Other events


Please check The Goethe Institute Website for upcoming events in the Boston Area:

Goethe Institute Boston

Germany in Europe: From Arrogant Bully to Dependable Team Player? - Campus Weeks 2013/2014

More information on the program can be found here.


Events for Fall 2014

»Jacobi-Meyer-Boas. Biography of a scholarly German Jewish American family«  
with Werner Tress from the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum, Berlin

Monday, October 20, 12-2pm in Mandel Humanities Center 303 (Level 3). 

1853, after two years in prison, the German-Jewish physician and 1848-revolutionary Abraham Jacobi emigrated to the USA. In New York, he became the founder of Pediatrics and Social Medicine. He was followed in the 1880s by his nephews Willi Meyer and Franz Boas. Meyer became Professor at the New York Medical College and a famous surgeon. Boas was the founder of modern American Ethnology and Professor at Columbia University. 1897-1902 he led the “Jesup North Pacific Expedition”. The lives and themes of these researchers will be discussed in reference to their German and Jewish identity and to the American History of Science.

Werner Tress is Historian, postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and research associate at the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies in Potsdam (Germany). In 2011 he completed his PhD with a doctoral thesis about the Nazi Book Burning and the Cultural Policy in Germany after 1933. He is currently working on his postdoctoral project about the process of integration and exclusion of Jewish scientists in Germany since the early 19th century. His interests include the emigration of Jewish scientists to the USA after 1933, but also in the long 19th century.

Refreshments will be provided.

Co-sponsored with NEJS and Hillel

»Is There a Civil Religion of the European Union?«
with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, Visiting Fellow at Harvard University's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
Tuesday, October 21, 12pm in the Faculty Club.
Please RSVP here.
Karolewski Flyer

The European Union's collective rituals and symbols, it foundational myth-making, its self-images of superiority, and its missionary activities towards non-members all serve the function of a "civil religion", Dr.Karolewski suggests. He will raise questions about the coherence of this phenomenon.  By exploring these five aspects of the nascent civil religion of the EU, the presentation attempts to tentatively answer four main questions: (1) Is there a coherent civil religion of the EU regarding its symbolic, ritual and myth-orientated practices, (2) Does the EU have any specific resources at its disposal that would go beyond the typical repertoire of the nation-states, (3) In how far does the EU mimic the techniques of the national civil religions and (4) what are the expectations concerning the “effectiveness” of the civil religion vis-à-vis the citizens in the EU”?

Bio: Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski holds the Chair of Political Science at the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland. He also is adjunct professor of Political Science at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He obtained his B.A., M.A and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Potsdam.
He has been visiting professor and visiting scholar at the Harvard University, Université de Montréal, New York University, Pondicherry University (India), University of California in Santa Barbara and the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Lille (France).
His main areas of research are European integration and democratic governance including citizenship, identity politics, civil society and nationalism in Europe. His recent publications include “Religion and Politics (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), "Citizenship and Identity in the Welfare State" (Nomos, 2013), "Civic Resources and the Future of the European Union" (Routledge, 2012), "The Nation and Nationalism in Europe" (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), "Citizenship and collective Identity in Europe" (Routledge, 2010) and "Multiplicity of Nationalism in Europe" (Lexington, 2009). 

"The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for German Foreign Policy, the EU and Transatlantic Relations." 
with Karl Kaiser 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Faculty Club Lounge
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The Ukraine crisis profoundly changes European politics and has wider implications for the West and global politics. The talk analyzes the nature of the crisis and possible consequences for Germany, the EU and the US-European relationship.
Karl Kaiser is Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School and Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He was educated at the Universities of Cologne, Grenoble and Oxford and taught at the Universities of Bonn, Johns Hopkins (Bologna), Saarbruecken, Cologne, the Hebrew University, and the Departments of Government and Social Studies of Harvard. He was a Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Bonn/Berlin and an advisor to Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt. He was a member of the German Council of Environmental Advisors. He serves on the Board of Foreign Policy, Internationale Politik, the Advisory Board of the American-Jewish Committee, Berlin, and the Board of the Federal Academy of Security Policy, Berlin. He is a recipient of the Atlantic Award of NATO. Professor Kaiser is the author or editor of several hundred articles and about fifty books in the fields of world affairs, German, French, British and US foreign policy, transatlantic and East-West relations, nuclear proliferation, strategic theory, and international environmental policy. He holds a Ph.D. from Cologne University and an Honorary Doctorate of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Co-sponsored by the International and Global Studies Program and the Brandeis International Journal.

Representation as Power and Performance: Global Civil Society Advocacy for Children and their Rights 

Thursday, October 30, 2014, The Heller School(Schneider Building), Rm. G2 
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"Germany 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall" 
with Roger Cohen 

Thursday, November 13, 12-2pm Faculty Club Lounge

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Roger Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on Sept. 11, 2001, and foreign editor six months later. Since 2004, he has written a column for the International New York Times, until 2014 known as the International Herald Tribune, first for the news pages and then, from 2007, for the Op-Ed page. In 2009 he was named a columnistof The New York Times.  Mr. Cohen has written “Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo” (Random House, 1998), an account of the wars of Yugoslavia’s destruction, and “Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis’ Final Gamble” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005). He has also co-written a biography of General Norman Schwarzkopf, “In the Eye of the Storm” (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1991). His family memoir, “The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family,” (Alfred A. Knopf) will be published in January, 2015.

What do you know about the Holocaust? A discussion about effective Holocaust education in Jewish and German schools with Facing History and Ourselves

Monday November 17th 12:00-2pm Faculty Club Lounge

Join us for a luncheon discussion tackling the many issues of holocaust education. Judi Bohn and Doc Miller from the organization Facing History and Ourselves will be presenting on the issues of current holocaust education and how future holocaust education will be affected by the decline of living survivors. Then students from various Jewish education backgrounds and also students from German schools will compare and contrast their experiences with holocaust education in a facilitated, open discussion led by Bohn and Miller. The discussion will include a range of topics, including whether the holocaust can be over-taught, what effective holocaust education looks like, and how holocaust education has changed since the mid 20th century, and how holocaust education should change in the future. Lunch with kosher options will be provided. 

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More events for this semester coming soon!


Civil Religion Event_Karolewski Flyer Final_ October 2014.pdf