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Recent lecture series


May 3

Patrick Miller (Northeastern Illinois University / University of Helsinki)
“The Long Civil Rights Movement: From the March on Washington to Arab Spring”

May 10
Patricia Schroeder (Ursinus College / Università degli Studi Roma Tre)
“Blackface Minstrelsy: What It Was and Why It Still Matters”

May 17
Tina Gianquitto (Colorado School of Mines / Università di Napoli l’Orientale)
“‘Living Mingled’: How Darwin’s Botany Challenged Ideas of Race and Reproduction in Nineteenth-Century America”

May 24
Jennifer Harding (Washington and Jefferson College / Charles University Prague)
“Puns in American Literature and Culture”

May 31
Michael Kimmage (Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.)
“The Plots against America: America’s Literature of Political Pessimism”

June 7
Teresa Villa-Ignacio (Tulane University / Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée)
“Translating Community: Language Poetry, The Royaumont Translation Seminars, and Un Bureau sur L’Atlantique”

June 14
Manlio Della Marca (LMU Munich)
“The Futures of Reading: On Close, Distant, and Ethical Reading in American Studies”

June 21
Tess Taylor (Queens University, Belfast)
“Rift Zone: Poems”

July 5
Stephen Kantrowitz (University of Wisconsin-Madison / University of Southern Denmark)
“Citizenship and Civilization: A Ho-Chunk History”

July 19
Peter Mark (Wesleyan University)
“American Romantic: Nineteenth-Century Painters of the Mountains; The Hudson River School”

July 26
Caroline Levander (Rice University / University of Exeter)
“Rogues: The Men Who Threatened to Make America Great”





April 20
Joseph Lewandowski (Masaryk University, Brno / University of Central Missouri)
“Reflections on Damaged Urban Life and Boxing Gyms in the U.S.”

April 27
Lane Crothers (University of Helsinki / Illinois State University)
“Why America? The Rise of American Popular Culture in a Global Age”

May 4
Melody Barnett Deusner (University of Birmingham / Indiana University Bloomington)
“Thoughts on Practicing a Network-Oriented Art History”

May 11
Derrais Carter (Charles University, Prague / Portland State University)
“Obscene Utterances: Black Girlhood & the Scandal of the Archive “

May 18
John Dolis (University of Southern Denmark, Odense / Pennsylvania State University)
“De-centering Thoreau’s Walden: The Phenomenology of Fire”

June 8
Michael Johnson Jr. (Washington State University):
“Citizenship, Belonging and Xenophobia in 2016: Politicizing and Policing Borders”

June 15
Éric Athenot (Université Paris-Est Créteil)
“‘Resist Much, Obey Little’: Power and Authority in the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson”

June 22
Amy Mohr (LMU Munich)
“Revision and Race: Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman”

June 29
Page Laws (Norfolk State University)
“The Warmth of Other Memories: Reclaiming the Traumas and Triumphs of
African America’s Great Migration”

July 6
Cristina Bacchilega (University of Naples-L’Orientale / University of Hawai‘i-Manoa)
“Legendary Hawai’i: Translated Traditions and the Politics of Place”

July 13
Sascha Pöhlmann (LMU Munich)
“What is Unpopular Culture?”





May 21
Daniel Saalfeld (George Washington University)
“The Poet’s Role in American Society from Whitman to the Present”

May 27
Jeffrey Severs (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)
Dei Gratia: The Economics of Infinite Jest

June 2 (6 pm sharp, Amerika-Haus, Karolinenplatz 3)
Rivka Galchen & Joseph O’Neill
Authors’ reading & discussion

June 9
Jennifer Greenhill (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“American Art History: A Snapshot of Current Trends in the Field”

June 10
Hal Crimmel (Weber State University, Ogden, UT)
“Bottling Wine, Soda, and Beer: Drinks and American Culture“

June 17 (room 106, 6:15 pm)
James T. Campbell (Stanford University)
“White Racism in Mississippi in the 1950 and 60s”

June 24
Barrett Watten (Wayne State University, Detroit)
“Occupy Poetics: A Work in Progress“

July 2 (room S002, Schellingstraße 3)
Only a God Can Save Us: Martin Heidegger and Nazism
Film screening and discussion with director Jeffrey van Davis

July 8
Timo Müller (University of Augsburg)
“Rappin’ and Readin’: Hip Hop and/as Performance Poetry”