Tag Archives: Life-Writing

All the Stories That We (Were) Told

By Nora Benitt

Pixar’s Rules of Sto­ry­telling by Pro­found Whatever

Life writ­ing – which includes a wide spec­trum of sub-gen­res such as (auto)biography, mem­oir, let­ter, diary, (dig­i­tal) life sto­ries, and oral his­to­ries – has a long tra­di­tion in the U.S. and is becom­ing more and more pop­u­lar all over the world. An abun­dance of arti­facts com­piled by famous, semi-famous, and not-at-all-famous peo­ple fill pub­lic libraries, pri­vate book­shelves, research cen­ters, social media, hard dri­ves, and web­sites. And that’s actu­al­ly not even sur­pris­ing since writ­ing and/or talk­ing about our­selves is a deeply root­ed cul­tur­al prac­tice and comes very nat­u­ral­ly to most human beings. We do it all the time: We tell a sig­nif­i­cant some­one how our day was, we put togeth­er our résumé when apply­ing for a new job, we talk about child­hood mem­o­ries with sib­lings or a close friend. How­ev­er, talk­ing and writ­ing about our­selves in an aca­d­e­m­ic con­text and, to boot, in a for­eign lan­guage is a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent story.

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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