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American Television: Reality vs. Reality TV

On Monday, 31 March, Bethany Lerch hosted an early evening event that explored American culture through the lens of reality TV.


Interview: German-American Relations and the Ukraine Crisis

MDR Info, the main public radio news provider for central Germany, interviewed Crister S. Garrett for its Sunday noon news show about the implications of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine for German-American relations.


Death and Dying Conference Poster Online

The 2nd year MA cohort is happy to present the poster for the fourth annual American Studies Leipzig MA-Level Graduate Student Conference on "Death and Dying in American Culture."

You can find it here, or at the conference team's homepage: www.death-and-dying.de


Jennine Capo Crucet Reads From Her Work

On November 7, 2013, about forty to fifty people came to hear Picador Professor Jennine Capó Crucet read from her work at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig. The event was moderated by Ellen Schweda (author and journalist for MDR Figaro).


Lecture: Indian Resilience and Rebuilding in a Modern American Context

On January 31, 2014, ASL was honored to welcome Arizona State University‘s Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, Donald L. Fixico.

His lecture "Indian Resilience and Rebuilding in a Modern American Context" was an inspiring and thought-provoking talk that went beyond historical facts to explore greater epistemological dynamics of Native American history. The lecture was generously supported by the U.S.


Concluding the "American Gangster Film" Series

Fulbright Professor Barry Laga concluded his screening series "The American Gangster Film" with Tarantino's classic Pulp Fiction.

Again, many students have found their way to the Institute for American Studies and shared their  thoughts in a lively discussion about the peculiarites of postmodern filmmaking and Pulp Fiction's depiction of violence.

With its high degree of gangster film intertextuality, Pulp Fiction proved to be the perfect film to finish the screening series.


Deutschlandfunk Interview with Prof. Crister Garrett

Earlier this week, Professor Crister Garrett gave an interview at Deutschlandfunk on the NSA spying scandal and its effects on German-American relations.

Click on the link below to hear the interview.



Death and Dying - Deadline Extended

Please note that the deadline for submissions for the ASL Graduate Student Conference on "Death and Dying in American Culture" has been extended till January 19, 2014.


ASL Film Screening Series: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

As the second showing of the film series "The American Gangster Film," Fulbright Professor Barry Laga invited students, scholars and the broader community to a public screening of the 1967 classic Bonnie and Clyde.

After the film, Professor Laga lead a lively discussion in order to explore different peculiarities of the gangster film genre of the 1960s.


Obama 2.0: Teachers Workshop

“Obama 2.0” was a workshop specifically designed for English teachers to learn about and discuss Obama’s second term presidency.

21 teachers from all over Saxony joined the event, consisting of two talks by Professor Crister S. Garrett and Professor Paul S. Rundquist on the challenges of realizing real change in a country as complex and diverse as the United States of America.

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