January 15, 2003

International film and lecture series focuses on Germany

Valdosta State University's Center for International Programs (CIP) is sponsoring "Germany in the Heart of Europe" a series of films and lectures, beginning Jan. 21 and running through April 14. All films and lectures are open to the public free of charge.

According to David Starling, assistant director of the CIP, Germany was selected as this year's theme country, in preparation for the University System of Georgia's (USG) study abroad initiative in Germany that begins this summer with a faculty enrichment seminar, followed by a student summer program in 2004.

The following films will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theater:

? Jan. 21: "Wings of Desire" is a Wim Wenders reexamination of the divided city of Berlin, as seen through the eyes of a fallen angel.
? Feb. 5: "Nasty Girl" tells the story of a young woman who investigates the secret past of her hometown and uncovers more than she expected-and more than the townsfolk want to reveal.
? March 12: "Tin Drum" a film about the influences of pre-war Nazi Germany on a young boy and how he deals with life.

The lecture series begins with "The German Cultural Mosaic" presented by VSU assistant professor of geography Michael Noll, Ph.D., on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., in the University Center Magnolia Room.

Noll is a native of Germany and will serve as the co-director for the USG's faculty enrichment seminar and program director for the summer 2004 student program.

The following additional lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Center Magnolia Room:

? Feb. 10: "Understand Germany: Cultural Issues in the Red Green Republic" presented by Sabine Smith, from Kennesaw State University.
? Feb. 24: "Germany Since 1945" presented by Mark Finlay, from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
? March 24: "German American Relations" presented by John Duffield, from Georgia State University.
? April 7: "Germany, Poland and Eastward Expansion of the European Union" presented by Malgorzata Znoykowicz-Wierzbicka, a Georgia Southwestern University Fulbright Scholar.
? April 14: "Germany in Europe" (presenter to be named at a later date).

For more information, call the CIP at 229-333-7410.

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