Events

Ibsen's An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier
In a version by Florian Borchmeyer
October 12–13, 2018
Price: Tickets start at $30

Berlin's esteemed Schaubühne theater presents a radically revised adaptation of An Enemy of the People, Ibsen's potent 1882 drama about individual and social responsibility. The story of a whistleblower in a small town whose efforts to speak truth to power are shut down by his self-interested neighbors, the play both implicates and exhilarates its audience in a conversation about the perils of democratic capitalism. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier, for decades a leading creative voice and provocateur in European theater, the production has received strong reactions from audiences and critics alike, largely because of its controversial handling of the play's climactic scene (no spoilers here!).

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes without intermission

Please note: this program is performed in German, with English supertitles.

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The Department of German presents

the 2nd Annual Mosse-Lecture

March 1, 2018 |4:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Jan-Werner Mueller

with Martin Jay, Discussant

Can Architecture Be Democratic?

Many people have an intuitive sense that the built environment is bound up with politics. The lecture poses the question how we might think more systematically (and normatively) about the relationship between democracy and architecture as well as public spaces as a particular form of the built environment. A very basic distinction between representing democracy, on the one hand, and facilitating democratic practices, on the other, will serve as a structuring feature. Tracing the difficulties of representing democratic principles and/or “the people” historically, the speaker will address a number of successful examples in the US and Germany of how particular spatial arrangements can help democracy. Finally, he will pose the question whether the Internet/virtual space might replace actual physical space in fulfilling a number of functions foundational for democratic practices, continuous participation in particular – or whether filter bubbles and echo chambers will in fact contribute to democracy’s present-day decay.

Jan-Werner Mueller is a professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He works on democratic theory and the history of political thought. His books include "Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe" (2011) and "Constitutional Patriotism" (2007). His book "What is Populism?" has been translated into more than 20 languages.

The Mosse-Lectures at Humboldt University in Berlin, founded in 1997, commemorate the history of the Mosse-family, the German-Jewish publisher Rudolf Mosse, and George L. Mosse – the eminent historian – who gave the series’ opening lecture on May 14, 1997. As an academic institution, the Mosse-Lectures follow the tradition of democratic liberalism in the spirit of Mosse's newspaper Berliner Tageblatt with a strong commitment to cultural exchange, transfer of knowledge, and political enlightenment. With generous support from The Mosse Foundation, the Department of German brings selected Mosse-Lectures to Berkeley.

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