Lecture by: Dr. Jon Hale
Location: Stern Student Center Ballroom at 5:30pm
Background: In April 2014, the College of Charleston will host a series of events entitled, “From Equality to Quality: Commemorating the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision.” The “From Equality to Quality” commemoration series is broken into three events— two public forums and one local history project at Burke High School. These events are intended to inform attendees about the history of South Carolina in the monumental Brown decision as well as generate discussion about the status of quality education today. Understanding the history of the movement is central to these commemorative events, specifically hearing from those involved in the history. Invited guests include prominent civil rights activist Robert Moses and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley. Other guests include local South Carolinians involved with the U.S. civil rights movement.
2013 German graduate Stephanie Rhodes has published in Chrestomathy, the CofC journal for outstanding undergraduate research. Entitled “Polarized Politics: Fassbinder’s Use of ‘Spiele(n)’ in Die dritte Generation (1979) as an Explanation of Left-wing Terrorism in West Germany,” the article is drawn from Stephanie’s Bachelor’s Essay, written under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Nenno. Stephanie double majored in German and International Business and immediately got a job with a German company upon graduation. Congratulations, Stephanie, on all of your many accomplishments!
“The Not-Word: German-Jewish Poetry after the Holocaust”
March 12th, 6pm, Addlestone 227
What does it mean to write in German as a Jewish author after the Holocaust? Can poetry recover, reclaim, and renew language after unspeakable trauma? How do we translate poetry written on the edge of silence? Johannes Wich-Schwarz (Maryville University) will explore these questions in a presentation on German-Jewish poetry written after 1945. The presentation offers an introduction to poets who reconfigured the aesthetic landscape of post-war Germany and demonstrated the importance of poetry after Auschwitz, including internationally renowned authors Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs as well as the influential German language poets Rose Ausländer, Hilde Domin, and Erich Fried. Professor Wich-Schwarz is the author of Transformation of Language and Religion in Rainer Maria Rilke and is currently completing a volume of English translations of German-Jewish poetry.