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German events for the current semester

Fall 2020

To be announced in August

All events will be online / remote; look for the German conference, a reading group, and a film screening to be announced here soon.

For more information

Advisor Harris King,

From German-speaking countries

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim (born 1987)

German Scientist, Television host and blogger

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim was born in Heppenheim, Hessen and holds a PhD in Chemistry having done her work at the RWTH Aachen, Harvard University, and the University of Potsdam. She is of Vietnamese heritage, and her father is also a chemist. As a chemist, she has dedicated herself to science communication. Among her notable contributions to the popular education in the sciences are her series MaiLab on Youtube beginning in 2016. In addition, since 2018, she is a presenter on the popular science series Quarks. She is also regular scientific commentator on various talk shows. In 2019, she published a book Komisch, alles chemisch (Funny, Everything is Chemical) which was listed on the Spiegel bestseller list. In addition to her numerous contributions, Mai has also devoted her energies to videos to aid in understanding the Corona Virus. Among other honors for her work in promoting an understanding of the sciences, Mai received the Grimme Online Award and also the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group Prize in 2018.

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 YouTube Channel maiLab: link


Theodor Wonja Michael (1925-2019)

German actor, journalist and speaker

His father was a migrant from Cameroon who worked in human zoos, he also had to depict Africans at circus shows, zoos, and later in films. He lost his German citizenship and was considered a stateless "Frendarbeiter" (alien employee) during the Third Reich. Between 1943 and the end of WWII, he was a forced laborer interned in a forced labor camp near Berlin, after he depicted a moor in Hans Albers' film Münchhausen. During the US occupation he extended his acting career and finally was able to continue his education, finishing his high school diploma and studying political sciences and business administration. He worked for the magazine "Afrika-Bulletin", He was recruited into the BND (the German Federal Intelligence service and was the first higher-ranking publica service in Germany, retired a Regierungsdirektor [governmental director]). In 2018, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit.

His life is a reminder that Germany has not yet fully dealt with the persecution of African migrants during the Holocaust. More than 2000 people were murdered during the Third Reich because of the color of skin and African ancestors.

Links: (German) (English) (German) (autobiography)

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