LSU Academic Programs Abroad Hosts “Think Transatlantic,” in Cooperation with German Embassy

11/05/2012 03:08 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Academic Programs Abroad is hosting their 3rd annual week of events in cooperation with the German Embassy in Washington D.C., beginning on Monday, Nov. 5 in Free Speech Alley.

“Think Transatlantic” is this year‘s topic the event, an initiative for students and scholars at 50 universities throughout the United States.

Academic Programs Abroad, the German Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the German Club at LSU are organizing a week that focuses on the present and past of German-American relations in the broader European context. There will be information tables at Free Speech Alley during the week.

The week will end with an interdisciplinary symposium, titled “Transatlantic Relations: History, Legacy, and Perspectives,” on Friday, Nov. 9, an important date in recent German history. The Program in Comparative Literature is also participating in the symposium. Each year, the program organizes a Graduate Student Conference under the auspices of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers. Several comparative literature graduate students will be giving papers on the topic of transatlantic literary relationships and will participate in a roundtable with Lawrence Kritzman of Dartmouth College to discuss the implications of transatlantic studies for comparative literature as a discipline.

The symposium will bring several distinguished speakers to LSU: Paul Michael Luetzeler from Washington University in St. Louis; Lawrence Kritzman from Dartmouth College; and Günter Bischof from the University of New Orleans. Presenters from LSU are David Culbert, Harald Leder, Amy Catania, Brian Daigle and Jesse Russell. They will explore different aspects of the transatlantic relationships from historical and literary perspectives.

Presentations will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room E131 of the Howe Russell Geoscience Complex, and from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Hill Memorial Library. A reception at the International Cultural Center, on 3365 Dalrymple Drive, will follow, accompanied by a poetry reading by Victoria Mansberger. Students will create a blog to share their thoughts about the presentations.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012