Adjunct Instructor of German
Office Location: 105 Medbury Hall
Lars Vinz is a story teller at heart and has done so hands-on for nearly 20 years on national television for Germany’s largest public broadcast network ARD. Breaking news about the fall of the Berlin wall, the resulting economic changes in former East Germany, or the impact and diplomatic efforts immediately following the September attacks in 2001 in Washington DC, reporting live and explaining world events has honed his native German journalistic skills and linguistic finesse.
He has received his M.A. in Political Science, Communication, and Marketing Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, 1990. Educating young TV journalists at various ARD affiliated broadcast stations throughout Germany in the structure and rules of meaningful storytelling and managing the technical transition from analog to digital workflow in Germany’s first digitally operating TV broadcasting center in Magdeburg, Germany, 1998 were among his professional accomplishments.
Faculty assignments include the Technical College in Landshut, Germany and after relocating to the US in 2000, North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan, and since 2012 Drake’s World Language Center as Adjunct Faculty for intermediate and advanced German studies. His scientific interest revolves around the theory of the oldest and most prevalent form of human communication along established rules and its practical implications on all electronic forms of today’s electronic audiovisual communication - online, cinematographic, and on television.