In March 2012,
six students from the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Bi-College Department of
German got the opportunity to present their research at an Undergraduate
Conference in German Studies. The Bryn Mawr Provost's Office generously supported the students' travel to the event. The conference was jointly organized by
Lafayette and Moravian Colleges and hosted by Lafayette College. The
projects presented at the conference had been selected by the organizers
from among dozens of entries. Student participants came from states as
far away as Virginia and Texas, and the conference provided an excellent
chance for students to mingle with peers from other institutions,
exchange ideas, and share their research with a large and very engaged
audience. The papers presented by Haverford's and Bryn Mawr's students
covered a wide range of topics: Pennsylvania Dutch and Pennsylvania
German identity; post-war German cinema; Joseph Beuys; Hitler's failure
as an artist-politician; and the use of English loan words in German.
"Haverford's and Bryn Mawr's German students did an outstanding job
presenting their research, and the manner in which they fielded a wide
variety of questions from the lively audience was quite impressive. They
were fabulous representatives of the bi-co German Studies community,"
said Prof. Imke Meyer of Bryn Mawr, who accompanied the students to the
The conference's Max Kade Prize for the best research project and presentation went to Hannah Foley of Franklin and Marshall College. Honorable mentions went to Christopher Graves of the Uniiversity of Texas at Austin, and to Kim Wegel of Haverford College. Kim's presentation was entitled "Beuys and Chardin: On Immortality and Inheritance."
Bi-College German Students at the Lafayette/Moravian College
Undergraduate Conference in German Studies. From left to right: Ian
Gavigan (HC), Prof. Imke Meyer (BMC), Mary Lane (HC), Emilee Finkelstein
(BMC), Kim Wegel (HC), Minerva Pinto (BMC), and Chantal Deaton (BMC).
Audience Members at the Conference
Student Presenters at the Conference