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Conference Talks


“African American Civil Rights and Germany in the 20th Century“
Conference at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
October 1 – 4, 2009
Jointly organized by the German Historical Institute, Washington DC and Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Conveners: Maria Höhn (Vassar College) and Martin Klimke (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC)
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Lecture given by Dr. Leon Bass at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie (NY)
September 30, 2009 – Mildred C. Thompson Lecture sponsored by the History Department

Matthew Vassar Lecture – Conference Keynote by Angela Davis:
“Between Critical Theory and Civil Rights: A Sixties’ Journey from Boston to Frankfurt to San Diego“
October 2, 2009 – Vassar College, Poughkeepsie (NY)


“Broken Men and Strong Women: Towards a Cultural History of Democratization in Germany after 1945“
November 5, 2007

Session: This session examines the private lives of Germans as individuals and as families reuniting after the end of World War II, and the rebuilding of human relationships against the background of almost inconceivable physical and emotional loss. Parallels will be drawn to experiences of other countries.

Chair: Prof. Uta Poiger, Associate Professor of History, University of Washington Seattle, Visiting Associate Professor of History at Harvard University, author of Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany (2000) and co-editor of the anthologies Transactions, Transgressions, Transformations: American Culture in Western Europe and Japan (2000) and The Modern Girl Around the World (2008).

Prof. Frank Biess, Associate Professor of Modern German History at the University of California, San Diego. He holds a Humboldt Fellowship for the period January 2007-December 2008. This year he is based in Göttingen. His research has focused on the social, political, and cultural history of 20th Century Germany. His book Homecomings: Returning POWs and the Legacies of Defeat in Postwar Germany was published in 2006. The book combines the political history of reconstruction with the social history of returnees and the cultural history of war memories and gender identities. He teaches courses on Modern German, Italian, and European History.

Prof. Heide Fehrenbach, Presidential Research Professor in the Department of History at Northern Illinois University. She currently holds a Guggenheim Fellowship for her research and teaching on Germany. Her first book, Cinema in Democratizing Germany (1995) discussed the role of cinema in restructuring the postwar German national and gender ideologies. Race After Hitler: Black Occupation Children in Postwar Germany and America (2005) focuses on transnational responses to children born to German women and African-American soldiers during the military occupation. She is now researching the effects of war, military occupation and the rise of international adoption on the notions of family, immigration and citizenship.

Location: Hotel Gates Berlin, Knesebeckstrasse 8-9