German Department Events 2011-12

Spring 2012

May 1 9:00 pm Maerchenabend and End-of-Year Party
Apr 27 2:00 pm Ask me more about Brecht: Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge
Apr 26 9:45 am Deutsches Theaterfest Mt. Holyoke College
Apr 24 4:00 pm A Conversation with Werner Herzog at UMass
Mar 28 4:00 pm Stefan Roloff & Anne Nelson: Resistance and Art
Mar 27 7:30 pm Stefan Roloff - Die Rote Kapelle (The Red Orchestra)
Feb 29 4:00 pm "Die schöne Müllerin" @ Porter House
Feb 21 9:00 pm Open House for German Residential Program

Fall 2011

DEC 2 7 p.m. Weihnachtsbazar
DEC 2 5 p.m. The Music of Nietzsche - Concert with Hilary Budwey '13
DEC 1 4 pm & 7:30 pm German Film Series: Achterbahn
NOV 15 9 pm Göttingen Abend
NOV 10 4 pm & 7:30 pm German Film Series: Crazy
NOV 4 3 - 5 pm Family Weekend Reception for students and parents
OCT 20 4 pm & 7:30 pm German Film Series: Mahler auf der Couch
SEP 29 4 pm & 7:30 pm German Film Series: KeinOhrHasen
SEP 15 4 pm & 7:30 pm German Film Series: Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen
SEP 8 7 pm The Vilna Ghetto Theater: Yiddish Poetry Set to Music (1941-1943)
AUG 29 9-10 am German Department Brunch: Meet the faculty - for students and parents.

Maerchenabend and End-of-Year Party

You are cordially invited to join the German faculty and teaching assistants for an evening of fairytales and for a chance to say Farewell to Wiebke and Lea!

Tuesday, May 1
9:00 PM
Porter House

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hanns Eisler about Brecht

The Program in German and Scandinavian Studies (UMass Amherst), together with the Department of German Studies (Smith College) and the German Department (Amherst College) are pleased to present:

Ask me more about Brecht: Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge

Dramatic Performance and Musical Recital

Friday April 27 at 2:00 PM

301 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The composer Hanns Eisler was Bertolt Brecht's most politically committed collaborator. Between 1958 until shortly before his death in 1962, Eisler was interviewed by Hans Bunge. These recorded conversations are intriguing and informative personal reflections on half a century of artistic and political turbulence. Sometimes hilarious and at other times moving, they provide an insight into Eisler's political ideas and his thoughts on the social significance of music; his opposition to Hitler and subsequent exile; his friendship with Bertolt Brecht and their collaboration; the encounter with McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee; and the artistic, political and intellectual life in the German Democratic Republic.

Sabine Berendse, Hans Bunge's daughter, and Paul Clements have recently finished the first complete translation into English of these conversations. This afternoon you will see a dramatic reading of extracts from the conversations and hear recorded words and music from Eisler himself.

Soprano Karyn Levitt and pianist Tom LaMark will present live songs of Hanns Eisler: Settings of poems by Bertolt Brecht in English versions by Eric Bentley.

For information, please contact Prof. Jonathan Skolnik

Deutsches Theaterfest

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dramatic presentations in German of 15 minutes in length will be judged by a jury of secondary school and college teachers of German and Theatre Arts, as well as representatives from the Goethe Institute Boston, and the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston.  Prizes will be awarded on the elementary, middle school, secondary, and college levels.

For further information, check out the Theaterfest website:

 or contact:

Donna Van Handle or Mark Lauer
Department of German Studies
Mount Holyoke College
So. Hadley, MA  01075-6433


An Evening with Werner Herzog!

Join us for what promises to be an invigorating event with one of Germany's leading film makers! There will be a film presentation followed by Q&A.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m.
Stirn Auditorium (Mead Art Museum, Amherst College)

Admission Free


One of the leaders, with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Volker Schlöndorff, of the influential postwar New German Cinema in the 1970s in the Federal Republic of Germany, Herzog studied history, literature and music in Munich and at the University of Pittsburgh. Herzog’s films – whether dramas, or as most of his recent work, documentaries – are noted for both their deeply felt mystical foundations and their surreal exoticism.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Lamont Fund, Department of German, English Department, Film and Media Studies Program at Amherst College, the Program in Film, Photo and Video at Hampshire College and the 19th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A conversation with Werner Herzog at UMass

Tuesday, April 24 @ 4:00 PM

137 Isenberg SOM / UMass

As part of 19th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Intersections: Fiction/Non-fiction,” and a series of events at Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Werner Herzog speaks about his recent work and responds to questions from the audience.

Click here for more details.

Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, the 19th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, the Amherst College Lamont Fund, Department of German, English Department, Film and Media Studies Program at Amherst College, and the Program in Film, Photo and Video at Hampshire College.

Resistance and Art

Wednesday, March 28

4:00 PM

Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

Anne Nelson, adjunct professor at Columbia University and author of The Red Orchestra:The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler (2009; 2010), together with Stefan Roloff,  New York and Berlin based author, filmmaker, and video artist, will present a slide lecture and discussion on the shape and function of art resisting dictatorships, first the Nazi state, then East Germany. Co-sponsored by the Department of German, the Amherst College Lamont Lecture Fund and the Five College Faculty Seminar in German Studies.

The Red Orchestra (Die Rote Kapelle)


Tuesday, March 27

7:30 pm

Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

The New York and Berlin based author, filmmaker, and video artist Stefan Roloff will present a lecture, film showing, and discussion of The Red Orchestra, his book (2002) and documentary  (2003) about the most important resistance group which opposed the Third Reich within Germany from 1933 to 1942. Co-sponsored by the Department of German and the Lamont Lecture Fund.

Die schöne Müllerin

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


4:00 p.m.

Porter House (next to the Lord Jeffrey Inn)

Peter W. Shea (tenor) and Monica Jakuc Leverett (piano)

Will perform Franz Schubert’s Song Cycle

“Die schöne Müllerin”

With readings by Afua Nti’12, Nathan Thomas’13, James Yaro’14

 All are invited. Refreshments after the concert.

Open House - Tag der Offenen Tür

Tuesday, February 21 @ 9:00 pm Porter House
Porter House

The German department is now accepting applications to live in the German House (Porter House) for 2012-13. The applications are available on the Residential Life website here.

Come to the Open House with your questions and check out the wonderful atmosphere at the German House.