July 13, 2002

Contact: Travis Fahey



Posted: July 12, 2002

Vt.-- Dr. P. Christian Hauswedell, Boston's general consul of the Federal
Republic of Germany, presented Middlebury College Language School German
School Director Jochen Richter with the Cross of the Order of Merit of
the Federal Republic of Germany on July 11. The award, presented on behalf
of German President Johannes Rau, is given to those who further German
culture and language abroad.

award was presented during Middlebury College's annual Zernik Lecture,
which explores German issues for students in the German School and members
of the community. The lecture is presented in German for the students
in the summer program, who take a pledge not to communicate in English
during the length of the course.

year's Zernik lecture explored the topic of failed German-Jewish symbiosis
and the current state of German-Jewish relations in Germany, Israel and
the United States. Hauswedell, who served as chief foreign policy advisor
to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl for 10 years, gave the lecture before
presenting the award in English for non-German speaking members of the
College community in attendance.

is one of several Middlebury College German School directors that have
received the award, the most recent of whom was Konrad Kenkel, who received
the award in 1996. Kenkel teaches German in the foreign study program
at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. He received the award for his work
there and at Middlebury.

who has taught at and recently took directorship for the German School
for 26 years, is a professor of modern languages at Allegheny College
in Meadville, Penn. Richter received his master's degree and doctorate
in German literature from Syracuse University. Since then, he has penned
three books on German literature and 11 research papers on German writers
and the influence of World War II and technology on German literature.