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Robert Zwarg Explored the Afterlife of Critical Theory in America

On Monday, 7 July 2014, about 20 guests gathered to listen to a lecture by
Robert Zwarg on the Afterlife of Critical Theory in America.

Mr. Zwarg started his talk with a piece from the Vice Magazine, which
illustrated how in an American context, the term critical theory lumps
together any theory or philosophy from the early 20th century on.

His talk then tried to disentangle the complexity of the issue by first
illustrating the distinct theoretical basis of the Critical Theory (i.e.,


Prof. Michel Gueldry Discusses Transatlantic Differencees

On Wednesday, 2 July 2014, Prof. Michel Gueldry from the Monterey Institute of International Studies gave a lecture on transatlantic relations and difference between the United States and Europe.

In a lively and interesting talk, Prof. Gueldry sought to determine main transatlantic differences while both sides have the same philosophical and cultural foundation.


Prof. Garrett Office Hours Cancelled for Tuesday, July 8.

Due to the Executive Board Meeting for the Picador Professorship, Prof. Garrett will not be able to hold office hours on Tuesday, July 8. He will hold office hours at the regularly scheduled time on Tuesday, July 15.


Reduced Office Hours for Prof. Garrett on Tuesday, June 17

Dear Students: Prof. Garrett will be holding a lecture for a visiting delegation of twenty American professors and senior university administrators until shortly before 4 pm on Tuesday, June 17.

Thus office hours will be reduced to 4-5 pm. Thank you for your understanding.


Prof. Emerson from Rice University Assesses Roles of Race and Religion in Contemporary American Life

Last Thursday, June 5 2014, ASL was happy to welcome Prof. Michael Emerson, a leading scholar of religion and race from Rice University in Houston.

His talk explored the sociology of race and religion and its implications on political biases and communial life in Houston as well as in the US in general.

Over ten years of his field research and that of colleagues show clearly how race informs widely and deeply American religious and political practices. Mr. Emerson illustrated his findings in a compelling presentation.


MDR Figaro Invites American Studies Leipzig to Reflect on D-Day 70 Years Later

MDR Figaro invited American Studies Leipzig to reflect on D-Day 70 years later.

The resulting radio essay by Crister S. Garrett can be found at


Guy Stern Talks about His Remarkable Life as a German Immigrant to the US

On Wednesday, 28 May 2014, Prof. emer. Guy Stern gave a talk on "Memory, Remembering, and the Holocaust."

In his talk he shared several anectodes about his remarkable life.


Dr. Turek Discussed American-Polish Relations and the Ukraine Crisis

On Tuesday, 27 May 2014, Dr. Maciej Turek from the Institute for American Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow gave a talk on American­Polish relations and the crisis in Ukraine.

Dr. Turek shortly outlined the basic issues of the Ukraine conflict and the Polish and American reception thereof. He then illustrated the significance of the conflict for both Poland and the US and eventually connected the dots by discussing its effects on Polish­American relations.


Prof. Garrett's Office Hours Canceled For June 3

Dear Students:

Crister S. Garrett will not be able to hold office hours on Tuesday, June 3. Office hours will take place as scheduled on Tuesday, June 10.


ASL Assistant Lecturer Anne Grob Presents at American Indian Workshop

ASL assistant lecturer and PhD student Anne Grob recently presented her work at the American Indian Workshop in Leiden, the Netherlands.

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