Deutsches Haus at New York University, located at 42 Washington Mews (at University Place), will host several special events in September, including the opening on September 30 of a new film series entitled “A German Sense of Humor?! German-Speaking Comedies.” All events, which are free and open to the public, take place at Deutsches Haus unless otherwise noted. For further information, call 212.998-8661 or visit www.nyu.edu/deutscheshaus.
A schedule of events follows:
Fri., Sept. 9, 7 p.m. Panel discussion: “Immigration, Integration and Assimilation: Gains and Losses of a New Identity” Moderator: Robert L. Pollock, senior editorial page writer, Wall Street Journal. Part I of “Projekt Toleranz.” Note venue: National Arts Club Sculpture Court, 15 Gramercy Park South. Limited seating; RSVP to 212.998.8663.
Sat., Sept. 10, 2 p.m. Film screening: Zeit der Wünsche (Rolf Schübel, 2005, 180 min.). In German with English subtitles. In the early 1960s, life in Turkey changes dramatically for three friends when Germany with its “Wirtschaftswunder” in full swing opens its door to “guest workers.” Part II of “Projekt Toreranz.”
Tues., Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Lecture: “The `Truth’ of Heidegger’s Technology: Maurice Blanchot’s Disaster” by Kevin Newmark, Boston College.
Wed., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Reading: Award-winning novelist Hansjörg Schertenleib reads from his work. Co-hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland.
Fri., Sept. 16, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Die deutsche-jüdische Orgelkultur: Ein Paradigma für die sich wandelnde Indentität im Modernen Judentum” by Tina Frühauf, CUNY Graduate Center. In German and English.
Sat., Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m. All-day symposium: “The Intellectual and the Popular: Reading Rainald Goetz.” Goetz’s texts explore the scope and potential of an intellectual engagement with the sphere of the popular: To what extent does the Anglo-American phenomenon “pop” translate in contemporary German discourses and practices? This event brings together scholars from Germany and the U.S. to discuss Goetz’s work.
Tues., Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Lecture: “The Prospect of a European Republic: What European Citizens Are Voting On” by Armin von Bogdandy, NYU Law School.
Fri., Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Lecture: “German Comedies, Are You Kidding? Lubitsch to Wilder and Beyond” by Anne-Katrin Titze, Fordham Univ. In conjunction with film series “A German Sense of Humor?!”
Tues., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. Cabaret at Deutsches Haus: Pigor and Eichhorn, the German singer-songwriter combo, present an innovative combination of satirical, intelligent, and politically incorrect entertainment.
Fri., Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. Film series opens: “A German Sense of Humor?! German-Speaking Comedies.” Despite the generally skeptical perception, the genre of comedy has been the bread and butter of the German film industry throughout its history. The series offers a small sample of films from the past five years. Film screened: Sternenberg (Switzerland, Christoph Schaub, 2004, 88 min.). In Swiss-German with English subtitles.