The Baden-Württemberg Seminar of
The Heidelberg Center for American Studies Württemberg
Each spring and fall, the Heidelberg Center for
American Studies invites distinguished scholars,
BadenWürttemberg’s profound interest in the
United States is reflected in many of its cultural, po Seminar
public policy experts, journalists, writers, and litical, and economic institutions, its corporations,
artists to its BadenWürttemberg Seminar. The museums, and libraries. The Heidelberg Center for
program was initiated in the spring of 2007 as a American Studies is pleased to present the tenth
lecture series with fellows of the American Academy semester of the BadenWürttemberg Seminar. We
of The Heidelberg Center
in Berlin. In the summer of 2009, the Baden wish to thank our committed network of partners for for American Studies
Württemberg seminar extended its base to include their continued support.
other distinguished speakers. Participants present Fall 2011
their current work, discuss issues of transatlantic
interest or read from their writings at selected insti
tutions throughout the state.
The Heidelberg Center for
Paul Kleinschmidt American Studies (HCA)
Paul Kleinschmidt was born in Bublitz, Pommern, in The Heidelberg Center for American Studies
1883. His family moved to Berlin in 1894, where he (HCA) is a central academic institution of
attended the Art Academy from 1902 to 1904 before the RuprechtKarlsUniversität Heidelberg.
continuing his studies at the Art Academy in Munich. Dedicated to the study of the United States, the
Kleinschmidt took part in exhibitions of the Berlin HCA serves as an institute for higher education,
Secession in 1908, 1911, and 1919. During World as a center for interdisciplinary research, and as
War I, he served as a fireman but was discharged a forum for public debate. Building on long
after suffering severe gas poisoning. In 1915 he standing ties between Heidelberg and the United
began earning a living as a technical draftsman and a States, the HCA fosters multidisciplinary and
drawing teacher. Many of his most important etchings intercultural exchange across the Atlantic and
and lithographs were produced before 1925, when offers excellent research and education opportu
he started to concentrate on painting. After a series nities for international scholars and students. As
of successful exhibitions, Kleinschmidt met the New a privatepublic partnership, the HCA depends
York collector Eric Cohn. The artist moved to Würt
on the generosity of corporate benefactors and
temberg in 1932 and started to travel to the United
the support of people like you.
States, where he exhibited in Chicago and Philadel
phia in 1933 and 1934. In 1936, Kleinschmidt’s art
was defamed as “degenerate” and he emigrated to
Switzerland and later to Holland and France. In 1943,
the Nazi regime forced Kleinschmidt to return to
Germany and stop painting. He settled in Bensheim,
where a bomb destroyed his home in 1945.
Paul Kleinschmidt died of a heart ailment in 1949.
Heidelberg Center for American Studies
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W. E. B. DuBois and the Founding Haunted by Germany: Memories Same As It Ever Was? American Blacks, Whites, and Hispanics:
of American Sociology: of a Jewish-American Author Tax Politics in Perspective A Study of Race-based Residual
The German Connection Vote Rates in Chicago
Lev Raphael, Author, Okemos, Michigan Robin Einhorn, Professor of History,
Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of In cooperation with the U.S. Consulate Frankfurt University of California Berkeley Michael Herron, Professor of Government,
Sociology, Northwestern University Location: HCA, Curt und Heidemarie Location: HCA, Curt und Heidemarie Dartmouth College, and Visiting Profes
In cooperation with the Historisches Seminar, Engelhorn Palais, Hauptstr. 120, Heidelberg Engelhorn Palais, Hauptstr. 120, Heidelberg sor for Applied Methods, Hertie School of
Heidelberg University Governance
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Reflections on the Death Penalty
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 8:00 p.m.
Jennifer Culbert, Professor and Graduate
Luminous Currents: The Return of Director of Political Science, Johns Hopkins A Mosque in Munich: A Reading
Post-Painterly Abstraction University, and Siemens Fellow, American
Academy in Berlin Ian Johnson, Author, Berlin and Beijing
JoAnne Northrup, Director of Contemporary In cooperation with the American Academy in In cooperation with the Carl-Schurz-Haus/
Art Initiatives, Nevada Museum of Art, and Berlin Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut e.V.
Fulbright Scholar, Zentrum für Kunst und Location: hca, Curt und Heidemarie Location: Universität Freiburg, Kollegien
Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe Engelhorn Palais, Hauptstr. 120, Heidelberg gebäude 1, Hörsaal 1098, Freiburg
In cooperation with the Kunstverein Neuhausen
Location: Bildungszentrum Oberes Schloss
(EG), Schlossplatz 7, Neuhausen/Fildern