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December 1, 2006

Assistant professor participates in NEH institute

Fredrick Adams, a ULM assistant professor of foreign languages, spent July 6 – Aug. 2, 2005 participating in a National Endowment for the Humanities institute hosted by the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and held on the campus of Smith College in Northampton.

The institute, entitled "German & European Studies in the U.S.: Changing World, Shifting Narratives," dealt with five thought-provoking themes: Germany since 1945; German film as history; feminism and German studies; black Germans; and transatlantic agendas.

The goal was to provide participants an opportunity to reappraise the contemporary relevance of German "narratives" within their own disciplines. It reflected an international and interdisciplinarian group of scholars.

Keynote speakers included Konrad Jarausch, considered a premiere German historian; Katie Trumpener, German scholar and Yale professor of film studies; and Tina Campt, Afro-German specialist and associate professor of women's studies at Duke University.

The typical day included a morning discussion based on a keynote lecture and readings, lunch, an afternoon film screening, and frequently an evening one as well.

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