Michael Kleeberg’s lecture: Heimat—A German Mythos: Literature, Politics, and Cultural Plurality in Times of Migration and Nationalism

Published: October 8, 2019

(left to right): David D. Kim (Associate Professor, UCLA Germanic Languages), Michael Kleeberg (Keynote speaker), and Dr. Nikolai Blaumer (Program Director, Thomas Mann House). On October 7, 2019, the award-winning German writer and translator Michael Kleeberg reflected on the myth of belonging in times of migration and xenophobia. Before visiting UCLA and the Thomas Mann House, he…

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“An Appeal to Reason”: Academia’s response to current shifts in political culture

Published: September 6, 2019

On August 26, 2019, Professor and Sociologist Craig Calhoun (Arizona State University) participated in a mini-symposium at the Thomas Mann in Pacific Palisades and UCLA. The conference was based on Professor Calhoun’s talk, which examined the academia’s response to the current shift in the political culture. Links: Villa Aurora-Thomas Mann House: “An Appeal to Reason”:…

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Talk: Past Deeds, Political Horizons: Thomas Mann and Postwar Germany

Published: June 17, 2019

On June 2, 2019, Professors Norbert Frei (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) and David Kim (University of California, Los Angeles) engaged in a conversation at the Thomas Mann House in Pacific Palisades. The discussion was based on Professor Frei’s lecture, which examined Thomas Mann’s critical view of the latest development in postwar German denazification. The event was co-sponsored…

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Humanities Dialogues Symposium 2019

Published: June 14, 2019

The Humanities Dialogues are a series of meetings that foster fruitful and interesting conversations throughout the academic year. Students and members of the UCLA community are invited to explore the meanings of words / concepts essential to the human experience and to share their own experiences and ideas. This initiative was made possible with the…

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A photo of Professor Maite Zubiaurre’s “alter ego” as a visual artist and “trash collagist,” Filomena Cruz, recently featured on the Humanities Division Page

Professor Maite Zubiaurre’s “alter ego” as a visual artist and “trash collagist,” Filomena Cruz, recently featured on the Humanities Division Page

Published: March 18, 2019

Professor Maite Zubiaurre’s “alter ego” as a visual artist and “trash collagist,” Filomena Cruz, was recently featured on the Humanities Division Page (see links below). Congratulations! The Wall That Gives/El Muro Que Da:  Trashcollages:  Also, a further article and a video on her wall artivism, by Australian writer and filmmaker Melanie Camp, are embedded in the…

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UCLA Grad Student Andreas-Benjamin Seyfert Attends Prominent Film Festival in Germany

Published: January 25, 2019

For its 40th anniversary edition, UCLA grad student Andreas-Benjamin Seyfert joined 44,000 visitors to attend the most prominent film festival for new filmmakers in Germany that happens to be named after his great grandfather, Max Ophüls. Aside from conversations with his grandfather Marcel and presenting his research on Weimar sound cinema, Ben got to explore…

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German 152: Visit to the Getty Museum, November 29th

Published: December 3, 2018

On Thursday, November 29th, Professor David D. Kim took his students in GRM 152 to the Getty Center where they studied the works of German painters in the exhibition “Renaissance Nude.” Here are the pictures taken during their trip to the museum.

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Joy McCreary Joins Teach For America and Pursues Graduate Studies in Urban Education

Published: October 24, 2018

Joy McCreary graduated from UCLA in Spring 2018 with degrees in German, Political Science, and International Development Studies. After having taken four years of German in high school, she continued taking courses at UCLA to maintain her language ability. While she only intended on pursuing a minor, her love for her classes and professors in…

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