Deutsches Haus at NYU proudly presents a selection of cultural conversations, ranging from loneliness to the 30 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Beginning November 1, author Nina Bußmann presents a conversation around her new book, Earth’s Mantle is Hot and Partially Molten, with Eric Jarosinski; on November 8, artist Petra Senn presents her art exhibition, The Fall of the Berlin Wall. Pictures and Imaginations, Berlin, Nov 1989, which reflects on the 30 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and what memories remain of the historic day; and on November 18, Ulrich Baer and Amir Eshel discuss whether Paul Celan’s poetry can teach us to see the present without denying the past.
All events are held at Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews (between University Place and Fifth Avenue), and are free, open to the public, and in English, unless otherwise noted. Seating for free events is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8660 or visit Deutsches Haus at NYU’s website. [Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).]
Friday, November 1, 6:00pm
Earth's Mantle is Hot and Partially Molten': An Evening with Nina Bußmann and Eric Jarosinski
Author and Deutsches Haus at NYU writer-in-residence Nina Bußmann reads an excerpt from Earth’s Mantle is Hot and Partially Molten, her new novel centered around otherness and loneliness, private and political threats, the desire to disappear, and the hope to be sought and held—at least in memory. This is followed by a conversation with the esteemed Germanist, editor and sole author of @neinquarterly, Eric Jarosinski. This event is presented with the generous support of the Deutscher Literaturfonds.
Friday, November 8, 6:00pm
Petra Senn's 'The Fall of the Berlin Wall. Pictures and Imaginations, Berlin, Nov. 1989
30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, artist Petra Senn presents and discusses her new exhibit of work, which describes her impressions of the mood in November 1989. Through the use of different stylistic devices and ever-changing, transient materials, Senn displays her personal memories, scraps of thoughts, notes, and outlines, while still providing space for the viewer’s own thoughts and reflections. This exhibition will be on view through January 10, 2020.
Friday, November 15, 6:00pm
Teaching and Thinking the Bauhaus after 1989: Angela Zumpe’s Time in Dessau
DAAD Visiting Scholar Angela Zumpe presents a film screening of Things to Come, her project on László, Lucia, and Sibyl Moholy-Nagy. Following the screening, Zumpe will discuss her latest book, I Am Taking the Ghosts with Me…, which focuses on her personal experience with the Bauhaus and reflects on the institution’s ideas, both past and present. This event is sponsored by DAAD.
Monday, November 18, 6:00pm
Celan in Israel: A Conversation Between Ulrich Baer and Amir Eshel
NYU professor Ulrich Baer and Stanford University professor Amir Eshel discuss Paul Celan’s visit to Israel in 1969—the inspiration behind several of his poems and letters. Their conversation explores how the language in the poet’s work could help witness the past Israel that Celan experienced in 1969, as well as view present-day Israel through a historical lens. This event is sponsored by DAAD.
Monday, November 25, 6:00 p.m.
On Finding and Fabricating: Memory and Family History in Katja Petrowskaja's "Maybe Esther"
Susanne Rohr, DAAD Visiting Scholar, delivers a talk on Katja Petrowskaja’s collection of stories, Maybe Esther, focusing on the desire for continuity, identity, and belonging in one’s own family history. Folded into Rohr’s reading is a kind of exoneration of the so-called “third generation of survivors” of the Holocaust. This event is sponsored by DAAD.
About Deutsches Haus at NYU:
Deutsches Haus at NYU is New York’s leading institution for the culture and language of the German-speaking world. Located in the historic Greenwich Village district, Deutsches Haus is an integral part of New York University. Since 1977, it has provided New Yorkers with a unique forum for cultural, intellectual, and artistic exchange with Germany, Austria, and Switzerland through its three pillars: the language program, the cultural program, and the children's program.