Janet Hegman Shier is Director of the U-M Residential College German Program, where she teaches intensive German and German Theater. She is founder and director of the RC Deutsches Theater, a multi-media theater company that has staged over 25 multi-media German language performances since 1985. Hegman Shier gives theater, art and journalism workshops and speaks on interdisciplinary education and learning styles.
She has received several awards for her teaching and for advising, and she has been the recipient of numerous grants for interdisciplinary work, including grants from the Goethe Institut, a Marion and Henry Bloch Award, a Public Goods Award, two ISAC grants for linking overseas travel to the curriculum, a YoHA (Year of the Humanities and the Arts) award, an Interdisciplinary Faculty Associates Award, GIEU, and mini-grants through Arts at Michigan.
Hegman Shier has led nine theater and arts trips to Munich and Berlin for students since 2002. She recently developed and taught an interdisciplinary first year seminar with a focus on identity, entitled: The Self, the Other, and the Self as Other in Text, Image and Performance. With funding from a U-M Public Goods grant, she brought 11 guest artists from Germany for a one week residency in Fall 2006, which featured screenings of documentary films on young Jews and young Muslims in Germany today, discussions with the film makers, live hip hop and break dancing performances, and intercultural dialogue on the use of the arts to express anti-racist messages.
In Winter 2009 and Winter 2010, she will teach a new course on Crossing External and Internal Borders: The “Wall” and the “Wall in the Head” through which students will be able to travel to Berlin for a two week study trip. The web site www.umich.edu/~jshie contains information on the German program, class trips, and RC Deutsches Theater.
Contemporary German Theater
Intensive German I and II
RC Hums 333: Cultures in Dialogue: Crossing External and Internal Borders