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Digital Lecture Series 2021

Building on the success of two digital lecture series in 2020 (see here and here), the international programs of Freie Universität Berlin, FU-BEST (European Studies Program) and FUBiS (International Summer and Winter University), are organizing a joint series of live online events and varied on-demand programming under the banner “What’s Next?” Voices from Dynamic Berlin, running from June 30 until November 3, 2021.

The series features four separate live German language sessions and six pre-recorded video entries from disciplines as varied as history, music, environmental studies, sociology, politics and more. All contributors are experienced FU-BEST or FUBiS instructors or friends of the programs and bring their unique perspectives to the question “What’s next?” for Berlin, Germany and Europe.

All sessions are approx. 45-60 mins. long. The interactive German language sessions are presented live (please register at least one week prior to the event to receive an access code for the live sessions). Be sure to take note of the different times and recommended language skills indicated for each live session. Video recordings of the subject course lectures will be made available on our website and on YouTube. See below for the full schedule and more information.

The central question “What’s Next?” looks at Berlin as a city that is and has always been in flux. Constantly adapting to one change or another – be it cultural, societal, geographical, political or linguistic. This lens allows our contributors to contextualize recent feelings of overwhelming uncertainty by discussing other periods of consequential change in Berlin’s history or present and examining how disruptive influences can also be a conduit for positive transformation. How did life in the city adapt to these changes and what positive lessons can be drawn from these examples of human resilience? These deliberations are not only presented in the form of lectures but made tangible for a remote international audience by including short video clips of site visits on location in Berlin, interview segments or performances – taking the audience on an off-campus discovery tour of Berlin.

We hope you enjoy the online program we have assembled for you – information on the regular FU-BEST or FUBiS course corresponding to each lecture as well as our instructors is available in each lecture description below. For more details about the FU-BEST and FUBiS programs as a whole and how to participate in person, please explore our websites in full.

German Language Sessions

There are four opportunities to participate in a live and interactive German language session with one of our dedicated German teachers. Select the available German level and time that fits you best (or try out all four sessions!).

Please register at least one week prior to the event to receive an access code. All sessions are hosted with Cisco Webex.

Instructor: Yun-Chu Cho
Time:
9:00 am CEST  (Central European Summer Time)
Regular FUBiS Courses: If you are interested in the content and structure of our regular German Language and Culture courses, you can find exemplary syllabi here.

Please register here until August 4, 2021.

For reasons of data protection, no participant video will be recorded during our live German language sessions; however, you can watch a general introduction to the FUBiS German Language Program here.

Instructor: Katrin Mensing
Time:
9:00 am CEST(Central European Summer Time)
Regular FUBiS Courses: If you are interested in the content and structure of our regular German Language and Culture courses, you can find exemplary syllabi here.

Please register here until September 1, 2021.

For reasons of data protection, no participant video will be recorded during our live German language sessions; however, you can watch a general introduction to the FUBiS German Language Program here.

Instructor: Susanne Thiel
Time:
7:00 pm CEST (Central European Summer Time)
Regular FUBiS Courses: If you are interested in the content and structure of our regular German Language and Culture courses, you can find exemplary syllabi here.

Please register here until September 15, 2021.

For reasons of data protection, no participant video will be recorded during our live German language sessions; however, you can watch a general introduction to the FUBiS German Language Program here.

Instructor: Dr. Agata Czarkowska
Time:
7:00 pm CEST (Central European Summer Time)
Regular FUBiS Courses:
If you are interested in the content and structure of our regular German Language and Culture courses, you can find exemplary syllabi here.

Please register here until October 13, 2021.

For reasons of data protection, no participant video will be recorded during our live German language sessions; however, you can watch a general introduction to the FUBiS German Language Program here.

Subject Course Sessions

Contributor: Dr. Lauren van Vuuren

For the recording of this session, please click here.

Contributor: Dr. Dr. Daniele G. Daude
Regular FU-BEST course: Music and Theater on the Stage: Past and Present in European Opera

For the recording of this session, please click here.

Contributor: Dr. Omar Kasmani

For the recording of this session, please click here.

Contributor: Irene Pittatore

For the recording of this session, please click here.

Contributor: Dr. Arndt Pechstein

For the recording of this session, please click here.