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Migration, diversity in postwar Germany topic of Emory conference

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Scholars of Germany from around the world will gather at Emory University Sept. 22-23 for a public conference on migration, memory and diversity in Germany after World War II. Presented by the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the event will take place in the Joseph W. Jones Room of Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle.

The conference, organized by DAAD visiting professor Cornelia Wilhelm of Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Department of History, will examine how Germany’s national identity was affected by the Cold War, separation into two nation-states and coping with the Holocaust. Speakers also will address how the 1990 German reunification opened new avenues for cultural diversity.

Sunday’s program begins at 1:45 p.m. and culminates in a keynote address by historian Rita Chin of the University of Michigan titled “Thinking Difference in Postwar Germany: Some Epistemological Obstacles around Race.” Chin will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Oxford Road Building Auditorium, 571 South Kilgo Circle. German Consul General Christoph Sander will provide introductory remarks, and a reception will follow.

The program continues Monday in Woodruff Library with panels on forced migration, ethnicity and redefining Germany’s post-World War II identity. A full schedule of speakers and panels is available on the Halle Institute’s website.

Registration: Admission is free, but guests should register online to attend.

Event parking: Parking is available in the Fishburne Deck, 1672 North Decatur Rd.

About the Halle Institute
Established in 1997 with a gift from Claus M. Halle, the Halle Institute for Global Learning is Emory’s premier venue for visits by heads of state, distinguished policymakers and influential public intellectuals from around the world. The Halle Institute’s programs strengthen faculty distinction, prepare engaged scholars and foster greater involvement from local, national and international communities.

About the DAAD
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is Germany’s largest publicly funded independent organization of higher education institutions. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering programs and funding for students, faculty and administrators.

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