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Transatlantic Dialogue and Current Political Developments in the USA

Press Release No. 212/2010
01 October 2010
New programme of the Baden-Württemberg Seminar begins on 4 October 2010
Victoria De Grazia
Victoria De Grazia

Lectures by renowned American academics and discussions with journalists and artists are on the autumn 2010 schedule of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). All interested are cordially invited to attend. The public events of the eighth Baden-Württemberg Seminar will take place at Heidelberg University and other venues throughout the state. Scholars, journalists and artistswill be presenting their ongoing work, inviting discussion on central topics pertaining to the transatlantic dialogue and enlarging on current political developments in the USA.

On 4 October 2010 historian Victoria De Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History at Columbia University, New York, will be the first guest in the series. Among her main research interests are gender history in western Europe, in particular in Italy, and global consumer history. In her talk at the HCA she will engage with the question “Can We Write a History of ‘Soft Power’?” giving special emphasis to the relation between the overt exercise of political power and political persuasion strategies in dictatorships and democracies. The lecture will take place at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Curt and Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais, Hauptstrasse 120, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Among the participants in this year’s Baden-Württemberg Seminar are Pulitzer Prize winner and "Washington Post" journalist Anne Hull and the head of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Susan Neimann. Other guest speakers include writer and literary studies scholar Laura Otis of Emory University in Atlanta and theologian Darrell Bock of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

The Baden-Württemberg Seminar was initiated in 2007 with fellows of the American Academy in Berlin. Since the summer of 2009, the seminar has extended its base to include other distinguished speakers. This autumn, the German Literature Archive Marbach and the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies / School of Language & Literature have joined the seminar as dedicated partners. For more information, please visit


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