MSSU Germany Semester

Germany Themed Semester Speakers:

Dr. Thomas Zeller:

 Dr. Thomas Zeller:Dr. Thomas Zeller is an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Munich in 1999. For this presentation, he draws on the 2005 volume How Green Were the Nazis? Nature, Environment, and Nation in the Third Reich, which he co-edited.

Presentations:

Myth and Reality of the German Autobahn
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

How Green Were the Nazis?
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Carsten Strathausen:

 Carsten Strathausen:Carsten Strathausen is associate professor of German and English and chair of German and Russian Studies at the University of Missouri. He is the author of The Look of Things: Poetry and Vision around 1900, published in 2007 by the University of North Carolina Press, and the editor of a collection of essays on contemporary political philosophy forthcoming next spring from the University of Minnesota Press. He has also written numerous essays on European intellectual history, Marxist and psychoanalytic theory as well as German literature and film. Currently, he is completing a manuscript on The Aesthetics of New Media: Art and Politics in the Digital Age.

Presentations:

Virtual Berlin: A Walk Through German History (part one)
9:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Virtual Berlin: A Walk Through German History (part two)
11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Beverly Driver Eddy:

 Dr. Beverly Driver Eddy:Beverley Driver Eddy has a Ph.D. in German from Indiana University, studied for two years at the Freie Universität Berlin, worked for a time as a bi-lingual tour guide at a German castle, and taught at Middlebury and Dickinson colleges (she is currently professor emerita at Dickinson). She specializes in German and Scandinavian literary relations, but has a strong secondary interest in German folklore, and has published on the folk history of the Rhine river valley and on the historical Dracula. She is presently writing a biography of “Bambi” author Felix Salten.

Presentations:

German Folklore: A Key to History
8:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 5, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

The German Castle: From Fortress to Museum and Youth Hostel
10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 5, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Alexander Ganz:

 Alexander Ganz:Alexander Ganz is a graduate assistant in the German program in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. A native German, he spent over two years in the United States prior to his graduate studies working as an au pair and a designer in an advertising agency. He received a B.A.-equivalent in American Studies and Communication at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

Presentations:

Pop-Cultural Relations Between Germany and the U.S.:
The Simpsons, Family Guy and Music as a Learning Experience
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Kelly Schlinder:

 Kelly Schlinder:Kelly Schlinder is a graduate assistant in the German program in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She received a B.A. in German and Spanish at Missouri State University. She is the recipient of a Congress-Bundestag scholarship (Berlin, 2000-01), and a Fulbright Commission Teaching Fellowship (Cottbus, 2006-07).

Presentations:

The Fulbright Experience: An American Working in Germany
1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Dr. Ann Stamp Miller:

 Dr. Ann Stamp Miller:Ann Stamp Miller received her Ph.D. in European history from the University of Hawaii. She has lived and studied abroad in Germany and Austria. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Germany in 2005-2006 and is the author of the book The Cultural Politics of the German Democratic Republic: The Voices of Wolf Biermann, Christa Wolf, and Heiner Mueller. Dr. Miller is an associate professor of European history at Simpson University in California, where she teaches Historiography, Nazi Germany, Modern Europe, and Cold War Politics and History.

Presentations:

From Kindergarten to Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium:
Which Middle School Would You Have Wanted to Attend?”
9:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Examining the German University System: Does it Make More Sense?
11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

The Cold War and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (or)
Farewell Comrades, Hello Capitalism!
9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Frank Baron:

 Dr. Frank Baron:Frank Baron, director of the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies at the University of Kansas, has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He began teaching at the University of Kansas in 1970, after two years with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and an additional two years conducting research in Munich on German Renaissance and Reformation literary history. Experiences as a child in Hungary during World War II prompted interest in the topic of the Holocaust and resulted (in collaboration with Hungarian journalist Sandor Szenes) in a book about Hungary and Auschwitz.

Presentations:

Alexander von Humboldt Explores the Americas in a Digital Library
10:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 15, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Albert Bloch, the Artist of the Blue Rider from Missouri
1:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Sean Ireton:

 Sean Ireton:Sean Ireton, an associate professor of German at the University of Missouri-Columbia, has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Washington. His research interests generally encompass the intersections between philosophy and literature. His recently published book, An Ontological Study of Death: From Hegel to Heidegger (2007), examines interpretations of death by Hegel, Hölderlin, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Heidegger. Dr. Ireton’s next book project traces the evolution of both German and American attitudes toward nature in the realms of philosophy, literature, and politics.

Presentations:

Walden in the Bavarian Forest:
Adalbert Stifter, Henry David Thoreau, and the Transcendental Idea of Nature
12:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

German Philosophy Goes Green: The Ecological Imperative of Hans Jonas
2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Prof. Jutta Birmele:

 Prof. Jutta Birmele:With a German law degree (Freie Universität Berlin), graduate studies in German literature (Case Western Reserve), a doctorate in European History (Claremont Graduate University), and a long career in teaching at an American university (California State University-Long Beach), Professor Jutta Birmele is uniquely positioned to lecture on historical issues of the German Constitution and its implied cultural values and contrast these with the traditions and trends in the U.S. She has lectured in 19 countries, won numerous awards and grants, and is currently working on special projects for the Liberal Arts College of CSULB.

Presentations:

So Unlike Ours: German Elections, German Parties
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Your Dignity, Not Your Happiness: The Principle Values of the German Constitution
1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Bodo Cramer:

 Dr. Bodo Cramer:Dr. Bodo Cramer, who received his Ph.D. in physics from the Freie Universität Berlin, worked at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin at particle accelerators on nuclear fusion/fission. After changing from science to IT-business, he worked as a technical and strategy consultant, trainer, project and department manager, and analyst in such companies as Siemens Nixdorf, Powersoft, Sybase, and Meta Group. His tasks mainly covered the topics business intelligence and data warehouse, data and business process modeling, software re-/engineering, and enterprise application integration. Today, Dr. Cramer works as an independent consultant, technical author, writer, and musician.

Presentations:

Germany’s Business IT after the Big Bang
1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

Night and Day: Science in Berlin
8:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008
Webster Auditorium
Admission: free

Jazz in Germany: A View from the Capital
9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Webster Auditorium
Admission: free

German Literature: The 21st Century
11:00 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Webster Auditorium
Admission: free

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Jim Morrison:

 Jim Morrison:Jim Morrison has over 20 years experience in international business, both in the United States, Europe, and South America. He has dealt in international transportation, telecommunications, data transmission, power generation and distribution as well as the automotive industry. Mr. Morrison lectures at the University of Kansas on international business issues as well as German business culture. He is also associate director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the university. Mr. Morrison holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Kansas and attended the Universitaet Erlangen/Nürnberg. He is certified by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce as an “Industriekaufmann” after having completed an accredited program with Siemens in Germany covering all aspects of commercial administration.

Presentations: 

The Social Market Economy in Germany and the Challenges of Globalization
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

The German Business Environment
1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Bryce Eddings:

 Bryce Eddings:Bryce Eddings is a beer journalist, blogger, lecturer, and home brewer. He is the Guide to Beer at About.com, a New York Times company.

Presentations:

Beer is Life: The Relationship of Beer to German History, Culture, and Everyday Life
12:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Imported Brewers: How German-Americans Changed the History of Beer
1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Jennifer Hoyer:

 Jennifer Hoyer:Jennifer Hoyer is an assistant professor of German at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She has a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Minnesota. She has presented and
published on German Jewish poet Nelly Sachs and second language acquisition. Dr. Hoyer is the recipient of a Fulbright research fellowship, Hadassah International Research grant, numerous
travel grants, and many pedagogy and technology grants. Research interests include Jewish studies, poetry, German and American pop culture of the 1980s, and film. She is currently working on a project that examines 20th-century poetic interpretations of ancient and classical poetic genres, in particular epigraphy, and a study of the Jewish press in Germany during the 1930s.

Presentations:

The Impossible and the Necessary: Jewish Life in Germany from the Middle Ages to the Present
8:00 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Flowerless Gardeners: Barbaric Poetry after Auschwitz
11:00 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Dr. William Z. Tannenbaum:

 Dr. William Z. Tannenbaum:Dr. William Z. Tannenbaum is a professor of history at Missouri Southern State University. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has conducted post-doctoral studies at the University of Munich, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University. He is the author of From Community to Citizenship: The Jews of Rural Franconia, 1801-1862 and numerous articles on the history of Germany and German Jews.

Presentations:

The Jews of Germany after the Holocaust
9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Germany’s Coming to Terms with the Holocaust
1:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Gerhard Mammen:

 Gerhard Mammen:Professor Gerhard Mammen has been president of MSSU’s partner university in Bavaria, the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, since 2003. He is a professor of economics, focusing on international economics and globalization. He has a Ph. D. in economics from the University of Hamburg.

Presentations:

Not a Bunch of Bologna: Reforms in German Higher Education
10:00 a.m., Monday, Oct. 20, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Jana Hensel:

 Jana Hensel:Jana Hensel was born in Leipzig, Germany, and studied literature in Berlin, Marseille and Paris. Her book, After the Wall: Confessions of an East German Childhood and the Life That Came Next, (originally published in German under the title Zonenkinder) was a major bestseller in Germany. The book recounts her childhood growing up in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the changes that took place after the Berlin Wall fell when she was thirteen years old. Her latest book, written with Elisabeth Raether, is titled Neue deutsche Mädchen (New German Girls) and was released in April 2008. Hensel currently works as a freelance journalist and author and lives in Berlin.

Presentations:

The World is Our Oyster: Love and Friendship After the Wall
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

That Warm, Fuzzy Feeling of Togetherness:
On Growing Up in the GDR
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

The Most Important Thing Is to Win: Competition in East Germany
9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Wolfgang Drautz:

 Wolfgang Drautz:Wolfgang Drautz has served as the German Consul General in Chicago since September 2005. After serving as both a lawyer and a judge early in his professional life, Mr. Drautz joined the German foreign service in 1976 and has held many interesting posts at German embassies, including twice in Moscow (1980 and 1994), and later in London (1998). As his first posting in the United States in 1984, Mr. Drautz served as the Deputy Consul General in Atlanta. In 1989, he was appointed as Germany’s permanent representative to NATO in Brussels. Throughout his career, he has served on a variety of key federal foreign office desks in Bonn and Berlin, including head of the Department for Consular Assistance before arriving in his present Chicago post as Consul General.

The jurisdiction of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago covers 13 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Consulate fosters economic, trade, and business cooperation between Germany and the U.S., develops an exchange of students and scholars, provides information about German cultural activities and programs, and fosters bilateral contacts between non-governmental and civic organizations.

Presentations:

The Importance of the Transatlantic Relationship in a Globalized World
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: Free

Germany and the EU: Past, Present, and Future
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: Free

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Dr. James Sperling:

 Dr. James Sperling:James Sperling is a professor of political science at the University of Akron and an internationally recognized expert on German foreign policy. He received his M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He also received graduate training at Edinburgh University (Scotland), the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva), and as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the University of Kiel (Germany). Dr. Sperling is the coauthor of EU Security Governance (2007) and Recasting the European Order (1997). He has also edited or co-edited over 10 books, including Global Security Governance (2007) and Germany at Fifty-Five: Berlin ist nicht Bonn? (2004).

Presentations:

Gulliver's Travail: Crafting a Transatlantic Foreign Policy After the Cold War
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: Free

NATO’s Future: Regeneration, Stable Condition, or Terminal Decline?
11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Robert Frizzell:

 Robert Frizzell:Robert Frizzell is director of libraries at Northwest Missouri State University. After a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and service in the U.S. Army, he obtained master’s degrees in European History and librarianship from the University of Illinois. He has published numerous book reviews and articles in half a dozen historical journals. His book, Independent Immigrants: A Settlement of Hanoverian Germans in Western Missouri, was published in October 2007 by the University of Missouri Press.

Presentations:

Germans in the Making of Our Nation
10:00 a.m., Monday, Nov. 3, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Germans in the Making of Missouri
12:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Priscilla Howe

Priscilla HowePriscilla Howe became a full-time storyteller in 1993. You’ll find her at festivals, school assemblies and residencies, juvenile detention centers, libraries, house concerts, colleges, and coffeehouses. She performs in English, French, and occasionally Bulgarian. When she’s not telling stories in the U.S. and Europe, she’s at home in Lawrence, Kansas.

Presentations:

Grimm for Grownups
1:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Cheerfully Grimm
6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Dr. William Keel

 Dr. William KeelWilliam Keel, chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas, has a Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics from Indiana University. His primary teaching and research interests are in German dialectology, Germanic philology, the structure of Modern German, and German-American studies. He is internationally recognized as an expert on German settlement dialects (Sprachinseln) in the American Midwest and has lectured on that subject at several German universities and the Institut für deutsche Sprache in Mannheim. Since 1981, he has served as editor of the Yearbook of German-American Studies and, since 1986, as a member of the executive committee of the Society for German-American Studies.

Presentations:

“I Go to Fight Mit Sigel!”: The Contribution of German Immigrant and
German-American Soldiers in the American Civil War
7:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

Little Germanies in Kansas and Missouri: Kannst du Deitsch plaudern?
9:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Ei, du schöne Schnitzelbank!:
A Never-Ending Story in American Popular Culture
11:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Gary Rader:

 Dr. Gary Rader:Dr. Gary Rader, a Joplin native, graduated from MSSU with a degree in English and political science. He completed his master’s at Pittsburg State University in political science and his Ph.D. in East German-Soviet studies, European comparative politics, and international relations at the University of Kansas. He lived in Germany from 1979 to 1997 conducting his dissertation research and teaching political science and history for the University of Maryland-European Division on American air force and army bases. Dr. Rader is fluent in German and conducted research in West and East Germany as a Fulbright travel grant recipient as well as the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships for study in Germany at the Universities of Erlangen, Bonn, and Greifswald in the former German Democratic Republic. In 1997 Dr. Rader returned to the United States and Drury University in Springfield, where he founded and directed the Drury online education program from 1999 to 2008. Since September, he has been the director for online education at Missouri State University.

Presentations:

The Origins and Development of the German National Character: From Caesar to Nietzsche
9:00 a.m., Monday, Nov. 24, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

My Experiences in the ‘Unbelievable Society’: The German Democratic Republic
12:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, 2008
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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