This August, we are proud to partner with Alliance Française to bring you a cross-cultural Biergarten night; Abend im Alsace. Alsace (spelled Elsass in German) is a region in northeastern France along the Rhine River plain. Bordering Germany and Switzerland, it has alternated between German and French control over the centuries, creating a unique blend of language, culture, and cuisine.
At our Abend im Alsace, you can try some Flammkuchen (Alsatian pizza) or Alsatian Schnitzel while enjoying the warm, summer evening on our beautiful grounds. Sip on French wine or a German beer while listening to traditional French-Alsatian folk music by Philip Gallandat and Juan Kuffner.
History is full of assassinated leaders, but also full of near misses. Join us with Dr. Susanne Wagner, German Program Director at the University of St. Thomas, for a discussion focusing on the different types of Widerstand (resistance) and some of the more prominent resistance groups, such as the men involved in the July 20, 1944 failed attempt to assassinate Hitler, the Kreisauer Kreis (Kreisau Circle), the Rote Kapelle (the Red Orchestra), and the Weiße Rose (White Rose). What were the motivations of Widerstand fighters with Colonel Claus Graf von Stauffenberg, who planted the bomb that missed its mark? How do we evaluate Einsame Kämpfer (lonely fighters) such as Jägerstätter and George Elser, or the passive resistance of the members of the Weiße Rose and the Kreisauer Kreis? Are the Swing Kids really Widerstand? The more extreme a regime, the more consequent the resistance against it!
Wagner is a cultural and literary historian focusing on 19th-/20th century Germany with a research emphasis on resistance literature. In addition to heading the German Program at the University of St. Thomas, she is also a member of the Executive Council of the American Council of Teachers of German (AATG).