Lectures

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Lectures

  • Bonwit-Heine Lecture, Apr 7

    April 1, 2006

    The Bonwit-Heine Lecture Series presents Susanne Kord (University College London), who will give a lecture titled "From Evil Eye to Poetic Eye: Witch Beliefs and Physiognomy in the Age of Enlightenment."

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  • Mueller-Vollmer Lecture, Feb 28

    February 1, 2006

    Kurt Mueller-Vollmer will present a lecture on "How the German BROCKHAUS became the ENCYCLOPEDIA AMERICANA: A case study in German-American cultural transfer." 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 and cultural 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 be analyzed and its…

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  • Jeroen Dewulf Lecture, Feb 24

    February 1, 2006

    Jeroen Dewulf (Universidade do Porto) will lecture about "From the Polders to the Mangroves: A polycentric view on Dutch language and culture." How is it possible that the Netherlands, which only a few years ago were seen as a multicultural model for the rest of Europe, seem to have been driven completely off course after the killings of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh? In a response to the current uncertainties over the future of the Netherlands as a multicultural society, Jeroen Dewulf presents a polycentric view on Dutch language and culture. By putting the periphery in the centre, he…

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  • Ludo Abicht Lecture, Feb 15

    February 1, 2006

    Ludo Abicht, Professor of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Antwerp will give a lecture titled "Seven Ambiguities and Paradoxes: The Jews of the Low Countries." Abicht is the author of several books regarding Jewish Culture and the Middle East. We are privileged to have him here as a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley. This semester he is teaching Dutch 179, "Jews in the Lowlands."

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  • Bonwit-Heine Lecture, May 6

    May 1, 2005

    For the last Bonwit-Heine Lecture of the semester, John Maciuika (University of Virginia) will lecture on "Modernism Before the Bauhaus: Cultural Politics and Architecture in Wilhelmine Germany." This lecture is co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Architecture.

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  • Bonwit-Heine Lecture, Apr 29

    April 1, 2005

    In the latest installment of the Bonwit-Heine Lecture Series, Walter Sokel (San Francisco) will give a lecture on "The Birth of Eugenics and Justice from the Spirit of Tragedy: Reflections on Two Sides of Nietzsche’s Dionysianism."

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  • Bonwit-Heine Lecture, Apr 8

    April 1, 2005

    Paula Diehl (Humboldt-Universitat, Berlin) will give a talk as part of the Bonwit-Heine Lecture Series.

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  • Sigrid Weigel Lecture, Nov 22

    November 1, 2004

    Sigrid Weigel (Director, Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin) will speak on “The Martyr and the Sovereign: Scenes from a modern tragic drama read through Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt.” One of the best known and most inspiring critics in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies in Germany, Professor Weigel will discuss paradigms of political performance. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of German and the Institute of European Studies.

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  • Pell Lecture, Oct 11

    October 1, 2004

    The Jewish Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, with the generous support of The Joseph and Eda Pell Endowed Fund for Holocaust Studies, proudly sponsors the Fall 2004 Pell Lecture Series. Professor Steven Aschheim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Beyond Borders: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad As time recedes, the interest and influence of a number of Weimar German-Jewish intellectuals becomes, surprisingly, ever greater. This series will examine their resonance outside their German borders: in an attempt to recast Zionism and humanize nationalism; in creation of a new kind of cultural and intellectual history able to grasp National Socialism; and in the…

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  • Pell Lecture, Oct 5

    October 1, 2004

    The Jewish Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, with the generous support of The Joseph and Eda Pell Endowed Fund for Holocaust Studies, proudly sponsors the Fall 2004 Pell Lecture Series. Professor Steven Aschheim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Beyond Borders: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad As time recedes, the interest and influence of a number of Weimar German-Jewish intellectuals becomes, surprisingly, ever greater. This series will examine their resonance outside their German borders: in an attempt to recast Zionism and humanize nationalism; in creation of a new kind of cultural and intellectual history able to grasp National Socialism; and in the…

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