25 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall
Read more about Pitt's commemorative events throughout the fall semester.
David Wellbery, University of Chicago
Annual distinguished visitor in the spring semester, Mar. 4-7. Website
Ruth Levin, actress and singer
"Secret Guests: Jewish Songs from a City of Poets." Sun. Sept. 14, 2:30pm. Website.
Meet Our People
Mila boldly traverses intellectual and disciplinary boundaries to study those who cross geographical and cultural ones. Read her profile.
With intellectual coolness and composure she researches emotion, affect, and madness. Read her profile.
Soccer, the World Cup, and the textuality of Turkish-German connections is the name of his game. Read his profile
She is marking sites on the map of Berlin that memorialize some very different moments of German history. Read her profile
Researching the imagined communities that make up our increasingly globalized and transnational world. Read her profile
Following the footsteps of J.W. v. Goethe, Prof. Muenzer leads students to discover "was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält." Read his profile
Charts undiscovered spaces and places of the 19th century and maneuvers students through treacherous academic waters. Read his profile
Prof. von Dirke
Our discourse queen is the salt and pepper in the Department and lays the beat for a diversity of cultural vibrations. Read her profile
A teacher's teacher and good fairy of the TAs is the pedagogical spirit who fills the Cathedral with Learning. Read her profile
The Berlinale has its Golden Bear, but Pitt has Prof. Halle. He envisions the impossible and makes students their own auteurs of critical thinking. Read his profile
Randall Halle Publishes Latest Monograph
Professor Randall Halle, Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German and Film Studies, has published his most recent monograph, "The Europeanization of Cinema. Interzones and Imaginative Communities," with the University of Illinois Press. From the book jacket: "In this innovative study...Halle advances the concept of 'interzones' as a mechanism for analyzing European cinema. Interzones, he explains, are geographical and ideational spaces that develop from border crossing in the broadest sense. They are places of transit, interaction, transformation, and contested diversity. Halle explicates this innovative concept by reinvigorating the theory of the cinematic apparatus, exploring anew the relationships between cinema and the social order. Focusing especially on borders, borderlands, and cultural zones, he shows how interzones have manifested in distinct periods of cinema history." One scholar praises the book as follows: "An original and ground-breaking view of the post-Wende central European landscape, drawn from a remarkable abundance of sources. Halle's writing is intelligent and even amusing - I couldn't put the book down until I had read it to the last page." - Janina Falkowska.
Holly Yanacek Accepts Fulbright Fellowship
Holly Yanacek, Ph.D. candidate, has accepted a Fulbright fellowship to study at the Free University of berlin and the Max Planck Institute during the 2014-2015 academic year. Holly will be working on a dissertation about Emotional Communities in late 19th Century Germany. In addition to the Fulbright fellowship, Holly was also offered a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a Mellon Fellowship.
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