Departmental News


  • German 204- Fall 2017, Sep 1-29

    September 1, 2017

    Prof. Dr. Ortrud Gutjahr (Universität Hamburg)

    Aufklärungstheater: Lessings Dramen und Hamburgische Dramaturgie

    NOTE: This course only meets for 5 Fridays (09/1-09/29/2017) from 1-4pm in 282 Dwinelle Hall.

    Gotthold Ephraim Lessings Schauspiel Nathan der Weise (1779) gilt als das deutschsprachige Drama der Aufklärung schlechthin. Und dies nicht nur, weil es bis heute das am more

  • The End of the Endless Frontier? Truth and Power in the Age of Populism, Aug 28

    August 28, 2017

    Against the backdrop of current debates about science and populism, Peter Strohschneider, President of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) re-examines Vannevar Bush's ideas on the public role of science as developed in the 1945 report to the President of the United States, “Science, The Endless Frontier.” Bush was more

  • Aesthetic Possibilities: Literature, Rhetoric, Philosophy, Aug 15-19

    August 15, 2017

    Imagination, Phantasie und Einbildungskraft sind Begriffe, die sich auf ein Vermögen beziehen, dessen Status immer schon zwiespältig ist. Einerseits bildet die Produktivität der Imagination als Vorstellungskraft – neben dem Vermögen des Gedächtnisses und der Vernunft – eine Bedingung der Möglichkeit aller Erkenntnis und Abstraktion, andererseits ist sie in ihrer relativen more

  • Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history, May 3

    May 3, 2017

    Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history

    Polish-born Yiddishist and oral historian Agnieszka Ilwicka will talk about her research project "Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968." After World War II, Lower Silesia was the largest Jewish settlement more

  • Black Sin (Schwarze Sünde) | Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet | West Germany, 1988, Apr 30

    April 30, 2017

    Andreas von Rauch, Howard Vernon, Vladimir Theye

    History doubles back on itself like a noose in Straub-Huillet's second version of The Death of Empedocles, as the Greek philosopher advocates for democracy for his people, with tragic results. With Itinerary of Jean Bricard. more

  • Ach du liebe Zeit, Apr 25-26

    April 25, 2017

    The UC Berkeley German Department's Student Cabaret presents
    a poetic and humorous celebration of the German language, featuring works by Eichendorff, Gernhardt, Rilke, Morgenstern and many others. more

  • Composition Colloquium: Clemens Gadenstätter, Apr 24

    April 24, 2017

    Clemens Gadenstätter (born 1966, Zell am See/Salzburg) studied Composition with Erich Urbanner (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) and Helmut Lachenmann (1992-1995, University of Music and Perfroming Arts Stuttgart) as well as he studied the flute (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) with Wolfgang Schulz.

    During his student years, more

  • Thinking about Utopia – Religious and Secular: Five interventions, Apr 21

    April 21, 2017

    "Thinking about Utopia - Religious and Secular: Five interventions"

    Harsha Ram, Revolutionary Utopia: Tatlin and Khlebnikov

    Niklaus Largier, Against Projects: The Utopia of Essayism in Musil and

    Amy Hollywood, Antinomian A-topia: Writing Manuscript Textuality in the
    Poetry and Prose of Susan Howe

    Kirill Chepurin, The Utopian No - or, Idealism and Utopia

    Alex Dubilet, Ground(lessness) and more

  • The Luther Decade and Reformation Quincentenary, Apr 20

    April 20, 2017

    Hartmut Lehmann is the founding director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, past Director at the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen, and a former research fellow at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and the Australian National University in Canberra. He is a Foreign Honorary Member more

  • Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow: Urban Sustainability in Germany, Apr 20

    April 20, 2017

    Cities are leading the transition to a post-carbon economic model and envision sustainability in all three dimensions: environmental, social, and economic. Mr. Gruenig will focus on three primary sustainability areas: urban mobility, water management, and energy-efficient buildings. Across these topics, cities increasingly recognize that a sustainable future is rooted in more