The German Department plans to honor Theodor W. Adorno’s 100th birthday this year with a one-day symposium:

Adorno: Exile and Ethics
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks – Christina Gerhardt, Berkeley


10:00-11:00 a.m. Martin Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History, Berkeley: “Taking on the Stigma of the Inauthentic: Adorno’s Critique of Genuineness” (Moderator: Anton Kaes, Chair and Professor of German, UC-Berkeley)

11:00-12:00 p.m. Detlev Claussen, Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Universität Hannover: ”Frankfurter Transfer: Adorno between America and Germany” (Moderator: Robert Holub, Professor of German, Berkeley)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch


2:00-3:00 p.m. Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor in Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, Berkeley: ”Leading a Good Life in a Bad Life” (Moderator: Anthony Cascardi, Professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Spanish and Portuguese, Berkeley)

3:00-4:00 p.m. Jay Bernstein, Department of Philosophy, New School: ”Bare Life, Bearing Witness: The Ethics of Response” (Moderator: Hans Sluga, Professor of Philosophy, Berkeley)

4:00-4:30 p.m. Break

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion with all conference participants (Moderator: Christina Gerhardt, Department of German, Berkeley)

Sponsored by the Goethe Institute and the UC Berkeley departments of German, History and Rhetoric, as well as the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Symposium Organizer:
Christina Gerhardt
Department of German
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Thanks to the Goethe Institute San Francisco for co-sponsoring the event.