Events

2020-2021

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Lecture

Reading Benjamin Politically. The Historical Materialist

Massimiliano Tomba
Professor in the History of Consciousness Department
October 5, 2020
Monday
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Livestream Zoom
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Lecture

Blumenberg’s Moment 

With presentations by:
Paul Fleming (Cornell University) and
October 16, 2020
Friday
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Livestream Zoom
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Info Session

Summer Work Program Information Session

November 10, 2020
Tuesday
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Livestream Zoom
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Lecture

Threshold-Language: Paul Celan, Parmenides

Kristina Mendicino
Brown University
November 16, 2020
Monday
12:00 – 1:30 pm
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Book cover of Critique on the Couch
Lecture

A System of Scars:

Adorno and Klein on Ego Integration 

Amy Allen
Penn State University
February 17, 2021
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Livestream Zoom
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Book cover of Ornamentalism
Conversation

Conversation with Anne Anlin Cheng on Ornamentalism

Princeton University
Professor of English and American Studies, and affiliated faculty in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Committee on Film Studies
March 2, 2021
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Livestream Zoom
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Open House

German Department Sophomore Open House

Johannes Wankhammer
Director of Undergraduate Studies
March 17, 2021
Wednesday
4:30 pm
Livestream Zoom
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Drawing of a scene from "The Battle of Atlanta" horseman running to a charge
Lecture

Paper Battlefields: Remembering and Forgetting the Stakes of War

Vance Byrd
Grinnell College
March 23, 2021
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Livestream Zoom
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Lecture

The Silent Girl and the Furies:
The National-Socialist Underground on Trial

Katrin Trüstedt
Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures
April 6, 2021
Tuesday
12:00 pm
Livestream Zoom

2019-2020

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Academic Expo

2019 Academic Expo

September 9, 2019
Monday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Frick Chemistry Lab
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Frühstück

Department Breakfast

September 11, 2019
Wednesday
8:00 – 9:30 am
207 East Pyne
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East Pyne Hall arch
Reception

Welcome Back Reception

September 17, 2019
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
TBA
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Army surrounding an individual
2019 Fall Lecture Series

“A monster in its breadth and length”: Schiller’s Wallenstein and the Poetics of Scale, 1798–2007

Carlos Spoerhase
Bielefeld University
September 26, 2019
Thursday
4:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Workshop

Hannah Arendt, Karl Jaspers, and the Nobel Prize: Examining the Archival Record

Carlos Spoerhase
Bielefeld University
September 27, 2019
Friday
12:00 – 1:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture in room 205
2019 Fall Lecture Series

Writing Prose: Narrative Forms and Social Communication in Goethe’s Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten

Professor em. Inka Mülder-Bach
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich
October 10, 2019
Thursday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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SWP Flyer
Summer Work Program

SWP 2020 Information Session

October 10, 2019
Thursday
6:00 pm
011 East Pyne
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Engraving of August Brockmann painting depicting Beethoven
Performance

An Evening of Beethoven’s Chamber Music

October 10–13, 2019
Thursday – Sunday
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old chart of exports and imports
Workshop

A Historiography of the Trend

T’ai Smith
University of British Columbia
October 22, 2019
Tuesday
12:00 – 1:20 pm
399 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
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Sign post with sign of 1942 verbage in German along with image of a cat
2019 Fall Lecture Series

Places of Remembrance

Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock
November 5, 2019
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
East Pyne Upper Walkway
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Anthony Caro Sculpture Two from 1962 featuring place metal I-Beams in green on museum floor
2019 Fall Lecture Series

Adorno, Aesthetic Negativity, and the Problem of Idealism

Professor Robert B. Pippin
Univeristy Of Chicago
November 6, 2019
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Sketch from Holocaust survivor of a makeshift performance area
Fall 2019 Concert Series

Music from Theresienstadt [Terezín]

November 9, 2019
Saturday
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Chancellor Green Rotunda
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East Pyne Hall arch
Keynote Lecture

Storyworlds: Open-ended Story Universes Across Time, Cultures, and Media

Ann Marie Rasmussen
November 15, 2019
Friday
5:00 – 5:30 pm
012 East Pyne
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Artwork depicting an Earth-like plance with etheral wisps emitting from an open book
Workshop

Storyworlds: Open-ended Story Universes Across Time, Cultures, and Media

November 16, 2019
Saturday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
399 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
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Painting of stormy ocean with solitary person standing on beach
2019 Fall Lecture Series

“1809: A Genealogy of the Present”

Benjamin Morgan
Worcester College - University of Oxford
December 3, 2019
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Student typing into online course information.
Roundtable Discussion

Online Teaching at Universities: Challenges, Opportunities, Strategies

February 28, 2020
Friday
1:30 – 3:00 pm
330 Frist Campus Center
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2020 Spring Lecture Series

“The Nineteenth-Century German Recitation Anthology and the Fortunes of Weltliteratur”

Mary Helen Dupree
Georgetown University Associate Professor German
March 5, 2020
Thursday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center

Der Fliegende Holländer

The Flying Dutchman
Richard Wagner (1813-1883) 2hrs 25mins
March 27, 2020
Friday
7:30 pm
Metropolitan Opera House - Lincoln Center Plaza - New York City
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Deineka Weite
Graduate Student Conference

Idyll and Utopia 

 

Keynote: Dr. Caroline Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London)
April 17–18, 2020
Friday – Saturday
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2020 Spring Lecture Series

“King Arthur in the Middle Ages: A Storyworlds Approach”

 

Ann Marie Rasmussen
Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies Germanic & Slavic Studies University of Waterloo Ontario, Canada
April 21, 2020
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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2018-2019

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Academic Expo

2018 Academic Expo

September 10, 2018
Monday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Frick Chemistry Lab
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Reception

Welcome Back Reception

September 25, 2018
Tuesday
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Princeton Center for Language Study – 011 East Pyne
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Film still from “Goodbye Lenin”
Berlin in Film Series

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

Wolfgang Becker; 121 minutes
September 27, 2018
Thursday
7:30 – 9:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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image of Hannah Arendt on TV
Fall 2018 Lecture Series

Speaking With Arendt: TV and the Theatricality of Interviewing on “Zur Person”

Stefanie Diekmann
Institut für Medien, Theater und Populäre Kultur, Universität Hildesheim
October 1, 2018
Monday
4:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Cancelled
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artwork by Ran Ortner
Conference

Domestic Violence: The Limits and Possibilities of a Concept

Organized by Barbara Nagel
October 4–5, 2018
Thursday – Friday
Betts Auditorium
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Lecture

Concept and Object: Adorno’s Critique of Kant

Jay Bernstein
Distinguished Professor Philosophy, The New School for Social Research
October 11, 2018
Thursday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
008 Friends Center
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Graduate Student Workshop

Principles of Lesson Plans and Classroom Dynamics

October 16, 2018
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Info Session

Ruhr Fellowship

October 18, 2018
Thursday
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Keller Center Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub, New York City
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Film still from “Sonnen Allee”
Berlin in Film Series

Sonnen Allee (1999)

Sun Alley
Leander Haußmann; 101 minutes
October 18, 2018
Thursday
7:30 – 9:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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Victorian Human Hair Mourning Ring
Fall 2018 Lecture Series

Gendered Objects: Literarische Ding- und Geschlechtercodierungen im 19. Jahrhundert

Ulrike Vedder
Institut für deutsche Literatur, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
October 22, 2018
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Info Session

SWP Fall Reception and Information Session

October 24, 2018
Wednesday
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Princeton Center for Language Study – 011 East Pyne
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1968/2018: Cities on the Edge

Investing in Insurrection: The Arts & Education Infrastructure of West Berlin’s Red Decade

Shane Boyle
School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London
November 6, 2018
Tuesday
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
School of Architecture – South Gallery
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Lecture

What is Psychoanalysis? A Philological Speculation

Marcus Coelen
Visiting Professor, Psychoanalytic Studies Program, Columbia University
November 7, 2018
Wednesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
127 East Pyne
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Symposium

Comparative Memory and Justice: The Holocaust and Racial Violence in America

November 8–9, 2018
Thursday – Friday
010 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Workshop

Approaches to Teaching German Grammar

Adam Oberlin
Senior Lecturer
November 13, 2018
Tuesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Film still from Run Lola Run
Berlin in Film Series

Lola Rennt (1998)

Run Lola Run
Tom Tykwer; 82 minutes
November 14, 2018
Wednesday
7:30 – 9:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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Fall 2018 Lecture Series

“I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” The Problem of Narrative Continuity in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

Helmut Müller-Sievers
University of Colorado at Boulder
November 15, 2018
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Camille Pissarro, Still Life with Apples and Pitcher, 1872
Workshop

The God Behind the Marble: Transcendence and the Art Object in the German Aesthetic State, 1794–1848

Alice Goff
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Chicago
November 16, 2018
Friday
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
201 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
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Workshop

An Evening of Paper-Cutting

Sonja Andersen
Princeton University
November 26, 2018
Monday
5:15 – 7:00 pm
Labyrinth Books
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Schubert at the piano
Performance

Schubertiade: An Evening of Song, Stories, and Philosophy

Princeton Chamber Music Society
December 1, 2018
Saturday
5:00 – 6:30 pm
Chancellor Green Rotunda
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Berlin in Film Series

Glück (2012)

Bliss
Doris Dörrie; 112 minutes
December 5, 2018
Wednesday
6:30 – 8:30 pm
TBA
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Feuersalamande, Salamandra Maculosa, Image #13 in Das Gesetz der Serie (1919)
Fall 2018 Lecture Series

Entropy and Constructed Worlds: Paul Kammerer’s “Law of the Series”

Kirk Wetters
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University
December 6, 2018
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Reception

Holiday Reception

December 10, 2018
Monday
3:30 – 6:30 pm
A71 Louis A. Simpson International Building
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World premiere: National Theater (now Estates Theater), Prague, 1787.
Field trip

Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera

February 9, 2019
Saturday
3:00 pm
Metropolitan Opera House – Lincoln Center Plaza – New York City
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Jasper Johns at Pearl Street studio in 1955. Photograph by Robert Rauschenberg
Lecture

Re-Thinking Ideology: A Practice-Theoretical Account

Rahel Jaeggi
Humboldt University Berlin
February 11, 2019
Monday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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artwork of patented mechanical hand on poster
Lecture

The Operations of Culture: Ernst Kapp’s Elements of a Philosophy of Technology

Jeffrey West Kirkwood (Art History/Cinema, SUNY Binghamton) and Leif Weatherby (German, NYU)
February 19, 2019
Tuesday
4:00 – 5:30 pm
School of Architecture N107
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Stanley Corngold
Book Presentation

Walter Kaufmann: Philosopher, Humanist, Heretic – An Intellectual Life

Stanley Corngold
Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
February 27, 2019
Wednesday
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Labyrinth Books
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Workshop

Queer Marxism

March 7–9, 2019
Thursday – Saturday
130 Corwin Hall
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painting depicting Luther at the Heidelberg Disputation (1518)
Lecture

Sprachgewalt – Luthers Lust an Paradoxien (Die Heidelberger Disputatio)

Jochen Hörisch
Mannheim, German Studies and Media Analysis
March 11, 2019
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Queer Procreation: Reading Kleist Plantwise

Katrin Pahl
Johns Hopkins University
April 1, 2019
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Open House

Sophomore Open House

April 4, 2019
Thursday
4:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Symposium

Spring 2019 Graduate Student Symposium

April 5, 2019
Friday
2:30 – 5:00 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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Performance

Phèdre

Marc Decitre ’18
Translator
April 6, 2019
Saturday
8:00 pm
McCarter Theatre Center – Berlind Theatre
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Princeton Preview

Explore the Languages of East Pyne

April 9, 2019
Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Chancellor Green – Upper Hyphen
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Orientation Session

Princeton in Munich Accepted Student Orientation

April 12, 2019
Friday
11:45 am – 1:30 pm
101 McCormick Hall
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Engraving of August Brockmann painting depicting Beethoven
Concert

An Evening of Beethoven’s Chamber Music

Princeton Chamber Music Society
April 13, 2019
Saturday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Chancellor Green Rotunda
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Princeton Preview

Explore the Languages of East Pyne

April 15, 2019
Monday
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Chancellor Green – Upper Hyphen
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Works in Progress

Images and Objects in Modern Europe

Brooke Belisle
April 18, 2019
Thursday
12:00 – 1:15 pm
The Index of Medieval Art A6
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Photos of Brett Kavanaugh at Congressional hearings, September 2018
Conference

Anger: A Concept of the Moment

April 20, 2019
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

The Form of the Sonnet: Petrarch, Schlegel, Pastior

Jörg Kreienbrock
Northwestern University
April 22, 2019
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Lumpendialectic

Rebecca Comay
University of Toronto
April 24, 2019
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Book Presentation

Handsomely Done: Aesthetics, Politics, and Media After Melville

Katie Chenoweth, Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Walter Johnston, Barbara Nagel, Peter Szendy
April 25, 2019
Thursday
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Labyrinth Books
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Reception

End of Year Reception

May 7, 2019
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:30 pm
East Pyne – Upper Hyphen
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image from 2019 symposium
Graduate Student Symposium

Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Modernity – A Symposium

May 10, 2019
Friday
10:00 am – 6:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Workshop

Histories of Sexuality and Erudition: Institutions, Texts, Practices

May 10, 2019
Friday
1:30 – 5:00 pm
211 Dickinson Hall
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2019 Class Day program cover
Reception

Class Day

June 3, 2019
Monday
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Chancellor Green – Upper Hyphen
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Book Prize Ceremony
June 13, 2019
Thursday
4:30 – 5:00 pm
207 East Pyne

2017-2018

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Academic Expo

2017 Academic Expo

September 11, 2017
Monday
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Frick Chemistry Lab
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Reception

Welcome Back Reception

September 19, 2017
Tuesday
5:00 – 8:00 pm
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Film still from “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari”
Weimar Cinema Series

Das Kabinett Des Dr. Caligari (1919)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Robert Wiene; 75 minutes
September 19, 2017
Tuesday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Engraving from a book cover
Lecture

Reading the Social: Lenz, Moritz, Karsch

Nacim Ghanbari
Assistant Professor, Univeristy of Siegen; Visiting Professor, Princeton University
September 20, 2017
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Film still from “Nerves”
Weimar Cinema Series

Nerven (1919)

Nerves
Robert Reinert; 110 minutes
September 26, 2017
Tuesday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Lecture

Appearance: Fragments of a Political Phenomenology

Juliane Rebentisch
University of Arts and Design in Offenbach
October 2, 2017
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Conversation

On contemporary art practices

Juliane Rebentisch (German); Martha Friedman (Lewis Center)
October 3, 2017
Tuesday
5:00 – 6:30 pm
185 Nassau Street – Room 219
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Nosferatu Shadow
Weimar Cinema Series

Nosferatu – Eine Symphonie Des Grauens (1922)

Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror
F.W. Murnau; 93 minutes
October 3, 2017
Tuesday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Film Screening

Films by Jack Smith

Juliane Rebentisch
University of Arts and Design in Offenbach
October 4, 2017
Wednesday
7:00 – 9:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Workshop

On Adorno

Juliane Rebentisch
University of Arts and Design in Offenbach
October 5, 2017
Thursday
4:30 – 6:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

The Hart of London (1970)

Jack Chambers
October 5, 2017
Thursday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Film still from “The Holy Mountain”
Weimar Cinema Series

Der Heilige Berg (1926)

The Holy Mountain
Arnold Fanck, 106 minutes
October 10, 2017
Tuesday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Orientation Session

Summer Work Program

October 12, 2017
Thursday
6:30 – 8:30 pm
011 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

El Otro Lado (2004)

October 12, 2017
Thursday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Luncheon

Berlin Consortium

October 17, 2017
Tuesday
12:45 – 1:30 pm
011 East Pyne
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Film still from “Joyless Streets”
Weimar Cinema Series

Die Freudlose Gasse (1925)

Joyless Streets
G.W. Pabst, 151 minutes
October 17, 2017
Tuesday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Workshop

On Technology and Academic Workflows

October 19, 2017
Thursday
12:00 – 1:30 pm
011 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

Abstronics

Mary Ellen Bute
October 19, 2017
Thursday
7:00 – 7:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Film still from “Berlin: Symphony of the Metropolis”
Weimar Cinema Series

Berlin, Die Sinfonie Der Grossstadt (1927)

Berlin: Symphony of the Metropolis
Walther Ruttmann, 65 minutes
October 24, 2017
Tuesday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

Playback

October 26, 2017
Thursday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Weimar Cinema Series

Metropolis (1927)

Fritz Lang, 148 minutes
November 7, 2017
Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945)

Goshogaoka (1997)
November 9, 2017
Thursday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Film still from “Pandora’s Box” with Louise Brooks
Weimar Cinema Series

Die Büchse Der Pandora (1929)

Pandora’s Box
G.W. Pabst; 133 minutes
November 14, 2017
Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Photo Credit: Wilhelm Doegen, managing director of the Lautabteilung at the Prussian State Library (1922); Deutsches Historisches Museum, GOS-Nr. BA164399
Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Reshaping the Humanities and Sciences: The Berlin Lautabteilung in the 1920s

Viktoria Tkaczyk
Humboldt University, Berlin
November 16, 2017
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne