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The Brandenburg Gate

You haven’t been to Berlin if you haven’t visited the Brandenburg Gate. So we did.

ASC students in front of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Probably THE icon for 20th-century Germany: The Brandenburg Gate.


ASC Students Visit German Parliament

Since 1991, the German Parliament, called Bundestag, has been meeting again in the Reichstag. Built by the Kaiser, burnt down by the Nazis, and then lingering in the no-man’s-land along the Berlin Wall for decades, this building synthesizes more than others the many layers of German history. Continue reading

Bauhaus, Dessau

Remember that chair with its stainless steel frame and leather seat you saw at IKEA recently? It looks so contemporary, yet its design is almost 100 years old and goes back to the Bauhaus school of architecture and design.

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When you exit the M5 Strassenbahn at Freienwalder Straße, you find yourself in a quiet residential neighborhood east of Alexanderplatz. Private residences with saddle roofs alternate with conventional apartment buildings, some dating back to the public housing projects of the 1930s, some quite obviously reminiscent of the GDR Plattenbau. Nothing here provides a cue that just down the street was one of the GDR’s most notorious remand prisons, Hohenschönhausen. Continue reading

Breezing Through German History

Visiting the Deutsches Historisches Museum [German History Museum] has one important pre-requisite, namely the capacity to accept incompleteness. There’s just no way that a visitor will be able to get an overview of their massive collections from more than 2,000 years of German/Germanic history. Which is why we had asked our tour guide to focus more on the last 150 years, the period from the unification of the German Empire to the re-unification of the two Germanies (FRG and GDR) in 1991. Still plenty to deal with!

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Check out our new Page!

We’ve created a new page featuring the posters of The Halle German Lecture Series.

Austrian Architects Design Expo 2012 Building

If it looks like a giant stranded fish, that’s intended: The Austrian architecture office “soma” designed the building to illustrate the Expo’s theme “The Living Ocean and Coast.” Continue reading

Prospective ASC German Students: Check Out Course Offerings

Here is more information about the ASC German Studies Program and the course offerings for 2012-13. Please don’t hesitate to e-mail Prof. Gundolf Graml at ggraml[at]agnesscott.edu with any questions. Continue reading

ASC in Germany 2012

Twelve Scotties and two professors will soon depart for a two-week study-abroad semester in Germany. You can follow their adventures on this blog!

50 Years Ago: The “Oberhausener Manifest” Initiates New German Cinema

50 years ago, a group of young German filmmakers met in the small town of Oberhausen and declared and end to “Papas Kino [Daddy’s cinema]”. That’s why we had a decade of films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder…

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