Teacher Training

Current Issues of American Culture in the EFL-Classroom 2019

Event Information

  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 - Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • LEUCOREA Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Collegienstraße 62
  • 06886 Wittenberg, Lutherstadt

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Current Issues of American Culture in the EFL-Classroom 2019

Organized by PD Dr. Julia Nitz (MLU Halle-Wittenberg) and Marie Schönherr (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

November 28-30, 2019, Lutherstadt Wittenberg

This is the twenty-second 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.

This year’s topics include European-American and German-American Relations, the 1960s counterculture, music and the populist right, Chicano/a literature and arts based learning in the classroom. 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.

LISA: WT 2019-400-79
Thillm accredited

Please find the details for registration and fees under contact.

Please feel free to download the abstracts and biographical information on our speakers.

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Thursday, November 28 15:00 Arrival and Check in

Welcome and Introduction

Julia Nitz (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)
Marie Schönherr (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)
Martina Kohl (U.S. Embassy Berlin)


Opening Lecture “Racial Histories at the US-Mexico Border and Aesthetic Impasses in Chicana/x Literature”

Jayson T.G. Sae-Saue (SINAS Fulbright Chair in American Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden; Southern Methodist University, USA)

19:00 Thanksgiving Session at Best Western Stadtpalais Wittenberg

“Discussion of Cultural Varieties of the Thanksgiving Tradition”

Moderator: Julia Nitz (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

Friday, November 29 8:00 Breakfast (Leucorea)

Lecture: “America in the Counterculture 1960s and in 2019: Comparing the Divided Nation Then, and the Divided Nation Now”

Jim Willis (Professor Emeritus of Journalism at Azusa Pacific University, USA)

10:15 Coffee Break

Workshop I: “Low- and High-Risk Activism in the African American Community

Timothy E. Stroud (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

12:00 Off time

Workshop II: “Why Words Matter – How We Do Things with Language”

Janet Russell (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

15:30 Coffee break

Conversations on “The Transatlantic Relationship—Points of Friction, Common Goals”

Annamarie Bindenagel-Sehovic (University of Warwick, UK)
Markus Ziener (Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft Campus Berlin)


Lesung aus DDR, Mon Amour: Von West nach Ost: Innensichten eines deutsch-deutschen Grenzgängers

Markus Ziener

19:00 Dinner Buffet (Leucorea Library)

Reading by Jennifer Kronovet author of The Wug Test (New York, Berlin)

Saturday, November 30 8:00 Breakfast (Leucorea)

Lecture and Discussion (in German): “‘Revolt against the Modern World’. Musik und Medien im deutschen und amerikanischen Rechtsextremismus”

Yvonne Wasserloos (HMT Rostock)

10:00 Coffee break

Workshop III: “Learning Language through the Arts”

InterACT English (Berlin)

12:30  Feedback and Farewell
14:00 Tour of Wittenberg




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




Leucorea 2019

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: 38,00 EUR/night
double room (for two people): 50 EUR/night

*These rates do not include breakfast.

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




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.



PD Dr. Julia Nitz


Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Phone: +49 345 55-23547


Please register with our student assistant at esther.wetzel@student.uni-halle.de (Esther Wetzel).

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Payment details


Teachers: 120€

Teacher students (Referendare): 60€

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


Please transfer the sum total to the following account:

Universität Halle-Wittenberg

IBAN: DE05 8100 0000 0080 0015 24

Purpose of payment: ASC-meeting 2019


Teacher training, course number:

WT-Number: 2019-400-79
Thillm accredited