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Kaffeestunde - - Join us at the Peter Filkins Lecture in Harris Hall 108at 4:00 p.m.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Central

Where: Harris Hall, Room 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Graduate Students

Contact: Kathy Leoni   (847) 491-7249

Group: Department of German

Category: Academic


This week, Kaffeestunde participants are invited to a lecture and discussion by Peter Filkins (Bard College) in Harris Hall 108 at 4:00 p.m..

H.G. Adler (1910 - 1988) lived at the center of his times and on their margin. A survivor of Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and two other concentration camps, he chronicled his experience and the loss of others in two dozen books of seminal history, modernist fiction, formally intricate poems, and insightful essays. Yet, despite close friendships with Leo Baeck, Elias Canetti, and Heinrich Böll, he remained a writer’s writer, largely unknown and neglected. Thus, unlike with better known figures, the story of his life must be told through the times in which he lived, as well as how the same lived through him. On the publication of H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds, biographer and translator Peter Filkins discusses the intersection of biography and history in shaping the story of Adler’s life and work.

Peter Filkins, the Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature and the Division Head of Languages and Literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, is an award-winning poet and translator, as well as the author of the recently published biography on H.G. Adler: H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds (Oxford UP, 2019).

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