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March 2017

WiP Forum: Lang

March 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Patrick Lang, “Radiation in the home. Between Victim and Sacrifice in the Atomic Radio Play” Now in its thirteenth year, Works in Progress provides the entire Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies with regular opportunities to introduce new and on-going research projects. GSLL Sponsored

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April 2017

Film Screening: I, Olga Hepnarová

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A complex portrait of alienation and loneliness, this meticulously composed film is based on the true story of Olga Hepnarová, the last woman to be executed in the former Czechoslovakia. Desperate to break free from the conservative social milieu and strict sexual conventions of the 1970s, Olga resorts to a gruesome and carefully planned revenge against the society. In Czech with English subtitles.

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Film Screening: Velvet Terrorists (Zamatoví teroristi)

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blurring the borders between fact and fiction, heroism and stupidity, Velvet Terrorists is a film about minor and foiled terrorist plots against the Czechoslovak communist regime. The film focuses on three protagonists, whose tragicomic tales of resistance and resilience of human spirit celebrate small rebellious acts that forever changed their lives. In Czech and Slovak with English subtitles.

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Central European Cities in Transition: The Case of Prague – Petr Roubal

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This talk will examine the deep and often troubling change of Central European cities after the fall of state socialism by using Prague as its case. It will look specifically at following transformations: a collapse of traditional Prague-based manufacturing and relocation of labour force, the lack of socially affordable housing, the massive increase in automobile transport to the detriment of public transport, the radical change in the patterns of consumption and leisure activities, and the change in discourse about the nature of the city and its future. In the new neoliberal spirit, the city planning (as any planning) was seen as part of the suspect heritage of state socialist planned economy. The lecture will attempt to look at these and other changes as part of long term transformation that preceded the actual fall of state socialism. It also will attempt to situate those within broader trends in European urban development since the 1970s, thus revisiting the established academic debate of what is actually socialist about socialist cities. Petr Roubal is a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in History from the Central European University. His dissertation on the political symbolism of mass gymnastic performances (Spartakiads) has recently been published as a monograph in Czech, with English translation pending. The bulk of his research looks at the politics of memory in the post-communist period, origins of post-communist neoliberalism, and the Federal Assembly 1989-1992. His current project examines Prague’s city planning of late-socialism and early post-socialism.

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Frank Wedekind’s “Frühlings Erwachen” on Stage!

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until April 25, 2017

On April 24th and April 25th 2017, the students in German 374, under the direction of Dr. Tin Wegel, will perform Frank Wedekind’s Frühlings Erwachen (Spring Awakening), the 1891 play that shocked Germany by addressing and even showing rape, suicide, and abortion on stage. Folded into these heart-wrenching topics are moments of love, friendship, and the affirmation of life – in a cemetery of all places! Over a hundred years later, all of these topics continue to divide our society and are deserving of our critical attention, which makes this play forever contemporary. Both performances will begin at 6pm in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, at UNC, with an approximate run time of 75 minutes. Free of charge, the performance will be in German. Open to the general public.  

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Frank Wedekind’s “Frühlings Erwachen” on Stage!

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until April 25, 2017

On April 24th and April 25th 2017, the students in German 374, under the direction of Dr. Tin Wegel, will perform Frank Wedekind’s Frühlings Erwachen (Spring Awakening), the 1891 play that shocked Germany by addressing and even showing rape, suicide, and abortion on stage. Folded into these heart-wrenching topics are moments of love, friendship, and the affirmation of life – in a cemetery of all places! Over a hundred years later, all of these topics continue to divide our society and are deserving of our critical attention, which makes this play forever contemporary. Both performances will begin at 6pm in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, at UNC, with an approximate run time of 75 minutes. Free of charge, the performance will be in German. Open to the general public.  

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