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Tom Franklin: Accidentally Autobiographical
Accidentally Autobio...

Tom Franklin's Academy lecture features readings from and a discussion of his New York Times bestselling 2010 novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. This book, Franklin says, is "accidentally autobiographical," in that the author had few plans to use aspects and details of his own life. But when he found himself working in Brazil, far from his native Alabama, he began to draw from his own past. The discussion will also examine how the subconscious mind works when writing fiction. Franklin was introduced by his wife, Beth Ann Fennelly, the current poet laureate of the state of Mississippi.

Generational Politics in West Africa
Life without Authori...

Michael Watts' lecture focuses on two home-grown insurgencies in Nigeria: Boko Haram, a radical Islamist movement located in the dry and arid northern Muslim heartlands, and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), arising from the largely Christian oil-fields of the southeastern rainforests. Each insurgency, Watts argues, arose from common failures of state, civic, customary and religious authority, and from the material, political, and economic insecurities produced by the failure of national secular development.

A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil
A Rage for Order: T...

Contributing New York Times Magazine writer Robert F. Worth's book A Rage for Order brings the history of the present to life through vivid stories and portraits of people involved in the Arab Spring, among them a Libyan rebel who must decide whether to kill the Qaddafi-regime torturer who murdered his brother; a Yemeni farmer who lives in servitude to a dungeon-operating, poetry-writing chieftain; and an Egyptian doctor who is caught between his loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood and his hopes for a new, tolerant democracy. A Rage for Order combines dramatic storytelling with an original analysis of the Arab world today, capturing its psychic tensions and civil unrest. This lecture was generously supported by Daimler-Fonds.

Performing Scholasticism: Ars Disputandi and the Medieval Public Sphere
Performing Scholasti...

Alex Novikoff breathes new life into the world of scholastic discourse and argues that the world of university debates is a good deal more live and entertaining than has been assumed. Focusing on the medieval practice of disputatio (debate), he looks both inside and beyond the ivory tower and argues that what at first glance might seem like useless hairsplitting is, in fact, part and parcel of a much broader culture of argumentation, one that both depends on and in turn influences a public and participatory sphere of knowledge exchange. Employing the methodologies of performance studies and intellectual history, Novikoff offers a new perspective on the world of medieval scholasticism and urges us to think creatively and interdisciplinarily about the social life of ideas -- both medieval and modern.
 

The Greening of Cold War Germany
The Greening of Cold...

In this lecture, Timothy Scott Brown will examine the rise of environmental social movements in the two halves of divided Germany, from the upheaval of 1968 through the fall of the Berlin Wall and its aftermath. Situating the development of Green politics in East and West Germany in transnational and global context, the talk will chart the rise of a new politics drawing on scientific and spiritual perspectives, following out of, and transforming, the political impulse of 1968.

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2. Photo: Rainer Langhans/Ostkreuz
3. Photo: International Times Archive
4. Photo: Landesarchiv Berlin.
5. Photo: Landesarchiv Berlin.
6. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
7. Various images. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
8. Rote Garde. Schwarze Protokolle. Carlo Sponti. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
9. Rote Garde. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
10. Schwarze Protokolle. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
11. Rote Garde. Schwarze Protokolle. Carlo Sponti. Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.
12. Photo: Klaus Mehner.
13. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
14. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
15. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
16. Photo: Ostkreuz.
17. Wolfgang Rüddenklau.
18. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
19. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
20. Photo: Robert Havemann Gesellschaft.
21. Photo: BStU
22. Photo: Archiv grünes Gedächtnis.
23. Atomkraft Nein Danke.
24. Petra Kelly. Archiv grünes Gedächtnis.
25. Wilhelm Knabe
26. Rudolph Bahro
27. Photo: BStU
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29. Photo: BStU
30. Earthrise. William Anders/NASA.
31. Ecotopia.
32. Ecotopia.
33. Bärbel Bohley. Archiv grünes Gedächtnis.