Weekly outline

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  • Apr 16 - Intro: Basic Issues

  • Apr 23 - Research & Writing

  • Tag der Arbeit

  • May 8

  • May 15

    Pauline Bellmann: The Importance of Afro-American Narrative in Popular Media

    Kira Wagner: Empathy in Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

  • May 22

    Kathrin Kunsch: From Underground to Mainstream: The Evolution of Hip Hop and ts Influence on Black American Youth Culture from the Early Seventies to 2018.

  • May 29

    Julia Radowski, "Internet Explorer. A Critical Analysis of the Internet Culture among Millennials in North America.“

    Emily Jaruschewski, Criminals in the United States: The Obsession with Serial Killers in Pop-Culture

  • Jun 5

    Josipa Wolbers, "Jazz against the Empire. Music as the Means of Struggle against Racism."

    Jonas Noack, " 'In the midst of life we are in death' - As I Lay Dying, The Sound and The Fury and the presence of death in William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County."

  • Jun 12

    Monika Gallus, ""Welcome to Harlem - The Transition of African Americans during the Harlem

  • Jun 19

    Yasmine Günther, "Hidden Heroes - The Black Women Behind the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement.”

  • Jun 26

    Sarah Greifeld, "The Evolution of the Disney Princesses."

    Olivia Dudek, "21st Century Panopticism: The Hunger Games, Surveillance and Digitalization."

    Jerome Hemmersbach

  • Jul 3

    Mark Shore

    Kathleen Ironside

    Julia Hensel

  • Jul 10

    Franziska von Puttkamer

    Viktoria Schuller

    Steffi Kaiser

    Julia Hensel

    The Doubter

    B. Brecht (transl. Lee Baxendall, Tom Clark)

    Whenever we seemed
    To have found the answer to a question
    One of us untied the string of the old rolled-up
    Chinese canvas on the wall, so that it would unravel and
    Reveal to us the man on the bench who
    Doubted so much.

    I, he said to us
    Am the doubter. I am doubtful whether
    The work was well done that devoured your days.
    Whether what you said would still have value for anyone if it were less well said.
    Whether you did say it well instead of just relying on its truthfulness.
    Whether it is not ambiguous; each possible misunderstanding
    Is your responsibility. Or it can be unambiguous
    And take the contradictions out of things; is it too unambiguous?
    If so, what you say is useless. Your thing has no life in it.
    Are you truly in the stream of happening? Do you accept
    All that becomes? Are YOU becoming? Who are you? To whom
    Do you speak? Who finds what you say useful? And, by the way:
    Is it sobering? Can it be read in the morning?
    Is it also linked to what is already there? Are the sentences that were
    Spoken before you made use of, or at least refuted? Is everything verifiable?
    By experience? By which? But above all,
    Always above all else: how does one act
    If one believes what you say? Above all: how does one act?

    Reflectively, curiously, we studied the doubting
    Blue man on the canvas, looked at each other and
    Started all over.