Lectures

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Lectures

  • Christine Lehleiter Lecture, Feb 6

    February 1, 2007

    Christine Lehleiter (Indiana University) will present a lecture titled "Can a Woman Have a Self? Masquerade and Subjectivity in Sophie von La Roche’s ‘Lady Sternheim."

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  • Chenxi Tang Lecture, Feb 2

    February 1, 2007

    Professor Chenxi Tang (University of Chicago) will lecture on "The Tragedy of Popular Sovereignty: Hölderlin’s ‘The Death of Empedocles."

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  • Holland and Reimann Lecture, Nov 30

    November 1, 2006

    Jocelyn Holland and Jan Reimann will present a lecture titled "Denoting Chaos." Claimed by theology, aesthetics, science and – most recently – popular culture, chaos has undergone vast semantic shifts in the course of its history. From its early roles in narratives of creation, chaos has been championed alternately as the epitome of order and disorder, beauty and formlessness, and elaborated both discursively and in symbolic form. The Berkeley Department of German invites you to a conversation on chaos: on the basis of a small selection of excerpts drawn from literature and philosophy, ranging from the classical to the bizarre,…

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  • Bohrer Lecture, Nov 8

    November 1, 2006

    Karl Heinz Bohrer (Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Bielefeld) will lecture on "Style as Provocation: Goethe, Nietzsche, Brentano, Heine."

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  • Koenig Lecture, Oct 6

    October 1, 2006

    Christoph Koenig (University of Osnabrueck) will give a lecture titled, "The Disgrace of Failed Memory: Günter Grass and the Hidden Past in German Studies."

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  • Vosskamp Lecture, Sept 27

    September 1, 2006

    Professor Wilhelm Vosskamp (Univ. of Cologne) will lecture on "Schillers Utopie der aesthetischen Bildung." The basis of my talk will be Schiller's "Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man," published in 1795. In the context of German discussions on "Bildung" (education, selfformation, selfperfection), I want to outline that the preconditions of Schiller's aesthetics are his anthropology (this was first conceptualized in the dissertation on the "Connection between the Animal and Spiritual Man") and a critique of modern societal differentiation. My main purpose is to elaborate the specific characteristics of "aesthetical education" and the role of a "state of beauty" in…

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  • Erwin Tschirner Lecture, Aug 23

    August 1, 2006

    Dr. Erwin Tschirner (University of Leipzig) will give a lecture titled "Häufigkeitsverteilungen im Deutschen und ihr Einfluss auf das Lehren und Lernen des DaF." Erwin Tschirner is Dean, Professor of German, and Director of the Herder Institute at the Universiy of Leipzig. He received his PhD in Germanic Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of numerous books and articles on the Acquisition and Teaching of German as a Foreign Language (DaF), most recently the Frequency Dictionary of German: Core Vocabulary for Learners ( with R. Jones, London: Routledge, 2005). He is co-author of the most…

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  • Kenneth Weisinger Lecture, May 4

    May 1, 2006

    The 2006 Kenneth Weisinger Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Ulrich Baer (NYU). His lecture is titled "Rainer Maria Rilke’s 'Beyond': On sublimation and desire in modern poetry."

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  • Bonwit-Heine Lecture, Apr 28

    April 1, 2006

    The Bonwit-Heine Lecture Series presents Meike Werner (Vanderbilt University), who will lecture on "Translating the Orient. Eugen Diederichs and the Literatures of the World."

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  • Mueller-Vollmer Lecture, Apr 21

    April 1, 2006

    Kurt Mueller-Vollmer (Stanford) will lecture on "How the German BROCKHAUS became the ENCYCLOPEDIA AMERICANA: A Case Study in German-American Cultural Transfer" from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Dwinelle 219. The presentation is aimed at expanding the traditional horizon of German-American Studies beyond immigrants’ lore or influence studies to include the important domain of the historical interaction between the two cultures that occurred within the mainstream of American intellectual andc ultural history. As case in point the making of the ENCYCLOPEDIA AMERICANA by the German-American Francis Lieber between 1828 and 1832 will be closely examined, its contents and structure as instrument of transcultural communication…

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