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Profile - Wolfgang Kunze
Wolfgang P. Kunze
Professor of German, Emeritus
German Language, Literature, and Culture
German-American Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Philosophy and Faith Issues

Diploma – Theologisches Seminar Marienhöhe, 1962
B.A. – Social Sciences, AUC, 1964
M.A. – Germanistik, Universität Mainz/Middlebury C., 1968
Ph.D. – German Literature, Folklore and Mythology,  UCLA, 1976
– postgraduate work in Art History and Class. Archeol., Universität Hamburg, 1972-1973

Selected Publications
Theological German: A reading Course. Berrien Springs: Hillcrest Publications, 1989, 1998, 2006, 2010.

Krankheitsdämonen: Demons and Demonic Agents of Diseases in German Oral Literature, Custom, and Belief. Ann Arbor, 1977.

“A National Videotheque as a Means of Information and Communication in the Field of German-American Literature and Culture,” German-American Literature and Culture: A Symposium. Ed. J.A. Burzle. Lawrence, Kansas, 1977.

“The Use of Videotapes in Teaching Conversational Classes.” A V Fall 1978: 28-32.

“German-American Studies.” A V Fall 1979: 14-22.

“Tricentennial Anniversary Year of German Settlement in America.” A V (Spring 1983: 15-33.

“Die expressionistische Sprache in Kasemir Edschmidt’s Novellen.” A V Spring 1986: 30-37.

“Transparent Language. Computer software, IBM-compatible PC-DOS 2.1, 300K RAM, or DOS window; Macintoch, fully compatible with System 7 and 8. Hollis, NH: Transparent Language Inc.” alta: Journal for the Study of Language, Literature and Culture 23 (1993-94): 57-58.

Writer and Editor: “Surviving Memories: Lesson Plans and Resources for Middle and High School Students.” A curriculum guide for social studies and language teachers in the BCISD, and within the Michigan Curriculum Framework Content Standard 2-4. For the Goethe Institut exhibition: Surviving Memories. James White Library, Andrews University, April 16 – May 30, 2000.

– and other articles and book reviews

Selected Papers and Presentations

”Grimm 27 – AT 130: An Old-World Tale in an American Setting.” Southern California Academy of Sciences, L.A., 1972.

“‘You Didn’t Really Want to Go Anywhere, Did You, Chief?’ Some Comments on the Socio-Psychological Implications of Cartoons from Native American Publications.” American Folklore Society, Portland, Oregon, 1974.

“A National Videotheque as a Means of Information and Communication in the Field of German-American Literature and Culture.” Symposium on German-American Literature and Culture, Max Kade Research and Manuscript Center at the University of Kansas, 1976, U. of Kansas,1976.

“Traditional Folk Medical Treatment Today Among German Immigrants in the South-Western Michigan Area.” American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, 1976.

“Vidiotheke: Ihre Aufgabe und Funktion auf dem Gebiet Deutsch-Amerikanischer Forschung und Lehre.” Society of German American Studies, Cleveland, 1978.

“Krankheitsdämonen: A Look at the Physical Characteristics and Functions of Demons and Demonic Agents of Disease.” International Symposium on Creatures of Legendry, U. of Nebraska, 1978.

“Changes of the Christ Image in Folk Art.” American Folklore Society, Pittsburg, 1980.

“Socio-Political Implications of Cartoons from American Indian Publications.” Popular Culture Ass./American Culture Ass., St. Louis, 1989.

“The History of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall .” Conference on German-American Culture, Findley University, 1996.

“A Website on Famous German-Americans.” Society of German American Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, 2001.

Other Selected Academic Activities
Chair:  Department of Modern Languages, Andrews University, 1979 – 1996.

AU Archivist:  This work included the development of the Andrews University Archives and Records Center (creating university flow charts, retention schedules, administrative forms, and a database; writing an Archives Manual, and a User-Manual for the Database; and developing course work for the training of secretaries in record keeping).

Editor: Thiudusk, a language magazine for students and teachers, 1968-1970; Focus on Languages, publ. of conference papers, 1970; alta: Journal for the Study of Languages, Literature, and Culture, 1992-1995.

Symposia:  (lectures, film showings, TV interview.w) in connection with major exhibitions: “America Through the Eyes of German Immigrant Painter,” 1980; “Tricentennials Anniversary Year of German-American Immigration,” Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen of the FRG, 1983; “Looking to America: Americanism in the Art and Culture of Weimar Germany, 1918-1933,” Goethe-Institut Boston and Ann Arbor, and the  Alpha Mu Gamma, 1993.

Teaching:  West Springfield Senior High School (Latin, German), Univ. of Mass, UCLA, Indiana Univ., Goethe Institute, München (Lehrauftrag), Andrews University (Language, Literature, Culture)

Association Officer:  VP and President of the Berrien County Foreign Language Society (1967-68) and of the national Ad. Lang. Teachers Ass., 1977-1979: Regional VP of Midwestern States of the Alpha Mu Gamma, the Nation. Lang. Honor Society, 1996-1968.

UCLA, 1972; AU, 1977, 1981, 1991, 1997, 2010; NEH: Berkeley-1980, Howard University-1985; Goethe-Institut, 1987, 2001  – and many other grants and contributions for various projects.

Current Research Activities

    • Author: German-English Dictionary of Religion and Theology. This research-in-progress project continuous in cooperation with a large group of specialist consultants and contributors from various universities, theological seminaries and institutions throughout the States and Germany. Over the last 15 years, we had already entered over 50,000 entries into the computer. The computer database program, designed in 1992, had to be updated, refined and changed to generate also an Online-Dictionary version, which is up and running since the fall of 2009. This Online-Dictionary is also a supplement to my textbook: Theological German: A Reading Course.
    • Author: Development of an Online German Cultural History course in English with the main emphasis on audio-visual materials (links, picture galleries, soundtracks, timelines, etc). This work is based on a textbook that was coauthored with Sylvia Kunze in 1981: German Cultural Perspectives: A Short Illustrated History of German Culture (out of print).
    • Author: Changes of the Christ Image in Folk Art. This is a study based on a paper presented at the AFL, Pittsburg, 1980. Over the last 25 years, I have collected material on the changing of the Christ-Image in folk art. Emphasis is on Germany. Research has included extensive library work and one summer in Germany where I visited 36 museums and archives with significant holdings in folk art. Much of my research has been documented with over 850 slides and other visual materials, which are now being processed for the Web and a book publication.
    • Author: A study on the non-Christian origin of Christian symbols and symbolism. Much of the basic research has already been done.
    • Author: Continuous work on the German-American Culture Web site:
    • Author (in cooperation with the UCLA American Indian Studies Center): A web online publication of a paper and materials presented at the 1974 annual meeting of the American Folklore Association, Portland, Oregon, and revised in 1989 at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Ass./ American Culture Ass. in St. Louis: “‘Want to Go Anywhere, Did You, Chief?’ Some Comments on the Socio-Psychological Implications of Cartoons from Native American Publications.”


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