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The (Un)Divided City

ss-091102-berlin-wall-22_ss_fullFrom Miranda Haymon ’16 and Wy Ming Lin ’16:

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Studies Department has received a grant from the German Embassy in Washington DC and is looking for creative submissions pertaining to the historic event. Submissions can include a poem, a 1000-word essay, a one-page cartoon, a digital story, or even a collage. The best three submissions will receive gift card prizes of $200, $100, and $50 respectively. Please submit all entries to Debbie Pozzetti in Fisk 401 by November 9 at 4:00PM.

If you have any questions, please send them to Professor Iris Bork-Goldfield at ibork(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. For more events about the Fall of the Wall, please visit the many talks on campus throughout the month.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 9, at 4 PM
More information here.

Introducing Theatrical Postmodernism: Mabou Mines DollHouse

Ulrich Plass, Associate Professor of German Studies, keeps it brief:

The second to last event in this semester’s “In Theory” lecture series, Rashida Z. Shaw (Assistant Professor of Theater) will discuss “Theatrical Postmodernism: Mabou Mines DollHouse.”

Date: Wednesday, May 1 (holy shit, today is May!)
Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Place: Downey House 113
Cost: Free

Domesticating the Holocaust: Our Twisted Love Affair with Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader

Professor Iris Bork-Goldfield writes in:

William Donahue, Professor of German and Professor of Literature as well as a member of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for European Studies at Duke University, will discuss new research on the reception of the Holocaust for a work in progress and for Holocaust Lite, the recently published German translation of his book Holocaust as Fiction: Bernhard Schlink’s “Nazi” Novels and Their FilmsHolocaust in Fiction is “the first scholarly study to probe the ‘Schlink phenomenon’ and to analyze its profound role in coming to terms with the Holocaust. Donahue dissects the seductive, transnational appeal of his work and the ways in which popular culture more generally has contributed to the success of Germany’s normalization campaign” (Todd Samuel Presner).

Sponsored by German Studies and Jewish & Israel Studies.

Date: Tuesday, November 13th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Downey 113

Study Abroad in Berlin

From Professor Iris Bork-Goldfield:

Meet Jochen Wohfeil, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Practice in German and Resident Director of  Duke in Berlin.

Jochen Wohlfeil, usually omnipresent in Berlin as Director of Duke University’s academic program there but in residence in Durham this semester, will give a presentation on Duke in Berlin and discuss student life in Germany’s greatest city.

Date: Today, November 12
Time: 4:20 pm – 5:30 pm
Place: Fisk 210

The Kallir Family Collection of Austrian and German Literature

Library assistant Jennifer Hadley would like to inform you of a cool exhibit right outside of Olin’s Special Collections and Archives:

In 1939, the Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir fled war-torn Europe, bringing with him to New York his irreplaceable art and book collections.  In New York, he started his life over, establishing a new art gallery (the Galerie St. Etienne, still operating today), a publishing house (the Johannes Presse), and becoming one of the central figures in circles of Austrian émigrés in the U.S., maintaining his many contacts to leading artistic and literary figures of his day.

The Kallir family has generously donated Otto Kallir’s book collection of Austrian and German literature to Wesleyan University, highlights of which are on display in Olin Library from October 19 to November 27, 2012.  The collection features first editions, signed copies, books inscribed to Kallir and his wife, fine press books, several unique manuscript items, and more.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from 4:30-6pm, with remarks by John Kallir (Otto Kallir’s son), and a short talk about the collection by Wesleyan Associate Professor of German Studies Ulrich Plass.  The event is free and open to the public.

Book collection on display from October 19-November 27. Wednesday’s reception information:
Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Place: Smith Reading Room, 1st floor of Olin

Soldiers, Gramophones, and Other Stories

The German Studies Department and the Center for the Humanities invite you to meet Bosnian-born German writer Saša Stanišic, who will read from his novel, How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, a very pictorial and linguistically inventive novel about the Balkan wars seen through the eyes of 14-year-old Aleksander, who has fled from the Bosnian town of Višegrad to Germany. In addition, Saša will present his latest works, accompanied by a lyrical photo essay.

Thursday, April 1, at 5:00 p.m. in Russell House. Reception to follow.

For further information, please contact Iris Bork-Goldfield, German Studies Department at ibork(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Facebook event here.

Date: Thursday, April 1
Time: 5pm
Place: Russell House

Kaffee und Kuchen: Study Abroad Edition

Regensburg.jpgFreitag, 29. January um 16:00.
Kaffee, Kuchen, und Unterhaltung!
Deutsches Haus, 135 High St.

And in case that didn’t make sense to you:

When: Friday, Jan. 29th at 4:00pm
What: Coffee, cake, and conversation!
Where: German Haus, 135 High St.

All levels (including none) of German welcome!

This week, there will be Wesleyan students who studied in Germany and German students from Regensburg there to answer questions. Come learn more about studying abroad in Germany, particularly about our program in Regensburg, and enjoy the usual Kaffee und Kuchen as well!

Date: Jan. 29th
Time: 4pm
Place: German Haus, 135 High St.

Adorno and America: a Symposium

Many of the major works of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory were written in the USA during the Second World War. Critical Theory’s dislocation from its European origins is significant not only historically but also philosophically: the exiled intellectuals were convinced that an effective theory of culture and society could be realized only in America, where capitalism had reached its most advanced state. The symposium will reflect on how the American experience of the Frankfurt School’s most prominent representative, Theodor Adorno, informed the evolution of Critical Theory. Against the cliché of Adorno as a detached high-culture mandarin, the symposium will offer a more intellectually and factually accurate investigation of the American dimension of his thought.

2:15: Coffee and Cookies
3:00: Welcome and introduction (Ulrich Plass)
3:15: Adorno’s American Reception (Joshua Rayman, Savannah College of Art and Design)
3:45: No Man’s Lands: Refuse and Refuge in Adorno’s American Experience (Matt Waggoner, Albertus Magnus College)
4:15 Questions
4:30 Coffee Break
4:45 Devices of Shock: Adorno’s Aesthetics of Film and Fritz Lang’s Fury (Ryan Drake, Fairfield University)
5:15 Adorno Unplugged: The Ambivalence of the Machine Age (David Jenemann, University of Vermont)
5:45 Questions and final discussion

A symposium hosted by the Center for the Humanities and the Theory Initiative. Co-Sponsored by College of Letters, German Studies, Sociology, College of Social Studies, Philosophy, History, American Studies, and the Dean of Arts and Humanities

Date: Dec. 4
Time: 2:15pm – 6:00pm
Location: Russell House (corner of Washington and High Street)