Wartburg College will focus on its German heritage during “Do Deutsch Week,” Nov. 6-12.
German films, folk dances, an art exhibit depicting contributions of German-Americans, and a presentation about the German influence in Waverly will highlight the activities.
Wartburg, which was founded in 1852 by German missionaries as a teacher-training school for German immigrants, is one of 55 U.S. colleges participating in the cultural “German Olympics.” The student-run events are sponsored by a grant from the German Embassy and German Information Center in Washington, D.C.
“The activities celebrate the contributions of German-Americans to American society and are intended to highlight the impact of the German language, culture and traditions in our daily lives,” said Yvonne Losch, assistant professor of German and coordinator of Do Deutsch Week.
Among the events open to the public free of charge are:
• An exhibit on loan from the German-Heritage Museum in Davenport showcasing the contributions of German-Americans during the Civil War and the role they have played in U.S. industry. The art will be displayed in Luther Hall and elsewhere on campus.
• A showing of the 2001 Oscar-nominated German film, “Nowhere in Africa,” recounting a Jewish refugee family settling in Kenya in the 1930s, Sunday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m., Science Center 134
• The critically acclaimed 2000 movie, “In July,” by Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, following a romantic pursuit from Hamburg to Istanbul, Thursday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m., Science Center 102
• German folk dances with University of Northern Iowa folk dancers and audience participation, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4:30-6 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church parish hall
• A talk by Dr. Terry Lindell, professor of history, about German-American grave markers in Waverly cemeteries, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7-8 p.m., Science Center 102
• Artwork created by Wartburg students depicting aspects of German culture, Thursday, Nov. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., Bachman Fine Arts Center foyer
• Music and poetry contests with original compositions by Wartburg students based on German culture, Friday Nov. 11, Orchestra Hall, 7 p.m.
Among the other activities are an essay contest related to German culture and a Schnitzeljagd scavenger hunt featuring various German-related icons on campus.
An invitation-only reception and dinner Saturday, Nov. 12, will celebrate the German-American partnership and the contributions of the German language and culture. Vice Consul Gunnar Christiansen of the German Embassy in Chicago is the guest speaker at the dinner.
A lecture Tuesday about the partnership between the United States and Germany in the 21st century by Dr. Detlef Waechter, director of the German Information Center to the United States at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., has been postponed. An announcement is pending on a new time.
More information is available at https://www.wartburg.edu/dodeutsch/.