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Lectures on American Literature and Culture at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Freie Universität

№ 100/2008 from Apr 18, 2008

The John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies of Freie Universität Berlin is beginning the summer semester with an international research colloquium. The opening lecture of the series "Perspectives on American Literature and Culture" will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. by Professor Ruth Leys, Johns Hopkins University, who is currently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. With two exceptions, the colloquium will take place on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in Room 201, Lansstraße 7-9, in Berlin-Dahlem (U-Bahnhof Dahlem Dorf). The lectures will be open to the public. Interested persons are welcome to attend.

Dates and Themes:

  • April 24
    Ruth Leys (Johns Hopkins University / Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)
    “Shame Now”
  • May 8
    Maria Diedrich (Universität Münster)
    “‘Kasseler Neger’ and a German Black Diaspora”
  • May 21 (Wednesday!)  4:15 p.m.
    Eric de Chassey (Université François Rabelais de Tours)
    “Flat Displays: Photographing Shop Windows, from Walker Evans to Martha Rosler”
  • May 22 
    Gabriele Schwab (UC Irvine) and Simon Ortiz (Arizona State University)
    Eine Lesung aus “Children of Fire, Children of Water”
  • May 29 
    Joel Pfister (Wesleyan University)
    “Mark Twain and the Americanization ‘Racket’: Connecticut Yankee, American Claimant, and Twain’s Debate with Matthew Arnold”
  • June 4 (Wednesday!)  6:15 p.m., Room 340
    Sandra Gilbert (UC Davis)
    “Modern Death, Millennial Mourning: The Challenge of 21st-Century Grief” (Ernst Fraenkel Lecture)
  • June 5
    William Cronon (University of Wisconsin Madison)
    "Telling Tales on Canvas: Landscapes of Frontier Change.” (Ernst Fraenkel Lecture)
  • June 12
    Michael Fried (Johns Hopkins University / Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)
    “Jeff Wall, Wittgenstein, and the Everyday”
  • June 19
    Winfried Siemerling (Université de Sherbrooke)
    “Beyond North American Borders: Canada and Transnational Literary Studies”
  • June 26
    Brook Thomas (UC Irvine)
    “The Legal and Literary Complexities of US Citizenship around 1900”
  • July 3
    David Van Leer (UC Davis)
    “Identity After Identity Politics: Studies in Classic American Sexuality”
  • July 10
    Gabriele Rippl (Universität Bern)
    “Problems of Intermediality: Twentieth-Century American Literature and the Irreducibility of Images”

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