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UNC-CES Public Talk: Environmentalism during the Weimar Era

October 27, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

UNC’s Center for European Studies is hosting a public talk as part of it’s “German Week” this fall!

“Environmentalism during the Weimar Era”

Thursday, October 27 | 5:30 pm EDT
Nelson Mandela Auditorium | FedEx Global Education Center
Public Talk with Paul Dobryden

Join us for a conversation with Paul Dobryden, Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia, on his new book The Hygienic Apparatus: Weimar Cinema and Environmental Disorder (2022). Christina Weiler, Teaching Assistant Professor and German Language Program Director in GSLL as well as President of the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (NCAATG) through 2024, will moderate the Q&A after the lecture. Dobryden’s study traces how the environmental effects of industrialization reverberated through the cinema of Germany’s Weimar Republic. In the early twentieth century, hygiene encompassed the many attempts to create healthy spaces for life and work amid the pollution, disease, accidents, and noise of industrial modernity. Examining classic films—including The Last Laugh, Faust, and Kuhle Wampe—as well as documentaries, cinema architecture, and studio practices, Paul Dobryden demonstrates how cinema envisioned and interrogated hygienic concerns about environmental disorder.

Reception with refreshments to follow.

You can RSVP for the event here.


October 27, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm