In the context of the Fall 2012 Translation Theme Semester, the German Department held its first “Open-Book Translation Contest,” where students translated a text by hand which they had never seen before under a time constraint of 45 minutes. The translation was from German to English, and held in “open book” format. The text was a German newspaper editorial that discussed a recent anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Students did not have access to the internet, but were allowed to bring and use as many non-electronic hardback or paperback dictionaries as they wished. The contest was judged in a blind-review format by a panel of three faculty members. There were monetary prizes awarded of $100 for first place, $60 for second place, and $40 for third place.
The winners were announced on December 10, 2012 as a part of the Translation Theme Semester’s “Translation Showcase” at North Quad.
Steve Bareis (German major)
Brianna Felten (German major)
Nils Stannik (German minor)