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German Cultural Showcase

The second annual Julius G. Blocker ’53 Cultural Showcase will take place in the library atrium from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14.

The event, co-hosted by the German Area Studies Program and Center for Global Education, will feature the cultural projects of four HWS students who studied in Germany this past spring with the support of the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund.

Offering programs in three German cities, the 2013 Blocker Fellowship supported Yuqi Ge ’14, who constructed a project called “Understanding Berlin through Things;” Andrew Hellmund ‘14, who worked on a project called “Biking the Berlin Wall;” Carl Holstrom ’14, who’s project is titled “Leben Und Kultur in Bremen;” and Vincent Puelo ’14, whose project is named “The Landau Zoo: Institutions and Culture.”

Ge’s project told a story of Berlin through personal objects that he collected from Berlin, such as tickets, pamphlets, photographs and maps. Hellmund’s project was geared toward exploring the visual and cultural side of Berlin. Holstrom constructed a blog detailing his travel experiences and other activities such as the shopping, food and football. Puelo’s project focused on the Landau Zoo, seeking to answer the question of what a local institution can reveal about German culture.

Established by Julius G. Blocker ’53, the Blocker Fellowship Program provides recipients with financial assistance for study abroad expenses, as well as a stipend to support their academic studies. Blocker, who spent a life-changing year in Germany as a Fulbright scholar, created the fellowship to allow HWS students to have their own life-changing experiences in Germany.

As part of the Fellowship, students are required to complete a cultural project that documents their own journeys of discovery. Blocker Fellows are free to choose the content of their projects, but the projects must in some way reflect on the cross-cultural encounters students experienced while abroad and chronicle students’ awareness of cultural difference.

Over the past two years 19 students have been named Blocker Fellows, including five currently in Germany and three preparing to go in the spring of 2014.

The photo above features Andrew Hellmund ’14.