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VIRTUAL BLOCKER SHOWCASE - FALL 2020

Every semester, students explore their interest in German language and culture thanks to fellowships funded by the Julius G. Blocker ‘53 Endowed Fund. Mr. Blocker, who himself earned a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Germany after graduating from Hobart, wanted to give students a chance to have the kind of life-changing experiences he did. Blocker Fellows study a semester or an academic year in Berlin, Freiburg, Tübingen, or Leipzig. Moreover, students can also take month-long summer immersion courses at the Inter-DaF language school, a partner of the Herder Institut in Leipzig.

Under normal circumstances, our Blocker Fellows and summer immersion students would present cultural projects at a showcase after returning to campus. These projects document students’ intercultural encounters, and Blocker Fellows would share their experiences with the HWS community. While this kind of celebration is not possible this year, our Blocker students have worked hard to put on a virtual Blocker Showcase, which is available now online. These projects vary in format and topics, but reflect a genuine and insightful engagement with German culture, both in person and from afar.

Congratulations to each of them on their creative and thought-provoking projects that show many different sides of so many exciting cultural experiences. The students’ names and topics are below, and please be sure to visit the showcase and enjoy!


Alexis Racioppa '21

Berlin

Alexis

Project description

Jack Fell '21

Understanding German Culture through Football (soccer)

Jack

Project description


Mariah Reinke '21

Berlin

Mariah

Video
Project description

Needhi Bajaj '23

Leipzig


Olivia Broomes '23

Politische Themen im Sport

Olivia

Project description

Morgan Nelis '21

A brief stay in Berlin

Morgan

Project description


Brandy Vargas '20

Berlin: A Multifaceted Experience

Brandy

Map

Vicky Karpowicz '23

Leipzig Street Art

Vicky

Project description


Robert Tasker '21

Mein (einsames) Studentenwohnheim

Tasker

Project description

Hannah Bendull '21

Art & Architecture in Freiburg

Hannah

Project description


Ashton Ariola '22

Leipzig, Germany - a Model for U.S. Sustainability?

Ashton

Project description

Kevin Cervantes '21

I saw myself at Museumsinsel

Kevin

Project presentation
Project poster

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Each semester, the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund supports scholarship in German studies and funds a presentation forum for Blocker Fellows to dialogue with HWS students, faculty and staff about their studies, internships and cultural exchanges abroad.

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