (USA) or equivalent
• Must be available for mandatory program dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017

For further details, please review the website at You will be able to search for all available vacancies based on focus area of internship and location.


2. HR Marketing/Recruiting Global Internship (Summer 2017)

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. To support our HR department at our headquarters in Mainz, Germany (approx. 20 minutes from Frankfurt) we are looking for an intern beginning in June 2017 for at least 3 to 4 months. The intern will support the application process for the Heinrich J. Klein Foundation 2017 Scholarship, handled by SCHOTT AG. The objective of the Foundation is to sponsor international exchange by granting scholarships to students for a stay abroad.

Apply online at 


German and Slavic Co-Hosts Poetry Without Borders 2016

Presented by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, "Poetry Without Borders" was held at 6 p.m. on November 8 in Foster Auditorium.

"Poetry Without Borders" is an annual, student-run literature reading forum where students and faculty present poetry from different languages and cultures to the audience.

Moderated this year by Ines Martin, a Ph.D. candidate in German Applied Linguistics and Language Science, a total of 30 participants took turns reciting their chosen poems — in the poem’s original language — in front of a crowd. A variety of Slavic and Germanic languages were among the selections.

In the background of each reading, a PowerPoint was presented showing the poem in the original language alongside an English translation for the audience to interpret the poem.

Some participants recited poems written by published poets, while John Henry Riccardi recited a poem he wrote himself in German titled "Arbeit."

Proficiency Exam in Russian to be given September 28 and November 2

The Proficiency Examination in Russian, which can give successful candidates from 4 to 12 credits on their transcripts and fulfill part or all of their language requirement (if any), will be administered on 28 September and 02 November from 10:00-12:00 in 235 Burrowes Bldg. on the University Park campus. For more details, please contact <>.