The following is a sample of past events presented by the Center for German and European Studies:
Reconfigurating gender within the Tablighi Jama'at in the Gambia
April 22, 2009
Marloes Janson is the 2009 visiting lecturer from the DAAD at Brandeis University. This lecture was the eighth Annual Saler Lecture in Religious Studies. Janson talked about the role of men and women of the Tablighi Jama'at in the Gambia. Over the years, the Tablighi Jama'at has expanded into what is the largest Islamic movement of contemporary times. Despite its enormous influence, scholars have paid almost not attention to the movement in subh-Saharan Africa. The lecture was attended by numerous students and faculty. At the end of the lecture students and faculty fielded questions and a reception was held.
Behind the Iron Curtain
April 6, 2009
Brandeis was proud to host two of the most prolific young European authors, Attila Bartis and Clemens Meyer, for a reading on a Monday evening. Despite the rain, students and faculty attended the personal reading of the author's latest works. Clemens Meyer read a couple of pages in German and the first chapter of a new translation from his book "As we were dreaming" (Als wir traeumten). Attila Bartis was assisted by Steve Dowden in a reading of this smash hit "Tranquility," in Hungarian and English. In all, it was a very entertaining event as all attended could very well see how these literary mavericks are shaking up the European literature scene.
Translating Europe: poetry reading and discussion
April 1, 2009
Born in Ankara in 1961, Zafer Senocak has been living in Germany since 1970, where he has become a leading voice in the German discussions on multiculturalism, national and cultural identity, and a mediator between Turkish and German culture. The widely published poet, essayist, journalist and editor has won several prestigious literary awards in Germany. Together with translator Elizabeth Oehlkers-Wright, they read from their new book of poetry, "Door Languages." Following the reading, attendants had a Q & A with Zafer Senocak about his poetry, the German-Turkish relationship and translation.
Between Rosenzweig and Benjamin
March 26, 2009
Donatella Di Cesare, professor at the University of Rome, visited with a group of people in the Heller School. The event was moderated by Stephen Dowden, chair of the Department for German, Russian, Asian Languages and Literature.
What's left of the left?
March 21, 2009
The conference was held in honor of George Ross, the Morris Hilquit Professor. The conference was attended by some of the leading minds in Leftish social and political thought. According to Ross, "Left" political parties have been the major pole of opposition in capitalist market societies and the bearers of "progressive" change since the industrial revolution.
Manhattan Transfer: Re-Evaluating the Impact of Exile on Theodor W. Adorno and Herbert Marcuse
March 17, 2009
The Center for German and European Studies and Harvard University Press presented two new books about Theodor Adorno, one of the most important philosophers and social critics of the postwar period. The presentation was by authors Thomas P. Wheatland and Detlev Claussen.
"Climate Wars" (Klima Kriege)
March 6, 2009
How are governments dealing with the increasing threat of global warming?
What are they doing to prevent a global climate crisis in the face of the financial meltdown?
What are the structural changes necessary for governments to tackle the climate issues?
Where lie the threats and opportunities?
Harald Welzer talked on these and more questions during his speech.
Author of "The Reader" talks about Collective Guilt
February 3, 2009
After a successful German Lunch in Faculty Club, Bernhard Schlink held a lecture and Q & A session in Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Goldfarb Library at 3 p.m. The lecture was about the Collective Guilt experienced by the German generations after World War II attributed to the Holocaust. Schlink's main point was that the guilt subsides with the 3rd generation but it is never forgotten. The audience was highly attentive and gave creative feedback, comments and questions. The lecture lasted 100 minutes.
Putin's Authoritarism: Implications for a new U.S. President's Russian Policy
December 8, 2008
Joerg Himmelreich is Senior Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund at Berlin and a Visiting Associate Professor at University of California, San Diego. He came to the Faculty Lounge at Brandeis University to hold a talk about Putin's Russia. This event was cosponsored by the Brandeis Global Affairs lunch table.
The European Union and Party Politics in Central Eastern Europe
November 18, 2008
Tim Haughton is a visiting scholar at The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He came to Brandeis to talk about his studies on the politics of East-Central Europe. His main areas of focus are parties, institutions and political actors in Slovakia. In addition, Haughton led his insights into the latest expansion of the European Union, as well as the threats and opportunities that lay ahead.
Premiere of rescued music from the Nazis
October 26, 2008
The culminating event of CGES fall programing included a panel discussion with Dr. Bret Werb, Rosian Zerner (Geist's niece), Reinhard Kaiser and Klaus Harer. Followed by a reception, the sold-out crowd was treated to a musical performance of Edwin Geist's rescued music. Performers included Verena Rein, soprano, accompanied by the Irvine Fine Society Singers; Nicholas A. Brown as conductor and a group of Boston-area musicians. It was a grand event and CGES looks forward to future collaborations of this scale and context.
Visit the "Deutsche Kulturforum östliches Europa" for more information.
A film by Doris Dörrie
October 25, 2008
Germany's most prolific female director, screenwriter and author Doris Dörrie, graced the Brandeis campus with her presence for a showing of her new movie "Kirschblüten - Hanami."
The story is about Rudi, who after losing his wife realizes that she was not the person he thought she was. His journey of discovery and coming to terms with the loss of wife leads him to Japan, where he discovers the intricacies of buto (Japanese dance).
After the screening Dörrie took some time to answer the audience's questions.
A Personal Face in Berlin's "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
October 16, 2008
Joel Alpert revealed the captivating story how his family ended up being portrayed in Berlin's new Holocaust Memorial. Alpert shared background information on his personal genealogy research and his findings. By posting his findings about his small ancestral town in Lithuania on the Internet, he caught the attention of the head researcher for Berlin's new Holocaust memorial. Through his research he was able to bring together family members from Mexico, Germany, Lithuania and all over the United States.
Reading from "Snowed Under"
October 6, 2008
Author Antje Strubel and her Translator Zaia Alexander came to Brandeis for a reading of Strubel's 2001 book, "Unterm Schnee" (Snowed Under).