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Lecture series 2008-2014

Winter semester 2014-2015 (overview as PDF)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 6:00-7:30 pm | Senatssaal
A Conversation with Martha Bayles about her latest book on Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy and America’s Image Abroad

Monday, October 13, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Room B, IAAK
Prof. Dr. Lawrence Howe (Roosevelt University | University of Southern Denmark)
"Mark Twain and America’s Ownership Society: Property and Its Discontents"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Room A, IAAK
Prof. Dr. Eric Sandeen (University of Wyoming | Radboud University Nijmegen)
"Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man Sixty Years On: Looking Back at 1950s America"

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Room A, IAAK
Dr. Christina Ziegler-McPherson (Hoboken Historical Museum | University of Bremen)
"Invasion of the Other: Anti-Immigration Politics in the United States, 1840–2014"

Monday, November 24, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Festsaal
Columbus Day Lecture 2014
Prof. James D. Bindenagel
Center for International Security and Governance, University of Bonn
"Building the Transatlantic Relationship: From Naming America to Unifying Germany and Beyond"

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Max Weber Room, Konrad-Zuse-Platz 1
Dr. Angela Condello (University of Rome III | Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Recht als Kultur”)
"Exemplarity as a Form of Normativity: How Individual Narratives Have Shaped American Legal Culture and the Construction of ‘Privacy’"
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Universitätsclub
Britanni Sonnenberg reads from her novel Home Leave

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Room A, IAAK
Dr. Thorsten Kathke (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne)
"FUTURE SHOCK Is ‘Where It’s At’: Diagnosing the State of America’s Society in the 1970s"

Monday, January 19, 2015 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Festsaal
Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2015
Prof. Dr. Manfred Berg (University of Heidelberg)
"The Dream Revisited: Racial Integration and Black Advancement since the Civil Rights Era"

Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Room A, IAAK
Prof. Layli Maparyan (Wellesley Centers for Women)
"Building Cultures of Inclusion across Race, Ethnicity, and Religion: Comparing Notes across the U.S. and Germany to Cultivate Social Change Leadership"
In cooperation with the U.S. Consulate General, Düsseldorf

 

Summer semester 2014 (overview as PDF)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Prof. Bryant Simon, Ph.D. (Temple University | University of Erfurt)
"What’s the Real Cost of a Big Mac? The High Costs of Cheap Food"

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Lecture hall XVII, IAAK
Forum Beruf North American Studies

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Dekanatssaal
Prof. Dr. Greta Olson (University of Giessen | Käte Hamburger Center "Law as Culture")
"The Centrality of the Constitution to US American Culture –
Arguments from the Left and the Right"

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Dr. Lena Laube (Forum International Science, University of Bonn)
"Grenzzäune und 'Remote Control': Die Selektivität der US-Grenzpolitik"

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Prof. Dr. Dieter Stein (IAAK, University of Bonn)
"From Open Access to Open Science: Towards a New Culture of Scientific Discourse"

Thursday, July 3, 2014 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Prof. Dr. Elena Esposito (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)
"The Reality of Ratings"

Monday, July 14, 2014 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Prof. Stefani Engelstein, Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Columbia)
"Economizing Desire: The Sibling (in) Law"

 

Winter semester 2013-2014 (overview as PDF)

Monday, October 21, 2013 • 4:00–6:00 pm • Festsaal, Main Building
Sen. Chris Steineger (Former Kansas State Senator)
“Contemporary American Politics: Obama’s Second Term and Beyond”

Columbus Day Lecture 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht (Department of Early Modern History, University of Bayreuth)
“Conquest, Expansion, Colonization: Risk and Risk Assessment in the Early Modern Atlantic World”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Dr. Stefanie Müller (Department of American Studies, University of Frankfurt)
“National and Economic Incorporation in HBO’s Deadwood

Thursday, January 9, 2014 • 4:00–6:00 pm • Room 3.002, Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, Regina-Pacis-Weg 7
Christian Schmidt, M.A. (American Studies, University of Bayreuth)
“Postblack Aesthetics: ‘Redefining Complex Notions of Blackness’ in Contemporary African American Literature”

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Lecture Hall XVII, IAAK
Prof. Cristanne Miller (Department of English, University at Buffalo)
“‘All the slain soldiers’: Poetry and the American Civil War”

Thursday, January 16, 2014 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Lecture Hall VIII, Main Building
Prof. David Damrosch (Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University)
“From Auerbach's Istanbul to Spitzer's Baltimore: The American Afterlife of Philology”


Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Room A, IAAK
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Martin Lüthe (John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin)
“Motown Memories: Forms and Functions of Facing the Music”

 

Lecture series summer semester 2013 (overview as PDF)

Monday, April 22, 2013 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room B (IAAK)
Prof. Russell Kilbourn (Department of English|Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University)
“Camera Arriving at the Station: Cinematic Memory as Cultural Memory”

Monday, May 6, 2013 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room B (IAAK)
Prof. Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. (Theatre Arts Program, Loyola Marymount University)
“Falling Darkness: Changes in Genre Film and Television in the United States after 9/11”

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room A (IAAK)
Prof. Rolf J. Goebel (Department of Foreign Languages, University of Alabama in Huntsville)
“From Postcoloniality to Global Media Culture: Reflections on Metropolitan Topography”

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room A (IAAK)
Dr. Justin Sully (North American Studies Program, University of Bonn)
“Wonks, Pundits and Statistical Panic in Contemporary US Political Culture: The Case of Nate Silver"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • HS 104 (Main building)
Prof. Grace Elizabeth Hale (Dpt. of History, University of Virginia | University of Erfurt)
“Out of Place, Out of Time: Filming the ‘Folk’ in the US South in the 1960s and 1970s”

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room A (IAAK)
Prof. Dr. Moritz Schularick (Bonn Graduate School of Economics, University of Bonn)
“Mind the Gap: The Making of America’s Imbalances”

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room A (IAAK)
Dr. Sarah Wasserman (North American Studies Program, University of Bonn)
“Fun with the Future-Past: Amusement and Obsolescence in 1930s New York”

Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • HS XVII (IAAK)
Prof. Dr. Jodi Melamed (Department of English, Marquette University|HU Berlin)
“The Racial Politics of Neoliberalism: Martin Luther King’s Previsions”

 

Lecture series winter semester 2012/2013

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room A (IAAK)
Prof. Dr. David Caplan (Department of English, Ohio Wesleyan University)
“Reclaiming Rhyme: On Contemporary American Poetry, Hip Hop, and Rhyming Culture”

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room A (IAAK)
Mai-Linh Hong, J.D. (Department of English, University of Virginia)
“Regulating the Militia: Black Power and the Right to Bear Arms”

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room A (IAAK)
Dr. Marcel Hartwig (Department of English, University of Siegen)
“‘Old World Contagions’ and Preventive Medicine: The Fate of American Voluntary Health Insurance Systems”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Room A (IAAK)
Prof. Dr. Suleiman Osman (George Washington University)
“The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York”



Lecture Series "The Road to the White House" (2012)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Festsaal
Prof. Joyce Mushaben (Department of Political Science, University of Missouri - St. Louis)
"It's the Women, Stupid: Female Voters and Gender Policies in the 2012 Elections"

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Universitätsclub
Dr. Torben Lütjen (Institut für Parteienrecht und Parteienforschung, University of Düsseldorf)
"The Great Divide: Warum Amerika ideologisch so gespalten ist"

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Festsaal
Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke (North American Studies Program)
"Why Race (Still) Matters in US-American Culture – and How It Does in the 2012 Presidential Race"

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Universitätsclub
Prof. Dr. Christian Hacke (Institut für Politische Wissenschaft und Soziologie, Universität Bonn)
"Wer macht das Rennen? Mögliche politische Konsequenzen der US-amerikanischen Präsidentschaftswahlen 2012"

Monday, October 29, 2012 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm • Festsaal (COLUMBUS DAY LECTURE 2012)
Prof. Dr. Crister S. Garrett (Institute for American Studies, University of Leipzig)
“America Debates Itself: Exceptionalism, Declinism, and the Electoral Season of 2012”

 

Lectures series summer semester 2012
[download overview as PDF]

Thursday, April 12, 2012 • 4:00-6:00 pm • Room B
Dr. Olaf Stieglitz (Institute of Anglo-American History, University of Cologne)
"Revisiting the 1950s – from Consensus to Conflict, from Nostalgia-Trap to Retro-Chic"

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Room A 
Dr. Henrike Viehrig (North American Studies Program)
"The Paradox of Presidential Power"

Thursday, May 3, 2012 • 4:00–6:00 pm • Room B
Dr. Bryan van Sweringen (John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, FU Berlin)
"'Popkulturkampf': The American Fifties Out on the Frontier of Freedom"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • 11:00 am • HS VII
Simone Knewitz, M.A. (North American Studies Program)
"Von Tobacco Road zu Hurrikan Katrina: Krisen, Katastrophen und der US-amerikanische Süden"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • 3:00–4:00 pm • Festsaal 
PD Dr. Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche (North American Studies Program)
"What is an American? Überlegungen zu einem umstrittenen Begriff" (Antrittsvorlesung)

Thursday, May 24, 2012 • 12:00–2:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Roger L. Nichols (Department of History, University of Arizona)
"Indians and American Society since 1960"

Thursday, June 14, 2012 • 7:00–9:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke (North American Studies Program)
"Race, Ethnicity, Nordamerika(studien)" [Video]
[as part of Salon 17's lecture series "Making Race?! Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf 'Rasse' und 'Ethnizität"]

Thursday, June 28, 2012 • 6:15-7:00 pm • Festsaal
Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke (North American Studies Program)
"Nostalgia for New York"
[as part of the symposium "Intercultural Sites in the Global City"]

Thursday, July 12, 2012 • 4:00–9:00 pm • Room B
The Real American – Joe McCarthy (2011)
Filmscreening and Discussion with Dr. Simone Höller

Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 • 6:00–8:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg)
"The Legacy of the Black Power Movement in the Twenty-First Century"


Columbus Day Lecture 2012

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Festsaal
Janice G. Weiner, U.S. Consul General (Düsseldorf)
"Diversity and Pluralism as Key Goals of U.S. Foreign Policy"


Lectures series summer semester 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Room B
Prof. Dr. Barbara Hedderich (Department of Economics, Hochschule Ansbach)
"Homo Oeconomicus – Streifzug durch die Geschichte eines Entscheidungsmodells"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 • 6:00–8:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Susan Strasser (Department of History, University of Delaware|John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin)
"Woolworth to Wal-Mart: Mass Merchandising and the Changing American Culture of Consumption"

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Conference Room
Vera Grant, M.A. (W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University)
"New Thoughts on an Old Occupation Zone: The Aesthetics of Propaganda, Race, and Fraternization on the Rhine, 1918-1923"

Thursday, May 26, 2011 • 6:00–8:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun (Department of Cultural Studies, Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
"Der menschliche Körper als 'Goldstandard' des Geldes"

Monday, June 6, 2011 • 6:00–8:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Kristin Hoganson (Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign|LMU München)
"Buying Into Empire: American Consumption at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Conference Room
Dr. Todd Carmody (Department of English, UC Berkeley|Excellence Cluster "Languages of Emotions", FU Berlin)
"'Days with Paul Robeson': Spirituals, Solidarity, and the East German Archive"

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 • 6:00–8:00 pm • Conference Room
Dr. Hannes Bergthaller (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan)
"Wars on Bugs: Cold War Ecology in the Works of Robert Heinlein, William S. Burroughs, and Rachel Carson"



Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011 • 6:00-8:00 pm • HS 17
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Simon Wendt (Institut für England- und Amerikastudien, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
“‘This nonviolent stuff ain’t no good. It'll get ya killed’: Armed Self-Defense and the Civil Rights Movement”


Columbus Day Lecture 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Festsaal
Prof. Dr. Anke Ortlepp (Amerika-Institut, LMU München)
“Staging Gender, Staging Class: Airtravel, Architecture, and Design in the Postwar Period”


Lecture series summer semester 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 • 6:00–8:00 pm • HS 11
Associate Prof. Dr. Steve Estes (History Department, Sonoma State University)
“The History of Southern Music and American Race Relations” – with guitar!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 • 6:00–8:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Robert Marc Friedman (History Department, University of Oslo)
“Science, History and the Stage: Remembering Miss Meitner”
Lecture and staged reading, starring Imke Pannen, David Schumacher, and Oliver Möller. (Flyer)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 • 6:00–8:00 pm • HS 11
Prof. Dr. Sharon Lattig (Department of English, New Jersey City University)
“The Orphic Mind: Toward a Neuroscientific Theory of the Lyric”

Tuesday, June 8, 2010• 6:00–8:00 pm • Festsaal
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Carl Djerassi (Department of Chemistry, Stanford University)
"Wissenschaft im Theater: eine liaison dangereuse"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 • 6:00–8:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Sandra H. Petrulionis (Department of English and American Studies, Penn State)
“Transcendental Radicals: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord”

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 • 6:00–8:00 pm • HS 11
Prof. Dr. Charles Altieri (Department of English, UC Berkeley)
“How We Can Develop the New Rhetoric that Contemporary American Poets Seem to be Seeking”


Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Festsaal
Prof. Dr. Norbert Finzsch (Historisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln)
"David Walker and the Fight against Slavery"


Columbus Day Lecture 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Festsaal
Prof. Gerald Jaynes (Department of Economics, Yale University)
“Race Relations in the United States: Intergroup Dynamics During the Obama Era”



Lecture series winter semester 2009-2010

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Room A
Prof. Jane Feuer (Dept. of English, University of Pittsburg/Universität Tübingen)
"Town Meetings of the Imagination: Northern Exposure and Gilmore Girls"

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 • 6:00-8:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Katherine Donohue (Department of History, Central Michigan University/Universität Bochum)
"The Political Odyssey of F. J. Schlink: Capitalism, Communism, and Consumerism in the 1930s"

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 • 12:00-2:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Gunther Hirschfelder (Institut für Germanistik, Vergleichende Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, Uni Bonn)
"Weihnachten auf dem Weg in die Zukunft"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 • 6:00-8:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Heinz Ickstadt (John F. Kennedy-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin)
"New York as Cultural Space"

Thursday, January 14, 2010 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Room TBA
Prof. Paul Lauter (Department of English, Trinity College Dublin)
"The Market and the Cathedral: Immigration, Identity, and Conflict"

Additionally, a series of film screenings was offered (in cooperation with the English Department Film Society), including such classics as "King Kong," "Manhattan," "Taxi Driver," and "Gangs of New York".


Lecture series summer semester 2009

Tuesday, May, 19, 2009 • 18:00-20:00 pm • Conference Room
Sophia Komor, M.A. (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Hamburg)
"Screaming Silence, (Un)Veiling Violence: Will Eno's Dramatic Art"

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 • 18:00-20:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Bernd Greiner (Institut für Sozialforschung, Hamburg)
“Die USA in Vietnam – Ursachen und Folgen entgrenzter Gewalt”

Thursday, July 23, 2009 • 18:00-20:00 Uhr c.t. • HS 5
Dr. Michael Butter (Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, Universität Freiburg)
“Entführt, missbraucht, indoktriniert: antikatholische Verschwörungstheorien und amerikanische Literatur – von Maria Monk bis Dan Brown”

"Perfekte Tarnung? Warnen, Tarnen, Täuschen in Natur und Kultur"
Ringvorlesung des Forums Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung


Martin Luther King Day Lecture 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 • 18:00-20:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Sabine Broeck (American Studies, Universität Bremen)
"The Erotics of African-American Endurance: White (West)-German Public Sentiment between Pornotroping and Civil Rights Solidarity"


Columbus Day Lecture 2008

Tuesday, August 21, 2008 • 18:00-20:00 pm • Festsaal
Prof. Dr. Crister Garrett (American Studies, Universität Leipzig)
“Sailing into Unchartered Waters? The United States, Russia, and Transatlantic Relations in the Context of the 2008 Presidential Election”


Lecture series winter semester 2008-2009

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 • 18:00-20:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik (Englisches Seminar, Universität Freiburg)
"The Factory as Prison: from Godwin to Upton Sinclair"

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 • 18:00-20:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Anna Hartnell (American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham, UK)
"Narrating Katrina: the ‘Right of Return’ and the Limits of National Identity"

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 • 10:00-12:00 pm • HS 17
Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Laux (Geographisches Institut, Universität Bonn)
"Die Praesidentschaftswahlen vom 4. November 2008 – ein historisches Ereignis aus wahlgeographischer Sicht"

 

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