Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mark Thamert's new book a 'Catholic bestseller'

Only two months after publication, Fr. Mark Thamert's translation of The Time of Fulfillment: A Guide for the Advent and Christmas Seasons by Anselm Grün has sold over 1300 copies, considered a Catholic bestseller. To read reviews or to purchase a copy, click here.

Monday, February 10, 2014

New subject at local elementary school: Austria!

On February 6, Martin Spendlhofer, Fulbright TA for the German Studies Program at CSB/SJU, visited nearby Albany Elementary School. Dressed in authentic Lederhosen, Martin introduced students to his home country of Austria, taught them a bit of the German language, and had them participate in an Austrian dance.



Read more about Martin in his post on the German Studies News blog.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lisa Ohm and SJU German Major, Austin Eighan, give Thursday Forum presentation on Germany

Professor Anna Lisa Ohm and Austin Eighan, '15, delivered a presentation on current issues in Germany on January 30 in the upper level of Gorecki at CSB. Part of the spring Thursday Forum series, the title of the talk was “Update on Germany: Shifting Priorities and Overcoming Crises.”

The abstract of their presentation follows:

With globalization, the traditional postwar Atlantic Alliance between the U.S. and Germany is crumbling, the Holocaust narrative, which dominated the public discourse in the postwar period, is being disrupted by a greater willingness on the part of Germans to speak openly about their own victimization in the Third Reich, and, although the West made huge investments in the former East Germany since unification in 1989, Germany remains Europe’s most economically powerful and relatively most politically stable nation. Germany’s place is demonstrated in part by the re-election of Angela Merkel’s party in September 2013 and her third term as chancellor. Despite the somewhat shaken Euro, the European Union continues to expand, fueled in part by Germany’s strong leadership role.

Ohm was one of a group of fourteen U.S. university German professors who were guests in July of the education and culture section of the German Foreign Office. Senior Austin Eighan, German and Political Science major, spent last year at the University of Munich and is writing his thesis on the cultural-historical context of Germany’s social economy and its ability to overcome crises.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Karen Erickson to participate in anthology reading on November 10

Karen Erickson will be reading a poem included in the anthology, Poetry, essays about Home, published by Holy Cow! Press of Duluth, on November 10 at 2 PM at Homewood Studios in north Minneapolis.

The Minnepolis Star Tribune is scheduled to print a review of the anthology in its Sunday, Nov. 3rd edition.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Karen Erickson's new book of poetry, "Dwellings," is published

These vivid, beautifully controlled poems are charged with urgency.  Underscored by an intricate music, they move through the many stages of a fully-lived life.  Abundance also implies damage – illness, aging, the uncertainties of being a parent.  Amused, amazed, missing nothing, these poems observe the world with marvelous clarity; the quality of their attention is a form of praise. 
~ Mark Conway

“The title poem of Dwellings asks what brings us back to ourselves. This question becomes a satisfying exploration that stays mysterious through the simple grace of sweet corn, of old shoes, of harvest, of nesting children, but also of the harrowing knowledge gained in dark nights, in struggle and pain--the deal we accept “going in”.  Through Karen Erickson's poems, we are invited to touch down and then grow down, ripen, become round and come round to ourselves as we ponder and relish this brave, earthy chapbook, which is in itself a song. Favor yourself by reading this book once--then again. And again.”       
~ Yvette Nelson, On Any Given Day   

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mark Thamert's Translation of Anselm Grün's Die Zeit der Erfüllung is Published

 
Mark's first major translation project will have the title, The Time of Fulfillment: A Guide for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. The author of the original German book is Anselm Grün, a Benedictine monk of Münsterschwarzach Abbey in Germany. Anselm Grün is one of Europe's most-read spiritual writers. Amazon.de gives the following summary of his book:

 
Adventszeit und Weihnachtsfest rühren an eine tiefe Sehnsucht nach Frieden und Versöhnung, die hinter all dem Weihnachtstrubel spürbar wird. Anselm Grün möchte uns mit diesem Buch durch die Adventswochen bis zum Weihnachtsfest begleiten. Seine einfühlsamen Texte helfen der eigenen Sehnsucht auf die Spur zu kommen. Persönliche Impulse laden zu meditativer Stille und zum Bei-Sich-Sein ein. Das Buch öffnet so unsere Augen für den tieferen Grund dieser besonderen Zeit und lässt das Wunder von Weihnachten, die Menschwerdung Gottes, in neuem Licht erstrahlen.

Mark is currently working on an English translation of Abbot Georg Holzherr's Die Benediktsregel: Eine Anleitung zu christlichem Leben, an acclaimed commentary of the Saint Benedict's Rule for Monasteries. Mark's translation will be published by Cistercian Publications in spring 2014. Georg Holzherr served as abbot of Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland for 32 years.  Here is Amazon's description of his book:

Seit seinem Erscheinen vor mehr als zwanzig Jahren ist der Kommentar von Abt Georg Holzherr zur Benediktsregel über den deutschsprachigen Raum hinaus maßgebend geworden. Einerseits zeichnet er sich durch die gut lesbare Übersetzung und die wissenschaftliche Genauigkeit der Erklärungen aus, andererseits wendet er sich durch seine Verständlichkeit nicht nur an Fachleute. Vielmehr wird die Lehre des heiligen Benedikt für unsere heutige Zeit zugänglich und fruchtbar gemacht. Daher befasst sich die Auslegung vorwiegend mit der Spiritualität der Regel, die über die Ordensleute hinaus wegleitend für alle Christen sein will. Für die nun vorliegende 6. Auflage wurden Einführung, lateinischer Text, Übersetzung und Kommentar gründlich überarbeitet und gegebenenfalls korrigiert. Zudem wurden neue Publikationen gesichtet und verwertet. Den Text bereichern zusätzliche Zeugnisse, nicht zuletzt über das monastische Leben von Frauen.

Andreas Kiryakakis' Translation of Der letzte Mönch von Tibhirine to be Published in November 2013


Andreas Kiryakakis has completed a translation of Der letzte Mönch von Tibhirine by Freddy Derwahl. This book recounts the same events as the award-winning film, Of Men and Gods. Here is a description of the book from amazon.de:

In der algerischen Wüste harrt eine kleine Schar von christlichen Mönchen im Kloster Tibhirine aus. Im durch Revolutionen aufgewühlten Nordafrika werden sie, im Spannungsfeld von Christentum und Islam, mehrfach von Rebellen bedroht. Nach intensiver Beratung beschließen die Mönche dennoch zu bleiben. Sie haben sich entschieden, für die Menschen da zu sein. Sie wollen ihre Krankenstation weiterhin öffnen, für Versöhnung eintreten und mit ihrem Leben dem christlichen Glauben Gestalt geben. Am 26. März 1996 kehren die Rebellen zurück. Sieben Mönche werden nachts entführt und später enthauptet. Die Umstände und Hintergründe der Morde sind bis heute ungeklärt. Dieses Buch erzählt das Leben von Frère Jean-Pierre Schumacher, den die Terroristen damals nicht entdecken. In seinen Erzählungen spiegelt sich, was damals wirklich geschah
Congratulations Andreas!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CSB/SJU Professors at Millstream

For 20-some years, S. Mara Faulkner, professor emerita of English, and Karen Erickson, professor of French, have participated in a writing group. They will share a booth at this year's Millstream Arts Festival where their chapbooks (Faulkner's "Still Birth," Erickson's "Dwelling") will be available for purchase.

Sunday, September 29, 2013
11 AM to 5 PM
Downtown St. Joseph

www.millstreamartsfestival.org

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Collegeville Consort Releases New CD



The Collegeville Consort just released a new CD "Alleluiah! Sacred Motets, Live from the Great Hall," available at the CSB/SJU Bookstore and the HMML Gift Shop (contact Linda Orzechowski at 320-363-3514).

 
 
Congratulations to the Consort, started by our own Mark Thamert and Karen Erickson 25 years ago!
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Reviews of Ned Dubin's "The Fabliaux"



The Fabliaux, a collection of bawdy medieval poems by Nathaniel (Ned) Dubin, Professor Emeritus of French, is soon to be released.

Read two reviews: one in the Wall Street Journal.

And this one from BOOKLIST:

“Devilishly bawdy and irreverent…The 69 fabliaux presented here in their original French and translated into rascally, buoyant English by Nathaniel E. Dubin, are relentlessly scabrous, egregiously misogynistic, and exuberantly oppositional to ‘bourgeois respectability’ and the church…. Vivid, funny, robustly grotesque, and drolly outrageous, these satirical tales of lust, revenge, and folly feature lecherous peasants, fornicating priests, scoundrels, fools, and women wily and tough, castigated and abused…. An historic literary achievement bound to arouse vociferous discussion.” (Booklist) — Donna Seaman