Wittenberg Summer School 2006
Leucorea Foundation, Wittenberg
July 31 – August 5, 2006
Robert Jewett is the Harry R. Kendall Professor Emeritus at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Northwestern University doctoral program. He is currently Guest Professor in the Wissenschaftlich-theologisches Seminar in Heidelberg. Professor Jewett is the author or editor of eighteen books and more than 140 articles, ranging from technical biblical investigations to analyses of American culture. His publications include The Myth of the American Superhero (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Summer, 2002) and Captain America and the Crusade against Evil: The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism (with John Shelton Lawrence, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Winter 2003).
Holger Kersten is Executive Director of the German Association for American
Studies and Professor of American Literature and Culture at Magdeburg
University. His areas of research include the representation of
German-American relations in literature and popular culture, the use of nonstandard language
in literature, the study of American humor, and late-nineteenth-century
American literature and culture. His most recent publications are "Tramps and Hobos"
(American History through Literature, 1870-1920, eds. Tom Quirk and Gary
Scharnhorst, Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006) and "Mark Twain and
Continental Europe" (A Companion to Mark Twain, eds. Peter Messent and
Louis J. Budd, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2005).
Rüdiger Kunow is President of the German Association for American Studies and Professor and Chair of American Studies at Potsdam University. Professor Kunow has taught at the Universities of Wuerzburg, Nürnberg-Erlangen, Freiburg, Hanover, and Magdeburg. He was a Research Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the State University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and the State University of New York at Albany. His areas of research include transnationalisms (Diaspora, Migration, Identity Politics), the cultural imagination of aging, history in fiction, transformations of literary presentation, AIDS narratives and the Indian diaspora in the US and Canada. He is editor, with Renate Brosch, of Transgressions:Cultural Interventions in the Global Manifold (2005), and with Liselotte Glage, of The Decolonizing Pen. Cultural Diversity and the Transnational Imaginary in Rushdie's Fiction (2001) and author of Das Klischee: Reproduzierte Wirklichkeiten in der englischen und amerikanischen Literatur (1994).
Mark Rozell is Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University. He specializes in executive privilege and the presidency, religion and politics, and media-politics. He is the author of Executive Privilege (University Press of Kansas, 2d edition, 2002) and Power and Prudence: The Incremental Presidency of George H.W. Bush (Texas A&M University Press, 2003). He is co-editor of The Bush Presidency: First Considerations (Oxford University Press, 2003) and co-author of Second Coming: The New Christian Right in Virginia Politics. His most recent publications are The Values Vote?: The Christian Right in the 2004 Elections (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2006, edited volume with John C. Green and Clyde Wilcox) and Religion and the Presidency (New York: Palgrave/MacMilllan Press, 2006, edited volume with Gleaves Whitney). Teaching interests include American institutions, interest groups and elections, media-politics, religion and politics.
Stephen Whitfield is Max Richter Professor in American Civilization, Department of American Studies, at Brandeis University. His publications include A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till (New York 1988; paperback ed. Johns Hopkins U.P., 1991), American Space, Jewish Time (Hamden, Ct., 1988; paperback ed. New York, 1996), and The Culture of the Cold War (JohnsHopkins U.P., sec. ed. 1996). Professor Whitfield was a Fulbright Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1983–84, the Catholic University of Louvain in 1993, and Munich University in 2004. He taught American Studies at the Sorbonne in the spring semester of 1994. Professor Whitfield is especially interested in the intersection of politics and ideas in twentieth-century America.
Ghada Qaisi Audi currently teaches courses on the American legal system at Bonn University. She was a German Chancellor Scholar sponsored by the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation from 2003-2004 and spent a year conducting research at the Institut für Internationales und Ausländisches Privatrecht at Köln University. Her project focused on comparative law, German private international law and cases before the German courts concerning Islamic family law. She is a member of the Bar in Virginia and New York and practiced law in Washington, DC before moving to Germany. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2000, where she served as Associate Editor of the Richmond Law Review. She obtained a Master's degree in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan in 1997 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 1994.