German Studies Lecture Series
"Terrorism in Europe: The 'German Autumn' of 1977 after Thirty Years" November 4-8, 2007
Free Public Symposium
A series of late-afternoon seminars and film showings organized by Profs. Ken Ledford (History) and Susanne Vees-Gulani (German Studies). Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Baker-Nord Center, the Max Kade Center for German Studies, the Dept. of History, and the Center for Policy Studies.
• The Many Lives of Terror: Political Activists, the RAF, the State, and the Media in West Germany. Prof. Belinda Davis, Department of History, Rutgers University.
• Screening. Deutschland im Herbst (Germany in Autumn). German with English subtitles (1978). Introduction and discussion leadership by Profs. Ledford and Vees-Gulani.
• Radical Visions: Aesthetic Responses to Ulrike Meinhof and the RAF. Prof. Karin Bauer, Department of German Studies, McGill University.
• The 'German Autumn' as Turning Point, or, What the West Germans Learned from Terrorism. Prof. Karrin M. Hanshew, Department of History, Michigan State University.
• Screening. Was tun, wenn's brennt? (What To Do in Case of Fire) German with English subtitles (2001). Introduction and discussion leadership by Profs. Ledford and Vees-Gulani.
ARTISTIC RESPONSES TO THE HOLOCAUST (Spring 2007)
Brad Prager (Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia) “Screening the Perpetrators: Das Experiment, Downfall, and Contemporary German Film.”
6 March, 2007 4:30-6:00 p.m. Clark 206
Prof. Prager's talk explores how contemporary German films “screen” the Nazi past. It examines recent German thrillers including Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Das Experiment, and it views such films in light of Der Untergang?(Downfall), which Hirschbiegel also directed. Downfall was particularly controversial in Germany because of its willingness to represent the perpetrators and Hitler as sympathetic. After looking briefly at German debates about that film, this talk then turns to a close reading of Das Experiment, a film that addresses what makes ordinary (in this case, German) men perpetrators of violent crime.
The talk addresses several key questions about this film, which was inspired by the well-known Stanford Prison Experiment, including: How and why does the film exclude questions of history and identity in its theorization of perpetration? How explicitly does it evoke or “screen” the issue of perpetration of Holocaust atrocities? How does it depict the perpetrators in relation to class rather than national identity? “Screening the Perpetrators” draws not only on recent German cinema scholarship, but on recent theories of perpetrator motivation.
Sandra Alfers (Assistant Prof., Dickinson College)
Culture and Poetry in Theresienstadt.
10 April, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Clark 206.
GERMAN CABARET TALKS (FALL 2006)
"VERBOTEN:GERMAN CABARET 1920-90" Max Kade Lecture Series
"For the Nazis, this culture of immorality, impudence, and individuality had to be suppressed, by force if necessary." (Lubich)
1. Cabaret Culture: Paris-Berlin-New York.
March 30, 4:30-6:00pm
2. The Rise and Fall of the Weimar Cabaret
April 13, 4:30-6:30pm
3. "No Drinks or Improv Allowed!" The Idiosyncrasies of Censorship in East German Cabaret
April 20, 4:30-6:00pm
January 20-29, 2006
Reduced Admission for Case Students: Single Episode: $5 (*$8); Double Episode: $10 (*$13); Series Ticket for all 6 episodes: $20 (*$30).
For more tickets or information, call the Cleveland Cinematheque, (216) 421-7450.
Ernestine Schlant Bradley
Dr. Ernestine Schlant, the wife of former senator and presidential hopeful Bill Bradley, is an eminent scholar and writer of ethical issues concerning the Holocaust. She will read and discuss her most recent book, her autobiography: The Way Home: A German Childhood, an American Life. E. Bradley. Pantheon, 2005.
Sponsored by the Max Kade Center for German Studies at Case Western Reserve University and by the College of Arts and Sciences.
Readings, Talks, and Performances
Further information about most events and speakers can be found under Readings.
In addition to a number of guest lectures throughout both semester, the German Studies Program also conducts the Max Kade Visiting Artist/Scholar Workshop each year, generally in the Fall Semester. A description of the workshop, past workshops and student reactions can be found here.