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Nora Alter, Professor of German and Film Studies

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Nora AlterNora Alter

One of the most prestigious honors in German studies has been awarded to Nora Alter, a professor of German and film studies. Alter recently received the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) German Academic Exchange Service Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies from the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at The Johns Hopkins University.

The aim of the prize is to foster a new generation of American scholarship on Germany and to encourage innovative contributions to the interdisciplinary scope of German studies. Alter was honored at the institute’s Global Leadership award dinner last fall in New York City.

Alter has taught at UF since 1994 and serves as associate chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and as graduate advisor for German. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Program for Film and Media Studies, Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

Alter says during the past decade she has watched the college take off in new and exciting directions. “It is rewarding to be part of the dynamic changes taking place as CLAS becomes a major player in the humanities both nationally and internationally,” says Alter. “Also, the excellent quality of students at the University of Florida has made teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level an enormous source of pleasure.”

Her teaching and research focus on 20th-century film and theory, comparative literature (French, German and American) and visual and cultural studies. She is author of Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (1996), Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (2002), Chris Marker (2006) and co-editor with Lutz Koepnick of Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (2004). She has published numerous essays on German and European studies, film and media studies, cultural and visual studies and contemporary art.

Alter has received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Howard Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2002, she was awarded a three-year UF Research Foundation Professorship.

During UF’s Homecoming festivities in November 2005, Alter was honored with a 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award from Florida Blue Key for her outstanding service and dedication to UF. She serves as chair of the CLAS Nominating Committee and is a member of the CLAS Steering Committee.

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