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Students’ Event Guide & Literary Journal University of Hamburg

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4 a diFFerent Kind oF Party 5 molotow & meanie bar 6 Preview: the bellrayS @ molotow 7 FaceS oF the city - altona 8 vivian maier: twinKle, twinKle... 9 DokumentarfilmwochE 10 documentary: Frau anKe 12 diy documentary tiPS 13 tba - Around the worlD 14 verSProchen iSt ... 15 a dollar iS what i need 16 Gerhard richter 17 Katzenjammer: not all catS ... 18 The US in your neighborhood 21 Short cutS 22 Imprint & the tba-familY

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weblinks university life film/cinema exhibitions market music locations theatre creative corner imprint

You are welcome to join the tba-team with your spirit and knowledge, whatever it may be! Meet us every Wednesday, 6 pm at the Anglarium (Phil-Turm, 1st floor, room 171) or mail to: office@tbajournal.com

Seasons shape the rhythms and cadences of our lives. Up here we trudge stoically through Winters that seem to know no end. In our darkest moments, some of us even begin to wonder whether we should abandon Hamburg and move south. But...how much sweeter those first bright, warm Spring days feel after having endured the worst that Winter can throw at us. The days are getting longer, there are people out on the streets after 8pm, talking, laughing, enjoying themselves. Life is blooming all around us and you don’t have to brace yourself against Winter’s cold grip as you prepare to leave your apartment. People are less tense and instead of heading straight home after uni, you feel more inclined to meet friends and explore the city.

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We’re here to help, and this month we cover the usual wide range of events and locations that are ready to embrace you with open arms. We preview concerts that will make you dance till you drop, discover a corner of the US in our backyard, prepare you for the cultural marathon that is the long night of the museums and... ...well, read on to find out. We have our own way of doing things at tba. We’re idiosyncratic, independent and here to guide you through the cultural delights of our multifaceted metropolis. Little darling it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling it feels like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun doo doo doo doo Here comes the sun and I say it’s alright

Meet the tba-faMilY
Hamburg is an adventure. After having spent my entire childhood in a smallish village, Hamburg seemed incredibly huge, with so many things to do, so many things to see. Now, after almost four years, I still haven’t been on the Michel, I haven’t yet visited Hagenbecks and the Planetarium is also something I know from the outside only. Instead I found the best club to dance and see concerts in my first week, met a few of my best friends in my first month and had two wonderful flats within my first year here. My favourite building is the tower block with the giant grey cat on one side near Hoheluft, I love sitting in one of the many parks Hamburg has, cycling round the Alster, going out to drink Mexikaner while hating it. I love that Hamburg also means creativity and culture wherever you look and that Hamburg has the right kind of people. Before I am leaving in Autumn, I want to discover Hamburg the tourist way and find out what I have been overlooking for so long. I will miss this city, but I’m sure it’ll be just as great when I come back.


Source: Sarah Kaufmann

a different kind of partY
When? It’s Saturday, 16 April and it is usually a day when you decide to Read more: www.langenachtdermuseen-hamburg.de go and have a blast at a club. You can do that! No one is standing in your way! But what if there was something else going on that evening? What if there was something as outrageously enjoyable as a cool and captivating party and you didn’t even know about it? Well, that’s why tba is here. How much? 8 - 12 € “Die lange Nacht der Museen” is a “one-night-event” on 16 April. Between 6 pm and 2 am you can visit any participating museum. You have a marvellous choice between guided tours, special exhibitions and a huge variety of cool cultural events. Even for someone who’s not into ancient history and very old artefacts, which are lying in some glass boxes, you can join in music events, dancing groups and movie events. Museums even offer a culinary program. So you see, the variety of choices is immense, all you need to do is go and enjoy! But that’s not the only reason why this event is better than a club with loud and ear-smashing house music: First of all, you will be able to see a different kind of program, since it is specially designed for that evening. Secondly, you have the opportunity to visit any museum at night - which should be beyond awesome, don’t you think!? The only condition you have to fulfil is to buy a ticket for 12€, with a discount you’d pay only 8€. But here comes the interesting part: Buying this ticket, you don’t just purchase a free entry for EVERY museum taking part in this, but also a right to use the museum’s night buses and a free use of the HVV-route in order to get to your museum of choice and back home. This “free ride” lasts from Saturday 5 pm till Sunday 10 am. So, it’s also a good opportunity to take some friends and family members along. I know that I’m going to visit “Das Archäologische Museum Hamburg – Helms Museum“ since the exhibitions are related to Archaeology. (Echt? – Ed.) But you should decide for yourself where you want to go. Discover that museums are not only for grandparents and their grandchildren and be able to brag about your sophisticated leisure time activities.. K.B. Sa, 16 April: 6pm - 2am

Source: Julia Tegtmeyer


Source: Julia Tegtmeyer

m olotow & meanie
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Spielbudenplatz 5 (U3 St.Pauli) www.molotowclub.com

Molotow is a small venue in the heart of Hamburg. Here you can dance the night away, enjoy an intimate concert or be in awe of the wordiness of Poetry or Song Slam (every fourth and third Tuesday a month respectively). Saturday nights are reserved for Motorbooty, a dance night with great music and lovely like-minded people, at times with live music . Other highlights include King Kong Kicks with new bands, Beatmania with old tunes or the Delikatess Thursday in the Meanie Bar above the club. The people working here are incredibly nice and the beer is comparably cheaper than in other venues, which completes the list of reasons why you should stop by. The Crookes, a band which we introduced in tba Ed. 3.0, say: “Molotow in Hamburg has got to be one of the best small venues in Europe, even if the temperature in there is a fairly constant 30 degrees.” Concerts here can go from nights you share with 15 people and a chat with the band to a wild night out, where every layer of clothes is too much and you feel like you’ve just had ‘the’ hardest work-out ever. Every bruise though, is worth it, and when you are exhausted, after such a concert, sipping on your Astra, you can’t wait for the next concert, at the beloved Molotow. S.R.

Source: Susan Reichelt,


P review : t he b ellra y S @ m olotow
When? Read more: Fri, 15 April: 8 pm
Source: Julia Tegtmeyer

How much? 14.10 € www.thebellrays.com

Soul is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. The Bellrays described their own style pretty accurately themselves. When the sound kicks in, you might expect a regular, guitar-driven 60s rock band that maybe gets their inspiration from Led Zeppelin or MC5 and has a worn-down lead singer with shaggy hair. You would assume all wrong with The Bellrays. Their singer Lisa Kekaula looks like the soul of Motown and her gritty yet smooth and soulful voice belongs in a row with Janis Joplin and Patti Labelle. When she swings her tambourine, the rest of the band hits the heavy tones and the crowd goes mental. The Bellrays published their first record in 1992 and have continued their smashing performances until today. Their unusual and therefore most charming mix is the great voice of a soul queen who knows her scatting , and three old school rock’n’roll enthusiasts. In addition to their more heavy side, they also have a number of softly lingering soul numbers that need no more than a gentle riff of an electric guitar and a the rhythmic jiggle of the tambourine. This band writes their own songs and has been passionate about what they are doing for almost 20 years! Don’t miss your chance to see the incredible rock’n’soul sensation Lisa swing her hips at the ultimate substitute for the real Woodstock experience. J.T.

Get-to-know-the-band-with-these-songs: • Fire on the Moon (Meet the Bellrays) • Infection (Hard Sweet and Sticky) • Voodoo Train (The Red, White and Black) • Have a Little Faith In Me (Have a Little Faith)

Source: Julia Tegtmeyer


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Galerie Hilaneh von Kories Stresemannstraße 184a (backyard) (S Holstenstr) Tue - Fri, 2pm – 7pm // running till April 28

How much? free entry More often than not it is the story behind it that sells the object. So either I could write about this exhibition in Altona, showing a handful of wonderful photos taken by Vivian Maier, a sort of photographer from the 50s to the 90s in New York and Chicago. Sort of, because she spent her time babysitting and took photos in her free time, not because she’s not a good photographer in my eyes. Or I could ramble on about gazillions of negatives being auctioned by a man who developed them, got hooked, googled the woman and found out about her having died only a few days before. How sad. How heart-warming. How selling. I am almost certain this will be made into a very bad but equally very lucrative movie soonish. I choose the first story, the story of a small exhibition venue in Hamburg showing decent pictures of a decent photographer. I was a bit disappointed by the number of photos (which was not more than 30, I would assume) after having read about the sheer amount of her material that’s in existence. However, those photos that were on display were interesting. Most of them are pictures of children on the street, and sometimes, which I find rather intriguing, reflections of the artist herself. What made the exhibition a bit more trivial than it could have been was Katie Melua’s lukewarm voice wafting over our heads, making us drowsy, but maybe this simply adds to the sought after atmosphere of slightly sad, slightly mystified and always wondrous thoughts about that Vivian Maier. The exhibition is not overly exciting or outstandingly brilliant, but it’s also not a complete waste of time. So, if you’re nearby and have 30 minutes to spare, I’d advise you to see this exhibition, just because it’s nice. And nice is good. And when you’re there, block out the evoked atmosphere, bring your iPod and just look at the pictures, or the exhibition venue itself, which is really fancy. S.R.


Source: Susan Reichelt,

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From 6-10 April the eighth “Dokfilmwoche” will take place in several cinemas throughout Hamburg. The festival is a compilation of international, award-winning documentaries that have been lovingly recorded by artists trying to create and share their visions without any financial support. Without the Dokfilmwoche, their stories may never have reached the big screen, and a wider audience. “Documentaries expand our view of the world.” This is why the organizers wanted to focus on this type of film. They draw our attention to certain issues in our environment, society and in the wider world. While watching documentaries you can learn a lot of undiscovered details or even recognize the small things and problems around you and your community that you haven’t noticed before. Each year, the festival includes five categories. The first is called “direct”. It includes films that focus on socially relevant themes and try to represent opinions that don’t normally receive attention in the mass media. The category “Horizont” tries to pick out issues that are unusual themes in our average everyday-lives. Another category called “binnennachfrage” was just established this year as a representation of Hamburg-related topics or made by people living in Hamburg. There are a few more categories which deal with music or biographies. The cinemas that take part in this are “Lichtmess”, “3001-Kino”, “Metropolis”, and “BMovie”. After enjoying the films you can stop by at “Kuchnia” for a bite to eat or an engrossing talk about what you have just absorbed. If you want to know where exactly they are located you can find a list of the venues on the homepage of the festival. In those five days, a

total of 46 films will be shown. The film week will begin on 6 April at 8 p.m. at Metropolis with the film “Die Wahrheit über Dracula” from the category “Horizont”. Special tips for this year are the retrospective about Gisela Tuchtenhagen, a German filmmaker, and the documentary “Vous etes service” by Jorge Leon. It shows how Indonesian women are taught to become domestic servants in the Arabian or Western World. Furthermore, and for everybody who can’t wait for the week to start, there is a short presentation of two films about photography on 4 April at 8.15 p.m. at “3001-Kino”. This is part of the “Triennale der Photographie”. For those of you eager to not only read about all of this in English, but to talk about this in English, here comes your possibility: on Thursday, there is a discussion at “Lichtmess” about film-funding. So everyone interested in financial support for their own documentaries should definitively stop by. Another English discussion will take place on Saturday 9 April in the context of a competition. Since 2009, the Dokufilmwoche Hamburg has bestowed an award, the “Klaus-Wildehan-Preis”, on a film from the category “direkt” as this section deals with political documentaries where aesthetics and creative design usually don’t play that big a role. Even so, these films have been trying to change this situation and to show current political or social problems without relinquishing aesthetic properties. The awards’ ceremony takes place at 7.30 pm. For all of those who want to engage in a discussion with all of the filmmakers, you will have the possibility two hours before the award ceremony in “B-Movie”. So everybody take your time and come! Read more: www.dokfilmwoche.com O.S.


d ocumentary : F rau a nKe
“The f irst time we came to “Wilhelmsburg, we walked around there like tourists.” This is a very honest statement coming from the team of students responsible for the documentary “Frau Anke” that captures an image of Hamburg’s little island that is rarely visible. When people think about Wilhelmsburg, the last thing they think about is allotment gardens, but this is the very topic of this work. The six students from Hamburg University created the film as an assignment for a documentary seminar. They stumbled across the members of the allotment garden more or less by accident and were at once interested by this less well known facet of Wilhelmsburg. Though one of the members of the team, Miguel” lives in Wilhelmsburg, the others had no concrete ideas about what would await them “The ideas that came to mind when we brainstormed were: artist quarter, gentrif ication and social hotspot.” However, they were ready to experience something new and were positively surprised by how green, multicultural and friendly this quarter actually was. These three characteristics describe the allotment garden perfectly. Even though one might tend to think that those gardens are typically German institution in which strict and bureaucratic rules force people to manicure their lawns with a ruler and nail scissors, it is actually a melting pot par excellence. In the documentary “Frau Anke” you see the life in the allotment gardens from the perspective of the club’s president, Anke Vrhovac. However, it is not only her you see, since the garden is abuzz with people of all nationalities. You see women with headscarves swinging the rakes and old men and women filling wheelbarrows with weeds and cut-off branches. The focus on Frau Anke and her family was more a coincidental product of the editing process, beforehand the team filmed 25 hours of material in total, out of which the half-hour long documentary emerged.

Source: original movie screenshots


Source: original movie screenshots

“We hope none of the other members of the garden community feel offended because their screen time had to be cut short, but we had to edit the f ilm to make it more clear for the viewers.”
Source: original movie screenshots

How do you even know what is interesting about the topic once you’ve spent all this time with the people you are filming and know so much more about them than the viewer? In this case the feedback from the course helped the team identify the flaws in their raw version. “The reaction helped us a lot, because the students were most interested in Frau Anke’s family and their story.“ The team agrees that this seminar taught them the most in their entire university career, even though it was also a whole lot of work. After finishing the work on their documentary, the students showed it in the Abaton cinema for a single time and it was so popular that not even all the lecturers of the institute got in. Luckily, “Frau Anke”, along with two other films that were shot by students of this seminar, “Turkish Curry” and “21100 Hamburg” were accepted by the “Dokufilm Woche” so that you have the chance to see this unique insight into one of the most misunderstood and stigmatized quarters of Hamburg. The three films will be shown under the tile “Inselgeschichten” – island stories in the category “Binnennachfrage Hamburg” which presents local documentaries. Our student film-team answers the obligatory question about their changed impression of Wilhelmsburg with a great image: “From grey to green and very faceted”. If you think about moving there, you better be quick because in five years the rents may just be Schanze-high. The Team: Miguel Brusch, Genaro Frangioudakis, Johannes Noldt, Galina Ponomareva, Louise Schmidt J.T.


For most of us, the process in which a documentary is created remains a grave mystery. The Team of “Frau Anke” has shed a little light on the topic for aspiring DIY-documentaristss: p p When looking for a theme, you don’t have to go for the most spectacular stories. Most of the time, people’s personal everyday-lives offer the most fascinating scenes.

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Time is the key. You need to be around the people you want to film all the time. They have to get used to the cameras, otherwise they will hardly act naturally. The “Frau Anke”-Team spent almost every weekend over half a year in the allotment garden and built trust with the members of the garden. Make sure that you work with a decent microphone. You will be beyond furious when you find out that the most amazing shots are accompanied by a fuzzy noise. Don’t interfere with the personal lives of your subjects, you are merely a spectator (for those of you who always want to save the antelope from the lion in nature documentaries). Everyone should have an assigned task that he feels responsible for and sticks to make the organization as simple as possible. And last but not least: Don’t worry if your actual film material deviates very strongly from you initial exposé, you never know how it will turn out before you finish the editing process. Sometimes this might mean that you have to sacrifice a scene for the benefit of the entire film. Cutting and shortening are inevitable.

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Try and have a mixture of at least 80% elements of mere observation and only 20% of interviews.


Source: Vera Struckmann

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Source: Vera Struckmann

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Every student’s concern is: How much do I have to pay and how am I going to pay for it? The “it” in question refers to tuition fees, but I probably don’t need to tell you that. It’s every student’s pain, at least for those who do not have the luxury of having “it” paid for by parents or grandparents. Many students, like our very own Olivia, have to work during their studies and ask for extra financial support in order to get by. However, is this good though? Shouldn’t someone else pay for the nasty fees so that we can study in placid peace. Well, the SPD has said that they want to make fees history. Their plan for their next legislative period is to cancel the tuition fees. The thing is: Their period lasts till 2015. So, are we going to see and feel the changes in the next few months or at the end of their legislative period? All that we know from other sources is that the University needs the money in order to pay for tutors, for example. The fact is that people do not realize that it takes longer to see any clear change. If the money source is cut off, the conditions at the University might deteriorate further. I don’t think we want that, do we now!? But is it fair that we should bear the burden? All we know for sure is that the SPD gave us, more or less, a promise. That is really what they’ve said! That is probably also one of the many reasons that the SPD was elected in the first place. I can imagine that many students voted for them, with the hope of getting rid of the tuition fee. But the next step would be to compensate the money household and take care of the University-money-issue. If it’s going to be a success is most definitely a mystery. Come what may, we know that changes are about to occur. „What“ kind of change is, sadly, a surprise and more importantly „when“ is another one. All we can do is press the matter and even suggest compromises in order to get something done correctly. But it is also important to do that united and not just to rely on one body. K.B.

“We’ve always rejected tuition fees. That’s why we’re going to abolish these tuition fees in this legislative period. We’re going to compensate the financial losses from the university with other financial means – in this case Hamburg’s household” PD Dr. Peter Tschentscher (SPD), February 4, 2011


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being too busy to work a few days per week. However, since I started uni, it has became harder to find time to sell some soap and sing (yes, sometimes we even dance or sing when we have launching “parties” for new products...). And to be honest it has also became harder to find the motivation. I spent a lot of time at university last semester and I really wasn’t eager to spend even more hours separated from my comfy sofa. Believe it or not but the job is actually quite hard. You really need to learn a lot about the ingredients and their effects and about skin and hair types. Then, you mainly inform people about the ways in which to use the products and give them advice which ones may be the best for their skin types. So behind the fragrant and delicious looking wonderland there is a lot of work. As you can imagine, after a week stuffed with seminars and lectures it can cost someone quite an effort to stand in the shop for six hours with a smile on their face and give helpful advice. Of course it’s not always that bad and actually my job can be really fun, I mean who else can work surrounded by lovely fragrances, glitter and wobbling shower jellies? O.S.
Source: Olivia Spyth

A student’s life: sleep until noon, go to university for a few hours and then hang around with some friends all night long. That is how many people imagine life when you’re studying. In fact, this is only a cliché. And if it was ever really like that, dear Bachelor and Master have destroyed even the memory. Most students have a job as the Mensa, tuition fees and rents are anything but cheap and you can’t expect your parents to pay that and your daily coffee. So in reality, a student’s life involves sitting at the university, going to work afterwards or at weekends and trying to organize everything so that there might be a few hours to relax in between. At least I am doing that and I bet that a lot of you are doing the same. Fortunately I don’t need the money necessarily because I am still living at home but in my opinion; earning some money is gaining independence. And so I have been working at Lush for nearly two years. Now you’re probably wondering: “What is Lush?” It is the shop in the city that smells incredibly intensively of bathbombs, bodylotions and, of course, soap. Yes, it is soap, not cheese, even if it may look like it. And no, you can’t eat it. No, you don’t get headaches while working there and yes, you get used to the smell. I started while I was still at school and I never had any problems

Source: Olivia Spyth, Lush


G erhard richter - PhotoGraPh y or not ?
Where? When?
Source: Vera Struckmann

Bucerius Kunst Forum (S/U Jungfernstieg) Rathausmarkt 5 running till 15 May

How much? students 5€

Art – what a difficult topic. To be honest I was not sure what to expect when my arts-studying friend persuaded me to accompany her to Gerhard Richter’s exihibiton “Images of an Era” since - unlike her - I don’t have a clue about painters, designers and sculptors. Flyers and placards all over the city made me expect blurred photography, which - like my doubts - proved to be wrong. The works exhibited here are called Abmalungen, which means that Gerhard Richter picked photos and painted them onto canvas, using a specific technique to create his own, blurred style. This style certainly includes an intention and everyone should make up her own mind about it – but it is also simply fascinating: Richter was a very skilled painter and some of the paintings are blurred with so much patience and accuracy that one cannot even say that it is a painting, as no brush marks can be seen. The other component of the works is the choice of pictures, some of them taken from gossip magazines, some are advertisements, some are real photos and Polaroids: Topics like criticism of other artists, the German Autumn in 1977 and an examination of Germany’s Nazi past are handled here. If you are a student of the Arts this exhibition should be perfect for you, if you also judge paintings by their technique like me and your opinion might include the word “nice” you also get your money’s worth – be daring! V.S.

Source: Vera Struckmann


K atzenjammer – cool c atS aren ’ t Grey by niGh t
Why does a Norwegian Band choose the name Katzenjammer? How would you describe their music style? Difficult questions, as Katzenjammer is different from other bands in many ways. First of all it consists of four women, Turid Jørgensen, Solveig Heilo, Marianne Sveen and Anne Marit Bergheim, who all play at least three different instruments, in some songs even at the same time. Furthermore, the four of them swap their instruments, so that the drums or the bass-balalaika with the grinning cat face painted onto it is played by most of the band members at some stage during a concert. In addition, all of the band members are singers as well, so that most songs are four-parts and different styled songs have a different lead singer with a unique and powerful voice. This also makes Katzenjammer an incredibly rich and exciting live band. The style of music varies from Rag-Time to Folk, Balkan and Country elements form a musical journey around the world. And finally – as a treat for the appetite includes a treat for the eyes – Katzenjammer also has its own style regarding clothes and make-up, which make their concerts a delicious feast of sights and sounds. V.S. Get-to-know-the-band-with-these-songs: • Demon Kitty Rag (main vocal: Marianne) • Mother Superior (main vocal: Turid) • Play my Darling play (main vocal: Anne Marit) • A Bar in Amsterdam (main vocal: Solveig)
Source: Vera Struckmann


The United States in your Neighborhood
Where? Read more: Am Sandtorkai 48 (U3 Baumwall/Meßberg) www.amerikazentrum.de

Whether you plan on spending some time in the US, want to get to know the country and its culture (no, that’s not an oxymoron – Ed.) or are simply trying to improve your English language skills: The Amerikazentrum in Hamburg’s HafenCity is the place to go. tba spoke with Manfred Strack, Chairman of the Amerikazentrum. tba: Mr. Strack, what exactly is the Amerikazentrum? MS: The AZ is the follow-up institution to the Amerika-Haus which was closed in 1997. The AZ was founded that same year as a registered not-for-profit association (eingetragener gemeinnütziger Verein) with the aim of continuing some of the functions of the Amerika-Haus. Back then, a large library was an essential part of the AZ. This, however, has changed. The growing importance of the internet led to a decreased demand for books and our current premises could not accommodate a large library. Right now we are working on a new concept for our library, i.e. we might specialize in aspects such as the Hamburg-Chicago relationship or create media bundles with material related to the “Abitur” exams of the Northern Federal States. This would be a concrete service to the schools.

tba: What kinds of events take place in the AZ? MS: Due to our move to a new location and the construction works involved, we just started hosting events in September 2010. On the one hand there is a lot of cooperation with German publishers who want to promote their American authors. Recently, Rebecca Skloot was here to read from her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the true story of an African-American woman whose cells were – without her knowledge – the first to be immortalised and commercialized. Then we had David Vann, who read from Sukkwan Island. On the other hand we host exhibitions such as “The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany”, which is part of a research project that looks at the Civil Rights Movement from a new international perspective. Sometimes we even organize concerts: Recently we had a piano player from Chicago, and we just had a jazz night with a band called the Jazz-O-Maniacs. tba: Why might the AZ be of interest to students from the University of Hamburg? MS: Well, looking at the events we see that the AZ is a place to meet authentic American authors, a place to have real encounters with real people. Other than that, the AZ – as an independent institution – deals with studying and working in the US. We give people practical advice on how to do it, where to


get scholarships, what the restrictions are and so on. We offer preparatory classes for the TOEFL [a standardized test of English that many colleges demand, tba], and of course the TOEFL itself. There is the monthly lecture “Studying in the USA” which tells people how to get into a North American college, and those who would like a personal session with our counselor can make an appointment with him as well. Furthermore, we offer a lot of information material about North American universities and colleges.

jointly determine the nature and scope of the project. Since we

organize so many different events we prefer applicants from the Hamburg area, as they are the ones who we might call if help is needed here. tba: The AZ stands for intercultural exchange and understanding. Why, in your opinion, is it important to deal with other cultures in general, and with the United States in particular? MS: Well, intercultural exchange is more important than ever. Nowadays you are always in contact with other cultures, and the USA in particular is one nation that cannot be ignored. For historical reasons the USA has become a vital partner for Germany. The U.S. has had an enormous impact on German culture after the war, and there is hardly an issue that is not in some way related to the United States. The country is fascinating, even with – or because of – all its seeming contradictions. Being an immigration country, the USA shows a dynamic creativity which grows out of the encounters of so many different cultures. It is fascinating. tba: What do you think, just very generally, of the current situation in the US and its relation to Germany? MS: I think the Unites States is in a period of transition. After eight years of Bush there was a longing for change. Despite, or because of his biography, Obama was a fitting candidate. He certainly saw the wish for change and launched a very effective campaign, especially through the internet. But following the high expectations that were condensed in words like “change” or

tba: Does the AZ cooperate with the University of Hamburg? If so, in what form? MS: Yes we do. First and foremost we work together with the IAA [Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik], but also with historians and political scientists. In the summer semester there will be a jointly organized lecture series which deals with migration and American culture. The lecture series will be open to the public and thus we want to build a bridge from the University to the city. I believe that the United States, as a prototypical immigration country, can provide experience and knowledge from which we can learn. tba: If students or young people would like to actively participate in the work of the AZ, how could they do so? MS: We generally offer internships at the AZ. After the usual application process we decide whether he or she fits into the AZ. Interns should carry out and attend to a certain project while they are here. We usually discuss a couple of ideas and then


“yes we can” there was something like a reality check, and he came to see that politics of a super power are not that easy. Just take Guantanamo, which he planned to shut down. As to its relations to Germany, I think Germany is still the US’ most important partner in Europe. Of course, relations have changed since the wall fell, and Germany does not occupy such a prominent position in US foreign policy anymore, but in most areas the relationship is alive and well, just take the many American cultural goods such as literature or the movies. Even when Schröder and Bush did not talk to each other, people still went to see American movies and German-American trade was not affected.

tba: What are your short term and long term plans for the AZ? MS: Well, in the short term we would like to offer an attractive program, i.e. we want to cover exciting and current issues alongside a solid base program that includes our language courses and so on. From time to time a highlight would be nice, a famous person for example. In the long run it would be nice to see the AZ as a firmly established institution in Northern Germany. Whenever you think of the USA in our area, the AZ should be among the first things that come to your mind. Furthermore, I would like to see the Hamburg-Chicago partnership strengthened. tba: Thank you very much for the interview. M.S.

Upcoming events: Grenzgänge/r - Migration und die amerikanische Kultur Lecture Series (Prof. Dr. Astrid Böger) – starts on April 14th , every Thursday, 6 pm @ University of Hamburg, ESA M Kurz vor dem Atomkrieg? Die Invasion in der Schweinebucht April 1961 und die Kubakrise 1962 Lecture and Discussion (Prof. Dr. Bernd Greiner) – April 20th, 7.00 pm @ Anerikazentrum Hamburg Die Geschichte des Irakkriegs Lecture and Discussion (Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling) - May 4th, 7.30 pm @Amerikazentrum Hamburg


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