ASL-ASAA Celebrates Annual Christmas Holiday Bash 2007

The American Studies Alumni Association (ASAA) and ASL hosted their third annual Christmas Holiday Bash on December 20th at the Villa Tillmanns. The festivities got underway with the traditional “ASAA Christmas Lecture,” which was presented by Leo Schmieding this year. Leo introduced some findings from his dissertation on Hip Hop in the GDR during his short but very entertaining talk on “Rap your Presents! - A Hip Hop Christmas Carol.” After the presentation in front of some sixty people, everyone moved to the buffet, for food, drinks, and conversation among friends.

Guest reactions to the lecture and party were diverse and overwhelmingly positive. Alumna Susann Feik found the lecture refreshing and enjoyed seeing familiar faces from her days as a student. Michelle Glauser, MA class of 2007, loved the lecture, especially the visual examples such as a video clip of the GDR’s own Big City Breakers in action and a seasons greetings letter from the Communist Party leadership to the Breakers. Sabrina Dietrich of the 2006 BA Class attended the bash for the second time. She thought the lecture was well done giving her some first insights into the topic. Having grown up in the GDR, Mirco Knof of the BA Class of 2007 was introduced to a new aspect of culture in the GDR, one he has not known before, and which left him curious to learn more.

To see some pictures from the event, just click on the accompanying series of photos.

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