Professional Faculty Activities

Activities for 2011-12

  • Professor Zhigunova has worked on a paper titled (Re)Writing Circassian Women's (Hi)Stories which will be presented at the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) conference held on September 15-18, 2011 at Columbus State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Activities for 2010-11

  • Elio Brancaforte, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies was invited by the History Department at Washington College, MD to give the 2010 Conrad M. Wingate Memorial Lecture in History on October 27, 2010.  His talk was on "Persian Portraits from the Early Modern Age," and examined representations of Safavid Iran in European travel accounts, in particular the 1656 narrative of the German scholar Adam Olearius.
  • Professor William Carter served on the "Goethe: Memory, History, Governmentality" Panel at the German Studies Conference in Oakland, California from October 7 to October 10.  In November, he is scheduled for a talk at Duke University's Center for the History of Political Economy.  The subject will be "Goethe Age Economics in Faust II."
  • Professor Lidia Zhigunova was recently in San Diego September 24 and 25 to participate in the Pearson Course Redesign Workshop.  The workshop highlighted innovative language course redesigns that use technology to improve student learning.  A new program, MySpanishLab, was introduced to educators as a program that has brought tremendous results in the areas of learning gains, retention, and cost savings for departments of various two- and four-year institutions.  MyGermanLab will be out next year.  Professor Zhigunova hopes that such a program could potentially help to increase quality and improve efficiency in large-enrollment introductory German courses.