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"Their Stories"
Annual American Studies Committee Meeting 2011

(American Studies and English Language Teaching Seminar)

November 24–26, 2011
Center for United States Studies
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Leucorea Foundation

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This year's annual ASC-meeting was dedicated to different topics that might be used for teaching in many different ways. The lectures were accompanied by several workshops with the aim to learn and practice different techniques of creative writing and text/source analysis. Especially enjoyable was the creative writing workshop, in which participants demonstrated their ability of making a "scene" without being irritated or angry about counter-arguments.

Besides listening to interesting lectures such as "The Effect of You Tube on the Fairy Tale Retelling" by Julianne Lynch, "A (Counter)factual (Hi)story of American Anti-Semitism" by Anton Hieke, and "Religion and the Founders" by Kirsten Fischer, there was ample time for discussion as well as for walks through the festively decorated town of Wittenberg. The Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday night was the culinary highlight of the meeting and got us a great deal closer to answering the question of what connects Wittenberg to pumpkin pie.

We would like to give special thanks to Dr. Julia Nitz, Carsten Hummel and director Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Grabbe for the warm welcome, the perfectly organized meeting and the friendly invitation to next year's meeting.

Rudolf Krupop

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