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Monday, 20 January 2014, 7.30 p.m.

 

Telepolis Talk and Discussion

Cold War Leaks: Über die Welt der Geheimdienste vom Kalten Krieg bis heute

Admission free, please register at Tel.: 089-55 25 37-0

 

Die Massenüberwachung durch Geheimdienste war eines der großen Themen des Jahres 2013. Dafür, dass sie auch 2014 eine Rolle spielen wird, spricht die Tatsache, dass die Kernkompetenzen eines Geheimdiensts das Lügen und das Täuschen sind. Das schafft viel Spielraum für Enthüllungen. Häufig erfolgen solche Enthüllungen aber erst dann, wenn die sie betreffenden Ereignisse und Probleme für einen Geheimdienst keine große Rolle mehr spielen. So weiß man heute ehemals Geheimdienstliches aus der Zeit des Kalten Krieges, das damals möglicherweise den Lauf der Weltgeschichte geändert hätte, wenn es allgemein bekannt gewesen wäre.

 

  Telepolis-Autor Markus Kompa, der in seinem eBook Cold War Leaks das Interessanteste davon zusammengetragen hat, wird persönlich davon erzählen und aus einem Kapitel über eine der bizarrsten Geschichten des Kalten Krieges lesen, nämlich der langen streng geheimen Zusammenarbeit der CIA mit John Mulholland, dem amerikanischen Star-Magier der 50er Jahre. Der Experte sollte für die politischen Falschspieler kommerzielle Täuschungstechniken aus der Unterhaltungsbranche für das Spionagehandwerk adaptieren und Methoden entwickeln, um Gegnern 
psychedelische Drogen zuzuführen oder sie unauffällig zu töten. Nach über einem halben Jahrhundert wurde sein Handbuch für Agententricks, das lange für einen Mythos gehalten wurde, im November 2009 der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht. (Foto: Dorothea Rietz)

 

  Neben Markus Kompa (der selbst Zauberkünstler und Rechtsanwalt ist) spricht an diesem Abend der Journalist Wilhelm Dietl. Er war in den 1970er und 1980er Jahren als Reporter für Quick, Stern und Spiegel im Nahen Osten sowie in Süd- und Zentralasien. Unter dem Decknamen "Dali" lieferte er damals auch dem Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) Informationen aus diesen Ländern. 1993 kam es im Rahmen der Libanon-Geiselaffäre zum Zerwürfnis zwischen Dietl und dem deutschen Auslandsgeheimdienst, dem der Autor heute vorwirft, ihm durch gezielt gestreute
Gerüchte erheblich geschadet zu haben. In den Nuller Jahren veröffentlichte Dietl mehrere Bücher, in denen er ausführlich auf die Arbeit des BND und anderer Dienste eingeht.  

 

Moderation: Peter Mühlbauer, Telepolis

  

Organizers: Telepolis.de, Bayerische Amerika-Akademie

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Monday, 5 May 2014, 6 p.m.

 

Telepolis Talk and Discussion

Wege aus der Krise: Sparen, Geld drucken oder Wettbewerbsfähigkeit steigern?

Admission free

 

Während in den USA vor allem auf die expansive Geldpolitik gesetzt wurde und wird, hat vor allem die deutsche Regierung in der Europolitik auf das Sparen gesetzt. Beide Strategien scheinen aber nicht zu wirken, gewarnt wird bereits vor einer nächsten Blase oder einer Deflation, weil die ungefesselten Finanzmärkte sich weiter nach oben schaukeln und eine verantwortungsvolle Geldpolitik mit dem Risiko spielt, dass die globalen Finanzmärkte abstürzen. Hat die ökonomische Theorie versagt? 

 

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    Heiner Flassbeck ist Professor für Ökonomie in Hamburg. Er arbeitete im Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und am Deutschen Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), er war Staatssekretär im Bundesministerium der Finanzen und leitete von 2003 bis 2012 die Abteilung für Globalisierung und Entwicklungsstrategien beim Sekretariat der Konferenz der Vereinten Nationen für Handel und Entwicklung (UNCTAD).

Im Januar 2013 hat er flassbeck-economics gegründet, eine Institution, die sich der Aufklärung in wirtschaftlichen Fragen und der wirtschaftspolitischen Beratung widmet. Gerade ist sein neues Buch „66 starke Thesen zum Euro, zur Wirtschaftspolitik und zum deutschen Wesen" erschienen.

 

Moderation: Florian Rötzer, Chefredakteur of Telepolis

 

With the kind support of Kulturreferat München.

 

Organizers: Telepolis.de, Bavarian American Academy

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 6 p.m.

 

Lecture

The Ends of Transnationalism and U.S. Cultural Imperialism

Erlangen, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, American Studies

 

 

 

John Carlos Rowe, Associate Professor of the Humanities at the University of Southern California, will talk about the consequences of the transnational turn in American Studies.

 

Organizers: American Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bavarian American Academy

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 2 -4 p.m.

 

Lecture in Eichstätt
Disability, Identity, and the United States South
Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, American Studies, Universitätsallee 1, room KGA-201

 

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Prof. Taylor Hagood from Florida Atlantic University teaches American literature, with specialization in the writing of William Faulkner, African American literature, and the literature and culture of the United States South. His scholarship examines literary and cultural production in an approach informed by postcolonial theory, theorizing of social interaction via secrecy as a cultural item, and disability studies.

 

Organizers: American Studies, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Bavarian American-Academy

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 10 a.m.

 

Lecture in München
The Recalcitrant South: Resistance in the Nation's Region
Munich, Amerika-Institut of LMU, Schellingstr. 3 VG 

 

Prof. Taylor Hagood from Florida Atlantic University teaches American literature, with specialization in the writing of William Faulkner, African American literature, and the literature and culture of the United States South. His scholarship examines literary and cultural production in an approach informed by postcolonial theory, theorizing of social interaction via secrecy as a cultural item, and disability studies.

 

      

Organizers: Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Bavarian American-Academy

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Thursday, 22 May 2014, 6 p.m.

Lecture

The Ends of Transnationalism and U.S. Cultural Imperialism

Munich, Amerika-Institut LMU Munich, Schellingstr. 3

 

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John Carlos Rowe, Associate Professor of the Humanities at the University of Southern California, will provide in his talk a broad overview of transnationalism and its impact on future scholarship in American Studies. He will respond to various scholarly challenges to the transnationl method and paradigm.

Organizers: American Studies, LMU Munich, Bavarian American Academy

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Friday, 30 May - Saturday, 31 May 2014

 

Conference

America and the Musical Unconscious

Munich, Junior Year in Munich, Richard-Wagner-Str. 27 / Entrance Gabelsbergerstraße

   

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When, in 1981, Fredric Jameson forged a new method to analyze cultural texts and objects in terms of what he called "the political unconscious" he focused largely on the political implications of literary artifacts from the realist and modernist periods of especially European descent, to his own regret omitting musical forms of cultural expression.

In the thirty-odd years since then, music has doubtlessly gained even more importance in American culture (and American music globally). While the field of American Studies has acknowledged and followed this development in various ways, it nevertheless mostly privileges textual and visual forms of art and thereby often neglects the unique qualities of music with regard to central paradigmatic concerns in the humanities such as space, the body, affect, or cognition. This conference seeks to adjust this imbalance by placing music center stage in American Studies. In doing so, it takes its cue from Jameson and proffers the "musical unconscious" as a general framework of analysis that highlights the convergence of the three dimensions of the individual musical text, the social context, and the technological conditions of possibility or mode of production.

 

For more informationen go to: http://aatmu.wordpress.com/.

 

Organizers: Universität zu Köln; Junior Year in Munich; Amerika-Institut of Universität München; Bavarian American Academy

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Saturday, 31 May - Tuesday, 10 June 2014

 

Sixth International BAA Summer Academy
American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective:

Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture
Texas State University, San Marcos, not a public event

 

File:Texas State University-San Marcos primary logo vertical.png      The summer academy addresses historical and current debates about American regions and regionalism from an interdisciplinary perspective. This focus on a "critical regionalism" highlights the connections between regional identities and global (power) structures, the construction of specific regions in and beyond the United States, micro- and macro-structures of space and place as well as processes of cultural contact and mobility at play in the formation of regions. Such an approach covers aspects of cultural identity, 
political participation, and economic developments that will be discussed with a specific focus on (but by no means limited to) the US Southwest and its history, literature, and art.

 

For more information click here.

 

Organizers: Bavarian American Academy, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, University of Augsburg and Wayne State University

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Monday, 2 June 2014, 6 - 8 p.m.

 

Lecture

Why did Henry James Hate Richard Wagner, or the Two Modernisms 

Würzburg, Julius-Maximilian-Universität Würzburg, Toscana-Saal (Residenz)

 

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John Carlos Rowe, Associate Professor of the Humanities at the University of Southern California, will focus in his talk on how unresolved social, political, and cultural issues represented in James's modernist writings help explain our continuing interest in his works today. The lecture will also address from a biographical perspective the relevance of a culture of "free love, including homosexual love, for the implementation of modernism.

 

Organizers: American Studies, JMU Würzburg, Bavarian American Academy

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 4 - 6 p.m.

 

Lecture
Monumental America
Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, American Studies, Universitätsallee 1, room WH-112 

 

      

Prof. Michael Kimmage is an associate professor of history at Catholic University, Washington DC. He is the author of In History's Grip: Philip Roth's Newark Trilogy, and The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers and the Lessons of Anti-Communism, as well as the translator of Wolfgang Koeppen's Journey through America. In his talk, Michael Kimmage will address the American tendency to fashion images of itself, and of its history, in

monuments, focusing on the city of Washington, DC, on the National Mall and, in particular, on the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. Political monuments compel attention to narrative and to personality, and political monuments in America express a tension between the democratic imperatives of national narrative and the individualist imperatives of charismatic leadership. The monumental character of official Washington follows from this tension.

 

Organizers: American Studies, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Bavarian American-Academy

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 6 p.m.

 

Lecture

Whitman, Melville, Douglass, and the Capitol Dome
Munich, Amerika-Institut der LMU, Schellingstr. 3 VG 

 

Prof. Ed Folsom from the University of Iowa English faculty member is widely regarded as a preeminent Walt Whitman scholar. His talk focuses on how the US Capitol Dome became a symbol of emerging post-Emancipation race relations. It examines how Whitman and Melville began to fit the dome into their own writings about race.

      

Ed Folsom

 

Organizers: Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Bavarian American-Academy

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 12 - 2 p.m.

 

Lecture

Victim Memorials and Transnational Studies

Passau, American Studies at University of Passau

 

 

      

Erika Doss is professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she offers courses in American, modern, and contemporary art and cultural studies. In her talk she will consider what the move towards the commemoration of victims globally suggests about the circulation of American affective and political cultures and for the subject of transnational American Studies.

 

Organizers: American Studies at University of Passau, Bavarian American Academy

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Thursday, 26 June 2014, 10 a.m. - 12. p.m.

 

Lecture

Victim Memorials and Transnational Studies

Regensburg, American Studies at the University of Regensburg

 

 Erika Doss

      

Erika Doss, professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will consider in her talk what the move towards the commemoration of victims globally suggests about the circulation of American affective and political cultures and for the subject of transnational American Studies.

 

Organizers: American Studies at the University of Regensburg, Bavarian American Academy

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Thursday 26 June - Saturday, 28 June 2014

  

14th International Conference of the Bavarian American Academy

Cultures of Privacy

Munich, Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3

 

 

 

America has for long been hailed as the land of individualism and liberty, where personal freedom, the pursuit of happiness and the rights of the single citizen reign over the demands and expectations of the masses. Yet freedom of choice and the premium placed on private property also necessitated a counter force, a large dose of submission, as Christopher Newfield put it, to preestablished patterns of behavior and often unequal conditions. And it lead to a highly ambivalent notion of privacy, as an individual right situated between apparent opposites - private freedom and public order, liberty and union.

 

The BAA 2014 conference "Cultures of Privacy" will address the nation's struggle to harmonize these opposites, to reconcile the private and the public, both in a historical and comparatist, transnational perspective. Speakers and contributors take issue with the staggering transformation of public into private spaces (shopping malls, business districts, the occupy movements etc.), with the erosion of privacy in the political arena (from Watergate and the Clinton indictment to the NSA scandal), the ambiguous hyperemphasis on the private in the media and in popular culture (as in confessional blogs, social networks, and the public display of intimacy), and, finally, on the relationship between the private and the public in the realm of literature and the arts (regarding borderline genres such as autobiography and memoir, or the public disclosure of the 'private' act of creation in weblogs etc.).

 

Click here for the detailed program.

  

Organizer: Bavarian American Academy

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Thursday, 3 July 2014, 6 p.m.

 

Lecture
Saving White Slaves, Supervising Wives, and Policing Prostitutes: The FBI's Enforcement of the White Slave Traffic Act in America 1910-1941
Munich, Amerika-Institut of LMU, Schellingstr. 3 VG, room 210

 

      

Jessica R. Pliley is an assistant professor of women's history at Texas State University and holds a PhD from the Ohio State University. Her book manuscript, Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI, is under contract with Harvard University Press and joins a body of work that asserts that sex trafficking has long been an issue for activists of various traditions. Yet it encourages us to consider not only how reformers have organized to eradicate sex trafficking, but also how the policies they championed were ultimately implemented.

 

Organizers: Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Bavarian American-Academy

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Thursday, 10 July 2014, 7 p.m.

 

Book Presentation and Discussion
The Temptation of Despair - Die Mitte der 1940er Jahre in Deutschland
Munich, Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3

 

Nach einem der blutigsten Kriege der Geschichte und nach dem gewaltsamen Ende einer zwölfjährigen Diktatur, konfrontiert mit der Schuld an dem 1945 überall publik gemachten Faktum des Holocaust, lebten Menschen in bombardierten Städten unter knappen alliierten Kalorienzuweisungen in einem geschrumpften Land, in dem Millionen von Vertriebenen untergebracht werden mussten, während die Welt sich in Schrecken von Deutschland abgewandt hatte. Kein Wunder, dass viele „die Versuchung der Verzweiflung" (Georges Bernanos) kannten und manche ihr erlagen. In ihren Texten, Bildern und Filmen zeichneten Zeitgenossen wie Robert Capa, Stig Dagerman, Martha Gellhorn, Hans Habe, Erich Kästner, Wolfgang Koeppen, Gerhart Pohl, Zelda Popkin, George Rodger, James Stern, Tony Vaccaro, Kurt Vonnegut, und Billy Wilder ebenso wie das anonym veröffentlichte Buch Eine Frau in Berlin ein oft düsteres Bild der Nachkriegszeit, zu dem vor allem schwarzer Humor - aber auch religiöse Hoffnung - ein Gegengewicht bildete.

      

 

Prof. Dr. Werner Sollors is Henry B. and
Anne Cabot Professor of English Literature
and Professor of African and African
American Studies at Harvard University and
has publishes numerous book on Germany of the postwar period.

 

Organizers: Bavarian American-Academy, Harvard University Press, Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus

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Monday, 21 July - Saturday, 26 July 2014

 

Conference

International Walt Whitman Week

Bamberg, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

 

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Founded in Paris in 2007, the Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association (TWWA) invites students, researchers, and Whitman enthusiasts to participate in its 7th annual Whitman Week. Lectures, seminars, plus a symposium - taught by specialists from the US, Great Britain, France, Italy, Brazil, Poland, and Germany - will have a look on one of America's most innovative and influential poets.

 

For more information click here.

 

 

Organizers: American Studies, University of Bamberg, Bavarian American Academy

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Monday, 28 July 2014, 3 - 6 p.m.

 

Lecture

Whitman's Bookmaking and the Erotics of Reading
Eichstätt, American Studies, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Universitätsallee 1

 

 

Prof. Ed Folsom from the University of Iowa will present a paper on Walt Whitman's bookmaking, emphasizing his fascination with the material qualities of his books and examining how he invented a kind of erotics of reading. The talk will be followed by a workshop on selection poems by Whitman. 

   

Ed Folsom

 

Organizers: American Studies, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Bavarian American-Academy

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Thursday, 16 October 2014, 6 p.m.

Lecture
Eldridge Cleaver Visits Pyongyang, Hanoi, and Peking: Afro-Asian Internationalism, Radical Orientalism, and Global Feminism
Munich, Amerika-Institut of LMU Munich, Schellingstr. 3 VG, room 201

 

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

      

In 1970, Black Panther Party leader Eldridge Cleaver traveled with a delegation of American anti-war activists to visit Socialist Asia. Seven of the eleven travelers were women, most notably Elaine Brown of the BPP, and four of the delegation were people of color, including Asian American activists Alex Hing and Pat Sumi. This talk examines how gender and race shaped international political journeys during the Viet Nam War and introduces the concept of radical orientalism to characterize how American activists turned to socialist Asia and in particular revolutionary Asian women for political inspiration.

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is a professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University.

  

Organizers: Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Bavarian American Academy

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Friday 24 October - Sunday, 26 October 2014

 

Festival and Symposium with Concerts

Christian Wolff zum 80. Geburtstag

Munich, LMU Main Building, Pinakothek der Moderne and Siemens-Auditorium

 

MaerzMusik 2012: Christian Wolff photo: Kai Bienert

 

Christian Wolff, 1934 als Sohn des berühmten Verleger-Ehepaars Kurt und Helene Wolff im französischen Exil geboren und seit 1941 in den USA lebend, gründete mit Earle Brown und Morton Feldman die von John Cage inspirierte und inzwischen legendäre New York School of Composers. Sein kompositorisches und essayistisches Werk stellt bis heute einen der wichtigsten Beiträge eines offenen, ästhetisch wie politisch amitionierten Musikbegrifss dar.


Anlässlich des 80. Geburtstags von Christian Wolff geben Konzerte und Vorträge in Anwesenheit und unter Mitwirkung des Komponisten an drei Tagen wesentliche Einblicke in seine Ästhetik und sein kompositorisches Werk. 

 

For more informationen click here.

 

Organizers: Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Pinakothek der Moderne

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Monday, 17 November 2014, 2 p.m.

 

Lecture
City Management in the U.S. and in Germany: A Young Discipline Takes Root on Practice and Research
Würzburg, Institut für Geographie, University of Würzburg

 

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Cities are managed very differently in Germany and in the USA. Dr. Jennifer Gerend, Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, will show in her talk similarities and differences and will and critically examine them. Her teaching focuses on land use planning, urban history, downtown revitalization, economic development, retail development regulation and community development.

  

Organizers: Institut für Geographie, Universität Würzburg, Bavarian American Academy

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 7 p.m.

 

Lecture

Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon

Erlangen, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Senatssaal at Kollegienhaus, Universitätsstr. 15

 

 Cindy Ott, Ph.D.

       

Dr. Cindy Ott, Saint Louis University, will talk about the history of the pumpkin and why so many Americans take an annual trip to a pumpkin farm, why they decorate their homes with pumpkins every autumn, and yet why, unlike most people around the world who eat the vegetable unceremoniously through the year, they eat it hardly all at except at the national Thanksgiving holiday. These questions open up a far deeper story of how Americans have used nature and history to perpetuate a sense of rural identity and heritage.

 

Organizers: American Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bavarian American Academy

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Lecture

The Beat Movement in Transnational Perspective

Erlangen, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, American Studies, Bismarckstr. 1c

 

 

       

 

Erik Mortenson is an Assistant Professor in the English Language and Comparative Literature Department at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the author of Capturing the Beat Moment: Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Presence and of numerous articles on the Beat Generation.

 

Organizers: American Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bavarian American Academy

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Friday, 5 December - Saturday, 6 December 2014

 

International Conference and Exhibition
The Place of Photography
Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, American Studies, Universitätsallee 1

 

           

 

The conference addresses a wide variety of issues connected to place and photography. Among them are questions of perspective, subject positioning/ constitution/ implacement, material objects and their place, ownership and place, situation/ situatedness, space/ place, landscapes and environment, location, philosophy of place, the place of the photographer, and the position of photography in the academy, the canon, the arts, in museums and collections, and in society at large. 

 

Organizers: American Studies, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Bavarian American Academy

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