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Anthony Marra reading

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 08:00 p.m.

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Reading
The Tsar of Love and Techno
Location: English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstraße 40, 10965 Berlin

Anthony Marra’s latest book introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking.  A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina.  A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town.  Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love.  Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military.  And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts.

Letters from Your LIfe: Old and New Media in Spike Jonze’s her

JUNE 23, at 7:00pm

The Columbia Alumni Association of Berlin invites you to join an exclusive presentation by Prof. Dorothea E. von Mücke entitled “Letters from Your Life: Old and New Media in Spike Jonze’s her”. The lecture is on Tuesday, June 23 at 19:00.

In the recent futuristic film her, the protagonist Theodore falls in love with his intelligent os Semantha. Their romance ends when Semantha decides to leave Theodore in order to join other operating systems in new and ever faster evolving ways of learning and communicating post-verbally. It is quite remarkable that in spite of its concern with the new media of the imminent future, her also features such seemingly obsolete media as the handwritten letter and the printed book. This lecture will explore how these old media are invoked in order to reflect on the medial conditions of sentimental and romantic love today.

Prof. von Mücke is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Virtue and the Veil of Illusion. Generic Innovation and the Pedagogical Project (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1991), The Seduction of the Occult and the Rise of the Fantastic Tale (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003), and the forthcoming The Practices of Enlightenment. Aesthetics, Authorship and the Public (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015). She has edited with Veronica Kelly Body and Text in the Eighteenth Century (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994) and she is a co-editor of A New History of German Literature (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004).

The event will take place at the Hoschule für Wirtschaft und Recht (HWR), Building B, room B 1.01, Badenschestrasse 50, 10825, Schöneberg, Berlin. Doors open at 18.30, and the event begins at 19.00. The cost for the event will be 10 euros. Light refreshments, coffee/tea and non-alcoholic drinks will be available upon arrival.
Please RSVP to Diana Weinberg ([email protected]) before 15 June 2015.


FEBRUARY 10, at 3:30pm

The screening includes one of the original WWII propaganda films featured in the documentary – for the first time since 1945:
The Autobiography of a Jeep

Tickets are free and first come, first serve.
RSVP by Feb 7 to:
[email protected]

a film by Peter Miller
produced by DOCDAYS Productions

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Invitation Thanksgiving Dinner – Harvard University Alumni Club of Berlin

November 27

Dear Harvard Club members and friends,

Come share a cozy, authentic and absolutely delicious, American Thanksgiving Dinner. Be reminded of your grandma‘s favorite recipe… Turkey, potatoes and LOADS of gravy…

Prepared specially for the Harvard community and friends by Berlin‘s “Patron Saint of Thanksgiving.”

Join in, invite your friends too, and enjoy a mouth-watering dinner experience.

We look forward to spending an evening filled with great conversations, good food and thanksgiving with you.

Best wishes,

Clara Péron and Tobias Pusch
For the Harvard University Alumni Club of Berlin e.V.

Thanksgiving Dinner Invite