Oct 13, 2021 – Urban Spaces and German Traces: Immigration and Jewish Life in the United States

In the next Transatlantic Tandem Talk Prof. Dr. Anke Ortlepp, Professor of North American History at the University of Cologne, and Prof. Lila Corwin Berman, Professor of History at Temple University, will discuss the impact of Jewish and German immigration on urban spaces in the United States.

For centuries now, immigrants have come to the United States to start a new life. In this virtual transatlantic tandem talk, Prof. Dr. Anke Ortlepp, Professor of North American History at the University of Cologne, and Prof. Lila Corwin Berman, Professor of History at Temple University, will discuss what this means for these individuals’ respective culture and language, where immigrant groups settled, and how they maintained their identity through institutions and philanthropy. Is there still German life in New York City – and what does Jewish urban history look like?

About the Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Anke Ortlepp is a Professor of North American History at the University of Cologne and the co-director of the university’s North American Studies Program. Her research focuses on American cultural history, more specifically the history of air travel, the history of race relations and the history of 20th century architecture. As a former Research Fellow and Acting Director of the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., she has also explored the history of German migration to the U.S. from an intersectional perspective. Her publications include Auf denn, Ihr Schwestern!: Deutschamerikanische Frauenvereine in Milwaukee, 1844-1944 (2004) and Jim Crow Terminals: The Desegregation of American Airports (2017).

Prof. Dr. Lila Corwin Berman is Professor of History at Temple University, where she holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Her research focuses on American Jewish History, U.S. Urban History, and History of Capitalism; specifically on 20th century Jewish urban history and suburbanization, the history of Jewish philanthropy, and most recently citizenship law and American Jews. Her articles have appeared in several scholarly journals, and she has also written guest columns for the Washington Post, the Forward, and the Jewish Week. She serves as the chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society.

With Welcome Remarks by:

Dr. Eva Bosbach, Executive Director, University of Cologne New York Office

Moderated by:

Dr. Katja Wiesbrock Donovan, Executive Director, 1014 Space for Ideas

This event is part of the Transatlantic Tandem Talks series:

The Transatlantic Tandem Talks are hosted on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the North America office of the University of Cologne in New York in the year 2021 in cooperation with its partners the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, the German Embassy in Washington D.C., Deutsches Haus at NYU, DAAD New York, the German Research Foundation (DFG) North America, the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York, 1014 Space for Ideas, the Goethe Institute New York, AmerikaHaus NRW e.V., and Wunderbar Together.

Time and Location

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT / 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CEST
Virtual via Zoom

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