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2021

Friday, April 23, 2021

Learn to Love the Questions Themselves: Rilke on Loss, Grief, and Transformation

Prof. Ulrich Baer in Conversation
Online Event  10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT/GMT-4
Prof. Ulrich Baer of NYU will discuss via Zoom the works of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926) with Prof. Peter Filkins and the students of LIT 2248 - Rilke in English. Following the threads of Loss, Grief, and Transformation that run throughout Rilke's poetry, fiction, and correspondence, Ulrich Baer will take up Rilke's thoughts on the role of "death in life" and how Rilke struggled to resolve its force and nemesis. Those attending from the broader Bard community will also be encouraged to participate in the conversation and pose questions of their own about Rilke's work, life, and thinking on grief and loss.

Zoom Link: https://bard.zoom.us/j/87845248204

Ulrich Baer is University Professor at New York University where he teaches literature and photography. His books include Remnants of Song: The Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan; Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma; The Rilke Alphabet; What Snowflakes Get Right: Free Speech, Equality and Truth in the University, and, as editor and translator, The Dark Interval: Rilke’s Letters on Loss, Grief and Transformation; Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters on Life, the German edition of Rainer Maria Rilke's Prose. He hosts the ideas podcast, Think About It, and has published editions of numerous classic books with Warbler Press.
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; German Studies Program
Contact: Peter Filkins  filkins@bard.edu