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Professor from Germany to speak on children’s literature classic

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bettina Hofmann, a professor from Wuppertal, Germany, will visit the Bethel College campus in early November and speak on "How Uncle Tom’s Cabin Became a German Children’s Literature Classic." The lecture is set for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Administration Building Chapel at Bethel College in North Newton and is free and open to the public. Hofmann has been coordinator and director of the Bethel/Wuppertal Exchange Program since 2001 and will be spending several days on the Bethel campus to become better acquainted with the college and its programs, faculty and students.

"We are pleased to welcome Professor Hofmann to the Bethel campus and look forward to her presentation on an American literary work," says Merle Schlabaugh, professor of German at Bethel College. "The Bethel/Wuppertal exchange program has a long and rich history at both institutions. This will be Hofmann's first visit to campus, and I hope it will be the beginning of more visits and future collaboration."

Hofmann is currently a professor in the English department at the Bergische-Universität in Germany. Her specialty is American literature.

The student exchange program between Bethel College and the university in Wuppertal began in 1951. Four students are participating in the program during the 2003-04 academic year. Mareen Bulert and Nicole Polte from Wuppertal are studying at Bethel College. Elizabeth Rempel, junior from Newton, and Leah Rapp, junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., from Bethel are studying at Wuppertal.

Schlabaugh oversees the Bethel part of the exchange.

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