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Brown-in-Berlin Program

"Comparative Modernisms"
March 23-30, 2014

During Brown University spring break, March 23-30, 2014, the Cogut Center for the Humanities will host the Brown-in-Berlin initiative's third curricular pilot program in Berlin. The program will take place in partnership with Bard College in Berlin, the Barenboim-Said Academy, the Berlin State Opera, the Europe -Middle East Program (EUME) of the Forum for Transregional Studies, and the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Jewish Studies. The program theme will be "Comparative Modernisms," and will involve dialogues across disciplinary, academic, cultural, and aesthetic boundaries. One focus will be Richard Wagner's opera Tannhaeuser, whose second version ignited Parisian audiences, including Charles Baudelaire, in 1861. A new production will be in rehearsal at the State Opera while we are in Berlin, and we expect to be invited to attend one or more rehearsals during the week. We will also engage with leading faculty members and scholars from both Brown and Berlin.

This opportunity is available to Brown University graduate and undergraduate students only. Limited funding is available and we expect to assemble a diverse group of ten undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information on this Spring 2014 trip, apply here. Application deadline is January 15, 2014.

About Brown-in-Berlin

(l - r) Kevin McLaughlin, Dean of the Faculty; Carsten Siebert, Managing Director, Daniel Barenboim Stiftung; and Thomas Rommel, Rector and Provost, ECLA/Bard College on site in Berlin

An initiative of the Cogut Center in conjunction with "Brown in the World/the World at Brown" grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the George and Joan Hornig Undergraduate Travel Grants, Brown-in-Berlin is building a program of one-semester residencies in Berlin for faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate as well as undergraduate students, with a projected start date of Fall 2015.

A faculty steering committee meets once a semester to build the program. In Spring 2013, Cogut Center Director Michael Steinberg traveled to Berlin on assignment from Brown to investigate possibilities for this program, including the role of key institutional partners such as the European College of Liberal Arts (EC LA)/Bard College and the Barenboim-Said Academy.