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.
On the weekend of Pentecost every year, Kreuzberg comes out in full color with the “Karneval der Kulturen” celebration. Since the mid-1960s, Berlin’s growing multiculturalism has been celebrated through these four days of open-air music, dancing, and parading. The main parade, with 73 national groups participating, will take place on Sunday, starting from Hermannplatz at 12:30pm, and then heading in the direction of Yorckstrasse.
For the celebration closest to the residence—the Eurasian stage—head to Blücherplatz. For the full program, see here.
Please note that due to the size of the event, festival organizers advise against riding bicycles into the central areas of the festival. It is also likely that U-Bahn stations on the U7 and U8 will be closed during peak hours to avoid overcrowding.
Join Linn and Sara for a lunchtime workshop on Transitions and a conversation about the best ways to say “Auf Wiedersehen” to Berlin! How are you feeling about your departure, reunion with your family and friends, your plans for the summer break, and about finding your place in a familiar, changed, or completely new place? What are you looking forward to? What do you imagine are your resources (academic and emotional) at your next destination?
Explore how you feel about your very special journey of the last fourth months and reflect upon what you have acquired and accomplished during your time in Berlin. We will also talk about assorted challenges you might experience as part of your cultural, academic, and emotional transitions and practice strategies for self-care, reflection, and mindfulness. We will meet in room “Prenzlauer Berg” on Tuesday, May 10, at 1:45pm. A light lunch will be served to all participants. Bis bald, wir freuen uns auf Sie!
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!
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 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 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!
Student initiatives at NYU Berlin capture and further contribute to the city’s profound commitment to cultural understanding, constructive reflection, and creativity. “Ich bin ein Berliner” is a podcast series by Georgina and Laura that introduces you to some of Berlin’s captivating narratives and special voices. The first episode features NYU Berlin’s very own Elke Brüns and Antje Rebecchi. Enjoy!
This Friday, May 6, marks the beginning of the annual Theatertreffen (The Meeting of Theaters) at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Since 1964, the ten best German language productions of the past season are being invited to showcase their work in Berlin each year, which gives you a great opportunity to see theater from all over Europe and the world without having to travel! This year, Berlin will be welcoming productions from Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Vienna, and other cities. There will also be a festival celebration of the DADA-movement and its 100th anniversary, as well as the event “Stückemarkt”, which gives young playwrights the chance to present their work. Additionally, the International Forum has invited 38 artists from over 22 countries to showcase their work, participate in workshops and engage in discussions. While some of the performances are being held at various theaters in the city, Haus der Berliner Festspiele will be the focal point of the festival. So if you would like to mingle with theater professionals and theater enthusiasts alike, enjoy the festival spirit under the magnolia trees in Berlin Wilmersdorf.
Theatertreffen runs from May 6 through May 22. Tickets are available online now or at the box office. You can obtain discounted student tickets at the evening box office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
With the weather finally becoming warm and sunny, Berlin’s creative scene is organizing craft markets in different areas of the city to showcase their products. Take advantage of the nice weather and stroll along the stalls of the Nowkoelln Flowmarkt at Maybachufer or venture a bit further north to reach Weddingmarkt, get some snacks, buy a souvenir, and just take in the atmosphere.
When and where?
May 8: 10am – 5pm
May 8: 11am – 7pm
Nordufer, between Torf- und Samoastraße,
U9 Amrumer Straße
Next week is the “Woche der offenen Backstuben” – a weeklong showcase of the art of German organic bread-making. With 16 bakeries taking part in the event, there will be a mix of workshops on all aspects of baking from flour milling to fermentation, and bakeries throughout the city will be hosting open houses. The full program is available here.