Past Events

German Events Archive by Year

                            

2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tonfall, a Dada-istic Concert with Original Poetry

Bard Hall  7:45 pm – 9:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
We are delighted to invite you to a concert of poetry with Nathaniel Savage and Mercer Greenwald, the works of Hugo Ball and Franz Mon, Ursprüngliche Gedichte, and more!

There will be poetry, philosophy, drama, music, pictures, drinks, and snacks. Everyone who is ready to free themselves from the fetters of language and reason is invited! 
Sponsored by: German Studies Program
Contact: Thomas Wild  845-758-7363  twild@bard.edu
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

On the Politics of Our Times: A Poetic Dialog with Wolfgang Hilbig, presented by Uwe Kolbe

Olin, Room 204  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Rumor has it that dictatorship and censorship were stimulating for poetry. This event will present the poetic writings by two authors, Wolfgang Hilbig (1941–2007) and Uwe Kolbe (b. 1957), whose work began under the conditions of a closed society, whose writings contributed to this society’s opening and continued to unfold and provoke after its collapse, marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. This public reading of both writers’ imaginative work understands itself as an invitation for a discussion on literature and politics.

Uwe Kolbe is an eminent poet, essayist, writer of prose, and translator. His first volume of poetry, Hineingeboren (“Born Into”), appeared in East Berlin in 1980. The increasingly critical nature of his writing led to a ban on publication in the GDR soon after. During the early 1980s, he edited the underground journal Mikado. Eventually, he was permitted to travel abroad and lived between Hamburg and East Berlin. Kolbe is the author of 13 books of poetry and the recipient of many prestigious prizes. He also was a writer in residence at the University of Texas at Austin and at Oberlin College. His collection of essays, Vineta’s Archives (2012), received the distinguished Heinrich-Mann-Award from the Academy of Arts Berlin.

Presented with generous support of the S. Fischer Foundation.
Sponsored by: Bard Translation and Translatability Initiative; German Studies Program
Contact: Thomas Wild  845-758-7363  twild@bard.edu
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Nietzsche Reads Emerson

A Lecture by Benedetta Zavatta 
and a conversation with 
Daniel Berthold 
and
Ann Lauterbach

Olin, Room 201  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Benedetta Zavatta will be presenting Individuality and Beyond: Nietzsche Reads Emerson, her groundbreaking study of the influence of the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson on the German Friedrich Nietzsche, recently published by Oxford University Press. Nietzsche read Emerson intensely from a young age and through to the end of his writing career. Referring to Emerson’s Essays, Nietzsche wrote that he had never “felt so at home in a book; felt so much, indeed, as if the home were my own.” In her study, Zavatta surveys all the evidence in Nietzsche’s published writing and in his archive—including correspondence, notes, and Nietzsche’s heavily annotated copies of Emerson—to develop a rich portrait of Nietzsche’s complex relationship to the American writer he once called his “twin soul.” Zavatta's book explores the profound influence that Emerson had on Nietzsche’s thinking about a wide range of topics, including individualism, perfectionism, morality, and freedom. It also provides a fresh reading of Emerson, who, seen from a Nietzschean perspective, comes to light as an incisive cultural critic and a decisive figure in the history of philosophy. 

After the talk, poet Ann Lauterbach and philosopher Daniel Berthold will begin the discussion, responding to Benedetta Zavatta’s presentation and drawing on their own long-term engagements with Emerson and Nietzsche, respectively. 

Benedetta Zavatta is Marie Curie Researcher at the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes (CNRS/ENS) in Paris. Daniel Berthold is Professor of Philosophy at Bard College. Ann Lauterbach is the David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College.
Sponsored by: German Studies Program; Hannah Arendt Center; Philosophy Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Thomas Bartscherer  845-758-7142  bart@bard.edu
Monday, November 11, 2019

After 30 Years—The Fall of the Berlin Wall Film Screening and Discussion

Jürgen Böttcher 
Die Mauer / The Wall & short films

Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Discussion with German Studies students and eminent essayist Uwe Kolbe

Jürgen Böttcher’s striking documentary Die Mauer (The Wall, 1990) is praised as the unparalleled masterpiece on the fall of the Berlin Wall. The acclaimed filmmaker and painter explores the meaning of the Wall in the historical moment of its disappearance as the dividing line between East and West. The film portrays the Berlin Wall as a monument and canvas on which German histories are being projected. Böttcher’s film Die Mauer received the Golden Camera at the Berlin Film Festival and has been shown all over the world, including at MoMA, New York. The screening will also include a selection of rarely seen short films by Jürgen Böttcher.

Uwe Kolbe is an eminent poet, essayist, writer of prose, and translator. His first volume of poetry, Hineingeboren (Born Into), appeared in East Berlin in 1980. The increasingly critical nature of his writing led to a ban on publication in the GDR soon after. During the early 1980s, he edited the underground journal Mikado. Eventually, he was permitted to travel abroad and lived between Hamburg and East Berlin. Uwe Kolbe is author of 13 books of poetry and recipient of many prestigious prizes. He also was a writer in residence at the University of Texas Austin and at Oberlin College. His collection of essays, Vineta’s Archives (2012), received the distinguished Heinrich-Mann-Award by the Academy of Arts Berlin.
Sponsored by: German Studies Program
Contact: Thomas Wild  845-758-7363  twild@bard.edu

Ongoing Events

  Sep 02, 2019 – Dec 31, 1969
Every Monday

German Table

Please join us weekly. Stay for as long as you like.
Kline, President's Room  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; German Studies Program
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