Night of Global Poetry

“Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt [The limitations of my language form the limitations of my world(view)” — Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein‘s sentence illustrates to what extent language shapes our thinking and creativity. Participants and attendees at Monday evening’s first “Global Night of Poetry and Music” at Agnes Scott College experienced the…

Visit by German Activist/Writer Sharon Otoo

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…

SUMMIT, the Liberal Arts, and the German Prison System

“What can I do with a German Studies Major?” — It’s not atypical at this time of the year to receive  e-mails that either implicitly or directly ask this question. And to those of you who are asking, thank you! You initiate an important dialogue about the benefits of liberal-arts learning and the role of…

Stories Without Borders by Anant Kumar

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.

In Memoriam: Hans Jürgen Massaquoi, January 19, 1926 – January 19, 2013

Another important voice has passed away: Hans Jürgen Massaquoi died on January 19, 2013. ASC German students will remember Massaquoi as author of the memoir Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger [Destined to Witness] in which the author described his experiences as a black young man in Weimar and later Nazi Germany. Massaquoi, son of a Liberian diplomat and a white…

In Memoriam: Jakob Arjouni, 1965-2013

Jakob Arjouni (Jakob Michelsen), German author, died on January 17, 2013. Arjouni, whose real name was Jakob Michelsen, became famous with a series of detective novels that were set in Frankfurt and featured the hard-boiled investigator Kemal Kayankaya.   The novels with titles such as Happy Birthday, Türke and Mehr Bier were an immediate success, as was…

ASC German courses relate to current research

I’m in Milwaukee to give a paper at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association and to hear what 4000 of my colleagues are working on in their research and teaching endeavors. Permitting sufficient internet coverage and time, I hope to post intermittent reports about interesting projects on this blog. Those students currently in…