A Last Update from your German Language Department / Neues von Ihrem Deutschteam

 Liebe Student(inn)en,

Was können wir Ihnen für die nächste Woche sagen?

Vor allem: VIEL GLÜCK bei den Examen! Und vielleicht schaffen Sie es ja ein letztes Mal zum Stammtisch… .

German Stammtisch on Tuesday, May 17, 8pm

This coming Tuesday, we’ll be meeting up at the rooftop bar “Klunkerkranich” (on the roof of Neukölln Arcaden; Karl-Marx-Straße 66; 12043 Berlin) at 8pm. For those who would like to meet up right on the spot: Just take the U7 to Rathaus Neukölln.

This is the last German Stammtisch of the semester, so if you’ve never joined us before, this is your last chance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Benjamin, Florian & Lars

Next Wednesday, May 18: Symposium and Final Projects Presentations on “Global Education in the 21st Century” at Humboldt University

NYU Berlin goes Humboldt: Global Education in the 21st Century – Final Course Presentations 

The students of Professor Isensee’s joint NYU Berlin/Humboldt University course on Global Education invite the entire community to join them at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, Room 3119 (located next to “Orbis,” one floor above Audimax) on Wednesday, May 18, at 5:15 pm for the final presentations of their independent study projects. Prof. Isensee and his students are looking forward to welcoming you as their guests.

Course & Program Evaluations: Please Share your Feedback on your Semester in Berlin!

As your semester in Berlin slowly comes to a close, it is time to reflect on the program in general as well as on each course that you took. That’s why e-mails with links to evaluations of your courses and the entire program are arriving in your inboxes. Evaluations are an opportunity for providing constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement, but also to thank people who made this semester rewarding and enriching for you. Not only will your feedback guide programming and curriculum related decisions, it is also essential in helping our professors improve their courses and in giving the entire NYU Berlin team valuable feedback to design the future of the program.

Your evaluations are confidential and anonymous. Please let Roland, Denise or Dominik know right away if you are experiencing any technical difficulties when filling in the evaluations. Dankeschön!

 

NYU Berlin Award for Excellence in Essay Writing

Right now, many of you may be putting the first touches to your end-of-term essays. Every semester students at NYUB produce exciting and thought-provoking essays, some of which impress their professors so much that the “A” does not seem to adequately honor their efforts. Thus, as an added recognition for outstanding essays, NYUB introduced its “Award for Excellence in Essay Writing.”

Grace Birrell receiving NYU Berlin Essay Award

Grace Birrell with NYU Berlin Director Dr. Gabriella Etmektsoglou.

Any essay that you write throughout your time here at NYU Berlin can qualify for the Award. At the end of the semester, after you have left, a committee reviews all nominations submitted by NYU Berlin faculty and awards a prize for the best essay.

This past semester, Grace Birrell (NYU Gallatin) won the award for her essay “Malaise in the Politicized City” on Sven Regener’s novel Berlin Blues (Herr Lehmann), submitted in Professor Wolfgang Neuber’s class on 20th-century German literature. Professor Neuber called the essay an “outstanding intellectual achievement” and “stylistically immaculate and a real pleasure to read.” Enjoy Grace’s essay – you will likely encounter
some familiar Berlin sentiments! As you can imagine, we took special delight in surprising our winner in her German language class here at NYU Berlin, where she is spending her second semester.

Justin Halle receiving NYU Berlin Essay Award

Justin Halle receiving his award in London.

Justin Aaron Halle (NYU Tisch) won the Award for the Spring 2015 semester for an essay he submitted in Professor Dettmer’s Marx, Nietzsche, Freud class. In his piece “Nietzsche’s Truth of Chaos: The Value of Unknowing,” Justin investigated Nietzsche’s complex understanding of truth. Justin’s essay not only displayed an enthusiastic yet balanced engagement with very dense philosophical texts, but also distinguished itself through its clear and elegant prose.

Justin spent his Fall 2015 semester at NYU London, where we surprised him with what he called “a happy reminder of my past semester in Berlin.”

Just like Grace and Justin, one of you will receive the NYU Berlin Award for Excellence in Essay Writing and be surprised with a nice reminder of your time in Berlin. Viel Erfolg & good luck to all of you!

Neues von Ihrem Deutschteam / News from your German Language Department

Liebe Student(inn)en,

ganz herzliche Grüße aus dem German Department. Der Frühling ist nun endlich da! Genießen Sie die warmen Sonnentage! Und nun das Program für die nächste Woche:

 German Stammtisch: Tuesday, May 10, from 8:00pm on.

Next Tuesday, we’ll be meeting up at the bar “Vögelchen” (Eisenbahnstraße 6, 10997 Berlin). For those who would like to meet up right on the spot: Just take the U1 to Görlitzer Bahnhof or the U1/U8 to Kottbusser Tor. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Benjamin, Florian & Lars

Conversational Training on Thursday, May 12, 1:45pm – 2:45pm. Room Kreuzberg.

Liebe Studenten, Zeit für ein bisschen Smalltalk auf Deutsch! Join your tutor Nadja for a fun conversational training to improve your speaking skills. Please sign up for this training on the list posted to the German language whiteboard. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Nadja directly at nadja.thuermer@nyu.edu.

Exam Tutorials on Friday, May 13

Exam Tutorials are right around the corner! They will be taking place on Friday, March 13 in the Academic Center and in St Agnes (for Tisch special program students). To check when the tutorial for your German language class is being held, please refer to the posters on the German language whiteboard in the AC and in St Agnes.

Opening Hours of the Academic Centers at the Kulturbrauerei and St. Agnes in May

Please note that the Academic Center in the Kulturbrauerei and in St. Agnes will be closed for the public holidays on Thursday, May 5 (Ascension Day), Sunday, May 15, and Monday, May 16 (Pentecost).

During the exam period, we will extend the opening times on the weekends:

  • the Academic Center in the Kulturbrauerei will be open on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00am-6:00pm; on Sunday, May 8, from 10:00am-6:00pm as well as on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00am-6:00pm.
  • St. Agnes will be open on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00am-6:00pm and on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00am-6:00pm.

Participate in the Academic Writing Workshop II: Final Paper Support – Tuesday, May 3, 1:45pm – 3:00pm

Join Prof. Dettmer for the second of two Academic Writing Workshops, which are designed to further improve your writing skills. This second workshop, being held on Tuesday, May 3, from 1:45pm to 3:00pm in room “Prenzlauer Berg,” will address questions you may have with regards to your final papers and specifically to the format of research papers. Please note that this workshop will not deal with content-related questions, but rather support you in identifying and formulating research questions and theses, structuring your arguments and organizing your workload. There will be a strong focus on how to engage critically with primary and secondary sources while maintaining your own voice. Please feel free to email Prof. Dettmer (katrin.dettmer@nyu.edu) with any specific queries you would like to have included. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you wish to attend, please sign up on the sheet posted on the Upcoming Events whiteboard located next to the entrance of the Academic Center or email Prof. Dettmer directly.

NYU Portraits 2016 Casting Call – Apply Now!

portrait callThe NYU Division of Student Affairs invites you to participate in an active casting call for students and recent graduates who are interested in performing/participating individually or as a group for NYU Portraits during this year’s Welcome Week.

NYU Portraits, is the University’s marquee Welcome Week diversity program that aims to provide a vibrant and colorful evening where diverse NYU and world experiences are brought to stage in a creative platform to examine our understanding of self and others, invigorate a passion for engaging across difference, the importance of getting involved in social justice based activities, and the importance of service to our community. This event is a campus tradition that utilizes an innovative approach to highlighting the importance of diversity as an enriching and transformative experience for our incoming students. (5600+ incoming students projected for Fall 2016).

NYU Portraits centers the compounded lens of racial, ethnic, national, gender, sexual, (dis)ability, and other diversities to discuss issues of access and inclusion in our institution from a variety of perspectives. This year’s repertoire will pay attention to students’ experiences in and beyond the classroom, emphasizing the student experience at NYU. Positive and not-so-positive experiences will be equally valued, for our experiences regarding institutional access and representation are as multifaceted as we are.

Note: You need not have a concrete production sketched out at the time you express interest by submitting your Google Form; you are encouraged to collaborate with the Portrait performances team when you are conceptualizing your performance!

For more information, and to see past Portraits performances, please visit http://bit.ly/1li4YpS

Submission Instructions

• The priority deadline to submit your statement of interest is May 9th.
• You must be available to perform from Tuesday August 30th 2016 to Friday September 2nd 2016.
• Rehearsals begin the week of August 22nd 2016 and a retreat will take place in early or mid June. The rehearsals and retreat are both MANDATORY.
• Keep in mind that individual performers will be allotted a performance of up to 5 minutes each. Group performers will be allotted more time.

Additional questions? Email Aron at bt750@nyu.edu, or call +1.212.998.4350.

Neues von Ihrem Deutschteam / News from your German Language Department

Liebe Student(inn)en,

die besten Grüße aus dem German Department. Wir wünschen Ihnen einen guten Start in den Mai und vielleicht haben Sie Lust, am Freitag mit uns auf den Explore Berlin field trip zu kommen! Wir werden Ihnen Schöneberg zeigen!

 Und hier das Program für die nächste Woche:

 German Stammtisch: Tuesday, May 3, from 8:00pm on.

 This coming Tuesday, we’ll be meeting up at the bar “Veboz” (Kleine Präsidentenstraße 4a, 10178 Berlin). For those who would like to meet up right on the spot: Just take the S5, S7 or S75 to Hackescher Markt.

Everyone is welcome to join us!
Benjamin, Florian & Lars

 

Tutorials

During the tutorials, your tutors Nadja & Kandice will support your language learning and help you with any questions related to your German class. For a tutoring session, please email your tutor Nadja nadja.thuermer@nyu.edu or stop by Kandice’s open office hours in the Residence on Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00pm in Study Room 2Q (no appointment necessary).

Please notice that the exam tutorials will be taking place on Friday, March 13 in the Academic Center. For the exact times, please see the poster on the German language white board.

 

Coming up soon:

Explore Schöneberg with German language instructor Kandice on Friday, May 6, 10:45am – 3:00pm.

Of course you know Mitte, Kreuzberg and Neukölln. But do you know Schöneberg? If not, then it’s high time for you to get familiar with this exciting and colorful district in the western part of the city. Not only is Schöneberg historically and culturally significant (think Kennedy, Einstein, David Bowie), but it doesn’t let itself be defined by the past and remains a cultural hotspot today. If that sounds intriguing to you, then join me for a discovery tour through this great neighborhood!

Our walking tour will begin at 10:45am at our meeting point Nollendorfplatz (U-Bhf Nollendorfplatz). From there, we’ll go on to explore buildings and locations in Schöneberg, which have been of great historical and cultural importance during the past two centuries. And I’ll also show you great places for food, coffee, and spending the afternoon.

After a guided tour of Rathaus Schöneberg, the location where Kennedy held his famous speech in 1963, our trip will end and at the open-air exhibition near Bayerischer Platz around 3:00pm.

Since we’ll be doing quite a bit of walking, so be sure to wear a comfortable pair of shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather. I am very much looking forward to seeing you all and showing you what Schöneberg has to offer!

The sign-up deadline is Monday, May 2. A sign-up on the whiteboard list for this trip is requested and binding. After you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail with further details.

Neues von Ihrem Deutschteam / News from your German Language Department

Liebe Student(inn)en,

und wieder einmal ganz herzliche Grüße aus dem Deutschdepartment! Wir freuen uns, so viele von Ihnen beim Stammtisch und auf den Exkursionen zu sehen. Viel Spaß weiterhin!

 Und nun unser Programm für die nächste Woche!

 

German Stammtisch: Tuesday, April 26, from 8:00pm on.

Next Tuesday, we’ll be meeting up at the bar “Wohnzimmer” (Lettestraße 6, 10437 Berlin). For those who would like to meet up right on the spot, just take the U2 to Eberswalder Straße.

Everyone is welcome to join us!

Benjamin, Florian & Lars

 

Conversational Training on Thursday, April 28, 1:45 – 2:45pm. Room Kreuzberg.

Liebe Studenten, quatschen wir doch ein bisschen! Join your tutor Nadja for a fun conversational training to improve your speaking skills. Please sign up for this training on the list posted to the German language whiteboard. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Nadja directly at nadja.thuermer@nyu.edu.

 

Tutorials

In the tutorials, your tutors Nadja & Kandice will support your language learning and help you with any questions related to your German class. To schedule a tutoring session, please email your tutor Nadja at nadja.thuermer@nyu.edu.

 

And here is a message from Kandice:

Hallo zusammen!

 Na, wie läuft der Deutschkurs? Does German still sound like “schspäweirlök?” to you? Or would you simply like some extra help with grammar or the homework? If so, feel free to stop by during my walk-in office hours. As always, I’ll be in the Student Residence on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm in Study Room 2Q.

And, as always, I’m looking forward to seeing you and happy to help!

 Liebe Grüße und bis bald!

Kandice