Baudelaire, Emerson and the French-American connection : contrary affinities
Baudelaire and Emerson, as socially-conscious individualists par excellence, lend themselves remarkably to Marchi's (French and comparative literature, North Carolina State U.) study of how France and the United States have warily borrowed from and dismissed one another in their modern projects of democracy and reconciling the individual with the collective.
German Professor Earns Top Prize
Assistant Professor of German Jonathan Wipplinger has won recognition for his research into blackface minstrelsy in German culture. "The Racial Ruse: On Blackness and Blackface Comedy in fin-de-siecle Germany" was voted as the best article in The German Quarterly (vol. 84) by the journal's 16-member editorial board. Wipplinger will receive the Max Kade Prize -- one of the most prestigious prizes in German Studies -- for his work.
Entrepreneurial Students Win Competition
Three NC State students took top honors at the statewide UNC Social Business Plan Competition for the nonprofit they created, Pennies 4 Progress. No small feat, considering there were 31 teams competing from all 17 schools in the UNC system who were challenged to develop business solutions to pressing local and state issues. Pennies 4 Progress won the $2,500 prize to put toward their business, along with free mentoring from TiE Carolinas and the North Carolina Small Business Development Center.
World’s French Bread Expert Keynotes “Feast and Famine” Conference
The college’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is hosting "Feast and Famine," an international, interdisciplinary conference about 19th century French studies. The world’s leading authority on the history of French bread is serving as keynote speaker. Steven Kaplan has been knighted twice in France for his devotion to the baguette. Kaplan, professor of European History at Cornell University, will give a free public talk while he's here, too.
47th Summer Institute in English
The college recently hosted its 47th Summer Institute in English, welcoming a contingent of 59 international students from 18 different countries. When the five-week intensive program ended, they returned to their home countries with improved English skills, expanded cultural experiences, and fond memories of their American summer in North Carolina.