by Emily Vontom, Published October 01, 2013
To celebrate the German heritage and culture in America, Eastern Michigan University will be hosting its 9th annual German-American Day on Monday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. The celebration will take place in the EMU Student Center.
Eastern’s celebration is one of many across the nation that will celebrate National German Week Sept. 30 – Oct. 7. This year’s theme, “Berlin – Mein Berlin,” will be the focus of German-American Day.
“This year’s National German Week provides a platform for recognizing the many contributions of Germans to the modern world,” said Margrit Zinggeler, a professor of German at EMU. “It also provides an opportunity to highlight the great German programs in public and private schools across the country.”
The theme for this year’s celebration is inspired by Eastern’s close relationship to the city of Berlin through study abroad, research and personal connections.
“This summer, 10 EMU students experienced this vibrant city,” said Zinggeler. “Last year, one of our students did an internship with the German government. Our keynote speaker, EMU professor [Elisabeth] Daeumer grew up in Berlin, right next to the wall.”
During the celebration, many other activities will take place, including the chance to meet members of the EMU German Club; hear from study abroad students; view a showcase of books on Berlin from Halle Library; and experience an authentic Berlin dinner.