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Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement Award for Prof. Kirsten Kumpf Baele

The Department of German congratulates Prof. Kirsten Kumpf Baele on receiving one of three awards for Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 2021-22. We are pleased that the College has recognized Prof. Kumpf Baele’s exemplary efforts to involve high school and college students as well as nationally and internationally recognized scholars in engaging with Anne Frank and her legacy in Spring 2022 during the Provost’s Global Forum and the Anne Frank Sapling planting.

Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Culture: Advocating for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Academy

A symposium organized by the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (DWLLC) at the University of Iowa, supported by an International Programs Major Projects Grant. Following protests against racialized police violence, citizens, activists, artists, and academic communities across the globe have renewed efforts to reflect on and respond to issues of race, ethnicity, and discrimination. The Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has joined these efforts.

Film screening of "The Cantor of Swabia", Wednesday, April 27.

Public screening, followed by discussion with Director Sabine Gölz. Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 6:00-8:30pm in 1010 BCSB.

46th Annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies

Join us for the 46th Annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies starting today through April 23rd. This three-day event is filled with engaging sessions, interesting exhibits, and dynamic panel discussions. For more information, please register online or in person at the Old Capital Museum starting at 4:30pm. University of Iowa faculty and students are welcome to attend this year’s SGAS presentations.

Kirsten Kumpf Baele and Ali Borger-Germann talk Anne Frank on IPR's "Talk of Iowa"

Kirsten Kumpf Baele discusses Anne Frank and the sapling tree planting at the University of Iowa on IPR's "Talk of Iowa"

Opinion: I teach about Anne Frank because she teaches us about ourselves [Kirsten E. Kumpf Baele]

For many, Anne Frank’s name conjures imagery of a young Jewish girl with long dark hair and twinkling eyes, a secret hiding space, and of course, a diary.

Goldrush Campaign for Anne Frank Sapling

On February 23, 1944, a 15-year-old girl gazed from an attic window at the topmost branches of a tree. In her diary, she wrote, “I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists…and I may live to see it, this sunshine, these cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy.” The girl was Anne Frank. She would die in a concentration camp less than a year after penning that entry. Decades later, the tree succumbed to old age; before it was removed, however, germinated chestnuts were collected, saplings sprouted, and Anne’s trees now grow all over Europe. Only a dozen so-called Anne Frank trees are rooted on U.S. soil, including at the Boston Commons and a 9/11 memorial park in New York City. The thirteenth will be planted on the University of Iowa Pentacrest on April 29, 2022. The tree was awarded to our campus and community in recognition of our literary heritage, for the UI’s excellence in tree stewardship, and in observation of the Pentacrest’s long history as a space of peaceful youth activism.

Exhibition Spotlight: Anne Frank (Part 2)

The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums explores current exhibition Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank through the Exhibition Spotlight program series in a special two-part virtual panel event.

Provost's Global Forum "Teaching Anne Frank"

This Provost's Global Forum brings together a multi-disciplinary panel of experts from Iowa and across Europe between February 28 - March 2, 2022, to highlight the educational value and continuing relevance of Anne Frank's story.

How literature can teach young readers to build empathy and resilience

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe explores the literature of the Holocaust, and the importance of reading books written about the Holocaust by those who witnessed the atrocities, with Elke Heckner.