In May of 2016 our ASC in Germany group met with activist and writer Sharon Otoo in Berlin, Germany, and was let in on a secret: Sharon Otoo told us that she had been nominated to participate in the competition for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, likely the most prestigious award for contemporary German-language fiction. We were not allowed to tell anyone yet, but we joked around that she had to visit Agnes Scott College should she win.
Please join us for Prof. Katie Faull’s lecture, Stories of the Susquehanna, on Monday, March 28, 2016, 3:30-4:30pm, in Bullock Science Center/Teasley Lecture Hall (open to the public).
Prof. Faull has received several large NEH grants to translate and digitize documents from the Moravian archives in Bethlehem, PA. The Moravian community was founded by 18th-century German-speaking immigrants who in turn descended from Protestant communities in today’s Czech Republic.
The Stories of the Susquehanna project examines how these early settlers interacted with Native American communities, with the environment in the upper branches of the Susquehanna river, and forms a showcase project for digital undergraduate research. The lecture is open to the public, please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Public Radio today had an interview with German author Peter Schneider, asking him about his views of Berlin 25 years after those stirring days in November 1989 that brought down the wall and changed Europe’s history.Schneider has just finished a new book, called “Berlin Now,” where he brings to bear his experience of 50 plus years in Berlin on the current situation. Among German readers, Schneider is well known as the author of several by now canonical works. Most notably with regard to the Berlin Wall is his “Wall Jumper” [Mauerspringer], which addresses life in a divided city. But his literary accounts of the student revolution, published in his “Lenz” and, much more recently, in the semi-documentary novel “Rebellion und Wahn,” are equally popular.
For Teege, the daughter of a Nigerian father and a white German mother (Monika Goeth), the discovery was a shock. As a Black German who had lived in Israel and worked with Holocaust survivors, she had been acutely aware of Germany’s history, but had also felt to stand on the “good” side of the German discourse about the Nazi past.
In her memoir Amon: Mein Großvater hätte mich erschossen [Amon: My Grandfather Would Have Killed Me], Teege offers a moving account of how the discovery affected her personally as well as a unique perspective on Germany’s attempts at coming to terms with the past. Jennifer Teege will visit Agnes Scott College during the week of April 14 – 17, 2014. She will read from her memoir and discuss her experiences. For more information, see the poster below. Please contact Prof. Gundolf Graml, Dir. of German Studies, with any questions at ggraml[at]agnesscott.edu.
Today afternoon I’ll have the honor to introduce the German-Israeli co-production “Hanna’s Journey” at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival at Atlantic Regal Theater (2:35pm).
“Hanna’s Journey” is the story of a young German student, Hanna, who begins to question her sole focus on a desired career as jet-setting consultant during a volunteer internship in Israel. Hanna’s initial attitude is typical for many in Germany’s millennial generation: While she feels that it is still a good idea to engage in Holocaust remembrance work in some formal way, she also thinks that her generation is too far removed to really address the question of guilt and responsibility. However, as the film shows, what seems to be distant history might be closer to one’s personal and family story than one might think.
Thank you to everyone who came out to listen to Anant Kumar’s reading. Kumar presented from his wide-ranging oeuvre including short stories and poems that address life in contemporary Germany as well as the pitfalls and surprises a globally connected world creates.