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„You Didn‘t See Me on Television“: Ella Baker and the Importance of Other Lesser Known Activists in the Civil Rights Movement“
The American Dream seems to be ever-present in American culture. We find it in film plots and political speeches, in personal memories and song lyrics. But do people even agree what they mean by it? Following notions of the American Dream through American history and into present debates, we can explore this and many related myths that have shaped US-American identity. Charlotte.Lerg@lmu.de
Women have shaped American history from the beginning and one key theme has been their strive for political participation and social equality. From the American Revolution to the reform-movements of the 19th century, suffrage activism around the turn of the century and the campaigns for legislation relating to so called ‘women’s issues’ throughout the 20th century. At the same time this struggle has been fraught with the contradictions ailing American society at large, of which racism, regionalism, economic challenges and political infighting, are just some. As a new generation of ‘feminists' is reclaiming that much-debated word in political activism since the Millennium, a look at history opens up new perspectives and helps us understand current debates. Moreover, shaped within a global context, the topic of women’s rights offers an opportunity to see American history in connection to the world. Charlotte.Lerg@lmu.de
Bärbel Harju: "We Gon' Be Alright: African American History through Music", Lecture and Discussions for Students
This lecture examines African American history through music. From work songs and spirituals of the times of slavery to jazz, blues, and bebop of the Harlem Renaissance; from the anthems of the Civil Rights Movement to hip hop and today's diverse soundtrack of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, wewill take a closer look at how music reflects and shapes the social context in which it is created and performed. firstname.lastname@example.org
Until World War I, millions of German, Irish, Italian and other European “Auswanderer” immigrated to the United States, desperately trying to leave serious economic and social problems in their homelands behind. Catholics frequently faced strong rejection by nativist groups that considered them a danger to American society. From the 1920s to 1965 a restrictive quota system made it much more difficult to immigrate. How to deal with large numbers of refugees is still a very controversial topic in the United States. Looking at a time when millions of Europeans were “economic refugees” offers a valuable comparative perspective on how we have been dealing with the current refugee crisis. email@example.com
Amy Mohr: Academic Writing and the W-Seminar in English (or How to Write an Academic Paper), Presentation for Students
This presentation reveals the process of writing an academic paper in English with an overview and examples drawn from the students’ individual topics. Designed to motivate, organize, and reduce stress, the presentation helps the students understand how to develop their topic and communicate the significance of their project. The seminar will be adapted to the needs of the class. firstname.lastname@example.org
Author of To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015), Harper Lee’s life and works have captured America’s literary imagination. This presentation will give an overview of her life, her classic novel’s historical and cultural significance, and the ongoing literary debates about her work. We will also consider the presence of her novel in American popular culture with reference to the 1962 film and the recent Broadway adaptation. email@example.com