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AG Geige: Ein Amateurfilm With special guest: Frank Bretschneider

Film Screening & Discussion (German with English subtitles)

Discussion with AG Geige founding member Frank Bretschneider and reception following the screening

Date: Tuesday, November 4th 2014, 7:00 pm
Location: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. # 100, Los Angeles CA 90036

Ph: 323 5253388  email:
Free Admission

Presented with the support of the Wende Museum, Volume, USC Dept. of Musicology and the Max Kade Institute

For more information, see attached Flyer_-_Bretschneider_at_GoetheInst.docx

Frank Bretschneider: Sinn + Form (Meaning and Form) With Virons and Gregg Kowalsky

Sunday November 9, 2014, 8:00 PM

Presented with the support of the Wende Museum, LA Goethe-Institut, Volume, USC Dept. of Musicology and the Max Kade Institute

Location: Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home Street, Los Angeles CA 90012

Contact: 213-290-4752        

 Tickets: $10 advanced, $15 at the door


Outdoor Screening of the Documentary "Behind The Wall"

When: Monday, Novemeber 10th, 6:30pm

Where: The LiteraTea Cafe
         (USC Campus, behind Doheny Library)


September 30, 2014: A Reading with Torsten Schulz

Torsten Schulz, noted author, filmmaker and drama professor will read from the 2012 English translation of his acclaimed novel, A Square in Berlin (Boxhagener Platz), a coming of age story that takes place in the tumultuous late 1960s beyond the Berlin Wall.

Co-sponsored with Goethe-Institut, Los Angeles.

Date:        Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 5:00 pm
Location: Max Kade Institute, 2714 S. Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007 
Kindly RSVP to kade@ or by calling (213) 743-2707

September 17, 2014: Gerhard Falkner - Poetry. Entrances and Exits.

Presented by USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, USC Libraries, USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies, and Villa Aurora

Internationally acclaimed poet, playwright, essayist, and translator Gerhard Falkner describes himself as a flâneur or pilgrim. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and has received fellowships from renowned international residences, such as Villa Massimo (Casa Baldi) Rome, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Spycher Preis Schloss, Leuk Switzerland, and Kulturakademie Tarabya, Istanbul. He currently is an artist-in-residence at Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades. 

Cities, nature and contrasts are among the main sources of Falkner’s inspiration. He defines himself as a poet between modernity and post-modernity, a poet interpreting the world around him.
In a conversation with Robert von Hallberg, Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College, Falkner will discuss the entrances into and exits from poetry, addressing such topics as the selection of style of language for specific contexts and how the language of poetry makes it possible to say more with less, and the various media outlets, for example film and the performing arts, that he uses to communicate, perform and transform his poetry.
The event will feature readings and several short poetry video clips by Gerhard Falkner.

September 17, 5PM-6:30PM, at USC's Doheny Memorial Library, Polymathic Academy, DML 241
Reception with refreshments to follow.
Please reply by the Tuesday prior to the event at with ESVP Code: ENTRANCES

September 6-7, 2014: Locating Expressionism

Noted art historians and scholars convene in this two-day symposium on the occasion of the exhibition Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky to shed new light on the extraordinary response of artists in Germany and France to key developments in modern art in the early 20th century.

For the first time in a major museum exhibition, LACMA presents Expressionism not as a distinctly German style, but as an international movement in which artists responded with various aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters. The German side of the story has been less well known in the United States until just recently, and LACMA's groundbreaking exhibition provides visitors and scholars alike an opportunity to explore the nuances of the interrelationship between a group of artists that includes not just Van Gogh and Kandinsky, but Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Andre Derain, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and many others. Sponsored by the museum and the Historians of German and Central European Art, topics presented explore in depth the relationship between French art and Germany artists, Cubism's impact, and the impact of non-Western art on European art from this era.

LACMA, Bing Theater | 10am-4 pm Saturday; 10am-3 pm Sunday
Free and open to the public

Flyer - Locating Expressionism

June 26-June 30, 2014: Inhabit the Word - 80 Years PEN Centre of German-Speaking Writers Abroad

See program for details of June 2014 events at Villa Aurora and USC's Max Kade Institute.

Download the program.

June 28, 2014: "Woyzeck von Sarajevo" by Kaca Celan

June 28, 2014, 8 PM
2714 S. Hoover St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

A multimedia reading in collaboration with the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at USC.

March 11, 2014: A Tribute to Dr. Cornelius Schnauber

March 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles CA 90036

Free tickets
$1.00 validated parking at Wilshire Courtyard West Building (P1 = below the Goethe-Institut) on weekends and evenings after 6:00 pm

Please RSVP by Sunday, March 9 to  or  (213) 743-2707

Plays, poems, music and commentary (from his own works as well as his favorite authors)

Eric Braeden
Louis Fantasia
Don DeForest Paul
Christina Linhardt
and Bryan Pezzone (piano)

Commentary from the audience welcome following formal portion of the presentation

Reception to follow.....let's toast Cornelius with a glass of wine!

Sponsored by USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies, the German-American Cultural Society (GACS) and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

March 6, 2014: "Hannah Arendt Was Here": A lecture by Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock

March 6, 2014,  4:00 - 6:00 pm
USC Doheny Memorial Library, Music Library, Herklotz Room G24

Kindly RSVP: Lori Rogers, Tel: (213) 740-8999 or via email at

Stih & Schnock are Berlin-based conceptual artists.  Their work explores how memory functions in the social sphere and how it is reflected symbolically in urban spaces.  In their installations they point out the ambiguity and ambivalence of social sculpture and ask how art in public spaces affects everyday life. Their talk will concern their decentralized memorial Orte des Erinnerns/Places of Remembrance in Berlin--Schöneberg (1993), their transitory memorial concept BUS STOP, which they created for the competition for Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial (1994), and The City As Text (2007), a narrative figure-ground map which reflects the city of Munich from a new point of view.

Sponsored by the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies and the 2020 Dornsife Research Cluster “Resistance to Genocide” in association with the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, the German Studies Program & the Department of Art History

January 29, 2014: "Dramas of Exile: Feuchtwanger and Brecht" Freddie Rokem

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Feuchtwanger Memorial Library Room 206 on the second floor of the Doheny Library

Reception to follow after the talks at 5:30 in DML 233 

Sponsored by the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities, the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies and the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library

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