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Symposium: Thomas Mann in Exile, for Social Democracy

When: Friday, February 3, 2023
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM CT

Where: Deering Library, 208, 1937 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Courtney Essenpreis   (847) 491-7249

Group: Department of German

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Religious, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Join us for the symposium around the Exhibit in the University Library: “Thomas Mann:  Democracy Will Win!” 


Deering Library, 208

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

2:00-5:30 PM

This symposium is conducted in conjunction with the arrival of the travelling exhibit produced by the Thomas-Mann House in Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles), “Thomas Mann: Democracy Will Will!”  The exhibit will be on the ground floor of Northwestern’s University Library from late January to mid-March.  



Tobias Boes

“The ‘Greatest Living Man of Letters’ Comes to Evanston: Thomas Mann and His 1938 Lecture Tour”

Chair, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Faculty Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Notre Dame University

Author of, among many other works, Thomas Mann's War: Literature, Politics, and the World Republic of Letters 


Meike Werner

"How far away was L.A.? Thomas Mann in Pacific Palisades 1942/43"

Chair, Department of German, Russian, and East European Studies

Associate Professor of German and European Studies

Vanderbilt University

Author of, among many other works, Eduard Berend und Heinrich Meyer Briefwechsel, 1938-1972 


Veronika Fuechtner

“The Migrations of the Mann Family”

Chair of Jewish Studies 

Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Affiliated Faculty in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and in the Geisel School of Medicine

Dartmouth College
Author of, among many other words, Berlin Psychoanalytic: Psychoanalysis and Culture in Weimar Republic Germany and Beyond 


Moderators for the symposium include Peter Fenves (Professor of German, Jewish Studies, and Comparative Literature Studies), Anna Parkinson (Associate Professor of German, Jewish Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies), and Isabel von Holt (DAAD Visiting Professor of German)

Sponsored by the German Department at Northwestern, the Northwestern University Library, and the Goethe Institut-Chicago




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