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Understanding Project 2013/2014
Your Region - Your Perspective. A Photo Contest
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The U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt and the City of Frankfurt are looking for 20 young Americans and Germans age 14-21 years, who enjoy engaging with other youth and who like using their creative minds. Together with a professional photographer, the participants will take trips to get to know the Frankfurt RheinMain-Region and each other better, to exchange ideas and to record their impressions in photos.
The best photos or photo-series will receive an award. All entries will be presented on German-American Friendship Day in October 2014.
U.S. Consul General Kevin C. Milas emphasizes: “Especially nowadays, the UnderstandinG Program is of central importance, because German and American youth will get to know their commonalities, overcome potential prejudices, and discover that there is more that unites Germans and Americans than the reporting of the last weeks gives reason to expect.”
Frankfurt’s City Treasurer Uwe Becker underlines: “It is important to me that the young generation carries forward what was built over many decades. Photography is especially suited to come to grips with their own identity, to create trust, to overcome barriers, to discover similarities, and to hold on to them for the future.”
The City of Frankfurt am Main and the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt encourage with UnderstandinG Program encounters of young Germans and Americans. All interested in participating should register no later than December 15, 2013 with Anne Rückschloß / Janna Lendel or Dr. Kirsten Gerstner.
Please direct all inquiries concerning UnderstandinG to:
Anne Rückschloß, City of Frankfurt am Main-Dezernat Treasury Department, phone (069) 212-35539, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kirsten Gerstner, U.S. Consulate General, phone (069) 7535-8824, email email@example.com
Wednesday March 26, 19:30
»TRANSATLANTISCHER MITTWOCH / TRANSATLANTIC WEDNESDAY«
Reading and Talk with Johnathan Lethem
in cooperation with Tropen/Klett-Kotta Verlag
Venue: Historische Villa Metzler, Schaumainkai 15, 60596 Frankfurt
Tickets: 7 / 5 Euro; Students 3 Euro
Buy tickets at 069 212 35 435 or at the box office
Lethem currently is the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fiction Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin und will present his latest project „Love Boy, The Class and other Future Fictions“, a series of partially developed novels and novellas. Jonathan Lethem is the author of nine novels, including Girl In Landscape (Doubleday, 1998), The Fortress of Solitude (Doubleday, 2003), Chronic City (Doubleday, 2009), and the forthcoming Dissident Gardens. His fifth book, Motherless Brooklyn (Doubleday, 1999), a New York Times bestseller, won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Fiction and the Macallan Gold Dagger, among other accolades. Translated into over thirty languages, Lethem’s work has been collected in five volumes, including the World Fantasy Award-winning The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye (Harcourt, 1996). Lethem has received numerous distinctions, including the 2012 California Book Award, an honorary doctorate in Letters from the Pratt Institute (2011), and a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and in 2011 was named to the Roy E. Disney Chair in Creative Writing at Pomona College.
Monday, May 12, 19:30
Reading in German and English with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah
Venue: Literaturhaus Frankfurt, Schöne Aussicht 2, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tickets: 7 / 5 Euro
Buy tickets at 069 – 40 76 62 580, http://literaturhaus-frankfurt.de/karten/ or at the box office
As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Today she lives in Lagos and in the U.S. She is one of the big young voices in world literature. Her novel Purple Hibiskus was nominated for the Booker-Award, Half of a Yellow Sun received the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007. Adichie‘s works have been translated in 37 languages and she is on the list of the »20 best writers under 40« of the New Yorker. For Americanah she recieved the Heartland Prize for Fiction.
Tuesday, June 3, 19:30
Reading in German and English with Ayana Mathis: The 12 tribes of Hattie (12 Leben)
Venue: Restaurant "Cosmopolitan", Hauptbahnhof, gegenüber Gleis 3+4, 1. Stock
in cooperation with Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag and Kultur & Bahn e.V.
Ayana Mathis will present her novel and New York Times Bestseller The 12 tribes of Hattie, a saga about an extraordinary woman and her 12 children, including one grandchild, which are regarded as the 12 tribes. Later in the book we meet those children in 12 distinct narrative threads. The story takes place during the Great Migration and describes many of the struggles of the Jim Crowe era. It also contains some echoes of Ayana Mathis’s life. Mathis grew up in Philadelphia and studied at New York University, Temple University and the New School. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers workshop. Her novel was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.
February 1 – May 29, 2014
Exhibition Benjamin Patterson / Dr. Ben´s Fluxus Medicine Show (80th Birthday Tour)
Venue: Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wilhelmstraße 15, 65185 Wiesbaden
Dr. Ben´s Fluxus Medicine Show is a fluxist tour on the occasion of the 80th birthday of the Fluxus pioneer which leads him to the most important stops of his artistic vita. On the tour, Ben Patterson is accompanied by photographer Wolfgang Träger. The finale of the tour will take place one day before his 80th birthday on May 28 at Nassauischen Kunstverein Wiesbaden. Parodying the traditional Medicine Show, in which a “quack” doctor offers entertainment to gather a crowd and then attempts to sell a “cure-all” elixir, “Doctor Ben” will offer 1.) nano-fluxus performances; 2.) an illustrated lecture about how mental “blockages” can inhibit a person’s understanding and appreciation of contemporary art; 3.) a “brain scan” diagnosing “blockages” in the minds of individuals who confess to having problems understanding and appreciating contemporary art; and 4.) prescribe a remedy – one or more of six different “Dr. Ben’s Fluxus Elixirs” which can be bought on the spot. The duration of “Doctor Ben’s Medicine Show” will be about 90 minutes, during which approximately 10 “patients” can be treated. Of course, other members of the audience, who could not be personally diagnosed by Doctor Ben, can buy one or more bottles of “Dr. Ben’s Fluxus Elixir” at the end of the performance. The tour started in Genua, leads the artist to Brno, Berlin, Zagreb, Zurich, Cologne, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Blois, Schwerin, Krakau and ends with a big birthday party in his adopted home town Wiesbaden.
June 13-15, 2014
Graffiti Festival Meeting of Styles 2014
Venue: Brückenkopf Mainz-Kastel
With the motto “Cause and Effect” the annual Graffiti Festival Meeting of Styles will take place in Wiesbaden and Mainz with 80-100 artists from all over the world among them artists from the U.S. A surface of 3000 square meter is available for the personal pieces of art. As every year, there will be an exciting accompanying program. More information at: http://www.meetingofstyles.com/blog/13-15-june-2014-wiesbaden-germany/