do deutsch competition

Do Deutsch!

Want to fly free to Berlin? Win a gift certificate?

How about some Schnitzel mit Pommes?
Then Do Deutsch German Event Week is for you!

Don’t miss the Gala on October 27th at the Vanderbilt Commons!

 

Do Deutsch Competitions!

Want to get more involved? Try your hand at creative expression and submit an entry to one of the Do Deutsch Competitions!

Theme 1: As in the USA, immigration to Germany effects swift change in culture and society. In contrast to America’s long-standing, if somewhat troubled, experience with cultural and social diversity, Germany is facing questions about its identity for the first time. In what ways do immigration issues shape cultural nuance in German thought today? What similarities, differences do you see?

Theme 2: How has German culture, history, science and technology left an imprint on American society, culture, and thought? Which celebrities come to mind? How, for example, have Germans enriched Hollywood? How has Hollywood affected German film-makers? What was Werner von Braun doing in Huntsville, AL? Why is VW in Chattanooga, BMW in South Carolina, Mercedes and Thyssen in AL?

Theme 3: What does the Brandenburg Gate, that gateway between East and West, symbolize for you? What does it say about the movement of ideas, peoples, and goods from West to East, East to West?

 

Prizes!

Grand Prize at National Level: Free trip to Berlin
Local Prizes include Amazon Gift Certificates for campus winners and runners-up in all contest categories. Winners will be permitted to participate in the nationwide finals, where the national champions will be selected by an Embassy jury and awarded attractive prizes, including trips to Berlin. They will also be featured on www.Germany.info.

Note: All contestants welcome! Enrollment in a German course is not required. Submissions may be in German or English. Contestants may make multiple submissions, but only one per category, please.

 

Competition Guidelines

Categories of competition:
All entries will be judged by a panel comprised of students and faculty, according to originality, use of language/image, relevance of content to Do Deutsch themes, etc. Contact Hayley, Leslie or Margaret with any questions (see email addresses below). Good luck! Viel Glück!

Essay
Contestants should prepare 2-3 page essay pertaining to one of the themes above. Possible topics could include but are not limited to: “Beyond the Stereotypes,” “Modern German Lifestyle,” “Immigration in Germany and the US,” “Germans in America.” “German influence in the US today,” etc. Entries will be accepted in either English or German. There will be a winner and a runner-up in each language category. Submissions should be made to leslie.e.reed@vanderbilt.edu by noon on October 22, 2011. Entries will be displayed for public viewing on October 27th at the Do Deutsch Gala at the Vanderbilt Commons, 1pm-7pm. Finalists will be invited to present their essays at that time. Winners and runners-up will be announced at this event. The Do Deutsch event includes, a German film, public presentation, musical interlude, poetry readings, collages, a German-themed meal, and more. All are welcome to attend.

Film
Contestants should produce short films 4-6 minutes in length. Content may be dramatic or documentary, but should have to do with the overarching topic of Germany, immigration and change. Entries should be submitted to Hayley Gibson, by noon on October 22, 2011. Contestants should contact Hayley.m.gibson@vanderbilt.edu to arrange for physical (i.e. DVD) or electronic submission. Entries will be screened for public viewing on October 27th at the Do Deutsch Gala at the Vanderbilt Commons. A winner and a runner-up will be announced at this event.

Visual Arts  
Contestants should submit an artwork (e.g. poster, collage, painting, three-dimensional art, etc.) having to do with the theme(s) of immigration, Germany and/or change. Entries should be submitted to Hayley Gibson, by noon on October 22, 2011. Contestants should contact Hayley.m.gibson@vanderbilt.edu to arrange pick-up/drop-off of entries. Entries will be displayed for public viewing at the Gala on October 27th. Finalists will present their work at the Gala and a winner and a runner-up will be announced on October 27th at the Do Deutsch Gala at the Vanderbilt Commons.

Songwriting/Poem
Contestants should submit a song, poem, or Twitter-poem pertaining to theme(s) of German culture, immigration and change. Entries will be accepted in either English or German. There will be a winner and a runner-up in each language category and contest category (song, poem or twitter-poem). Songs should not exceed 3 minutes in length and should be filmed and submitted by noon on October 22, 2011. Finalists will be invited to perform live at the Gala on October 27th. Poems should fit on a single sheet of 8.5 by 11 paper. Twitter-poems must not exceed 140 characters. Submissions in both poem and Twitter-poem contest categories (and in either language) should be made to margaret.l.hernon@vanderbilt.edu by noon on October 22, 2011. Entries will be displayed for public viewing on October 27th at the Do Deutsch Gala at the Vanderbilt Commons. Finalists will be invited to present and winners and runners-up will be announced at this event.

Engineering
The contestants in this category should enter in teams of two who will build an operational, mechanically sophisticated model car from a kit containing the component parts. For a kit, contact clair.c.hernon@vanderbilt.edu. This competition culminates with a race at The Commons during the October 27th Gala. Cars should be finished by noon on October 27th, 2011, as they will be displayed for public viewing at the Gala until the race. The cars will be judged on their speed and ability to carry weight. The winning and a runner-up team will be announced on October 27th at the Do Deutsch Gala at the Vanderbilt Commons.