Oceanizing American Perspectives: Pacific Currents

Event Information

  • Thursday, November 16, 2023 - Saturday, November 18, 2023
  • LEUCOREA Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Collegienstraße 62
  • 06886 Wittenberg, Lutherstadt

Oceanizing American Perspectives: Pacific Currents

Organized by PD Dr. Julia Nitz and Laura-Isabella Heitz

The Wittenberg Teacher Academy is an annual nationwide teacher training seminar for educators on high school level and above, funded by the US Embassy. The seminar includes a varied group of educators, i.e. curriculum developers (and Fachbereichsleiter), teacher trainers, senior, junior, and future teachers as well as “Quer- and Seiteneinsteiger*innen” teachers. We offer 2.5 days of talks, interactive workshops, readings and informed conversation sessions by U.S. and German scholars, practitioners, and emerging artists that train participants in political, social, and cultural America related issues at Stiftung Leucorea in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

The input and materials that will be shared via our website are meant to deepen participants’ understanding of U.S. society and to enable them to translate the seminar workshops on U.S. related content into meaningful lectures in their schools.

In 2023, we concentrate on transpacific matters and partnerships of the past and present under the heading, “Oceanizing American Perspectives: Pacific Currents.” Our focus will be on “the Greater United States,” and on transpacific relations. Our speakers will talk about Afro-Futurism, Sino-American relations, American women who traveled to the Philippines and much more.

The seminar is Thillm accredited and a LISA event (#23L162004).

Program and Poster Download: WTA 2023 Program

Sponsored by:



Thursday, 16 November 15:00 Arrival and Check in

Welcome and Introduction

U.S. Consulate General Leipzig represented by Dave T. Panetti (Public Affairs Officer)
Executive Directors of the Muhlenberg Center for U.S. Studies & the English Department at MLU represented by Carsten Albers
Organizers: Julia Nitz and Laura-Isabella Heitz


Opening Lecture: “Across the Pacific: The United States and China in Historical Perspective,”

Meredith Oyen (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Dinner Buffet (Best Western)

Reading: Family Matters: Of Life in Two Worlds
(PalmArtPress 2023)

Martina Kohl

Friday, 17 November
Breakfast (Leucorea)

Lecture: “U.S.-China Technology Conflict,”

Sarah Eaton (Humboldt University Berlin)


“’I was one of an army of enthusiasts:’ Empire and American Women in the Philippines (1899–1914)”

Esther Wetzel (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)
Coffee break
Conversation groups with lecturers
Off time

Workshop I: “Afro-Futurism in the EFL-Classroom,”

Timothy E. Stroud (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)
Coffee break

Workshop II: “A Food-Centric Approach to Teaching
American Literature and Culture,”

Jiann-Chyng Tu (Humboldt University Berlin)

Round Tables with Speakers and Thanksgiving Dinner
at Best Western Stadtpalais Wittenberg
Saturday, 18 November 8:00
Breakfast (Leucorea)

News from the U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section
and Resources for Teaching U.S.-Pacific Relations,

Martina Schulze (U.S. Embassy Berlin)

Lecture: “Teaching Reproductive Justice from Granny Midwives
to the SisterSong Collective,”

Helen A. Gibson (Erfurt University)

Workshop III: “’If You Catch Me at the Border I Got Visas in My Name:’ Hip-Hop and Global Youth Culture,”

Eric Weisbard (The University of Alabama & Fulbright at University of Uppsala)
Coffee break

Workshop III

Feedback and Farewell
Guided City Tour




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





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.

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


symbol directions

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 walking distance from the train station to the Leucorea 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