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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Institute Secretariat - Altered Office Hours March 31 - April 4

Due to illness of Anne Keyselt, the ASL Secretariat has special opening times for the week of March 31 - April 4.

Times are as follows:

Monday 9 am - 1 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 12.30 am
Thursday 10 am - 11:30 pm
Friday 9 am - 12 noon

Thank you for your understanding!

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Reading and Discussion with Christoph von Marschall

Historian and journalist Christoph von Marschall will read from his book Barack Obama: Der schwarze Kennedy on April 3, 2008, 7.30 pm in the Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig. Von Marschall, who has before worked for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Deutschlandfunk, accompanied presidential hopeful Barack Obama during his campaign gaining much insight at close range.
Admission is free. For more details, please click here.

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