Panel Discussion: 1968 in America: Then and Now

American Studies Leipzig invites you to the following event:

Panel Discussion: „1968 IN AMERICA: THEN AND NOW“

Monday, 23 June
6 pm - 8 pm
Städtisches Kaufhaus
Room 2-08

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Workshop with TSU Students on June 16

The African American Struggle for Civil Rights and its Impact on the GDR Buergerrechtsbewegung

Please join a discussion with nine students and their professor from Tennessee State University, in Nashville, Tennessee, a historically black university. The group is currently traveling in Germany to trace connecting points between German and African American history with special focus on civil rights movements and their interconnectedness. For example - why were they singing “We Shall Overcome” in the Nikolaikirche in 1989?

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Frank Freidel Lecture: "What Do Animals Look Like?"

American Studies Leipzig cordially invites you to the 2008 Frank Freidel Residency Lecture “What Do Animals Look Like?” by Dr. Paula Young Lee, the 2008 Frank-Freidel Scholar-in-Residence on Tuesday, 10 June 2008, 5pm (c.t.) in Villa Tillmanns, Wächterstraße 30 Dr. Paula Young Lee examines Western culture's representation of animals as ‘blind.’ Inside a Cartesian trajectory, animals lack self-consciousness and hence cannot ‘see’: they are incapable of insight as well as the capacity to observe others critically. Dr.

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Bump, Bump, Bump

On June 3, after the final primaries in Montana and South Dakota, Senator Barack Obama held a victory speech in St. Paul, the site of the upcoming Republican National Convention. Following Michelle Obama’s introduction, the presumtive Democratic nominee entered the stage exchanging a fist-bump with his wife. As a consequence of the two-second gesture, the blogosphere as well as the mainstream media obsessed about what to call it, what it means, and if it is black or not. Below is a small selection of chronological links reflecting part of the online coverage. 

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The Terrymania is Over

Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton for President committee chair, will be very much missed on the campaign trail now that Hillary Clinton has suspended her candidacy. The always forward looking McAuliffe was persistant in delivering and staying on message. Today the New York Times wrote:

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Fulbright Lecture Series Opens to Broad Enthusiasm

The FLS 2008 opened with a very well attended lecture by Professor Murry Nelson from Penn State University. Some fifty students and colleagues gathered in the main lecture hall of the Albertina University Library to hear Nelson discuss the dynamics of American immigration since the later nineteenth century. Asian immigration to America provided the focus of the talk.

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Additional Block Seminar by Frank Freidel Scholar in Residence

American Studies Leipzig will offer one additional seminar taught by the 2008 Frank-Freidel Scholar in Residence, Dr. Paula Lee.

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McCain-Obama, amusing ourselves to death?

So, according to the New York Times Caucus Blog, John McCain proposed to Barack Obama to “join him in 10 joint town-hall-style meetings in which the likely Republican and Democratic nominees could discuss the issues this summer.” The NYT goes on to report that McCain claims to have gotten the idea from an agreement between “President Kennedy and Senator Barry Goldwater to fly around the country together to debate the issues.”

According to an update on the blog,

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Frank Freidel Resident Dr. Paula Lee arrives in Leipzig

Dr. Paula Lee, the second participant in the Frank Freidel Scholar in Residence Program, has arrived in Leipzig. She will stay in Leipzig for six weeks to work on her current project “Finding Animals: Toward a Comparative History and Theory of Animals.”

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"Ambivalent Americanizations" in print

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce the release of Ambivalent Americanizations: Popular and Consumer Culture in Central and Eastern Europe.

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