The II Wittenberg Summer School 2007
Leucorea Foundation, Lutherstadt Wittenberg
July 30 – August 4, 2007
Dr. Hans-Jürgen Grabbe is Professor of British and American Studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Director of the Center for United States Studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. He received his Dr. phil. in 1982 and his Habilitation in 1990, both from the University of Hamburg. He was a faculty member in the History Department of the University of Hamburg and served as a professor of American history at the Universities of Kassel, Halle, and Oldenburg (1990–94). In 1994, Dr. Grabbe returned to Halle-Wittenberg to chair the department of British and American Studies. His research focuses on the history of transatlantic migration and on German-American relations. He is an officer of the European Association of American Studies and served for many years as President and Executive Director of the German Association for American Studies. He is co-editor of the American Studies Journal and of the quarterly Amerikastudien/American Studies and edits the monograph series USA-Studien (Franz Steiner Verlag)
Dr. 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).
Erik Kirschbaum is a Reuters correspondent based in Berlin. He graduated from University of Wisconsin in 1984 (history and German) and worked for weekly and daily newspapers in Connecticut, Wisconsin, California and Las Vegas between 1976 and 1988. From 1988 to 1990, he worked as financial news correspondent for the AP-Dow Jones news agency in New York and Frankfurt. As correspondent for Reuters, Erik Kirschbaum worked in Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna from 1990–1995 and as free lance journalist in Berlin for Time, Variety, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and the Washington Times in 1995/96. From 1996 to the present, he has worked as a correspondent for Reuters, first in Bonn, later in Berlin.
Dr. Joe Misiewicz is Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University, Indiana. He is President of the Broadcast Education Association which represents over 100 educational programs in the U.S. related to media. He is Executive Director of Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations representing Indiana's 9 Public TV and 8 Public Radio stations. He finished a five-year term in 2001 as the Executive Director for the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters representing 55 Indiana high school radio/TV programs. He's been elected to the Indiana Broadcaster's Association Board of Directors since 1997. In 2004 he was elected to the National Board of Directors for the Eastern Michigan University Alumni Association. He has been a Poynter Institute Fellow, A Gannett Fellow, and selected for the Advanced Strategic Management Program by Public Broadcasting. Dr. Joe was also on the Board of Directors for Saga Communications, one of the country's leading broadcast companies trading on the AMEX from 1992-2002. He's now a trainer for that Company. He's a former Director of the Communication Division at Bradley University, Chair of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan, Director of Broadcast Programs and Facilities at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY, Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Mass Comm at Central Missouri State and Coordinator of Broadcast Programs at Eastern Michigan University. He's taught in Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil and Austria. He's also traveled throughout Poland, Germany, and Austria. Born and raised in Detroit, he is a graduate of Eastern Michigan (BA, MA) and the University of Michigan (PhD).
Dr. 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.
Dr. Jim Willis is Professor and Chair, Department of Communications, Azusa Pacific University. Willis has been chair of the Department of Communication Studies since the fall of 2003. He came to APU from the University of Memphis and the University of Oklahoma where he held endowed professorships in Journalism. He is a former chair of the Department of Communication at Boston College and is a veteran newspaper reporter and editor with newspapers such as The Dallas Morning News. He earned his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, his M.A. from Texas A&M University in Commerce, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He has authored or co-authored ten books on journalism and the news media and one book on the history of the University of Oklahoma football program. His latest book appears in the summer of 2007 for Praeger Publishers and is called The Media Effect: How News Influences Politics and Government. His last book, The Human Journalist: Reporters, Perspectives, and Emotions, was named an Outstanding Academic Title of the Year for 2003 by the American Library Association. In addition, Dr. Willis has lectured extensively in Germany, Latvia, and Spain for the U.S. State Department, and was a Fulbright Alternate in 2005.