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  • Dr. Andrew S. GrossDr. Andrew S. Gross is Professor of North American Studies at the University of Göttingen. He holds a Ph.D. in American literature and critical theory from the University of California, Davis. In 2012, he completed his Habilitation thesis at the Free University of Berlin. The resulting book, The Pound Reaction: Liberalism as Lyricism at Midcentury American Literature, Heidelberg: Winter, 2015, won the 2013 Rob Kroes Publication Award of the EAAS. He is Deputy Executive Editor of the American Studies Journal, an e-publication. Dr. Gross is Deputy Executive Editor of the American Studies Journal. His areas of specialization are American literature, literary history and cultural studies. 


    Keynote Andrew Gross:  A New Perspective on Contemporary Jewish-American Literature and Culture

    Authors mentioned in the talk





    • Peter WortsmanPeter Wortsman is an author and playwright living in New York. Dubbed a "20th-century Brother Grimm" (Bloomsbury Review) and "a delinquent Hans Christian Andersen" (by playwright Mark O'Donnell), Peter Wortsman is the author of works of fiction and nonfiction, stage plays and poetry. He is also a translator from the German and a travel writer. Wortsman was the recipient of the 1985 Beard's Fund Short Story Award and the 2008 Gertje Potash- Suhr Prose Prize of the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German. A former Fellow of the Fulbright (1973) and Thomas J. Watson (1974) Foundations, he was the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in Spring 2010. His travel writing was selected five years in a row, 2008- 2012, and again in 2016, for inclusion in Travelers’ Tales’ The Best Travel Writing. His travel memoir Ghost Dance in Berlin, A Rhapsody in Gray was short-listed for a 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award and won a 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY). His novel Cold Earth Wanderers was a finalist in Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Best Fantasy/Science Fiction Book Competition. 


      Stimme und Atem/Out of Breath, Out of Mind - Handout - Peter Wortsman



      • Yvonne Wasserloos

        Dr. Yvonne Wasserloos is Professor of Musicology at Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) in Rostock. She studied music, history, German Studies and Scandinavian Studies at Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster and received her doctorate in 2002 with a dissertation on “Kulturgezeiten. Niels W. Gade und C.F.E. Horneman in Leipzig und Kopenhagen.” Dr. Wasserloos received her Habilitation in 2014 at Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen with a study on “Musik und Staat. Dimensionen der Interaktion im 20. Jahrhundert.” She taught at universities in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Copenhagen, Leuven, London, Lüneburg und Münster. Since April 2019 she has been a full professor at HMT in Rostock. Her research focuses on processes of cultural transfer in the 18th and 19th century, music under national socialism and rightwing extremism, and cultural memory.


         „Revolt against the Modern World“. Musik und Medien im deutschen und amerikanischen Rechtsextremismus - Handout - Dr. Yvonne Wasserloos



        • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching about the Holocaust: Blending the History and Theater Classroom

          Kevin OStoyich

          Dr. Kevin Ostoyich is Professor and served as Chair (2015-2019) of the History Department at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. He has taught at Valpo since 2006. He directed Valpo’s Study Abroad Center in Hangzhou, China during the Fall 2011 Semester and Valpo’s Study Abroad Center in Reutlingen, Germany from 2013 to 2015. Dr. Ostoyich holds his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He served as a research associate at the Harvard Business School and an Erasmus Institute fellow at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently a board member of the Sino-Judaic Institute and a has been a non-resident fellow of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. At Valpo he has been nominated for teaching awards on multiple occasions and was bestowed the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2017-2018. His research has been funded by such institutions as the Sino-Judaic Institute, ASIANetwork, the Krupp Foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the German Historical Institute, and Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for American History. 

           Teaching Jewish-American Life and Culture - Dr. Kevin Ostoyich - Handout



          Ilan – Jewish Life in Saxony-Anhalt: An Innovative School and Community Outreach Project

          Anton HeikeDr. Anton Hieke was born and raised in Saxony-Anhalt. He received his PhD in American Studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg with a project on Jewish small-town and micro- communities in Georgia, North and South Carolina during Reconstruction. Firmly believing in scholarly outreach to a broader audience, he is one of the founders and main organizers of the Halle Jewish Culture Days (2013). Since 2019, he has devised an education and outreach program for the Jewish Studies Department in cooperation with the Jewish congregation in Halle and Museum Synagoge Gröbzig. He currently extends and re-visits the educational program in Gröbzig. 

          "Fun der Schul": Ein Workshop zum jüdischen Sachsen-Anhalt - Handout - Anton Heike







          • Book Talk with publisher Stefan Weidle, Weidle Verlag, Bonn (in German) Moderator: Martina Kohl 


            Geboren in Stuttgart am 16. Februar 1953, aufgewachsen und zur Schule gegangen dortselbst, nach dem Abitur 1971 jedoch prompte Flucht aus dem Schwabenland. Studium der Germanistik, Slawistik, Philosophie, Sprachwissenschaft, Kunstgeschichte und weiterer Fächer in Bonn, insgesamt 32 Semester, ohne sichtbaren Erfolg. Gegen Ende des Studiums zaghafte Anfänge als freier Lektor. Ab 1989 Übersetzer aus dem Englischen (u.a. Anthony Burgess: D. H. Lawrence. Ein Leben in Leidenschaft; Dory Previn: Midnight Baby; Jennifer Lynch: Das geheime Tagebuch der Laura Palmer). Daneben gelegentlich Artikel für Zeitungen und Zeitschriften (u.a. »Aufbau«, New York) und Arbeiten für den Rundfunk. Ab 1991 verlegerische Tätigkeit, zuerst im JUNI-Verlag, Mönchengladbach, nach dessen Heimholung durch den Pleitegeier im Alano-Verlag, Aachen, der freilich auch die Finanzwupper passierte. Daher 1994 Gründung des Weidle Verlags in Bonn, in sicherer Entfernung vom Bergischen Styx. Seit 1995, also seit dem Roman Helianth von Albrecht Schaeffer, Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kasseler Typographen Friedrich Forssman, der seither alle Bücher des Verlags gestaltet. Was dazu führte, daß seit 1997 insgesamt 8 Bücher von der Stiftung Buchkunst ausgezeichnet wurden. 2000 erhielt der Verlag den Karl-Heinz-Zillmer-Preis der Hamburgischen Kulturstiftung, 2005 den Kurt Wolff Preis. Die Schutzumschläge werden häufig von bildenden Künstlern entworfen, die im Idealfall noch nie ein Buchcover gestaltet haben, und mitunter produziert der Verlag mit Begeisterung Kunstkataloge für »seine« Künstler. 2007 bis 2015 war Stefan Weidle im Vorstand der Kurt Wolff Stiftung, ab 2009 als Vorsitzender. Seit 2017 ist Weidle in der Jury des Deutschen Buchhandlungspreises, zuletzt als Vorsitzender. 2019 und 2020 erhielt der Weidle Verlag den Deutschen Verlagspreis.

            • Joannis

              Joannis Kaliampos is a Research Associate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He is the educational project manager and teacher trainer for the project Teach About US which includes the award-winning U.S. Embassy School Election Project (Hans Eberhard Piepho Prize 2013) and Going Green – Education for Sustainability project (“Ausgezeichnete Orte – Land der Ideen” 2015). He received a Staatsexamen degree in English and History (Gymnasium) from Justus Liebig University Gießen. He has held teaching positions at a secondary school (Lahntalschule Lahnau), in the German program of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (Fulbright scholarship), and as writing consultant for international students (Justus Liebig University Gießen). Joannis Kaliampos has recently completed his dissertation on learner task perceptions in blended learning EFL projects.