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Moravian hosts conference in German studies

Professor Nitzan Lebovic, Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values at Lehigh University, will be the Keynote speaker at the conference.

The third annual Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies will be held at Moravian College on Saturday, April 6. Twenty-four students, from 12 colleges in four states, will present their research on a variety of German-related topics, including music, history, literature, art, economics, and politics. 

The conference will begin at 8 a.m., with registration in the lobby of the Haupert Union Building (HUB). Presentation sessions will run until 5 p.m.

The conference is co-organized by the German and history departments at Moravian and Lafayette colleges. The faculty coordinators of the conference are Axel Hildebrandt, Moravian German professor, Heikki Lempa, Moravian history professor, and Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, Lafayette German professor. The location of the conference alternates between Moravian and Lafayette annually.

“We started this project because we think that undergraduate research is very important, and we wanted to give our students an opportunity to present their research and get to know students from other schools who are working in similar fields,” says Hildebrandt, who adds that “the quality of the papers is always very high.”

Three Moravian students will present work this year; Melissa Zirkel ’13 is presenting for the second time. After studying abroad in Germany and visiting a concentration camp, Melissa became fascinated with the music that was made by the prisoners in that camp and others. Her presentation this year will focus on Abyss of the Birds, a clarinet solo written by Olivier Messiaen while he was imprisoned in a German prisoner of war camp

Moravian students Myles Barros ’14 and Kaitlin Kenyon ’13 also will give presentations on their research relating to the Holocaust.

Professor Nitzan Lebovic, Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values at Lehigh University, will be the Keynote speaker. At 12:40 p.m. he will give a lecture titled, Tomorrow's Yesterday: Why Political Films are Obsessed with Nietzsche's Philosophy.

The conference is free and all are invited to come for the entire day, or just for one or two sessions. The full listing of presentations can be found in the program on the conference website.