Bi-Co Students Shine at Undergraduate Conference in German Studies

Posted April 21st, 2011 at 3:12 pm.

Three majors in the Bryn Mawr-Haverford German Department were recently recognized for their academic work at a regional undergraduate conference in German studies, earning three of five awards presented at the gathering.

Students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford joined their peers from eight Pennsylvania institutions at the conference, which was hosted by Moravian College and Lafayette College’s Max Kade Center for German Studies.

Kim McPhearson HC ’12, a double major in German and history of art, won the first place Max Kade Foundation Prize for her paper entitled “A Pygmalion Community: The communal touch in modern German and Austrian history.”

Jess Bawgus BMC ’13, majoring in German and history, and Didem Uca BMC ’11, majoring in German and comparative literature, received honorable mentions for their submitted works.

Two students from Lafayette and Lehigh University, respectively, also received honorable mentions.

Noted scholar of German history Belinda Davis, of Rutgers University, was the conference’s keynote speaker. Davis presented a paper entitled “What was ‘1968’? What was the ‘Student Movement’? Activism’s Dimensions in West Germany.”

Nineteen papers were accepted for presentation at the daylong event. Papers were evaluated for clarity, subtlety of argument, and creative use of multiple secondary sources and complex primary sources, as well as elegance and persuasiveness of writing. Participants were also evaluated on answers to audience questions during the panel discussion.

The conference was the first of what Moravian and Lafayette hope will be an annual event for Pennsylvania undergraduate German studies majors.

— Katherine Bakke

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