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“From Istanbul to Berlin” Draws Crowd

Our event “From Istanbul to Berlin: 50 Years of Turkish Migration to Germany” drew a large crowd last night. Teasley Lecture Hall was filled to capacity when historian Dr. Rita Chin and German-Turkish author Yade Kara presented on the topic of Turks in Germany. Dr. Chin focused on the historical development of the situation of so-called guest workers in Germany, embedding this history into a longer view of how Germans’ attitudes towards race have developed since 1945. Yade Kara, who was born in Turkey but grew up in Westberlin  before the fall of the Berlin Wall, presented a more personal experience of what it meant to be cast as the cultural outsider in a rather homogenous German society.

Here are some pics from the event:

Yade Kara (left) and Rita Chin meet with students

Yade Kara talks about her experience in Germany

Teasley Lecture Hall filled to capacity

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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