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…

International Education Week

This week is international education week. German Studies has teamed up with other foreign language programs and the Gué Pardue Hudson Center for Leadership and Service for a series of exciting events. It starts tonight with “A Night of Global Poetry and Music” in Maclean Auditorium, from 7-8pm. Come and listen to your fellow Scotties’…

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…

Exploring Berlin

An exploration of the historical district of Berlin was scheduled for our first full day in Germany. We started out at the Hackeschen Höfe, the beautifully restored city block featuring restaurants, small shops, and residential areas. Dating back to the early 20th century, this ensemble was badly damaged in World War II and barely renovated during…

Afro-German Memoirs by Theodor Michael and Jennifer Teege

Students of German 340 Afro-German History might be interested in my recent editorial for the website of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR): On Reading Two Recent Memoirs by Afro-Germans Two recent memoirs by German authors with an African connection emphasize that German history cannot be written without including the histories and perspectives of…

German Author Jennifer Teege Will Read at ASC

Millions of people know about Amon Goeth, the commander of the former National Socialist concentration camp in Plaszow-Krakov in Poland, from Ralph Fienne’s performance of this character in Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List (1993). This also applies to Jennifer Teege, for whom Amon Goeth was a distant historical figure until that specific day a few years ago,…