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Lecture series

Current Issues in North American and Cultural Studies

Summer Semester 2021
(Program as PDF)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Dr. Philipp Adorf | Universität Bonn
Trumpism Ascendant: The State of the Republican Party and Its Consequences for American Democracy

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Prof. Joseph Laycock | Texas State University
Re-thinking Church and State with The Satanic Temple

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Ellen Hinsey | Universität Göttingen
Prof. Andrew Majeske | City University of New York
The Attack on the Capitol: A Provisional Report and Risks for US Democracy

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Prof. Dr. Laura Bieger | University of Groningen
Authorizing Native Son: A Relational Approach to Engaged Literature

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Dr. Sarah Beringer | German Historic Institute, Washington, DC
U.S. Climate and Renewable Energy Politics under Biden: A New Path Forward?

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Prof. Dr. Moritz Schularick | Universität Bonn
The Racial Wealth Gap, 1865–2019

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Prof. Dr. Susanne Rohr | Universität Hamburg
Intricate Matters: The ‘Holocaust Comedy’ in the US and Germany

Winter Semester 2020|2021
(Program as PDF)

* = in cooperation with Amerika Haus NRW e.V.


Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie | CASSIS, Universität Bonn

The US Foreign Policy Agenda of the Next Four Years

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 6:00-7:30 pm*

Prof. Russell J. A. Kilbourn, Ph.D. | Wilfrid Laurier University

Posthuman Memory in North American Cinema

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke | North American Studies Program

Kolumbus, Jefferson, Bismarck & Co. vom Sockel holen? Aktuelle Konflikte um Erinnerungskulturen und Geschichtspolitik

Wednesday, 2 December 2020 | 12:00-2:00 pm*

Debating the Results of the Presidential Election 2020

with students and alumni of the North American Studies Program (live event if possible, limited participation)

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 6:00-7:30 pm*

Dr. A. Elisabeth Reichel | Universität Osnabrück

Evolutionism, Pluralism, Relativism: Boasian Anthropology and the Poetry of Edward Sapir, Ruth Benedict, and Margaret Mead

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 6:00-7:30 pm*

PD Dr. Jan Logemann | Universität Göttingen

European Emigres and the Making of American Consumer Capitalism, 1930s to 1960s

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Dr. Holger Janusch | North American Studies Program

Communicative Power America: The End and Beginning of American Exceptionalism

Monday, January 18, 2021 | 5:00-8:00 pm

Martin Luther King Day Panel Discussion

How Black Lives Matter – in the United States and in Germany: Systemic Racism, Modes of Solidarity, and Historical Differences – with invited experts


Further reading

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Dr. Katharina Fackler | North American Studies Program
Oceanic Intimacies: Whaling Wives, Life Writing, and Colonial Ecologies in the Pacific, 1845-51


"The White House Embattled? The U.S. Election 2020"

Lecture Series in cooperation with the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) and AmerikaHaus e.V. NRW - Summer Semester 2020

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no live events; all lectures will be streamed instead.

In order to register for one of the online events, please send an email to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] (registration open until day before each lecture, 3:00 pm). You will then receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting.

Lectures hosted by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung will be streamed via their Facebook page (see below).

Tuesday | 28 April 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Dr. Philipp Adorf | Institut für Politische Wissenschaft und Soziologie | Universität Bonn
“Comeback or Continuation? The Relevance of Race in the Trump Era”
Watch the video on our YouTube channel
Tuesday | 5 May 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Hon.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Görlach | Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
“Empathie gegen Ressentiment: Der Kampf um das Weiße Haus”
Watch the video on the bpb's Facebook page
Tuesday | 12 May 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Dr. Ying Huang & Dr. Hendrik W. Ohnesorge | Center for Global Studies | Universität Bonn
"Neuer Kalter Krieg? Trump und die amerikanisch-chinesischen Beziehungen"

Watch the video on the bpb's Facebook page
Tuesday | 26 May 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Andrea Rotter, M.A. | Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung
“U.S. Foreign Policy and the Presidential Race”
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Tuesday | 9 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
PD Dr. Simone Knewitz | North American Studies Program
“‘I'm the President, and You're Fake News’: Populism and the 2020 Election”
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Tuesday | 16 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Dr. Gerlinde Groitl | Universität Regensburg
“Disruptor-in-Chief or New Normal? The Trump Presidency and the Erosion of the Transatlantic Alliance”
Tuesday | 23 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Prof. em. Dr. Andreas Falke | FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
“Trump und die Demokraten zu Wirtschaft und Handel”
Watch the video on the bpb's Facebook page
Thursday | 25 June 2020 | 4:00-6:00 pm
Candice Kerestan, M.A. | Democrats Abroad
Americans Abroad - the Key to a Democratic Victory in 2020?
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Thursday | 25 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie | CASSIS | Universität Bonn
“The Foreign Policy Agenda of the Next President”
Tuesday | 30 June 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Ralph C. Freund | Republicans Overseas Germany
“Entering the Battleground: A Republican Perspective on the Election Year 2020”
Tuesday | 7 July 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke | North American Studies Program
“Engendering the Race: How Gender Matters in the 2020 Presidential Election”
Watch the video on the bpb's YouTube channel


Winter Semester 2019/20


Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm • Festsaal
Columbus Day Lecture 2019
Prof. Dr. Hanjo Berressem (Dept. of American Literary and Cultural Studies, Universität zu Köln)
"Transatlantic Ecologies in the Shadow of Donald Trump"

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Dr. Rosary O’Neill (Playwright, New York City)
"Degas in New Orleans: Harnessing History to Create Entertainment"

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Dr. Matt Sheedy (North American Studies Program, University of Bonn)
"Are Ex-Muslims Atheists? Rethinking Secular Identities in the Age of the Alt-Right"

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:15 pm • Lecture hall I
Dies academicus 2019
"Climate Change and Technology Innovation: How Can We Reduce Emissions Massively?"
Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Peter Schniering
Newspaper article featuring photo from event

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 6:00-8:pm Room A, IAAK
Natalie J. Hungate (Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn)
"LGBTQ+ Couples in Europe and the US: Not all Rainbows and Sunshine, but Skies are Clearing"

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Dr. Dominik Schrey (Dept. of Media Culture Studies, University of Freiburg)
"The Next Best Thing to Going Home: A Mimesis Theory of Nostalgia"

Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2020
Prof. em. Dr. Michael Zeuske (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn)
"American Slaveries as Capitalism and the African-Iberian Atlantic"


Earlier semesters

Summer Semester 2019


9 April 2019
Prof. Michael C. Herron (Dartmouth College)
"Contemporary Controversies in American Elections: Fraud and Allegations of Voter Suppression"

30 April 2019
Dr. Adrian de Silva (University of Luxembourg)
"Trans and Social Change: Developments in the Federal Republic of Germany and Beyond"

7 May 2019
Dr. Josch Hoenes (Independent scholar)
"'You're the best of both worlds' - 'You don't belong here': Visual Politics of Trans* Visibility in US-American Culture"

13 May 2019
Forum Beruf North American Studies

28 May 2019
Dr. Adam Hjorthén (John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin)
"What's the Use of Ancestry? Mormonism, Tourism, and Genealogy in Swedish-American Relations"

4 June 2019
"Changing the World One Poem at a Time": A Reading & Discussion with Canadian Writer Gary Geddes

25 June 2019
Prof. Lilly J. Goren (Carroll University)
"'What News, What News, In this Our Tottering State?' Political Theory, Superhero Narratives, and Dystopian Imaginaries in an Unstable World"

2 July 2019
Dr. Regina Schober (Universität Mannheim)
"From Spiderweb to Neural Nets: The Network Model in US-American Literature"


Winter Semester 2018/19 (download overview)

23 October 2018
Prof. Steven Bruns (University of Colorado Boulder)
"Nostalgia and Memory in the Music of George Crumb"

26 October 2018
Prof. Priscilla Layne (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill | American Academy in Berlin)
"Dissecting Race Across the Atlantic: Teaching German Studies in the US"

6 November 2018 - University of Cologne
Panel discussion "Fake News and American Democracy" with Cameron Abadi, Andreas Falke, and Sabine Sielke

8 November 2018
Dr. Andrew Pendakis (Brock University)
"On the Strange Return of Marx"

14 November 2018
Dr. Patrick Horst (Hamburg)
"Nach den Midterms: Was haben wir zu befürchten, was dürfen wir hoffen, womit können wir rechnen?"

20 November 2018 - University of Cologne
Prof. Tracey Owens Patton (University of Wyoming)
"'I don't want to talk about it': Reflections of Memory, Race, Rejection, and Reunion in Post-War Germany"

8 January 2019
Sarah J. Grünendahl, M.A. (Hochschule Düsseldorf/Universität Siegen)
"'Refuge from Militarism'? U.S. War Resisters in Canada"

21 January 2019
PD Dr. Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche
"The Making of Americans: How to Remember Martin Luther King and Malcolm X"


Summer semester 2018
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17 April 2018
Prof. Glenn Gebhard (Loyola Marymount University)
“Truth, Myth, and Documentation”

24 April 2018
Dr. Matt Sheedy (North American Studies Program)
“White Saviours in Purgatory: Destabilizing Settler Colonial Myths in The Revenant and Idle No More”

8 May 2018
Prof. Lilly Goren (Carroll University | North American Studies Program)
“Politics and Images: Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America”

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29 May 2018
Dr. Juliane Braun (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC) &
Dr. Benjamin Fagan (Auburn University)
"Science, Slavery, and Transoceanic American Studies"

19 June 2018
Prof. Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University)
“Asianfail and the Myth of the Model Minority”

25 June 2018
Prof. Edward Levitas (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
"Does Diversity Drive Innovation? The Impact of Gender and Race in Engineering Teams"

26 June 2018
Prof. Michelle Mart (Pennsylvania State University) 
"Food, Nostalgia, and the Search for Pleasure: Rethinking What to Eat" 

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10 July 2018
Prof. Michelle Boulous Walker (University of Queensland)
"Slow Philosophy in an Age of Haste: What Are Universities for?"

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