Notable Faculty & Student Achievements
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned a grant to participate in a faculty development seminar sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD. The seminar is scheduled for April 2019 and convenes teachers of German from all over the world for a week of study, site visits, and discussions in Saarbrücken, a city located in the border region between Germany and France. The seminar topic, “Identities and Border Regions in Germany and Europe,” is part of Berroth’s ongoing research and writing project on transnational identity narratives.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth published an invited review of “Framing Islam: Faith, Fascination, and Fear in Twenty-First-Century German Culture,” a special issue of Colloquia Germanica, an international journal for German studies, in Feminist German Studies, a refereed interdisciplinary publication presenting a wide range of feminist approaches to all aspects of German literature, culture, and language, including pedagogy. The review is guest edited by Heidi Denzel de Tirado and Faye Stewart. It is available in print and online at Project Muse.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth earned a materials grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, and the German government. The $1,300 grant provides the German Program with a curated collection of titles in German literature published in 2018 and a collection of German graphic novels, which will enrich teaching and learning at all levels in the program.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth’s article “Brücken zwischen Mathematik und Deutsch: MINT im Sprachsensiblen Fachunterricht“ has been published in the online open-access and print versions of IDT 2019 Brücken Gestalten:Mit Deutsch Verbinden(Menschen–Lebenswelten–Kulturen: Beiträge der XVI. Internationalen Tagung der Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer,Fribourg/Freiburg, 31 July–4 Aug. 2017). IDT, the International Convention of Teachers of German, meets every fourth year and is the largest convention of German teachers worldwide. Berroth’s article was selected for publication to represent Section B3 of the convention, in which 12 scholars selected from an international pool of applicants presented on the topic of integrating STEM with the teaching and learning of German as a foreign language. Berroth’s participation was sponsored by a fellowship from the Goethe Institut, in Washington, DC.
Eleven Southwestern University faculty members have won Sam Taylor Fellowship grants to support their research, with award amounts ranging from $1,000 to $1,600. Sam Taylor Fellowships are selected through a competitive application process and are provided by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. This year’s recipients are
- Professor of Physics Steven Alexander, “Generating Energy from Hot Sidewalks” (awarded $1,200)
- Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala, “The Politics of Stealth Halal: Re-Presenting the Islamic Origins of U.S. Meat Products” (awarded $1,600)
- Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth , “Nature Education in the German Classroom: Possibilities for Integration and Inclusion?” (awarded $1,400)
- Professor of Biology Romi Burks, “Unravelling the Mystery: Genetic Differentiation of Chinese and Japanese Mysterysnails Using 16S” (awarded $1,400)
- Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones, “With Indigenist Spirit: Doctors on Spiritual Practices in Post-Revolutionary Mexico” (awarded $1,500)
- Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson, “Human–Jaguar Becomings and Racial Capitalism in Belize” (awarded $1,000)
- Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu, “Research on Claire de Duras’s Avant-Garde Novella, Ourika” (awarded $1,400)
- Associate Professor of French Aaron Prevots, “Gestures toward the Sacred: Guillevic, Vargaftig, Tellermann, Michel” (awarded $1,400)
- Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar, “Contemporary Modes of Parenting: Disrupting the Representation of Stepmothers in Popular Culture” (awarded $1,500)
- Associate Professor of Spanish Maria De Los Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, “Cultural Memory and Historical Fiction: Women of the Past on Television and Film by Four Contemporary Mexican Women Directors” (awarded $1,400)
- Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor, “Researching Attachments to American Political Institutions” (awarded $1,600)
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented two papers a the American Association of Teachers of German/American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (AATG/ACTFL) conference, in New Orleans, LA, Nov. 16 –1 8. “German and the Environmental Humanities: Projects, Engagement, and Approaches” showcased the interdisciplinary connections of SU’s small German program. “Literacy through Performance: Poetry Slams, Song Contests, and Cabarets” shared best practices on planning, implementation, and assessment of project-based learning with public performances. Berroth served on the AATG Program Committee for this conference. As an appointed member, she contributed to the annual meetings of Alle lernen Deutsch–AATG’s committee for diversity and inclusion and to the special-interest group on small undergraduate German programs.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth organized a panel at the 43rd Annual Coalition of Women in German conference at Sewanee University of the South, in Sewanne, Tennessee, Oct. 18–21. The panel, titled “The Forest Unseen: Feminism and Visibility of Connections in Bodies, Nature, Science, and Violence,” was inspired by Sewanee biology professor David G. Haskell’s book The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Work in Nature (2012). Panelists shared their feminist work in the environmental humanities in the field of German studies.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented an invited lecture and led a workshop at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Oct. 16–17. The lecture, “Looking Daring–Daring to Look: Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s Journeys of Discovery,” connected to an interdisciplinary exhibit at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, titled “Mapping ‘Knoxville’ across Time, Media, and Cultures: Tracing Unexplored Connections between the Wok or Cormac McCarthy, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Buddy and the Huddle.” The workshop, Intercultural Knowledge and Competence–Exploring Connections: Making Meaning of Foreign and Familiar Matters, contributed to the University of Tennessee’s Ready for the World program. Audiences and participants explored connections between their own personal and cultural identities and identity narratives emerging from the biographies, literary works, photographs, and travel journal articles of Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908–1942).
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented a research paper titled “Ecocide and Genocide in Marica Bodrožić’s Short Story ‘Der Lilienliebhaber: Lover of Lilies’” at the 8th Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment (EASLCE) Sept. 26–29 at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Scholars from 32 countries presented and discussed their ecocritical work on the conference theme The Garden: Ecological Paradigms of Space, History, and Community. Berroth’s paper integrates summer research completed at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, Germany, and is part of the introductory chapter of her current monograph on Marica Bodrožić’s work.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth, serving as President of the South Texas Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, hosted the Association’s annual convention at Southwestern University on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Collaborating with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum, she taught hands-on workshops on integrating STEM and German. Welcoming high school and college German teachers from the region to SU’s campus is a community outreach initiative that supports articulated curricular development, mentoring, and resource sharing while increasing the visibility of our campus and our programs in Modern Languages and Literatures. Recognized for her outreach initiatives and appointed as an Ortslektorin (local lecturer) for Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service), a professional network of 850 members worldwide, Berroth recently received a $600 resource grant from the DAAD and the German government to build a collection of contemporary German literature.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth is co-authoring Grenzenlos Deutsch–an Inclusive Curriculum for the German Classroom with colleagues in Vienna, Austria, during the month of July. This project is sponsored by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to advance the Digital Humanities. Earlier this summer Berroth completed research at Deutsches Literatur Archiv Marbach, Germany, as well as a project supported by a Sam Taylor Fellowship at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth organized a community outreach event which welcomed 20 students and their teachers from Paul Klee Gymnasium in Gersthofen (close to Augsburg), Germany to Southwestern. On a German American Partnership Program, GAPP, those students took a campus tour and interacted with student of German in classes and during lunch. Since 1972, GAPP has been funded by the German Foreign Office and is the only short-term exchange program that receives an assistance award from the U.S. Department of State. The SU German Program regularly collaborates with German teachers at McNeil and Westwood High Schools, inspiring intercultural understanding, promoting German language instruction, and motivating personal friendships across cultures. This marks the 5th bi-annual partnership collaboration. The German program thanks Director of Community-Engaged Learning Sarah Brackmann and Faculty Administrative Assistant Susie Bullock for their support.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth participated in the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., April 12–15, 2018. She presented two papers. One introduced SU’s innovative experience abroad for student-athletes on a round table titled “Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching in Small German Program Building.” The other, titled “Slow Violence in Marica Bodrožić’s Memory Narratives,” introduced eco-critical perspectives on Bodrožić’s trilogy, which is part of Berroth’s monograph project.
German majors Melina Boutris, class of 2021, and Martin Lopez, class of 2018, presented their research projects at the University of North Texas Undergraduate German Studies Conference in Denton on April 15, 2018. Boutris presented her analysis of German Hip-Hop artist and rapper Samy Delux’s representation of his relationship to German identifications in “Dis wo ich herkomm.” Lopez presented his analysis of German chancellor Merkel’s position during the 2015 European solidarity crisis in response to refugees fleeing war and persecution. Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth mentored both students.
Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth completed a review of “Framing Islam: Faith, Fascination, and Fear in Twenty-First Century German Culture,” a special issue of Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik, guest-edited by Heidi Denzel de Tirado and Faye Stewart. The review appears in the 2018 Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature & Culture.