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November 4, 2009



REMEMBERING 1989: Fall of the Berlin Wall, A Roundtable Discussion with U of I Faculty

November 9, 2009
5:00 - 6:45 pm
Illini Union, Room 314
Refreshments will be served at 4:30pm

Panelists: Anke Pinkert (Germanic Languages and Literatures), Diane Koenker (History), Zsuzsa Gille (Sociology), Ed Kolodziej (Political Science, Center for Global Studies)
Moderator: Robert Pahre (Political Science; EU Center)

After the Roundtable, there will be EU Center Movie Night:
“No Place to Go” -- 2000, Germany
Introduction by Anke Pinkert
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg. (Lucy Ellis Lounge), 707 S. Mathews Avenue; 7pm

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

CHOOSING CHANGE: A Symposium on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
November 11-13, 2009
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Nov 11th, Wednesday
Film Screening, 7pm-10pm
Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen), dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)
1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge) Foreign Languages Building
Introduction: Prof. Anke Pinkert, German
Q&A: Prof. Karl-Heinz Schoeps, German

Nov 12th, Thursday
Faculty Panel, 3:00pm-4:30pm
"Personal Narratives on the Fall of the Berlin Wall”
Illini Union, General Lounge Room 210
Moderator: Prof. Anna Stenport, German
Prof. Yasemin Yildiz, German
Regine Kroh, German
Dr. Eva Grünstein-Neuman, Champaign-Urbana
Prof. Anke Pinkert, German
Prof. Marcus Keller, French

Coffee break

Keynote address, 5:15pm-6:45pm
Gabriele Gysi, Berlin
"Der Flügelschlag eines Schmetterlings..., die DDR als Mikrokosmos der Weltpolitik"
Illini Union, General Lounge Room 210

Nov. 13th, Friday
Graduate student panel, 9am-11am, FLB 2090B
“Post-1989 Literature and Culture: New Approaches”
Moderator: Prof. Stephanie Hilger, German
Molly Markin, German
Regine Kroh, German,
Sören Priebe, German
Daria Kabanova, Comparative and World Literature
Jessica Wienhold, Comparative and World Literature


The Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Initiative of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society invites you to its inaugural conference

Genocide, Memory, Justice: The Holocaust in Comparative Contexts

November 5-6
Levis Faculty Center
Music Room

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Organizers: Peter Fritzsche, Harriet Murav, & Michael Rothberg

Thursday, November 5

9:30-10:00: Coffee and pastry
10:00 am: Welcome by Matti Bunzl, Peter Fritzsche, Harriet Murav, & Michael Rothberg

10:15-11:45 am: Keynote Lecture 1
Dagmar Herzog (CUNY Graduate Center), "Sexual Violence in the Holocaust in Comparative Perspective"
Introduction by Peter Fritzsche (History)

11:45 am -1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-3:00 pm: Panel 1 - Visual Culture, Aesthetics, and the Holocaust
Chair: Anke Pinkert (German)
Olga Gershenson (University of Massachussets at Amherst), "The Unconquered (1945)- The First Holocaust Film"
Paul B. Jaskot (DePaul University), "The Nazi Party's Use of Heinrich Wölfflin: The Intersection of Art History and the Political History of Antisemitism"

3:00-3:15 pm: Coffee break

3:15-5:45 pm: Panel 2 - Rethinking Genocide in Comparative Perspective
Chair: Nancy Abelmann (Anthropology)
Karl Jacoby (Brown University), "'Exterminate all the Brutes': Intersections and Fault Lines Between American Indian History and Genocide Studies"
Dirk Moses (University of Sydney), "The Holocaust and World History
Scott Straus (University of Wisconsin, Madison), "Rethinking Comparative Research on Genocide"

Friday, November 6

9:30-10:00 am: Coffee and Pastries

10:00-11:30: Keynote Lecture 2
Carolyn Dean (Brown University), "'Styles of Dying,' or Minimalism in Victim Narratives"
Introduction by Harriet Murav (Slavic and Comp Lit)

11:30 am -1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00-2:45 pm: Panel 3 - Economies of Justice and Memory
Chair: Michael Rothberg (English/HGMS)
Krista Hegburg (Columbia University), "The Obligation to Receive: Reparations and Misrecognition in the Czech Republic"
R. Clifton Spargo (Marquette University), "The Economy of Memory: The Cultural Status of the Holocaust in the United States"

2:45-3:00 pm: Coffee Break

3:00-4:45: Panel 4 - Victims and Perpetrators: From Testimony to Fiction
Chair: Yasemin Yildiz (German)
Alexandra Garbarini (Williams College), "'Words to Outlive Us': Testimonies and Telling the Truth about Mass Atrocities"
Erin McGlothlin (Washington University), "Constructing the Mind of the Perpetrator in Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones"

4:45-5:30 pm: Closing Roundtable
Participants: Matti Bunzl, Peter Fritzsche, Harriet Murav, and Michael Rothberg

This event is free and open to the public. It has been made possible with the generous support of the Office of the Chancellor and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.

The German Story Time at the Urbana Free Library will take place on Saturday, November 7th at 11am (210 W Green St., Urbana, IL). There will be stories, music, and arts and crafts! Children of all ages and ability levels and their families are encouraged to come!

As part of the SLATE lecture series, Professor Nick Ellis from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan will be giving a talk entitled "The Emergence of Second Language Constructions." 4:00pm, Thursday, November
12, 2009 in Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB


Professor Stephanie Hilger published “Autobiographical Selves: The Lebensbeschreibung of Regula Engel (1761-1853), the ‘Swiss Amazon.’” Women in German Yearbook 25 (2009): 127-148.


Professor Marianne Kalinke gave a lecture entitled 'The Interplay of Translated and Indigenous Literature in the Evolution of Icelandic Romance' on Nov. 2, 2009, at the University of Copenhagen

Professor James M. McGlathery presented a paper on "Passion and Fidelity in Mozart's 'Abduction from the Seraglio'" at the annual meeting of the East Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, 8-11 October 2009 in Bethlehem, PA.


The University of Illinois German Choir will perform its Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 12th at 8:00 PM in the Chapel of Saint John the Divine, 1101 South Wright Street. C. Choral and instrumental works from the Renaissance and Baroque by Monteverdi, Corelli, Graupner, and Buxtehude will be performed. Admission is free.

Call for Papers: The 12th annual Graduate Student Conference of the German and Dutch Graduate Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison entitled 'What is a German Department?' will take place on March 19 and 20, 2010. Please submit your abstracts (approx. 250 words) to Joshua Bousquette ( by no later than January 1, 2010. The primary language of the conference will be English, however papers in German are also welcome. For the complete call for papers and for instructions regarding the submission of abstracts, see


This semester, the Deutsche Konversationsgruppe will meet on Wednesdays from 1-3 PM in the cafe of the new Institute for Genomic Biology. The IGB is the first building east of the Morrow Plots, and the cafe is in the downstairs level on the west side of the building.

This semester, the Swedish Coffee Hour will meet at 5pm on Fridays at the Espresso Royale Cafe on Goodwin and Oregon.