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  • Porcelain in the Age of Mass Production, Sep 28

    What happened to the great Central European luxury commodity of the eighteenth century, porcelain, when formerly mercantile firms had to compete in a (relatively) open market with mass producers of ceramics? How did the porcelain firms’ painters and modelers deal with the reality that consumers now wanted inexpensive imitations of …read more

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  • War Unmakes the State? Austria-Hungary’s Internal Wars, 1914-1918, Sep 14

    After decades of state-building success, Austria-Hungary collapsed totally and utterly in 1918. For many years, historians have argued that this ramshackle empire was an anachronism, unfit to live among modern nation states in the twentieth century, and therefore it was destined to fall. But such thinking ignores the dynamics unleashed …read more

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  • Lecture by Visiting Professor: “Aufklärung: transkulturelle Medien und ästhetische Erfahrung”, Sep 14

    »Aufklärung ist der Ausgang des Menschen aus seiner selbst verschuldeten Unmündigkeit.” Dank prägnanter Verknappung bewahrt Kants Diktum seine hohe Attraktivität in der anhaltenden Debatte um die Frage, was unter Aufklärung zu verstehen ist. Spätestens seit Adornos und Horkheimers Dialektik der Aufklärung kommt hierbei auch immer eine Vernunft- und Kulturkritik zum …read more

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  • German 204- Fall 2017, Sep 1-29

    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 …read more

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

    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 …read more

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

    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 …read more

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

    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 …read more

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

    FEATURING 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. …read more

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  • Ach du liebe Zeit, Apr 25-26

    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. …read more

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  • Composition Colloquium: Clemens Gadenstätter, Apr 24

    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, …read more

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