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January 2019

Visualization and the Holocaust: A Symposium

January 17 @ 9:00 am - January 18 @ 6:00 pm
Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Dr
Durham, NC United States
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The Holocaust was an historical event that has profoundly shaped our understanding of modern society and has left behind a vast historical record. In the last decade, more and more of that record has become (and is becoming) digitally available. This public conference (Nasher Museum) and expert workshop (Wired! Lab) seek to reflect synthetically on the first decade of historical and spatial analysis of the Holocaust through the use of digital methods.

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“Russian Spy,” “German Voltaire,” “Fickle Genius”: August von Kotzebue as a Problem for German History and Literature

January 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, Room 569, 102 Emerson Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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This talk argues that a reconsideration of Kotzebue’s turbulent life and complex legacy has the potential to reshape our understanding of the so-called Goethezeit, pointing to new interpretations of the intellectual and political history of this era.

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Hasidism: A New History

January 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This lecture will present the major findings by a team of scholars about the history of Hasidism, from its origins in the mid-eighteenth century to the present day.

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bauhaus.photo traveling exhibition

January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NC State College of Design Brooks Hall Gallery, 50 Pullen Road
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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The bauhaus.photo exhibition features 100 key works from the collection of more than 70,000 Bauhaus photos held by the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin – the largest collection of its kind in the world. Under the four headings of ‘The Bauhaus Lives,’ ‘Architecture and products,’ ‘Bauhaus Faces’ and ‘Peterhans Photography Course’, the exhibition provides an impressive insight into the many facets of Bauhaus photography and into life at the Bauhaus. Exhibition dates from January 7th to  February 15th. A special lecture and reception will be held January 23th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at NC State College of Design. The lecture will be given by More information about the celebration of Bauhaus and these events on NC State College of Design Website.

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Works in Progress Forum

January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on November 27, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on January 23, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on March 5, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on April 3, 2019 at 7:30pm

Speaker: Henry Pickford: "Normativity in Early Marx" Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:30pm Speaker: Jeffrey Hertel: "Between Function and Fantasy: August von Kotzebue, the Jena Romantics, and the Modulation of German Dramatic Satire around 1800" Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 7:30pm Speaker: Margaret Reif: "Von diesem Augenblicke an bekam der große Wald eine Seele": Wilhelm Raabe's Else von der Tanne and the Realist Fairytale Child" Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:30pm Speaker: Ruth von Bernuth: "Luther in Yiddish" Wednesday,  January 23, 2019 - 7:30pm Speaker: Dr. Richard Langston: "The Book, Cold Hard Cash, and the Mirror: Abstraction and Itinerancy in Ulrich Peltzer’s Littérature Engagée" Wednesday,  March 05, 2019 - 7:30pm Speaker: John Gill: Signature of the Crisis: Friedrich Schlegel's Religionspolitik Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:30pm

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Translating Dialect Workshop with Dr. Priscilla Layne

January 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dey Hall 104, 200 South Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Discuss an excerpt of Thomas Bernhard's Der deutsche Mittagstisch (The German Lunch Table). During this workshop we will discuss the praxis and theory of translating dialects with a short text by Thomas Bernhard. The source text is in German, but all of those interested in translating dialects are welcome. No knowledge of German required. You can attempt to translate a section of the text from German or from literal English into a dialect of English. All language backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome! 

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The Nazi Holocaust and the Exile of Yiddish

January 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This talk, by Wake Forest University historian Barry Trachtenberg, examines the complicated history of Di algemeyne entsiklopedye (The General Encyclopedia, Berlin, Paris, New York: 1932-1966), which was one of the only successful efforts to bridge the pre- and post-Holocaust eras, and to link Yiddish speakers to one another after they were scattered to the far reaches of the globe.

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Revising EU History: Culture as Key to the European Project

January 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center Room 3009, 301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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At the moment a consensus exists on the history of the European project, according to which the process of European unionization in the post-WWII era developed via an innocuous commitment to simple economic considerations. The Coal and Steel Community (1951) is held up as an exemplar of pragmatism that led slowly to political cooperation leading to the formation of the EU. Culture is treated as playing little to no role. The consensus on this history is wrong. A return to the Hague in 1948 and the Congress of Europe reveals that the post-War European project was initiated with a focus on culture. Starting from the dynamic at this congress, attended by all the ‘founding fathers’ of the European Union, this paper provides a more complex understanding of both Europe’s cultural and institutional history. Randall Halle is the Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt he is the founding Director of the Critical European Culture Studies Program as well as Director of the Film and Media Studies Program. He is founding Co-Chair of the European Culture Research Network of the Council for European Studies His books include The Europeanization of Cinema, Toward a Transnational Aesthetic: German Film after Germany, Queer Readings in Social Philosophy, among others. His essays have appeared in journals such as New German Critique, Screen, Camera Obscura, German Quarterly, and Film-Philosophy. He is currently finishing European Cultural Dis/Union and Interzone Europe: Nation-State Turkey.

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February 2019

The “Better State”: Competing Images of West and East Germany in the 1960s

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, Room 569, 102 Emerson Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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During the Cold War, a competition emerged between East and West Germany over their political legitimacy based upon their mutual goals of leaving the Nazi past behind and offering a more promising, yet distinct, model for the future. As time passed, the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) pointed to its economic miracle, successful Western integration, and developed democratic society. The German Democratic Republic (GDR), in contrast, emphasized the successes of the “revolutionary tradition” and the “liberation from fascism.”

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The Making of a European Alternative: Cooperation and Integration in Western Europe after 1945

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center Room 3009, 301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Prof. Dr. Kiran Klaus Patel is Professor and Chair of European and Global History at Maastricht University. He also serves as Jean Monnet Chair and Head of the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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