MAX KADE CENTER for GERMAN-AMERICAN STUDIES
Namibian Women and their Networks of Support
Elene Cloete, PhD, Anthropology, University of Kansas; Director of Research and Advocacy, Outreach International Martha Ndakalako-Bannikov, PhD candidate, comparative literature, University of Oregon Mariah C. Stember, PhD candidate, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas
The co-editors will discuss Namibian women's interventions toward social and political change, including the intervention an anonymous online fictional diary, The Dream of a Kwanyama Girl, makes in Namibian social discourses and women in the Namibian Liberation movement.
Alcohol, Groceries and Gastronomy: Economic Niches & German-American Associations in New York
MARKUS BIERKOCH, PhD candidate, History
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
12-1 PM CDT (Kansas)
Markus Bierkoch's doctoral research focuses on German-American associations in New York (1890s to 1930s) and their roles as both providers of social and economic benefits and proponents of ethnic politics. He will speak about economic networks formed by these organizations, specifically in the retail and wholesale sectors of the food and alcohol industries.
AMY MILLET, PhD candidate, History
Currently in Vienna on a Fulbright Research Grant, Amy Millet
studies cooking, shopping, and dining out in 19th-century Austria.
GREGORY RUDNICK | Astronomy
AMY MILLET | PhD candidate, History
REBECCA ROVIT | Theatre
ALESIA WOSZIDLO | Communication Studies
RACHEL SHERMAN JOHNSON | Director, Internationalization & Partnerships
Panelists will discuss how knowledge of German led to opportunities for research
and professional engagement in Germany and Austria. Learn more about Fulbright
grants for teaching and conducting research in Europe.
Sponsors: MAX KADE CENTER for GERMAN- AMERICAN STUDIES, KU INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS,
GERMAN STUDIES, CENTER FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM, OFFICE OF STUDY ABROAD & GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Wed / March 10
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Dr. Marc Caplan, a native of Louisiana and graduate of Yale University, earned his PhD. in comparative literature from New York University in 2003. He has held professorial appointments at Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, Yale, and the University of Wroclaw (Poland), as well as research fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the Universität Konstanz (Germany), the Center for Jewish History (New York), and the University of Michigan. Currently he is Brownstone Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College.
In Yiddish Writers in Weimar Berlin: A Fugitive Modernism, Dr. Caplan explores the reciprocal encounter between Eastern European Jews and German culture in the days following World War I. By concentrating primarily on a small group of avant-garde Yiddish writers—Dovid Bergelson, Der Nister, and Moyshe Kulbak—working in Berlin during the Weimar Republic, Caplan examines how these writers became central to modernist aesthetics. By concentrating on the character of Yiddish literature produced in Weimar Germany, Caplan offers a new method of seeing how artistic creation is constructed and a new understanding of the political resonances that result from it.
Sponsors: Slavic and Eurasian Languages & Literatures, German Studies, and Max Kade Center for German-American Studies
Tuesday, February 23, 4pm CST
From Swastika to Jim Crow features Jewish-German scholars who taught at Historically
Black Colleges and Universities in the South after emigrating to the U.S., a rich and complex
chapter of Black and Jewish relations in American history.
Ari Linden, German Studies
Fithawee Tzeggai, Sociology
Shelia Bonner, American Studies, Andrew Mellon Visiting Scholar, Margaret Walker Center,
Jackson State University
Wednesday, February 24, 4pm CST
Civil rights activist Joyce Ladner speaks about her mentor, German-Jewish refugee and
sociologist Ernst Borinski, whose innovative teaching at Tougaloo College engaged students
in the civil rights movement in Mississippi.
Sponsors: Max Kade Center for German-American Studies, Spencer Museum of Art,
German Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, American Studies, African & African-American
Studies, Sociology, Jewish Studies, Margaret Walker Center