For the first time, the University of Mary Washington is hosting a “do Deutsch” campus week beginning in October, in conjunction with more than 40 colleges and universities across the United States. The weeks of activities and events, sponsored by the Germany Embassy and the UMW Department of Modern Foreign Languages, are designed to promote German language and culture on campus. “Do Deutsch” week at Mary Washington began on Tuesday, October 25 and will run through Saturday, November 5 and will include contests and competitions, film screenings and special events. All events are free and open to the public.
All area high school students as well at UMW students are invited to participate in the essay, visual arts, film/DVD and song competitions, themed “German(y) in your life.” Other events include:
- Film screenings of “In July” on Tuesday, October 25, “Kebab Connection” on Thursday, October 27 and “We are the Night” on Monday, October 31. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium
- Workshops on Tuesday, November 1 from 7-9 p.m. in Combs Hall, scavenger hunts on Tuesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 3 on the Fredericksburg campus, a game night on Wednesday, November 2 from 7-9 p.m. in Lee Hall, Rooms 411 and 412, a talent show on Friday, November 4 in Combs Hall, Room 139 at 7 p.m. and a soccer tournament on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the recreation field.
- A German gala and closing ceremony on Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m. in Seacobeck Hall’s Faculty Dining Room. Tickets for the gala are one meal swipe plus $5 for students and $10 for non-students and will be available at the door
For more information and details about the events, contact Marcel Rotter, associate professor of German, at (540) 654-1996 or visit http://umwdodeutsch.umwblogs.org.
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News release prepared by: Anne Zimmerman
Kathleen Rowe, Class of '80 says
What a wonderful idea! I lived in Germany years ago and loved the people and the culture. We often forget how much Germany has contributed to Western civilization over the past thousand years or more through art, architecture, sublime music and, most important of all, our own language. Wish I could be there to enjoy the gala events.
Jane Denslow McCrohan says
I think that Herr Dr. Brenner, who taught German there way back in the mid-20th century, would be gruffly pleased.