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  • History Lessons (Geschichtsunterricht), Mar 26

    FEATURING Johann Unterpertinger, Henri Ludwig, Gottfried Bold, Benedikt Zulauf, An adaptation of a Bertolt Brecht novel, History Lessons tracks a young contemporary Roman interviewing Julius Caesar’s former acquaintances, to illustrate how history is often written (and controlled) by the victors. Three ten-minute single takes of the man driving around Rome, however, became …read more

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  • Gerhard Richter Painting | Corinna Belz | Germany, 2011, Mar 25

    Gerhard Richter Painting is a strikingly visual document of Richter’s creative process. Filmmaker Corinna Belz and her crew observe the seventy-nine-year-old German artist in his studio. Richter’s distinctive technique, which involves applying paint followed by a major reworking of the material with massive squeegees, reveals the forces of creation and …read more

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  • Reform of the UN Security Council – the Boulder of Sisyphus, Mar 24

    The primary responsibility for peace and security in the world community lies with the UN’s Security Council. It was founded, like the UN, shortly after the 2nd World War and its structure continues to reflect the global political landscape of the days when the 20th century’s darkest chapter came to …read more

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  • Displacement and the Lived Experience of Language: Testimonies from Children with Migration Backgrounds in an Austrian School, Mar 22

    This presentation foregrounds the concept of Spracherleben, the lived experience of language, in contribution to the ongoing debate about the conceptualization of linguistic repertoire in the context of mobility and migration. Relocating the centre of one’s life always means a change, both in the lifeworld (Lebenswelt) and in the linguistic …read more

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  • Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies, Mar 17

    Did environmentalism help bring down the Berlin Wall? In “Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies,” Timothy Scott Brown will demonstrate that it did. Examining the development of grassroots environmental politics in the Communist East and the capitalist West from the upheaval of 1968 through the early years of newly-unified …read more

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  • On Jewish Heresy, Mar 16

    The 2017 Taubman Lectures Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern HeresyLecture 3 at 5:30, followed by reception. David Biale is the Emanuel …read more

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  • Transitional Justice in Europe after regime changes in 1945,1975, and 1990, Mar 16

    This talk is based on a 10-year research endeavor looking at the political development of different European countries since 1945 under the aspect of Transitional Justice. West Germany often stands as an example of a successful transiton to democracy, but East Germany used the same Transitional Justice measures and (re)turned …read more

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  • Red Globalism: The ‘Other’ Europe, Decolonization and African Heritage, Mar 14

    The study of the Cold War has undergone fundamental transformation in recent years. While most of the scholarship on superpower confrontation has given way to wider notions of a global Cold War, comparatively little attention has been accorded to trans-continental interactions between smaller states, such as the relationship between Eastern …read more

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  • Celebrating International Women’s Day, Mar 10

    The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley celebrate International Women’s Day with talks by Monira Rahman, Executive Director, of the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), which provides support services to women, men and children who have been attacked with acid or petrol in Bangladesh …read more

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  • From Morphology to Structuralism: Goethe, Levi-Strauss, and the Sciences of the Concrete, Mar 10

    The methodological filiation between Goethe’s morphological natural science and Lévi-Strauss’s structural anthropology has been frequently observed, but not yet fully examined in its epistemological foundations. This talk addresses the core “epistemological attitude” that Lévi-Strauss says connects his work with Goethe’s, and, proceeding from this, traces out salient parallels between the …read more

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