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Current Issues of American Culture in the EFL Classroom: Annual ASC Meeting 2016

Event Information

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • LEUCOREA Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Collegienstraße 62
  • 06886 Wittenberg, Lutherstadt

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Current Issues of American Culture in the EFL Classroom: Annual ASC Meeting 2016

Organized by Dr. Julia Nitz (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

Annual American Studies Committee Meeting 2016

November 17-19, 2016, Lutherstadt Wittenberg

This is the fifteenth time teachers from across Germany will meet in Wittenberg for a seminar consisting of lectures and discussion periods with the aim of promoting the presence of American Studies in the EFL classroom. Furthermore, the results of the meeting are used for publications of teaching resources on the webpage of the Muhlenberg Center for American Studies.

The group consists not only of teacher coordinators but also of advanced teacher students and students who want to become teachers. They are also involved in the organization phase, so that the contents and aims of the seminar are aligned with the needs of teachers and teaching practitioners in general, and also by those who are new to the profession. Thus, the seminar is not only an event for continuing education in the field of American culture and history, but also a platform where teaching practitioners from different areas and at different levels can network and share their experience in teaching America relevant topics.

This year’s program can be viewed in entirety below.
Additionally, feel free to download this year’s talk and workshop abstracts as well as the respective speaker bios.

 

Sponsored by

Logo-US-Botschaft Logo Leucorea 60

 

 

Program

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Thursday, November 17 15:00 Arrival and Check In
16:30

Welcome and Introduction

Prof. Dr. Erik Redling (MCAS)
Jeremy Fowler, U.S. Embassy Berlin
Dr. Julia Nitz (Halle-Wittenberg)

 

17:00

The Role of the Media in the U.S. Presidential Elections 2016

Prof. William James (Jim) Willis (Azusa Pacific University)

19:00 Dinner Buffet (Leucorea Library)
20:00 Teaching Reels – Dance Workshop with the “Peccadillo Trio” (Leucorea Library)
Friday, November 18 08:00 Breakfast (Leucorea)
09:00

Lecture: “Black Femininities: From Slave Narratives to Popular Culture”

Dr. Stefanie Schäfer (Jena University)

10:00

Lecture: “Queens of Their Race: African-American Feminist Transnational Activism”

Noaquia Callahan (University of Iowa, U.S. Fulbright Fellow, Free University of Berlin)

11:00 Coffee Break
11:30

Conversation groups with lecturers

(James Willis, Stefanie Schäfer, Noaquia Callahan)

13:00 Off time
15:00

Workshop I: “‘We Don’t Bow Down’: Race Relations and Civil Rights in post-Katrina New Orleans”

Dr. Andreas Hübner (Kassel University)

16:30 Coffee Break
17:00

Workshop II: “The Science and Emotion of the German-American Cross-cultural Relationship”

Dr. Kathleen Hooper (Wuppertal)

19:00 Thanksgiving Session at Best Western Stadtpalais Wittenberg

“Discussion of Cultural Varieties of the Thanksgiving Tradition”

Moderators: Dr. Julia Nitz und Christin Reimann (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

Saturday, November 19 07:30 Breakfast (Leucorea)
08:30 Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Martina Kohl (U.S. Embassy, Berlin)

Lecture: “Year of the Woman or More of the Same? The Status of Women in American Politics after Election 2016”

Dr. Kelly Dittmar (Rutgers University, Camden)

09:40

Workshop III: “The Amazing Stories that Happened to a Friend of a Friend – Urban Legends in the EFL Classroom”

Marie Schönherr (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

11:00 Coffee Break
11:30

Workshop IV: “Hip Hop Culture”

“Sir” Reginald Anthony (Freiburg)

12:45 Feedback and Farewell
14:00 Tour of Wittenberg

Workshops I and II as well as III and IV will each take place twice in parallel sessions!

Venue

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Leucorea

The conference will be held at the Leucorea Foundation in the city of Wittenberg.

Situated in the heart of Wittenberg, the Leucorea Foundation represents an ideal conference venue providing ample space for conference sessions as well as for lodging and board for all participants.

For further information please visit the Leucorea Foundation’s website.

The address of the Leucorea Foundation is:
Stiftung Leucorea
Collegienstraße 62
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

 

Accommodation

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Leucorea

Situated in the heart of Wittenberg, the Leucorea Foundation represents an ideal conference venue providing ample space for conference sessions as well as for lodging and board for all participants.

With direct access to Wittenberg’s central pedestrian area, the Leucorea is located in close proximity to the Luther House, in which Martin Luther spent most of his active life, and St. Mary’s Church with the famous altar designed by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

You will be lodging at the Leucorea in single rooms (unless booked otherwise). The rooms at the Leucorea are fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, television, telephone, and internet access. Catering service will supply us with breakfast and coffee/tea during breaks.

Rates for additional nights (single room) and double rooms are:
single room: 35,00 EUR/night
double room (for two persons): 45 EUR/night

*These rates do not include breakfast.

For further information please visit the Leucorea Foundation’s website.

 

Directions

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By train

Take a train to Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hauptbahnhof (main station).
You can check timetables and book a ticket on the website of the Deutsche Bahn AG.

The embedded map to the left will help you get from the train station to the Leucorea Foundation. The walking distance is approx. 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a taxi.

By car

The address of the Leucorea, Collegienstraße, is a pedestrian area only. Therefore, please enter ‘Wallstraße’ into your GPS. This street will lead you to the Leucorea’s (rather limited) parking area and also offers further public parking areas.

Contact

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Prof. Dr. Erik Redling

Managing Director

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Phone: +49 345 55-23520
erik.redling@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de

 Dr. Julia Nitz

Organizer

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Phone: +49 345 55-23547
julia.nitz@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de

Please register at julia.nitz@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de

Deadline: September 30, 2016

 

Payment details

fees:

teachers: 120€

teacher students (Referendare): 60€

students: 30€ (funded by ZLB Sachsen-Anhalt)

Payment must be received by October 24, 2016.

Please transfer the sum total to the following account:

Universität Halle-Wittenberg

BIC: MARKDEF1810
IBAN: DE05 8100 0000 0080 0015 24

Purpose of payment: ASC-meeting 2016

Lehrfortbildung, Kursnummer:

WT 2016-400-65 LISA
Thillm akkreditiert