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Memorial service for students slated

A memorial service for BGSU graduate students Sweety Mazumdar and Apsana Giri, who were killed in a Jan. 2 auto accident in Indiana, has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 16) in 202A Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Lenhart Grand Ballroom).

Documentaries of filmmaker Ruth Beckermann explored in talk

Dr. Christina Guenther, German, Russian and East Asian languages, will discuss “Cartographies of Identity: Memory and History in Ruth Beckermann’s Documentary Films from 1980-2007” at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 13) in 201A Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Austrian Jewish filmmaker and writer Ruth Beckermann first posed questions concerning children of the second generation after the Holocaust in her 1987 film “The Paper Bridge.” As a cartographer of postwar Jewish and Austrian identities, Beckermann characterizes her documentaries since then as journeys or “filmic maps.” Guenther will discuss the modes by which Beckermann represents spaces, city- and landscapes, and relates them to identity in her documentaries. Of particular interest to Guenther is how Beckermann “performs ethnography” as she theorizes the relationship between memory, history and documentary.

Guenther’s teaching and research focus on German and Austrian culture, Jewish identity and the Holocaust. She has published essays in Comparative Literature Studies and Unterrichtspraxis, and her work has also appeared in anthologies, including Visions and Visionaries in Contemporary Austrian Literature and Film. Currently a Fellow at the campus Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS), she is at work on a book-length project exploring the life and work of Austrian Jewish writers Doron Rabinovici, Robert Schindel, Anna Mitgutsch and Beckermann,

Her talk is part of the Artists and Scholars in Residence Series, sponsored by ICS and showcasing the research of faculty affiliated with the institute. Support for this work has come from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. For more information, call 2-0585.

February 11, 2008