Public Policy Officer Delivers Inspiring Talk on the Power of German

Vincent L Mack  (Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences) gave an inspiring talk on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon on the transformative power of living and working abroad in Germany. Entitled "From Georgia, to Germany, to Dartmouth" Vincent's  personal narrative combined the joy of language learning with intercultural discovery, the politics of leadership and career trajectories.

The leitmotif of the speaker's four year stay in Germany, where he took part in the Bundestag/Youth Exchange program and worked as a grant writer for a German children's aid organization, was the positive effect of "disturbance." By taking the leap to leave that which is known Vincent has not only grown personally by getting to know himself better but he also gained new perspectives on his own culture and on world cultures. What is more, Germany provided Mack with essential career skills that he could put to good use when he returned to the U.S.

"Without Germany," Mack concludes, "I would not be working at Dartmouth in the position I am in today."

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Eierfest (A Spring Celebration of Eggs)

To kick off spring term this year, the German Club held its elections around a seasonal theme: eggs.

Two hours were spent on decorating eggs with paints, enjoying chocolates and other sweet treats, and swearing in new club officers.

A note to any supporters of the egg heads pictured on the lawn: Their bid for an office with the club was unsuccessful this year.

They may run again in spring of 2017.


Students Narrate German Audio book

Narrated audio books are becoming an increasingly popular medium in Germany and in the U.S.

Students enrolled in our German Studies program tried their hand at the medium when they wrote, recorded and edited their own audio tracks as their class final projects.

Each audio chapter from So klingt Deutschland: Der Einzelne und die Gemeinschaft (Ein Buch zum Hören) narrates one aspect of Germany's literary and cultural history, from premodernity through the twentieth century.

All current student contributions are available for listening here:



On Monday, students and faculty listened as Jürgen Ewert, a Vermont native and former resident of the German Democratic Republic (1949-1990), gave a German Club sponsored presentation on what life was like behind the Iron Curtain in divided Germany.

Mr. Ewert's presentation, which was entitled Walled in: Life Behind the Berlin Wall, included a close-up view of the German-German border which prevented 17 million East Germans from leaving the socialist regime for the West and cost hundreds of people their lives as they attempted escape.

As a direct witness to East German border protection, Mr. Ewert also shared personal childhood memories. Growing up in a small village on the Baltic coast, the then 12-year old boy witnessed among others the closing of previously public beaches, the increased patrols of the coast guard and the thwarted attempts of local ferrymen to help people leave the GDR regime by water.


German author and last year's Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor Christopher Kloeble visited the German Program on Tuesday afternoon to read excerpts from the English translation of his new novel Almost Everything Very Fast (Greywolf Press, 2016) in Sanborn's Wren room.

Kloeble, who is currently on a U.S. book reading tour, took the opportunity to talk to students and faculty about the writing craft, international audiences, and the translation process of his latest novel from German into English.

What keeps things interesting in the writing process is to let oneself be surprised where the characters are going next, Kloeble said. When it comes to writing people often underestimate the challenge of writing dialogue well, Kloeble shared. The author revealed that his training in script writing helped him craft the witty exchanges for which his novels' characters have become known among a growing international readership, Almost Everything being no exception.

Thanks to Kloeble's sensible translator little gets lost in translation.