Prof. Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyi, Vienna, Austria (May 12-19)
The Barnard German Department awarded $1,000 scholarships to four students for a one-week program in Austria called Vienna Stories: Filming Identities and Voices. Led by Senior Associate in German Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyi,students used their German-language, film, and digital skills to gather ethnographic material to produce a short German-language documentary on identity, the notion of homeland, and stereotypes.
Students interacted with native Austrians as well as the city's recent immigrant population, conducted and filmed interviews and worked on a field study project on Viennese coffee houses. The capstone program's innovative approach to using technology for foreign language and cultural learning served as a pilot for a Advanced German language course which will be offered in the spring semester of 2018 in which students will produce a documentary film in German. It will fulfill the modes of thinking requirement Thinking Digitally and Technologically and will contain an embedded study abroad component.
Austria, May 12-19, 2017
Professor Irene Motyl and Barnard/Columbia students in Vienna