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Moravian College to Host Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies

Professor Nitzan LebovicBethlehem, Pa., March 28, 2013—Moravian College will host the third Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies on Saturday, April 6. Co-organized by Lafayette College and Moravian College, the conference will give students the opportunity to present their research in all German-related fields, the study of German literature, film and culture, art history, music, philosophy, history and politics.

Students from more than a dozen colleges and universities will present their research during the day-long program. Twenty-four students will present talks organized into sessions that will be moderated by faculty members from participating institutions. The sessions include: Language and Literature, Before and After 1990, Economy and Society, Neo-Nazism and Racism, Austria, Thomas Mann, Politics and Art, Perpetrators and Bystanders, and Music in the Third Reich.

Moravian College student Melissa Zirkel ’13, a music and German major, will present ’"Musik im Kriegsgefangenenlager: Defining the Abyss of the Birds from Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time,” as part of the Music in the Third Reich session.

The Keynote Lecture, titled "Tomorrow's Yesterday: Why Political Films are Obsessed with Nietzsche's Philosophy," will be presented by Professor Nitzan Lebovic, Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values at Lehigh University.

In addition to Moravian College and Lafayette College, other institutions represented by students or faculty members are Albright College, Allegheny College, Bryn Mawr College, Gettysburg College Hillsdale College, Lehigh University, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, Temple University, and Washington College.

Faculty members serving as conference organizers are Axel Hildebrandt, assistant professor of German, Moravian College; Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, professor of German, Lafayette College; and Heikki Lempa, associate professor of History, Moravian College. For more information on the conference and the program visit the website at: http://home.moravian.edu/public/conferences/germanStudies/index.html.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor, Axel Hildebrandt, Department of Foreign Languages, hildebrandt@moravian.edu or call 610-861-1395.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.