Lorna Sopcak

Lorna Sopcak

Professor of German, Chair of German Department, Director of the Bonn Program

[email protected]
920-748-8127
Office: West 208

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Presentations
  • Professional Experience

Basic Information

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • B.A. with honors, Central College, Pella, Iowa

Courses Taught

  • German 211, 222: Intermediate German
  • German 314: Conversation and Composition
  • German 315: Reading Texts and Contexts
  • German 344: Film in Germany
  • German 347: Fairy Tales: Critical Approaches
  • German 354: The Holocaust in Literature and Film
  • German 362: Studies in Contemporary Literature and Culture (1945-present)

Awards & Honors

Awards

  • Certificate of Merit, Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, November 2013
  • James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Ripon College, May 2005
  • Region Nordamerika IDT Goethe-Institut Scholarship, for Internationale Deutschlehrer Tagung, Graz, Austria, Aug. 1-6, 2005
  • Selected by the American Association of Teachers of German to TraiNDaF 2004 (Transatlantisches interkulturelles Nachwuchsförderungsprogramm Deutsch als Fremdsprache) Leadership Training Program
  • Global Partners Faculty Development Seminar, “Economics, Polity and Religion in Turkey,” Ankara, Istanbul and Central Anatolia, Turkey, June 2003
  • Best of Minnesota Award for: “Deutschland im Vergleich,” Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Conference, Bloomington, Minn., Oct. 26, 2002

Grants

  • Holocaust Education Resource Center travel grant for Holocaust Study Institute Tour, Israel, June 12-26, 2016
  • AATG Grant for “AATG Faculty Seminar on College Curriculum Development: Meeting Student Needs in College German Programs,” Georgetown University, Washington, DC, October 10-12, 2014
  • Delta Phi Alpha National Honor Society Incentive Grant, November 2012
  • Goethe Institute Scholarship, Goethe-Institut Summer Seminar, “Zwei Universitätsstädte: Göttingen und Jena,” Göttingen, Jena, July 12 - August 1, 2009
  • AATG Seminar Grant, “Metropolen an der Donau: Wien - Budapest,” Vienna and Budapest,
    July 1-12, 2009
  • Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and American Association of Teachers of German Seminar and Travel Grant, “Die Entwicklung von interkultureller Kompetenz im Kontext DaF: Lernziele, didaktische Ansätze und Evaluierung,” University of Leipzig, June 7-21, 2008
  • Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar Grant, “The Holocaust: Perpetrators, Victims and Bystanders,” Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Washington, D.C., Jan. 2-8, 2008
  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Seminar Grant, “Kinder- und Jugendliteratur,” Bremen, Germany, July 18-30, 2005
  • Scholar Access Grant, Center for European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis., summer 2005
  • Newberry Library Research Grant, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, May 2005
  • AATG TraiNDaF Grant, Goethe-Institut Seminar, “Mittel des Theaters im Unterricht,” Berlin, June 20-July 3, 2004
  • Global Partners Faculty Development Seminar Grant, “Economics, Polity and Religion in Turkey,” Ankara, Istanbul and Central Anatolia, Turkey, June 10-22, 2003

Publications

Publications

  • "Memory Contests: Erinnerung vs. Gedächtnis," 2011 European Studies Selected Proceedings, Ed. Juliette Parnell, June 2012, University of Nebraska, Omaha.
    <http://www.unomaha.edu/esc/2011Proceedings/SopcakPaper.pdf >
  • “Humor and Weimar Popular Discourse,” “Shades of Humour.” Ed. Alina Kwiatkowska, Sylwia Dzeren-Glowacka. Piotrkow Trybunalski: Naukowe Wydawnictwo Piotrkowskie, 2008. 1: 59-66.
  • Member of AATG author team, “Unterrichtsmaterialien/ Didaktisierungsvorschläge: Im Land der Schokolade und Bananen,”  and “Didaktisierungsvorschläge zu dem Buch Das Paradies liegt in Amerika,” Cherry Hill: AATG, 2006.
  • “Spielerisches Lesen,” Brigitte Sorger, ed., Thesenband. “Begegnungssprache Deutsch: Motivation–Herausforderung–Perspektiven.” Graz: Drückerei Khil, 2005, 182.

Reviews

  • Review of Kaps, Joachim, Yuki Kowalsky & Natalie Wormsbecher, eds. Grimms Manga Sonderband Perfect Edition. Hamburg: TOKYOPOP, 2012. In Unterrichtspraxis/ Teaching German 48.2 (2015). 286-87.
  • Review of Ceruti, B., Wölk, K., Kienle, O. & Reiß, A. Mittelpunkt neu B1+/B2/C1. Heute, gestern, morgen .... Stuttgart: Klett, 2013 AND Ceruti, B. & Reiß, A. Mittelpunkt B2/C1. Sag mir, wo du stehst. Stuttgart: Klett, 2012. In Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 47.1 (2014). 93-4.
  • Review of Natascha Würzbach. The Green Sofa. (Trans. R. Whitinger). Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012. In Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 46.1 (2013). 142-3.
  • Review of Cornelia Böhm, Berlin, Berlin: Lehrerhandreichung mit Kopiervorlagen. Stuttgart: Ernst Klett Sprachen, 2011. In Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 45.2 (2012). 191-92.
  • Review of Martina Gattermann, SOS aus Wien. Level B1. Copenhagen: Easy Readers, 2009. In Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 44.1 (2011). 56-7.
  • Review of Reinhard Zachau with Margit Sinka and Rolf Goebel. Berliner Spaziergänge. Newburyport, MA: Focus/Pullins, 2009. In Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 43.1 (2010). 90-1.
  • Review of “Mittelpunkt. Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Fortgeschrittene,” by Albert Daniels et al. “Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German” 40.2 (2007): 207-8.

Conference Papers

  • “Coming Home to Alzheimer’s: Arno Geiger’s Der alte König in seinem Exil,” German Studies Association Conference, Kansas City, MO, September 18-21, 2014.
  • “Art and Artifice … am Rande der Mokkatasse: Herta Müller’s Multimedial Poetry,” Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 8-10, 2013.
  • “Flucht und Vertreibung: Breaking the Taboo of Portraying German Suffering,” German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 5-7, 2012.
  • “Memory Contests: Erinnerung vs. Gedächtnis,” European Studies Conference, Omaha, NE,
    October 6-8, 2011.
  • “Fairy Tale, Film and National Cultures: Doris Dörrie’s Der Fischer und seine Frau,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 16-18, 2009.
  • Workshops and Presentations (presenter/leader/chair)
    “Grimm Gone Graphic: Grimms Manga,” Wisconsin Association
    for Language Teachers Conference, Appleton, WI, November 6-7, 2015.
  • "Connecting Culture and Literature in the German Classroom: Teaching Approaches," Chair, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, Orlando, FL, November 22-24, 2013.
  • “So lacht Österreich!” Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Conference, Appleton, WI, November 1-2, 2013.
  • “Approaches to Communicative Reading and Writing in Intermediate German,” Chair, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, Philadelphia, PA, November 16-18, 2012.
  • “A Visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum in Your Own Classroom,” Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Conference, Appleton, WI, November 1-3, 2012 (Co-Presenter with John Stark, Retired German Teacher).
  • "Kunst als Sprech- und Schreibanlass,” 3-hour Workshop, MN-AATG, St. Paul, MN, September 22, 2012.
  • "Kunst als Sprech- und Schreibanlass,” Central States Conference, Milwaukee, WI, March 8-10, 2012.
  • “Enriching Interdisciplinary Initiatives in Small Undergraduate German Programs,” Chair, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, Denver, CO, November 18-20, 2011.
  • “Stilleben beleben: More Strategies for Using Art to Teach Language,” Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Conference, Appleton, WI, November 3-5, 2011 (Co-Presenter with Mark Wagner, Nicolet High School, Glendale, WI).
  • “Kunst auf Deutsch,” Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Conference, Brooklyn Center, MN, October 20-21, 2011.(selected as an Echo Session for 2012 conference)
  • “Steckbrief Stationen” and “Stationen: ‚Gefunden’ und ‚Sehnsucht’,” Northern Illinois & Wisconsin AATG German Immersion Weekend: Lyrik & Musik, Camp Lake, WI, February 18-20, 2011.
  • “Sustaining the Momentum in German: Professional Development for a Changing Profession,” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference, Boston, MA, November 19-21, 2010.
  • “Small Undergraduate German Programs,” Chair, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference, Boston, MA, November 19-21, 2010.
  • “Mit Kunst Deutsch lernen,” Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Conference, November 4-6, 2010 (Co-Presenter with Bobbette Leu-Timmermann, Assumption High School, Wisconsin Rapids, WI).
  • “Doppel-U in 'W': German Poetry W(rap)ped Up,” Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Conference, November 4-6, 2010 (Co-Presenter with Charles James, UW-Madison and Cecilia Pick, Minnesota State University).
  • “Ostdeutsche Kultur 20 Jahre nach dem Fall der Mauer: Brückenstadt Görlitz,” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference, San Diego, CA, November 20-22, 2009.
  • “Sustaining the Momentum: Modeling German Programs and Improving Articulation,” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference, San Diego, CA, November 20-22, 2009.
  • “Small German Programs and Big Aspirations: Curricular Development, Program Building, and Assessment,” round table discussion leader, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference, San Diego, CA, November 20-22, 2009.

Areas of Interest

  • 20th-century literature
  • Women writers
  • Weimar film and literature

 

Presentations

  • Women at Work in Art. Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures. Brooklyn Center, MN. October 26, 2018.

Professional Experience

Professional Seminars

  • Holocaust Study Institute Tour, Israel, June 12-26, 2016
  • Holocaust Study Seminar, Sacred Heart Seminary/Holocaust Education Resource Center, Milwaukee, WI, March –May 2016
  • “AATG Faculty Seminar on College Curriculum Development: Meeting Student Needs in College German Programs,” Georgetown University, Washington, DC, October 10-12, 2014
  • “The Future of Teaching the Holocaust in German Studies, History, and Comparative Literature in the U.S,” German Studies Association Conference Seminar, Kansas City, MO, September 18-21, 2014
  • Austrian Ministry for Education, Art and Culture Seminar (Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur), „So lacht Österreich!” Steinbach am Attersee & Salzburg, July 8-20, 2013
  • Goethe-Institut Summer Seminar, “Zwei Universitätsstädte: Göttingen und Jena,” Göttingen, Jena, July 12 - August 1, 2009
  • Austrian Ministry for Education, Art and Culture Seminar (Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur), “Metropolen an der Donau: Wien - Budapest,” Vienna & Budapest, July 1-12, 2009