Lectures

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Lectures

  • Ulrich Plass Lecture, Nov 26

    November 1, 2007

    Ulrich Plass (Wesleyan University) will lecture on "Adorno’s American Experience: What’s metaphysics got to do with it?" Adorno’s philosophy can be understood as an expression of and response to the existential experience of emigration and survival, of guilt and fear. In this lecture Ulrich Plass argues that Adorno’s American writings, especially his Minima Moralia, offer a philosophy of "damaged life" that must be viewed in relation to his later idea of "metaphysical experience," a concept with which Adorno hopes to reclaim for philosophical thought the possibility of happiness.

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  • Pieterse Lecture, Nov 16

    November 1, 2007

    Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse will give a lecture on "How European is Europe?" Pieterse, professor in sociology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, specialized in global sociology, globalization, development studies and intercultural studies. This lecture is a cooperation between the Dutch Studies Program and the IES. Selection of works: Ethnicities and global multiculture: Pants for an Octopus (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), Globalization or Empire? (Routledge, 2004), Globalization and Culture: Global Melange (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), White on Black: Images of Africa and blacks in western popular culture (Yale UP, 1992).

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  • Wolfgang Emmerich Lecture, Nov 1

    November 1, 2007

    Wolfgang Emmerich (University of Bremen) will lecture on "'Teils-teils': Gottfried Benns Parlando-Gedichte."

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  • Winkler Lecture, Oct 3

    October 1, 2007

    Heinrich August Winkler (Humboldt Universität, Berlin) will give a lecture titled, "Still a Community of Values? Historical Reflections on the Normative Basis of the West."

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  • Kenneth Weisinger Lecture, Sept 17

    September 1, 2007

    The 2007 Kenneth Weisinger Lecture will be given by Amir Eshel (Stanford). The lecture is titled "Past’s Futures: contemporary German literature and the quest for the past."

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  • Alice Kuzniar Lecture, May 2

    April 30, 2007

    Alice Kuzniar (UNC Chapel Hill) will lecture on "Whose Melancholy? On the muteness of humans and animals."

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  • BTWH Lecture with Largier, Apr 27

    April 1, 2007

    Professor Niklaus Largier will lecture on "Reformation Flugschriften and the Creation of Sacred and Secular Space." Presented by BTWH (Berlin-Tübingen-Wien-Harvard), an international working group on German modernity.

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  • Kallscheuer Lecture, Apr 10

    April 1, 2007

    Otto Kallscheuer (Berlin) will give a lecture titled "This side of Eternity – Traces of Theology in Hannah Arendt’s thinking."

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  • Michael Schuering Lecture, Mar 7

    March 1, 2007

    DAAD Adjunct Assistant Professor Michael Schuering will give a lecture on "Rescuing German Science: The Political Transformation of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute after 1945."

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  • Karen Feldman Lecture, Feb 8

    February 1, 2007

    Professor Karen Feldman (UC Berkeley) will lecture on "The Temporal Aside: On 'Transcendental Buffoonery' in Two Works of Novalis."

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