Annual German-American celebration set for tomorrow at McDaniel College

October 17, 2004

McDaniel College will hold its 10th German-American Day tomorrow, with nearly 900 students and teachers from public and private secondary schools throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia expected on campus for a program of German history, culture and music.

The celebration begins at 9:15 a.m. with a concert by Uwe Kind, known for his language-teaching technique using music. The creator of such rap numbers as Das Auto is Kaputt will perform songs used by teachers and students to help teach conversational German.

From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., discussions will be held on topics including women in the Third Reich, the Secret Service of the former East Germany, the making and breaking of the Berlin Wall, and career opportunities for German speakers.

A panel discussion by German journalists working in Washington and presentations by representatives from the German, Swiss and Austrian embassies will also be featured.

Cultural workshops will teach students how to play the games Doppelkopf and Siedler; German folk dancing; how to do Scherenschnitte, cutting silhouettes; about contemporary German music; and how to make gingerbread hearts out of marzipan.

Information: 410-857-2293.

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