Past Events

German Events Archive by Year

                   

2015

  Sunday, December 6, 2015

German Film Festival

Preston Theater, 110  8:00 pm
All films are shown with German subtitles or no subtitles.  If this is a concern for you, please contact Dennis King.

Held on Sundays, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6.

Sponsored by: German Studies Program
Contact: Dennis King  dking@bard.edu
  Sunday, November 22, 2015

German Film Festival

Preston Theater, 110  8:00 pm
All films are shown with German subtitles or no subtitles.  If this is a concern for you, please contact Dennis King.

Held on Sundays, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6.

Sponsored by: German Studies Program
Contact: Dennis King  dking@bard.edu
Friday, November 20, 2015

Critical Theory and Surreal Practice: A Conversation with Elisabeth Lenk and Rita Bischof

A conversation hosted by Hannah Arendt Center Post Doctoral Fellow, Samantha Hill, and Founding Director Institute for International Liberal Education Bard, Susan H. Gillespie
Arendt Center  3:00 pm
In 1962, a politically active Elisabeth Lenk moved to Paris and persuaded Theodor W. Adorno to supervise her sociology dissertation on the surrealists. Adorno, though critical of Surrealism, agreed. The Challenge of Surrealism presents their correspondence, written between 1962 and Adorno’s death in 1969, set against the backdrop of Adorno and Walter Benjamin’s disagreement about the present possibilities of future political action, crystallization, and the dialectical image. The letters offer a fresh portrait of Adorno and expand upon his view of Surrealism and the student movements in 1960s France and Germany, while Lenk’s essays and Bischof’s introduction argue that there is a legitimate connection between Surrealism and political resistance that still holds true today. Please join us at the Hannah Arendt Center for a conversation with Elisabeth Lenk and Rita Bischof to celebrate the English translation of The Challenge of Surrealism: The Correspondence of Theodor W. Adorno and Elisabeth Lenk. 

Elisabeth Lenk is a German literary scholar and sociologist. She studied philosophy and sociology at the University of Frankfurt and turned down the offer of an assistantship with Adorno to move to Paris, where she met André Breton and became a member of the surrealist group. Later, she was an assistant to Helge Pross and Peter Szondi and since 1976 Professor of Literature (now emerita) at the University of Hanover. She is the author of collections of essays on Adorno, surrealist aesthetics, and other subjects.

Rita Bischof studied philosophy, sociology and literature in Frankfurt, Marburg and Berlin. She conducted research in Paris and Florence and taught at various universities. Bischof has published numerous books and articles, among other things about Georges Bataille, Walter Benjamin and Surrealism. Her most recent book, Nadja revisited, includes letters and drawings by Léona Delcourt alias Nadja.  She is a freelance writer living in Berlin.

Susan H. Gillespie is founding director of the Institute for International Liberal Education at Bard College, where she is Vice President for Special Global Initiatives. Her translations from German to English include numerous works by Theodor W. Adorno and the poetry of Paul Celan. 

Samantha Rose Hill received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014. Her research and teaching interests include critical theory, the Frankfurt School, aesthetic theory, poetic thinking, and German literature. She recently joined Bard College as a Hannah Arendt Center Post Doctoral Fellow and teaches in the Political Studies Program.

Location: (click for directions)
Hannah Arendt Center
1448 Annandale Road, Bard College


Time: 3pm
Free & Open To the Public
Kaffee und Kuchen will be served!
Sponsored by: Hannah Arendt Center; Institute for International Liberal Education
Contact: Samantha Hill  shill@bard.edu
  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BPI Volunteer Tutoring Info Session

Olin, Room 201  7:00 pm – 8:30 am
Want to tutor Bard Prison Initiative students next semester? Come to our first info session to learn how to apply.
Sponsored by: Bard Prison Initiative
Contact: Emily Brown  508-505-6755  eb7946@bard.edu
  Sunday, November 8, 2015

German Film Festival

Preston Theater, 110  8:00 pm
All films are shown with German subtitles or no subtitles.  If this is a concern for you, please contact Dennis King.

Held on Sundays, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6.

Sponsored by: German Studies Program
Contact: Dennis King  dking@bard.edu
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dr. Ulrich von Bülow

Heidegger’s Handiwork of Thinking: An Exploration of Unknown Papers from His Archive
Olin, Room 102  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Martin Heidegger saw the oral form of thinking as original and exemplary. After all, Socrates, whom he distinguished as “the purest thinker of the west”, operated exclusively through oral conversation but “wrote nothing.” But as much as Heidegger may have valued the spoken word, his papers, which are preserved in the German Literary Archiv Marbach, show that he also required paper to think. He thought in writing; he would jot down ideas in the earliest stages of their development and prepared oral lectures and speeches first at his desk, word for word with pen in hand. Dr. von Bülow, head of Marbach’s Archive Department, discusses by means of concrete examples and unknown archival documents Heidegger’s ways of thinking and writing.Dr. von Bülow has published books and articles on German writers such as Arthur Schnitzler, Peter Handke, Franz Fühmann, Tankred Dorst, and W. G. Sebald. Among the books he’s edited are volumes by Rainer Maria Rilke, Erich Kästner, Karl Löwith, and Martin Heidegger. His most recently publication is a book on Hannah Arendt in Marbach.Von Bülow is currently a guest scholar with the German Studies Progam and the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College for the month of September 2015.
Sponsored by: Dean of the College; German Studies Program; Hannah Arendt Center
Contact: Thomas Wild  845-758-7363  twild@bard.edu
Thursday, September 10, 2015

City, Love, And Death

Writing in and on Berlin
Olin, Room 203  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Reading and Discussion, in German and English With Berlin Writer and German National Book Award Nominee,  Michael WildenhainMichael Wildenhain’s eminent literary works are closely related to the city of Berlin. His more than twenty books of novels, short stories, poems, and plays address the historically layered grounds of what is now (again) Germany’s capital. His stories span from the Second World War to our contemporary period, with a particular focus on the 1970s and 1980s. This was the time when West Berlin was the stage for often violent confrontations between a young generation seeking social and political autonomy, and a state facing left-wing terror attacks while also showing a disturbing reluctance to address its national-socialist pastWildenhain was an activist in the Berlin squatters’ movement during those years. His dedication to fighting racism and other forms of injustice has shaped his political persona, and it has impacted his writings, not the least his compelling books for young adults.At Bard College, Michael Wildenhain will read from his current, unpublished prose work-in-progress (in German and English). He will also read from and discuss earlier works, including his award-winning novel The Smile of the Alligators (Das Lächeln der Alligatoren, 2015). Among the many literary awards Wildenhain has won are the prestigious Alfred-Döblin-Preis, the Tankred-Dorst Award for Film Scripts, and a Distinguished Fellowship at the German Academy in Rome.
Sponsored by: German Studies Program
Contact: Thomas Wild  845-758-7363  twild@bard.edu
  Friday, September 4, 2015

Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Information Session

Olin 102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship, a Watson fellowship, or another postgraduate scholarship or fellowship? This information session will cover application procedures, deadlines, and suggestions for crafting a successful application. Applications will be due later this month, so be sure to attend one of the  two information sessions!
Contact: Carol Werner  845-758-7454  werner@bard.edu

Ongoing Events

  Sep 14, 2015 – Dec 07, 2015
Every Monday

German Language Table

Kline, President's Room  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The German Language Table offers everyone a free opportunity to practice their German in a relaxed setting.

Please join us weekly. Stay for as long as you would like.
Every Monday until December 7, 2015.
Sponsored by: German Studies Program
Contact: Dennis King  845-532-7833  dking@bard.edu
  Oct 18, 2015 – Oct 25, 2015
Every Sunday

German Film Festival

Preston Theater, 110  8:00 pm
All films are shown with German subtitles or no subtitles.  If this is a concern for you, please contact Dennis King.

Held on Sundays, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6.

Sponsored by: German Studies Program
Contact: Dennis King  dking@bard.edu