German Research Conference Set for April 10-11

March 25, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University will host the fourth annual German Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC) April 10 and 11. The only annual undergraduate conference in the nation that takes place entirely in German, the forum will include poster and oral presentations by undergraduate students from IWU and 12 other participating universities.

Alison Guenther-Pal, assistant professor of German at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, will deliver the keynote address on April 11.

“We keep the conference ‘open topic’ so that students studying in any area of German Studies have a chance to participate in it,” said Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis. “As a result, we get a broad range of topics for presentation, and this has always led to a stimulating conference experience.” Woodis also said this year’s conference will incorporate an exhibit currently on display on the first floor of The Ames Library, “Atze and Mosaik: History and Politics in East German Comics: 1914–1989.” The second day of the conference takes place in State Farm Hall.

Illinois Wesleyan students participating include: Alyssa Aiello ’15, Steven Landeweer ’17, Diana Moody ’17 and Amelia Smith ’15. Students from Grinnell College, the University of Chicago, Vassar College, Loyola University Chicago, the College of Wooster, Kennesaw (Georgia) State University, the University of North Texas, the University of Portland, North Central College, Wheaton College, and Western Kentucky University will also attend.

GURC is sponsored by the Mellon “Re-Centering the Humanities” Grant, Student Senate and the Isaac Funk Endowed Professorship held by Marina Balina, Professor of Russian Studies.

By Kim Hill