WS 2020/21

  • Podium Discussion: As part of the ZMI’s (Zentrum für Medien und Interaktivität, University of Giessen) „Digitaler Habitus“ week, Greta Olson took part in a podium discussion, „Voices from Abroad: Americans in Germany Discuss the 2020 U.S. Elections“ (November 3, 2020, at 6 pm).

    The event addressed what it is like to be an American living in Hesse amidst such a momentous election season. Six different American ex-pats in Germany sat down on election night to talk about the divisive presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial 2020 elections and their consequences. The podium discussion was held in english and took place online.

    You can watch the archived discussion here:

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  • Podium Discussion: “Trump oder Biden? Wer entscheidet – Das Volk oder die Gerichte?” organized by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Hesse. Watch the video here (from november 5, 2020, at 7 pm), with:
    – Derek Bembry, chairman of the Black Caucus of the Democrats Abroad Germany
    – Bastian Hermisson, Head of office at Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington D.C., USA
    – Greta Olson, Professor of English and American Literature and Cultural Studies, JLU Gießen
    – Michael Werz, Senior Fellow, Centor for AMerican Progress, Washington, USA
    – Moderator: Andreas Schwarzkopf, Frankfurter Rundschau

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WS 2019/2020

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SS 2017

  • Talk by Donna Liggins and Greta Olson on “Black Lives Matter” at the Augustinerschule Friedberg
  • Podium discussion “Herkunft als Falle. Journalismus und Migration im 21. Jahrundert” (June 6, 2017)
  • Podium discussion “100 Tage Trump” (April 28, 2017)

WS 2016-2017

  • Lecture with Donna Liggins and Greta Olson on “Why Black Lives Should Matter to Us in Germany” (January 16, 2017)
  • Podium Discussion on “Wie konnte es dazu kommen?/How did this happen? – America after the Elections” (November 21, 2016)
  • Expert panel at the “U.S. Election Night 2016” (November 8, 2016), organized by the Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus and U.S. Consulate General Munich

WS 2015-2016

  • Guest lecture on “Fifty Shades of Grey and the Sublime” with Franziska Mader and Prof. Dr. Julika Griem (December 16, 2015)


SS 2015

  • Roundtable Discussion of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement with Michael Basseler, Greta Olson, Sonja Schillings and Robert Winkler (June 29, 2015)


  • Interactive Lecture series “Cultural Approaches to Law and US American Legal Culture”


WS 2014-2015

  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Carmen Birkle (Philipps-Universität Marburg): “Of Marriage, Motherhood, and Medicine: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ (1892)” (Jan. 19, 2015)


  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena): “Form and Impact of Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’” (Dec. 1, 2014)


WS 2013-2014

  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Heinze (TU Braunschweig): ‘We Came all the Way from India so You could Dress like this?’ Postcolonial (American) Literature and the New Immigration (Jan. 3, 2014)

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  • On Monday, 13 January, Consul General Kevin C. Milas (U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt) visited the University of Gießen in order to speak to students about the German-American relationship. A wrap up of the event can be found in the Pressebericht for the UniForum.
  • Lecture by PD. Dr. Jan Alber (University of Freiburg) on “Character Interiority in the Movies” (Dec. 2, 2013)

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  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Andrew S. Gross (University of Erlangen) on “Modernism, Totalitarianism, and Ezra Pound” (Nov. 11, 2013)

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  • Lecture by Nicholas Kralev (former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent) on “America’s Other Army: How U.S. Diplomacy Changed after 9/11” (Nov. 4, 2013)


SS 2013

  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Lemke (University of Freiburg) on “The Financial Crisis of 2008 and Narratives of Working Poverty” (July 1, 2013)


  • Lecture by Dr. Bolte-Picker on “Hurricane Katrina – Difference, Diversity and the Power of Skin Politics” (June 3, 2013)


WS 2012-2013

  • Law and Literature Symposium featuring Dr. Honni van Rijswijk (March 7th, 2013)


  • “Recognizing the Other: Discourses of Alterity in J. M. Coetzee and His Contexts” — Conference organized by the PhD candidates Angela Müller and Katharina Zilles at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the University of Giessen (October 26th and 27th, 2012) (Conference Program)


  • Following the 2012 Presidential Elections – Office Door

SS 2012

  • University Challenge (Poster)

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WS 2011-2012

  • Ringvorlesung: Doing and Undoing Gender (JLU and GCSC)

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June 30th – July 2nd, 2011

  • Conference: “Obama and the Paradigm Shift: The Measure of Change in the US and Germany”

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SS 2011

  • Lecture Series on Gender: As part of the project Integrating Women’s and Gender Studies, six major scholars in women’s, masculinity, and gender studies will be speaking in Giessen this spring. They will describe their research and position their work within the context of making women’s, men’s, gender, and queer studies part of the university.

WS 2010-2011

  • November 23 “What are Literary and Cultural Studies for?” A Panel Discussion Featuring Professors of the Department for English and American Literature and Culture (Poster)
  • November 9 & 23 “écriture feminine, Butler and Beyond: A Workshop on Political Approaches to Cultural Studies III” (with Mirjam Bitter & Mirjam Horn) (Flyer)

SS 2010

  • July 7 Guest Lecture by Dr. Michael Butter on “The Obama Deception and Other Episodes in Recent Political Demonology” (Poster)
  • June 9, 2010 JP Morgan Run in Frankfurt
  • May 6 Inaugural Lecture: Political Positions in Cultural Studies

WS 2009-2010

  • RVL: New Theories, Models and Methods in Literary and Cultural Studies (Poster) Held in the winter term of 2009-2010, this lecture series was intended to offer Giessen students an overview of state-of-the-art methods and models for conducting literary and cultural studies. In this way, the organizers Ansgar Nünning and Greta Olson hoped that students might move forward in devising their own research models and deciding on the method or methods most appropriate for their own work. The lecture series also addressed the question of, “If theory is dead what comes next?” The many answers offered to this question in the form of the lectures suggest that literary and cultural studies are alive and well and flourishing as theoretical as well as pragmatic forms of analysis. Many of the lectures are now available as podcasts, and a publication of all of the lectures will be available shortly in the WVT Handbook: New Theories, Models and Methods in Literary and Cultural Studies, ed. Ansgar Nünning and Greta Olson (in preparation).

SS 2009

  • The Battle of the Books (with Professor Ingo Berensmeyer, Dr. habil. Ute Berns and Dr. Andrea Rummel) (Poster) This literary soirée consisted of a debate between Ingo Bernsmeyer, Ute Berns, and Greta Olson and was moderated by Andrea Rummel. We argued about the relative merits of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005), Dara Horn’s The World to Come, and J.M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year (2007) and read passages from these novels aloud. After the ‘battle’ audience members added their comments, and the evening was concluded with wine and food.