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Lafayette’s Max Kade Center for German Studies and Moravian College have organized the Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies held Saturday, March 26 at Moravian.

Research projects by 19 students from schools throughout Pennsylvania have been selected for presentation at the conference, including work by Susan Grunewald ’11 (Wilton, Conn.), a Russian and East European studies major, and Jonathan Kaplowitz ’14 (Maplewood, N.J.), a history major. Schools represented at the conference include Bryn Mawr College, Dickinson College, Haverford College, and Lehigh University among others.

Grunewald will present her honors thesis “57 Soccer Balls in the Trunk: The Development of East and West-German Automotive Industries.” Her faculty adviser was Josh Sanborn, professor of history and chair of Russian and East European studies. Kaplowitz’s paper came from his First-Year Seminar “Germany’s Third Reich,” taught by Rado Pribic, Williams Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures and chair of international studies.

There will also be a photo exhibit on Berlin and a poster session ‘slideshow’ of student iMovie projects from all levels of language and literature courses that are part of the Lafayette’s ePortfolio digital archive initiative.

Belinda Davis, associate professor of history at Rutgers University, will present the conference’s keynote address entitled “What was ‘1968’, What was the ‘Student Movement’? Activism’s Dimensions in West Germany.”

According to organizer Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, professor of foreign languages and literatures and director of the Max Kade Center, the conference is planned to be annual event, with the next one scheduled for March 2012 at Lafayette.

To attend the conference, register on the conference website. There is no registration fee.

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