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This is America. Reflections on a Divided Country

Event Series

“The land of the free and the home of the brave” – for centuries America was the place that Europe’s disadvantaged, poor and desperate yearned for as they left the old continent to begin a new life in a free country. Although this freedom was only extended to citizens of color through the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the United States nonetheless enjoyed a reputation of being more liberal, more egalitarian and more democratic than Europe. Since the election of Donald Trump the world has been looking at America and asking itself what has happened to a country that brought the world the “Pax Americana.” In the event series, renowned American intellectuals will examine historical developments and discuss the current situation.

This event series is a cooperation between the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism and the Bavarian American Academy (BAA) ans Amerikahaus Munich.

Upcoming dates

Further dates will be announced soon.

Past dates

Mon 18|02|2019, 7 p.m. (CET)
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Lecture by Ibram X. Kendi (American University, Washington D.C.)
Venue: NS-Dokumentationszentrum München

Wed 15|05|2019, 7 p.m. (CET)
Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream
Lecture by Sarah Churchwell (University of London)
Venue: Amerikahaus München

Thu 04|07|2019, 7 p.m. (CET)
Transatlantic Relationships: The Bond that Went Freelance
Lecture by Roger Cohen (New York Times), Keynote Lecture of the BAA Conference
Venue: NS-Dokumentationszentrum München
> Watch the recording

Tue 22|10|2019, 7 p.m. (CET)
America’s Whiteness Problem and What to Do About it
Lecture by Khalil Muhammad (Harvard University)
Venue: Amerikahaus München

Fri 18|06|2020, 7 p.m. (CET)
COVID-19, Racial Inequities and the Fragile State of American Democracy
Talk with Khalil Muhammad (Harvard University)
> Watch the recording

Wed 14|07|2020, 7 p.m. (CET)
Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil
Talk with Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum Potsdam)
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Wed 18|11|2020, 7 p.m. (CET)
Four Years After: Ethnonationalism, Antisemitism and Racism in Trump’s America
Book presentation and talk with Heike Paul, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Noam Zadoff and Mirjam Zadoff
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Tue 16|03|2021, 7 p.m. (CET)
“My Body Is a Confederate Monument“. Confederacy and Racism in Americas collective memory
In conversation with Caroline Randall Williams

Thu 29|04|2021, 7 p.m. (CET)
Living in a World of Others
Lecture by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Mon 28|06|2021, 7 p.m. (CET)
How Fascism Works
In conversation with Jason Stanley

Fri 02|07|2021, 9.15 p.m. (CET) | Institut Français
Mon 05|07|2021, 5 p.m. (CET) | Amerikahaus München
Filmfestival Munich

Wed 26|01|2022, 7 p.m. (CET)
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Lecture by Isabel Wilkerson

Thu 24|03|2022, 7 p.m. (CET)
Calling for Change: Constructing an Inclusive Form of Feminism
Talk with Rafia Zakaria




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