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,…

German Courses in Spring 2014

Happy advising week, Scotties! Enrollment for Spring 2014 is coming up. Here’s a list of the German courses you can choose from in addition to the language courses, German 102 and German 202. Please note: In Spring 2014 only, German 340 “Afro-German History and Culture” will be taught as a hybrid online course. Don’t be…

“Migration, Memory, and Diversity in Germany”

Emory U will host a conference under this title on Sep 22-23. The keynote speaker is Rita Chin, Professor of History, who delivered the Halle German Studies Lecture in 2011. The detailed conference program is attached, here’s an excerpt from the official conference announcement: “Since its founding as a nation state, Germany has underscored the…

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.

Indian-German Writer Anant Kumar @ Agnes Scott College

Anant Kumar, a German author of Indian descent, is currently traveling in the US and will be at ASC this week to visit classes and read from his work (in English) on August 29, 6pm, in the Luchsinger Fireplace Lounge (see the poster to the right). The event is free and open to the public….

“Brown Babies” Documentary Screens in Atlanta

ASC students who took German 340 “Afro-German History and Culture” will remember our interview with Lisa Dixon, an Afro-German woman who told us about her experience as child of a white German mother and African-American GI. Lisa Dixon is also featured in the documentary “Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story” by director Regina Griffin. This documentary focuses on…