Sabrina Völz

Blog posts by Sabrina Völz:

Voting Rights: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
After yet another election season with a number of glitches, the problems with America’s voting system have been all over the news once again. Will the … Continue reading Voting Rights: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

The ‘D’ Word
Recently, I read a highly acclaimed novel written by Lisa Genova, a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Her first book, Still Alice (2009), chronicles the descent into Alzheimer’s … Continue reading The ‘D’ Word

Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir: A Review
The 1990s rang in an – if not the – era of memoir writing. Since then, memoir publications have surged and with them their readership as … Continue reading Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir: A Review

Art meets Life: An Interview with Ex-Amish Author Saloma Miller Furlong – Part II
In the second half of the interview, we turn our attention to Saloma Miller Furlong’s Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two World (2014), the … Continue reading Art meets Life: An Interview with Ex-Amish Author Saloma Miller Furlong – Part II

Art meets Life: An Interview with Ex-Amish Author Saloma Miller Furlong
Saloma Miller Furlong is author of the ex-Amish serial memoirs, Why I Left the Amish (2011) and Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds … Continue reading Art meets Life: An Interview with Ex-Amish Author Saloma Miller Furlong

Inquisitive Minds Want to Know: A Mixed Bag of Questions for Ira Wagler – Part II
If you missed the previous blog, then click here. Last week, we left off with Ira Wagler talking about the difficulty of writing Growing Up Amish. … Continue reading Inquisitive Minds Want to Know: A Mixed Bag of Questions for Ira Wagler – Part II

Inquisitive Minds Want to Know: A Mixed Bag of Questions for Ira Wagler – Part I
Questions. Questions. There are always questions, especially when dealing with the Old Order Amish. And questions there were – plenty of questions – following The New … Continue reading Inquisitive Minds Want to Know: A Mixed Bag of Questions for Ira Wagler – Part I

The U.S.A. – A Country You Think You Know But Just Might Not
In his first speech as President-elect of the United States, Senator Barack Obama uttered the famous words which became the soundbite echoed across the world: “Change has … Continue reading The U.S.A. – A Country You Think You Know But Just Might Not

The “It’s Not What You Might Think” Blog—Part II
For those of you who missed Part I, click here. Last week, we left off with Cheryl Strayed’s long description of herself. . . . It … Continue reading The “It’s Not What You Might Think” Blog—Part II

The “It’s Not What You Might Think” Blog—Part I
After hearing that the travelogue Wild by Cheryl Strayed was made into a movie, I thought about picking up a copy of the book and investigating … Continue reading The “It’s Not What You Might Think” Blog—Part I

GOP Candidates Go Double Digits – A Problem or a Blessing in Disguise?
Before we get to our topic at hand, let’s get out that Karaoke mic and get ready to sing a song to the tune of “Ten … Continue reading GOP Candidates Go Double Digits – A Problem or a Blessing in Disguise?

Where are they going? Where have they been? – The Plain People
The scene is July 4, 2012. 8:56 p.m. Ira Wagler sends an e-mail halfway across the world, answering an inquiry from a university instructor in Germany … Continue reading Where are they going? Where have they been? – The Plain People

From Spring Fever Ad Nauseam to Columbus Day
I might be preaching to the choir here, but everyone knows that teachers are pressed for time. And I am sure you are, too. Recently, I … Continue reading From Spring Fever Ad Nauseam to Columbus Day

Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home
Director Ethan Bensinger’s Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home appeared in 2012. The next three years saw this 60-minute documentary on Holocaust survivors amassing one award … Continue reading Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

“My feets is tired, but my soul is rested” – A Meditation on International Women’s Day
“Mommy, mommy. The other mothers are all unemployed,” were the first words out of my son’s mouth as he darted toward our car. Not exactly the … Continue reading “My feets is tired, but my soul is rested” – A Meditation on International Women’s Day

RAGBRAI: Take the Ride of Your Life
For those of you who missed it, the 2013 conference theme of the American Studies Association of Germany held in Erlangen was “Rural America.” As someone … Continue reading RAGBRAI: Take the Ride of Your Life

Marketing and Performing History
As far as I can tell, history has a bit of an image problem among future English teachers. It does not seem to be one of … Continue reading Marketing and Performing History

Topping off Thanksgiving Traditions: Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and Shopping?
Thanksgiving is a day for spending time with family and friends as well as sharing culinary delights, such as turkey, dressing (a Mid-Western word for stuffing), … Continue reading Topping off Thanksgiving Traditions: Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and Shopping?

A Study Trip to Las Vegas?
Yes, a Study Trip!

The two-semester project, “Ethnic Studies and Eco-Criticism Meet Intercultural Exchange: A Study Trip to Las Vegas,” brought together students and faculty from Leuphana University in Lüneburg … Continue reading A Study Trip to Las Vegas?
Yes, a Study Trip!

Number 13: Unbraiding the Short Story
Regardless of the field, conferences come in all shapes and sizes. Some are forgotten quickly while others become engraved in one’s memory. The latter experiences are … Continue reading Number 13: Unbraiding the Short Story

Shooting for the Stars: Creativity and Competition in the English Classroom
It has been my experience that competition, apart from the kind found in television quiz shows, is often frowned upon in Germany. For Americans, however, competition … Continue reading Shooting for the Stars: Creativity and Competition in the English Classroom