Dr. Ute Lischke takes over as Department Chair of English and Film Studies
Ute Lischke has been elected Chair of the Department of English and Film Studies for the next three years. She has a background in both literature and film studies. Her publications are in the areas of Autobiography and Life Writing, Indigenous literature and film. Having previously worked as the Coordinator of Film Studies and the Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program, Dr. Lischke brings extensive administrative experience to the job. In recent years, her teaching in Film Studies has concentrated on courses in film history, German film, European film and Indigenous film. In English, she has taught courses on Autobiography and Indigenous Literatures in North America.
Before coming to Laurier, Dr. Lischke taught at the University of Toronto where she lectured on European Film and German Film at Innis College. She served as the Coordinator of the International Studies Program there. Currently, she is the Chair of the Laurier Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence Committee which is in its inaugural year, as well as the Chair of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.
Dr. Lischke comments, " My colleagues have put a great deal of trust in me in electing me as their chair, and they have also promised me a great deal of support. In the coming years, I have every confidence that together, we will be very productive in initiating new and exciting changes to the curriculum as well as keep up with our tradition of excellent teaching and research. Over the past few decades, English and Film Studies has made great strides and we will continue to evolve and to offer courses that fulfill the needs of our students in a rapidly changing environment.
The challenge is to convince our students that education is beneficial not just for getting a good job, but that education for one’s own enrichment is truly satisfying."
Over the next few years, Dr. Lischke hopes to raise more funds for the Flora Roy Scholarship in English, and to create a new scholarship for students in Film Studies. In the next few years, English will also have a significant anniversary and she is planning to commemorate this event by inviting back alumni to join the Department in a big celebration.