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Special Events You Won’t Want to Miss

By Maria Moss and Sabrina Völz

What do pornog­ra­phy, fake Indi­ans, the cli­mate cri­sis, and fire­fight­ers in New York City have in com­mon? Well, these are all top­ics of this season’s lec­ture series “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes.”
As usu­al, the lec­ture series starts out with a bang: Award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er and one of Canada’s lead­ing writ­ers, Drew Hay­den Tay­lor, will present his new movie, The Pre­tendi­ans. The film, which cel­e­brates its Ger­man pre­miere at Leuphana Uni­ver­si­ty Lüneb­urg, asks the ques­tion why so many peo­ple in the pub­lic eye claim Native her­itage. Tay­lor, him­self an Anish­naabe and res­i­dent of Curve Lake First Nation reserve, is mak­ing his 5th trip to Lüneburg.
And if that’s not enough, we also fea­ture Anne Nel­son, Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist, author, play­wright, and lec­tur­er at Colum­bia University’s School of Inter­na­tion­al and Pub­lic Affairs. She’ll join us via Zoom to dis­cuss her play, The Guys. Writ­ten short­ly after 9/11, it fea­tures a fire­fight­er who seeks the help of a writer to com­pose eulo­gies for his dead comrades.
Art and pornog­ra­phy are at the heart of Anne Breimaier’s talk, which will crit­i­cal­ly recon­struct a lec­ture of rad­i­cal fem­i­nist Dorchen Lei­d­holdt in 1980. Breimaier will relate Leidholdt’s cri­tique of a com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion of vio­lence against women in visu­al media of the 1980 to con­tem­po­rary image cultures.
The lec­ture series wraps up with a talk by Johan Höglund, “An end to Eat­ing? Future Food Imag­i­nar­ies and the Cli­mate Emer­gency.” Höglund will dis­cuss how fic­tion set in a future trans­formed by cli­mate change describes the act of ingest­ing food as “feed­ing” (what babies and ani­mals do) rather than “eat­ing” (what humans are typ­i­cal­ly under­stood to be doing and what counts as a social and cul­tur­al practice).
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11 Years of “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes” at Leuphana University Lüneburg

We are pleased to announce that Dar­i­on Akins, the cur­rent U.S. Con­sul Gen­er­al from Ham­burg, will open our lec­ture series with a talk on “Worth the Strug­gle: Why Democ­ra­cy Mat­ters” at 6:15 p.m. in the forum of Leuphana Uni­ver­si­ty Lüneburg’s cen­tral build­ing (C40) on Novem­ber 18, 2021. The coro­n­avirus 3G rule (vac­ci­nat­ed, recov­ered, test­ed) applies to this event.

In addi­tion to the lec­ture on cam­pus, Julia Nitz (Uni­ver­sität Halle-Wit­ten­berg), Christoph Stro­bel (Uni­ver­si­ty of Mass­a­chu­setts, Low­ell), and Fiona Tolan (Liv­er­pool John Moores Uni­ver­si­ty) will also join us this semes­ter via Zoom. As always, each lec­ture lasts rough­ly 1 hour and is either inter­ac­tive or fol­lowed by a live­ly ques­tion-and-answer ses­sion. Please see the poster for fur­ther details.

Hope to see you at one or more of the talks.

Sab­ri­na Völz, Maryann Henck, and Maria Moss

Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes 

By Maria Moss and Sabrina Völz

We’re in our ninth year of Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes– if this lec­ture series were a child, it would be in third grade by now.

We’re espe­cial­ly proud to announce this year’s bilin­gual (German/English) kick­off talk by Peter Worts­man, New York author and trans­la­tor of Aus­tri­an-Jew­ish descent. Inter­est­ing­ly, he’s the recip­i­ent of the Geert­je Potash-Suhr Pros­apreis. Cit­i­zens of Lüneb­urg will rec­og­nize this pres­ti­gious award, named after for­mer Lüneb­urg res­i­dent Geert­je Suhr.

On Octo­ber 24, we will also be announc­ing the win­ner of the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Blog con­test in the Access Amer­i­ca cat­e­go­ry. The writer of the win­ning blog, which will be post­ed on Octo­ber 30, will be present.

Please join us for an excit­ing evening in build­ing 12, room 013, from 18:15 to 19:45 at Leuphana Uni­ver­si­ty Lüneb­urg, Uni­ver­sität­sallee 1. Click here for the cam­pus map.

All lec­tures are open to the pub­lic – and feel free to bring a friend!

Oct. 24

Peter Worts­man (writer and trans­la­tor, New York), “Read­ing from Stimme und Atem. Out of Breath, Out of Mind

Nov. 14

Michael Louis Moser (TU Dres­den), “The Evo­lu­tion of Polit­i­cal Moments on Net­work TV: Late Night from Steve Allen to Stephen Colbert”

Nov. 21

Andreas Hüb­n­er (Leuphana), “’Their mot­to is not lib­er­ty, but slav­ery’: Con­fed­er­ate Mon­u­ments, White Suprema­cy, and the Lega­cy of Jim Crow”

Dec. 12

Hel­ga Bories-Sawala (Uni­ver­sität Bre­men), “Indi­ens, Sauvages, Amérin­di­ens, Pre­mières Nations: Das Bild der Indi­ge­nen in den Geschichts­büch­ern Québecs”

Jan. 9

Silke Hack­e­nesch (Uni­ver­sität zu Köln), “Tran­sra­cial Adop­tions in Post­war America”

Jan. 23

Mieke Rosch­er (Uni­ver­sität Kas­sel), “Cur­rent Objec­tives of His­tor­i­cal Human-Ani­mal Stud­ies: Inter­species Soci­eties after the Ani­mal Turn”