Past Events

German Events Archive by Year



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

CANCELED Translation as Pedagogy: A Manifesto for Reading

Presentation and Discussion by Sophie Seita, Boston University
Olin, Room 102  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
“To translate is to surpass the source”— these are words Sophie Seita puts into the mouth of a character in her performance My Little Enlightenment Plays, a project in which she rewrites, translates, responds to, and, one could say, corresponds with Enlightenment thinkers and writers and other historical source materials.

In her talk, Seita will propose an expansive understanding of translation: translation as an inventive, generative, and often collaborative practice; translation as a form of writing-as-reading; and translational reading as a pedagogical tool.

She writes: “Like a manifesto, I see translation as a deeply pedagogical form. In my teaching, I promote what I would call ‘translational reading,’ which tries to understand a text by doing something with it. Following Sara Ahmed’s terminology in her manifesto‘Living a Feminist Life,’ translation would have to be in my ‘feminist survival kit.’ Translation, for me, then encompasses the moving of matter from one place to another. This might mean transforming a word, sentence, image, idea, or material (like paper, Tippex, or clay) into another form, genre, medium, or context.”

Seita will discuss these theoretical ideas with a view to how they might work in practice in the context of her own translational projects, from text- and performance-based work to pedagogical experiments.
Sponsored by: Bard Translation and Translatability Initiative; Division of Languages and Literature; German Studies Program
Contact: Thomas Wild  845-758-7363
  Thursday, March 5, 2020

Anna Rosmus: The Nasty Girl, Film Screening and Discussion

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Anna Rosmus, an author and researcher whose high school essay exposed the Nazi past of her home town, will speak about her research and experiences, the importance of historical truth, and the challenges of being labeled a traitor, following the showing of The Nasty Girl, a film based on Anna’s life. Cosponsored by Center for Civic Engagement, German Studies, Hannah Arendt Center, Historical Studies, Political Studies.
Sponsored by: Bard Center for the Study of Hate

Ongoing Events

Jan 29, 2020 – Dec 31, 1969
Every Wednesday


Please join us weekly. Stay for as long as you like.
Kline, President's Room  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
The weekly German Language Table allows students to practice conversational German in informal settings with other students from the campus community. The Language Table is  led by our visiting German Exchange Tutor—a native speaker who gives you the latest insights into German-speaking cultures. All levels of speakers are welcome to come to the language tables for a stress-free way to practice speaking.  

Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; German Studies Program