CURRICULUM VITAE

Rex Clark

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
The University of Kansas
Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 2080
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590

rexclark@ku.edu

http://www.ku.edu/home/rexclark/

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (1998)
M.A., Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
B.A., English Literature. New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, Florida.

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

2002-present Lecturer, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas.
2001 Assistant to the Dean, Graduate School. Instructor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas.
1999-2000 Associate Director, Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center. Courtesy Assistant Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas.
1998-99 Assistant Professor of German, Department of Humanities, University of Michigan-Dearborn.
1994-98 Lecturer in German and Media Specialist, Department of Humanities, University of Michigan-Dearborn.
1990-94 Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

RESEARCH

Publications

"Politics or Prejudice--Cultural Evaluations in the Travel Narratives of Ernst Mortiz Arndt." Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769-1860). Deutscher Nationalismus--Europa--Transatlantische Perspektiven. Eds. Walter Erhart and Arne Koch. Vol. 112. Studien und Texte zur Sozialgeschichte der Literatur. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2007. 185-93.

"Alexander von Humboldt's Images of Landscape and the 'Chaos of the Poets'." HiN—International Review for Humboldtian Studies/Internationale Zeitschrift für Humboldt-Studien, VI, 10 (2005).
http://www.uni-potsdam.de/u/romanistik/humboldt/hin/hin10/clark.htm

"If Humboldt had a Laptop. Moving Knowledge Networks from Print to Digital Media." HiN—International Review for Humboldtian Studies/Internationale Zeitschrift für Humboldt-Studien, II, 3 (2001).
http://www.uni-potsdam.de/u/romanistik/humboldt/hin/clark.htm

Edited Book (in progress)

Alexander von Humboldt in Literature and Culture. 2 vols. Edited by Rex Clark and Oliver Lubrich. Under contract with Berghahn Books in the series "European Expansion and Global Interaction".

Research Grant

TransCoop Grant, Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung, Bonn. Rex Clark and Oliver Lubrich.
Research, travel, and support for the book project: Alexander von Humboldt in Literature and Culture.

Book Reviews

German Quarterly, Fall, 2006. 79.4: 538-540. Alexander von Humboldt. Ansichten der Kordilleren und Monumente der eingeborenen Völker Amerikas. Trans. Claudia Kalscheuer. Eds. Oliver Lubrich and Ottmar Ette. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn Verlag, 2004. Alexander von Humboldt. Kosmos: Entwurf einer physischen Weltbeschreibung. Heinrich Berghaus. Physikalischer Atlas. Eds. Ottmar Ette and Oliver Lubrich. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn Verlag, 2004.

Eighteenth-Century Studies. 35,4 Summer, 2002. 625-634. Oliver Lubrich and Rex Clark. "German Studies Go Postcolonial." Review essay of 15 books.

Eighteenth-Century Studies. 34,3 Spring, 2001. 461-5. "A Million Pages and Counting— Recent German Encyclopedia Research." Review essay.

ASECS Book Reviews Online, January, 2001. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Review of: Kulturtransfer im Epochenumbruch Frankreich—Deutschland 1770 bis 1815. Ed. Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink and Rolf Reichardt. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 1997.
http://www.csulb.edu/asecs

Conference presentations, workshops, training

"Alexander von Humboldt's American Literary Reception in International Context." Society for German-American Studies, 31st Annual Symposium, April 26–29, 2007, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

ZDfB-Prüferschulung. Goethe-Institut certification as examiner for the Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf. San Diego, February 9-11, 2007.

Lecture/Project Workshop/Conference. University of Kansas, April 20-21, 2006, sponsored by TransCoop grant from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to support work on Alexander von Humboldt in Literature and Culture.

CIBER Business Language Conference. Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, GA, April 5-8, 2006.


“Politics or Prejudice. Cultural Evaluations in the Travel Narratives of Ernst Moritz Arndt.” The Problematic Legacies of Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769-1860). German Nationalism, European Visions, and his American Progeny. Conference at the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies. Lawrence, Kansas, September 23-24, 2005.

“From Classicism to Postcolonialism: Alexander von Humboldt in Literature and Culture.” Humboldt Bicentennial: An Interdisciplinary Conference: "Alexander von Humboldt: From the Americas to the Cosmos." Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, Oct. 14-16, 2004.

"Universal History and the Globalization of Culture: Friedrich von Schiller and Alexander von Humboldt." The 11th Quadrennial Congress of the International Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ISECS), University of California, Los Angeles, August 3-9, 2003.

Panel sessions (together with Oliver Lubrich): "Imagining the 18th Century in Contemporary Popular Culture: Alexander von Humboldt in Feature Films." Film Screening of Rainer Simon’s Die Besteigung des Chimborazo" and Luis Armando Roche’s Passage des hommes libres." The 11th Quadrennial Congress of the International Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ISECS), University of California, Los Angeles, August 3-9, 2003.

"A Model Web Site for the Humboldt Digital Library." Alexander von Humboldt Digital Library. The Creative Dialogue between the Humanities and the Sciences. Conference at the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies. Lawrence, Kansas, March 8, 2003.

Session chair and presenter, "The Alexander von Humboldt Digital Library Project." Alexander von Humboldt Conference 2001. Travel Literature to and from Latin America from the Fifteenth through the Twentieth Centuries. Humboldt State University, CA. June 18-22, 2001.

1999-2002, member of AATG Technology Committee. Planning sessions and workshops, October 1999, July 2000, July 2001 funded in part by the Goethe-Institut.

Session Chair, "Technology in the Literature Classroom" AATG session, MLA Conference, Chicago, December 1999.

Session Chair, "New Perspectives on Alexander von Humboldt’s Travels.” Film screening moderator, “Die Besteigung des Chimborazo." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, March 24-28, 1999.

"Water Power Everywhere, but What did Writers Think? Literary Responses to 18th-Century Technology." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, University of Notre Dame, April 1-5, 1998.


"The City as Machine in 18th-Century Travel Literature." Mid-Western American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference on “Urban Culture.” Chicago, October 15-18, 1997.

"Business German Today: The State of the Art." Goethe-Institut Workshop. February, 1997. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

" Global Electronic Communities and Foreign Language Pedagogy." American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference. Chicago, March 23-26, 1996.

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Training Workshop, Nov. 14-17, 1995.

" From Münchhausen to the Flintstones: The Comedy of Technology in Popular Culture." The Image of Technology. Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Colorado Springs, Colorado. March 10-12, 1994.

TEACHING

Courses Taught

German 344 and German 348: Intermediate Composition, University of Kansas.

German 120/420: German Classics in Engish Translation, University of Kansas.

German 408 and German 416: Introduction to Literature, University of Kansas. Discussion and analysis of German literary texts from late 18th to 20th century, with additional readings and class projects using secondary sources, web information, music and film adaptations.

German Classical and Romantic Literature, UM-Dearborn. Exploration of literature and secondary sources, along with modern film and literary adaptations, in order to improve reading and writing skills and provide knowledge of literary and cultural issues of the late 18th century.

German Comparative Cultures, UM-Dearborn. Topics included politics, economics, and cultures of German-speaking populations in Europe and in this country, with weekly informal writing assignments, email, extensive use of current authentic-language print, electronic, and multimedia materials. Sample student projects included a multimedia presentation on the "Jugendstil" artistic movement in Vienna and an analysis of German television coverage of elections.

German Conversation and Composition. UM-Dearborn. Utilized readings in literature and a German television series to provide materials for conversation, writing assignments, and grammar exercises.

German Language of Business, UM-Dearborn. A business approach to economics, geography, society, and culture of Germany. Materials included a range of texts, overheads, and computer exercises. Final projects focused on planning a new business location in a Germany-speaking country.

Participating faculty member, 1996-98: "Partners in International Business," a $200,000, grant for languages across the curriculum development, U.S. Department of Education.

German Across the Curriculum, UM-Dearborn, taught in conjunction with School of Management courses on Organization Behavior and International Financial Management. Collaboration consisted of faculty presentations on German topics to management classes and a curriculum of advanced German readings and projects to enrich the course for language students. Elementary German and Intermediate German, UM-Dearborn and UIUC. Introduced video, CD-ROM, and Internet materials into the curriculum. At UIUC, tested and evaluated the multimedia project "German Newsroom" to multiple sections of intermediate German.

Methods of Instructional Technology, UM-Dearborn, taught as a graduate course for the School of Education. Discussions on the theoretical implications of technologies of instruction and practical projects and comparisons of implementations within a classroom or corporate training setting. Taught in the Multimedia Center using many types of old and new instructional technology. Student projects included use of desktop video conferencing, distance learning studio, video tape, computer CDROM, Internet web sites, and projected computer presentations.

World Masterpieces of Western Culture, Program in Comparative Literature, UIUC.