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Lecture series

Current Issues in North American and Cultural Studies


Winter Semester 2021|2022
(Program as PDF

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
PD Dr. Karin Hoepker | University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Shipwreck, Risk, and the Novel: Poe's Poetics of the Improbable

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Prof. Dr. Devin Zuber | Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Sermons in Stones: John Muir, Swedenborg, and Environmental Imagination

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Dr. Mahshid Mayar | Bielefeld University
"Do they                      you?": Erasure in Solmaz Sharif's "Dear Salim" Poems

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Dr. Josef Braml | Secretary General of the Trilateral Commission's German Group
Geo-Economics Rivalry between the US and China – Impact on Europe

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Heinze | Technische Universität Braunschweig
How to Tell a Migration Story, or: The Politics of Authenticity

Monday, January 17, 2022 | 6:00-7:30 pm | MLK Day Lecture
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Rebecca Brückmann | Ruhr-University Bochum
Where Did We Go from There? Roots, Ruptures, and Reiterations in the Black Freedom Struggle

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Prof. Dr. Julia Leyda | Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Black Anthroposcreens: Queen Sugar and Black Panther


Summer Semester 2021
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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 Historical Institute Washington
U.S. Climate and Renewable Energy Politics under Biden: A New Path Forward?

Tuesday, July 6, 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
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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

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”
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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”
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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"

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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”
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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”
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Looking for earlier lectures? See our archive