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March 21, 2012

Lafayette Will Host Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies

Professor Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger teaches a class in Max Kade Center for German Studies.

Professor Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger teaches a class in Max Kade Center for German Studies.

Lafayette will host the second annual Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies Saturday, March 24, in Pardee Hall room 429.

Organized by Lafayette’s Max Kade Center for German Studies and Moravian College, the conference will feature presentations by 22 students from Lafayette, Allegheny, Bryn Mawr, Franklin & Marshall, Haverford, Lehigh, Old Dominion, and University of Texas, Austin, among others.

According to organizer Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, professor of foreign languages and literatures and director of the Max Kade Center, the conference gives students the opportunity to present on many German-related fields, including literature, film and culture, art history, music, philosophy, history, and politics.

“The presentations and discussions at last year’s first conference were impressive, and this year’s high-quality submissions promise another exciting day,” she says.

Tia Seibold ’14 (Sisters, Ore.), a government and law major, will present her paper, “Marx, Engels, Thälmann, Frederick the Great, the Neue Wache and Lenin: Symbols of A Changing Time.” Biology majors Rachel Venaglia ’14 (Old Bridge, N.J.) and Hannah Kowalski ’14 (Durham, Conn.) will present their research, “Fantasies and a Bifurcated Soul in Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader.”

Greg Eghigian, associate professor of German history at Penn State University, will deliver the keynote address “Madness, Mystery, and Medicine.”

To attend, register on the conference website. It is free and open to the public.

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