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Distribution IV courses & other German courses. Fall Quarter 2019

Elementary & Intermediate Language Courses in German

German 101-1 Beginning German

Denise Meuser, Coordinator (MTWF 11:00, 1:00, 2:0 &  MTTHF 4-4:50) Prerequisite in German: None

This is the first quarter of the Beginning German sequence: a systematic introduction to basic German. All four language skills – speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing – are stressed to insure that students acquire a basic command of German. Classes are conducted in German, except when explanations of grammar or other material require the use of English. Key feature of this quarter: Individual oral interviews at the end of the quarter.

German 101-2 Beginning German (Second Quarter of sequence

Denise Meuser, (MTWF 9:00) (

This is the second quarter of the Beginning German sequence and targets those students who have completed the first quarter of the sequence or have had some introduction to the language. Please contact the instructor to confirm that this course is appropriate for you.

German 102-1 Intermediate German

Martina Kerlova, Coordinator (MTWF 9:00, 10:00, 12:00, 1:00) Prereq: Ger 101-3

This is the first quarter of the three-quarter sequence of Intermediate German. Its primary goal is the continued development of proficiency in all German language skills. We will read variety of texts focusing mainly on German history and culture in the 20th century. In each of the three courses in this sequence we focus on a different aspect of German culture and language. Three quarter sequence: Fall Quarter: literature, history and culture in the 20th century. Winter Quarter: colloquial and idiomatic contemporary language, German society and culture. Spring Quarter is devoted to excerpts from contemporary German literary works and discussion arising from them.

Intermediate & Advanced Levels

German 201 Focus Reading: Art in the Modern Age

Denise Meuser (MWF 1-1:50) Prerequisite: 102-3, have German AP score of 4, or permission of the DUS.

This course examines the explosion of art and industry at the turn of the century that for the first time included substantial opportunities for women.  The class will provide an introduction to the period of the German Empire or Kaiserreich 1871 – 1918. This epoch in German history is emblematic for modernism. Through short historical texts, biographies, letters and journals, students will learn about social issues, art movements and the German politics of the period that included Bismarck, artistic colonies and war.  Students will become acquainted with the artworks of Käthe Kollwitz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter and more. Trips to the Art Institute and the Milwaukee Art Museum are planned and there will be a project-based presentation in lieu of a final exam.

German 205 Focus Writing: Berlin Faces of the Metropolis

Ingrid Zeller (MWF 11:00-11:50) Prerequisite: 102-3 or Instructor Consent

This grammar and composition course is designed for students who wish to improve their writing and grammar skills in order to become independent, confident, and proficient writers of German. During this quarter, we will focus on the analysis and production of portraits, descriptions of places, narratives, film reviews, literary interpretations and cultural reports. The thematic basis for the course is the city of Berlin and the personalities, places, historical events, cultural and artistic trends, and visions that have shaped this historically unique, increasingly diverse, dynamic, and fascinating city during the twentieth and are shaping it during the twenty-first century. Course materials will include current and historical materials from a variety of sources, fictional works by German-speaking authors, news features, cultural reports, several feature films, excerpts from a television series, and short films. An emphasis during Fall 2019 will be on topics that relate to different stages in the history of Berlin and its development into a global and ethnically diverse city. We will also plan an excursion to Chicago to explore connections between Chicago and Berlin with a focus on architecture and on German heritage. You will have many chances to express yourselves creatively in a variety of different contexts. The production of a student magazine will be among the highlights.

German 221-3 Introduction to Literature: 1945-Today

Franziska Lys (TTh 11-12:20) Prerequisite: One 200-level course in German or permission of/discussion with the DUS. Distro Area VI

This course, designed for majors and non-majors, introduces students to representative short stories by major German-speaking authors’ writing from 1945 through the present. The stories selected are representative of a dynamic period in German literature and highlight important social, political, and intellectual issues including questions of the recent German past and the representation of history; questions of individual versus collective guilt, questions of gender and sexuality, exile and alienation, the relationship of the individual to a modern technological society; and new themes and issues since the reunification of Germany. In addition, the course examines the genre of the short story, with attention to different modes and styles of writing.

German 309-1 Advanced Business German: The German Economy

Rob Ryder (MWF 10-10:50) Prerequisite: Two 200-level courses in German or permission of/discussion with the DUS.

This course will give you an overview of the German economy, its underlying structures, its current trends and some of the political and global issues it is facing today. Throughout the course, you will gain tools that will enable you to become well-versed in German economic and sociopolitical topics. While the course is designed to introduce you to a variety of issues, you will also be able to delve deeper into one topic of your choice for your final project, such as national health care insurance or immigration. Although content-driven, the course will also further develop your language skills. You will expand your vocabulary and become familiar with advanced grammar structures used heavily in the business context. In-class activities and will focus on how to present graphics and statistics, and lead informative discussions in a business setting.

Casting Call for TRU

A Musical for Mental Health at Stage 773

– Rehearsals — September 23rd through October 20th at City Lit Theatre (Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10pm, as well as weekend rehearsals on 9/28, 10/6, 10/13, and 10/20)

– Tech — October 22nd through the 26th at Stage 773

– Previews will run from October 28th through the 30th at Stage 773. Previews will be at 7:00pm.

– TRU opens November 1st and plays through the 24th at Stage 773. Performances will run on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm.

TRU is a non-union production, and my team and I are interested in casting the lead role of Truman Hayes for which we are able to offer a stipend of $1,000, as well as an ensemble role, for which we are able to offer a stipend of $300.

For the role of Truman Hayes, we are hoping to cast a male-identified actor, preferably a person of color, age 20 to 33.

For the ensemble role, we are hoping to cast a male-identified actor, open age and open race, though we as a team strive to be inclusive in our casting process.

A little more about TRU as a show —

TRU is a thoughtful and thought-provoking story that paints a picture of what it could be like to live with mental illness. To capture the depth of this struggle, TRU brings it to life, depicting it as the manipulative half of a toxic relationship, called Her. As Truman’s relationship with Her worsens and his struggles grow, he finds the strength to ask for help and seek treatment, embarking on a journey toward recovery with the help of his family and those around him. With TRU, we hope to tell a story that is accessible, empathic, and illuminating, as we fight against the stigma that surrounds mental health. Our goal is for audience members with lived mental health experiences to feel validated, understood, and seen, while shedding light on what it can be like to live with mental illness for those without lived experience.

In 2018 TRU premiered with a sold-out run in the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival where it received 14 award nominations and 2 wins for “Best Music” and “Best Choreography”.

Contact Information

Leo Fotos
Executive Producer
Gosz & Fotos
Work: (872) 239-4636


Thinking about graduate school?  Consider a PhD in business!

Thinking about graduate school?  Consider a PhD in business!

 The PhD Programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business are co-hosting Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship (IDDEAS) a two-day program, on October 10 -11, 2019.  Receive insights from faculty and PhD students on a career in business academia—the rewards and opportunities. 

  •  Learn about doctoral-level research in business and discuss careers in research and teaching.
  • Get information about graduate school opportunities and receive advice and insights about the application process.
  • Meet and interact with current doctoral students and faculty.

Fields of study include: accounting, behavioral science, econometrics/statistics, economics, finance, management & organizations, management & organizations & sociology, managerial economics & strategy, marketing, and operations management, among others.

  •  Applications are due by August 30, 2019.
  • Learn more:

The IDDEAS program originated at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania to support and encourage student and faculty diversity.  To learn more about what past participants have said about IDDEAS, please visit The Wharton IDDEAS Website.  

August/September work opportunity in SoC undergrad office

The School of Communication Undergraduate Office is looking to hire student workers for later this summer. The job involves answering phones, welcoming guests, assisting with various projects and tasks, making coffee, and keeping the office orderly.  We are looking for someone who is friendly, reliable, and detail-oriented. Our office is located on the fifth floor of the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts (70 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston).

We are looking for students who are available to work during the following times in August and possibly early September:

Tuesdays, 8:30 am to 5 pm

Fridays, 8:30 am to 5 pm

August 7 through August 14 (weekdays only), 8:30am to 5pm

If you are available during all or part of these times and are interested in applying, please send me your resume and work availability to me at

Preview of Fall Quarter 2019 Classes!

Here is your sneak preview of Fall Quarter 2019 Classes. *

Please remember this course listing is provided as a snapshot of classes that might be of interest to you as an SoC student and is not meant to substitute for the listings in CAESAR or consultation with your advisor.  In fact, there are often changes made on the CAESAR listings right up until registration and sometimes even after. Additionally, not all pre-requisites have been listed for all classes because some course descriptions have not yet been posted. So, take a look and see what interests you and then make sure to check the CAESAR listings to confirm class details. Classes are scheduled to go live on CAESAR on Monday, May 6th, 2019.

As always, if you have questions about your own degree progress or whether a class will count toward your major, minor, certificate or other additional program, make sure to check with your advisor. The Undergraduate Advising tab at the top left of the Spotlight blog page will take you to their email address and contact information which is listed by major.

Don’t forget: Pre-Registration for Fall Quarter 2019 begins on Monday, May 13th at 8:00 am and ends Thursday, May 16th at 5:15 pm. Pre-registration and registration appointment times will be listed on your personal CAESAR account on Friday, May 10th, 2019.  Regular Registration begins the week of May 20th, 2019.

* If  you click on the bookmark icon in the upper left corner of the pdf, you can easily navigate course topics.  In addition, there is a link to the Searchable CAESAR class descriptions archive at the top of the page and contact information for all departments in the subject banner line. 
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Catharine MacKinnon One Book One Northwestern Lecture

On Thursday, April 25th One Book One Northwestern will be hosting a talk with University of Michigan Law School Professor Catharine MacKinnon entitled “Butterfly Politics”. Professor MacKinnon will address the politics and law of sexual harassment, focusing on its violation of equality rights, considering the #MeToo movement, and exploring those developments in light of the theory elaborated in her most recent book Butterfly Politics

The talk will be be from 12-1:30 pm in Hardin Hall (Rebecca Crown Center). The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

NCA is hiring Career Ambassadors!

Become an NCA Career Ambassador
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 28 | Seeking current First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors
Apply to join the NCA team as a Career Ambassador for the 2019-20 academic year. Career Ambassadors serve as a bridge between NCA and the Northwestern student population to increase students’ awareness of and engagement with NCA. This is a paid position at $11/hr, and can be work-study or non-work-study. It is a 5-6 hour per week time commitment, but exact hours may vary. For a more detailed description and application instructions see the Handshake posting here.


What will I gain from being a Career Ambassador?

The CA program aims to help students not only successfully support others, but also to make progress on their own personal and professional goals. CAs build transferable skills that will help them in future experiences throughout their career journey. As a CA you set regular goals and learn the ins and outs of navigating NCA all while building relationships with our staff who are invested in your personal success. Some transferable skills CAs have utilized or gained include:

  • Communication
  • Initiative
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Strong work ethic
  • Organization
  • Project Management
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility and adaptability


CA Responsibilities Include:

  • Serving as a liaison between NCA and a specific population or community on campus
  • Meeting with students during walk-in advising hours and advising on resumes and cover letters
  • Conducting presentations and workshops around campus
  • Greeting employers at campus events
  • And more!


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