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Lectures

  • Pell Lecture, Oct 4

    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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  • Wilson Lecture, May 5

    May 1, 2004

    Professor W. Daniel Wilson will present a lecture on “Queering the Devil: Homoerotic Discourses in Goethe’s Faust” at 5 p.m. in Dwinelle 370. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. There will be a small reception following the lecture.

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  • First Weisinger Lecture, Apr 23

    April 1, 2004

    Kenneth Weisinger Lecture in German and Comparative Literature, “The Aboutness of Poems: Things and Things’ Selves in Rilke” by William Waters at 4 p.m. in Dwinelle 3335. William Waters is the author of Poetry’s Touch: On Lyric Address, published in 2003 by Cornell University Press. This book is a study of poetic address and of the formal ways in which poetry engages and appeals to readers. Taking as its central thread the poetry of Rilke, the book also examines the workings of address in the works of Keats, Dickinson and Ashbery. This is the inaugural Kenneth Weisinger Lecture in German and…

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  • Early Modern Europe Keynote, Apr 16

    April 1, 2004

    As part of the Colloquium on Early Modern Central Europe, Hartmut Lehmann (Director of the Max Planck Institute for History, Goettingen, Germany) will give a keynote lecture on “Miracles within Catastrophes. Some Examples from Early Modern Germany” at 5 p.m. in the Morrison Library. A related colloquium will take place on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday morning, April 18, see next event listed. This lecture is sponsored by the library, the Institute of European Studies, the Department of History and the Berkeley Reformation Seminar in conjunction with the 8th UC Colloquium on Early Modern Central Europe.

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  • Lecture by Hugo Loetscher, Apr 12

    April 1, 2004

    Hugo Loetscher will give a lecture titled “Swiss Mythology and Cultural Identity” at 4 p.m. in Dwinelle 3335.

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  • Grossmann Lecture, Mar 19

    March 1, 2004

    Jeffrey Grossman (University of Virginia) will lecture on “Bildung and its Critics: Heinrich Heine, Berthold Auerbach, and the Question of a German Jewish Subculture” at 4 p.m. in Dwinelle 3335.

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  • Martin Goldsmith Lectures, Mar 18

    March 1, 2004

    There will be two lectures with author Martin Goldsmith on March 18. The Kulturbund: German-Jewish Relations During the Third Reich 5303 Dwinelle Hall Martin Goldsmith is the author of “The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany.” Hailed as “a literary journey reminiscent of Art Spiegelman’s in ‘Maus,’” the book tells the riveting story of the Jewish Kulturbund, an all-Jewish performing arts ensemble maintained by the Nazis between 1933 and 1941, an ensemble that included Mr. Goldsmith’s parents. Mr. Goldsmith newest book, part of the “Turning Points” series published by John Wiley & Sons, is called…

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  • Lecture with Oliver Lubrich, Feb 27

    February 1, 2004

    Oliver Lubrich (FU Berlin) will give a lecture titled “Are Russian Jews Postcolonial? The End of Identity in Berlin Today” at 4 p.m. in Dwinelle 3335.

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  • Elsaghe Lecture, Nov 21

    November 21, 2003

    Yahya Elsaghe (University of Bern) will lecture on “Race and Graphology around 1900: Thomas Mann’s Tristan” in Dwinelle 3335. Like many of Thomas Mann’s early novels and novellas “Tristan” suggests answers to the pivotal question of modern anti-semitism, or rather, offers a calculation whether and how ‘the Jew’ can be identified under any given circumstances. The circumstances under which the possibility of this particular identification is tested are those of virtually perfect assimilation. In “Tristan” the apparently insurmountable identity and alterity of the Jewish body is negotiated by means of graphological details. Like in Ludwig Klages, whose writings Mann probably never…

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  • Chaouli Lecture, Apr 21

    April 1, 2003

    Michel Chaouli (Indiana University) will speak about "Laokoon’s Skin." This lecture is co-sponsored with Comparative Literature. The lecture will start at 4 p.m.; room TBA.

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