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…

When Early German Settlers met Native Americans

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…

German Expressionism and its influence on Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton’s films have shaped American cinema, from Edward Scissorhands to Alice in Wonderland and, most recently, Inside Out. ASC German film students who have watched and discussed Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Murnau’s Nosferatu, and Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will not be surprised by this great video clip that actually compares Burton’s drawing on German Expressionism shot…

ASC in Germany 2014

On May 11 another group of Scotties will depart for Germany to study aspects of history, culture, and environmental regulation on location. The two-week study trip will be co-lead by Profs. Gundolf Graml (German Studies, also the main author of this blog) and Katherine Smith (Art History). We will spend our first week in Berlin…

“Hanna’s Journey” at Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

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….

Studying/Researching Abroad in Germany: Info Session @agnesscott

Join us for an info session on studying and researching in German-speaking countries. Our expert panel will feature Andrea Harris and Katherine Robinson, two ASC German students who have recently returned from studying abroad in Germany and Switzerland, respectively. Sarah Harris is currently studying abroad in Germany and Nga Than, an ASC alumna, is researching…

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….

Music and Emotions in Postwar German Film

Courses and finals are over, the grading continues. What makes it fun are examples of creative and inspiring student work. Here’s an example from the final projects in German 330 “Postwar German Cinema”:

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…

Oktober 26: Austrian National Holiday

Today, Austria celebrates its “Staatsfeiertag”, the Austrian National Holiday. Officially, the day commemorates Austria’s declaration of “immerwährende Neutralität” [eternal neutrality]. This meant that Austria would stay out of any military pacts such as NATO or the former Warsaw pact and would not engage in any military actions other than self-defense. It was that condition, which…

Namibia’s politics shaped by German colonialism and genocide

For the students in German 340: Afro-German History and Culture, and all those interested in colonial history, a story in the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail might be interesting: Reporter Geoffrey York investigates how an increasing “radicalism” in Namibian politics today is fueled by the actions of the German colonial settlers and the German…

Food, Art, and Music Featured at ASC in Germany Presentations

Did you know that US fast food in general contains much more high-fructose corn syrup than similar food in Germany? Have you ever thought about how a dense public transportation infrastructure might contribute to overall better public health conditions? These and other questions were addressed during the presentations given by ASC students who had participated…