Book of the Month - October 2018
Humboldt and Jefferson - A Transatlantic Friendship of the Enlightenment
by Sandra Rebok
Humboldt and Jefferson explores the relationship between two fascinating personalities: the Prussian explorer, scientist, and geographer Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) and the American statesman, architect, and naturalist Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826).
A guest commentary of Professor Dr. Overhoff on the presidential election 2017 was published in the WWU-newspaper wissen|leben (2016; Nr. 6, 12. Oktober).
The Center for German American Educational History will hold a panel at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Pittsburgh, USA, in the spring of 2016. Under the title "Catholic Enlightenment, Missionary Work and Education in 18th Century Germany and America" Prof. Overhoff (convenor and panel chair), Prof. Michael Hochgeschwender from Munich, and Dr. Felicity Jensz and Andreas Oberdorf from Münster will present their newest research.
Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition
From kosher wine to their ties to the liquor trade in Europe, Jews have a longstanding historical relationship with alcohol. But once prohibition hit America, American Jews were forced to choose between abandoning their historical connection to alcohol and remaining outside the American mainstream.
Die am Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft angesiedelte Arbeitsstelle für Deutsch-Amerikanische Bildungsgeschichte erforscht seit ihrer Gründung im Januar 2014 in vergleichender Weise die vielen Gemeinsamkeiten und Verflechtungen der deutschen und amerikanischen Bildungsgeschichte, die als wesentlicher Teil der Bildungsgeschichte des Westens verstanden werden können. Im Forschungskolloquium sollen Masterarbeiten, Dissertationen und Habilitationsschriften zur Thematik vorgestellt werden, die gegenwärtig an der Universität Münster entstehen.
The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education
The idea that American education has been steered by progressive values is celebrated by liberals and deplored by conservatives, but both sides accept it as fact. Adam Laats shows that this widely held belief is simply wrong. Upending the standard narrative of American education as the product of courageous progressive reformers, he calls to center stage the conservative activists who decisively shaped America’s classrooms in the twentieth century.
Becoming Old Stock: The Paradox of German-American Identity
More Americans trace their ancestry to Germany than to any other country. Arguably, German Americans form America's largest ethnic group. Yet they have a remarkably low profile today, reflecting a dramatic, twentieth-century retreat from German-American identity.
The Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives at the IUPUI University Library in Indianapolis have begun to make records on German-American history available online.
Was die deutschen Universitäten von den amerikanischen lernen können und was sie vermeiden sollten
Only few would doubt that the German University system is in a crisis. The US-American system has been a model for a way out of this crisis.
Our colleague and PhD student Andreas Oberdorf looks back on two successful weeks at the Horner Library of the German Society of Pennsylvania. His research visit was funded by a short-term fellowship of the German Historical Institute, Washington DC.
How does a society react in times of war to immigrants stemming from the country the nation is at war with? Should they be put under observation? Should they be ignored or be interned?
Sounds of Ethnicity takes us into the linguistic, cultural, and geographical borderlands of German North America in the Great Lakes region between 1850 and 1914. Drawing connections between immigrant groups in Buffalo, New York, and Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, Barbara Lorenzkowski examines the interactions of language and music — specifically German-language education, choral groups, and music festivals—and their roles in creating both an ethnic sense of self and opportunities for cultural exchanges at the local, ethnic, and transnational levels.
Amerika als Argument
Die deutsche Amerika-Forschung im Vormärz und ihre politische Deutung in der Revolution von 1848/49
»Look to America!« This phrase has had rhetoric potential for many years. Already during the Vormärz period political professors studied the American political and legal system and historical treaties. Their research became most relevant during the political upheavals of the years 1848/49.
Charlotte A. Lerg shows in her study that these researchers were not so much looking to copy the American system as they were looking for inspiration and argumentative backing in their own search to define conecpts such as federalism, revolution, republic and freedom.
German and American philosophies of education and their propagators have shaped the modern and distinctively western understanding of “Bildung” and education to a considerable degree. As the development of educational ideals in Germany and America has been marked by fruitful mutual interaction, the Münster CGAEH lecture series seeks to sharpen the notion of an entangled and intertwined German-American educational history.
The Shaping of American Higher Education Emergence and Growth of the Contemporary System
When the first edition of The Shaping of American Higher Education was published it was lauded for its historical perspective and in-depth coverage of current events that provided an authoritative, comprehensive account of the history of higher education in the United States.
As part of the larger network event at the University of Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis, the Center for German-American Educational History (CGAEH) was invited to give a presentation on their plans and aims at the University's Department of History.
The tradition of making fraktur was brought to Pennsylvania by German-speaking settlers in the eighteenth century. A form of manuscript art, fraktur includes birth and baptismal certificates, writing samples, valentines, and religious texts, executed in ink and watercolor with a distinctive broken or “fractured” style of lettering and embellished with decorative motifs such as hearts, flowers, birds, and angels.
The team of the Center for German-American Educational History plans on travelling to Indianapolis at the beginning of March. Common resarch interests, ideas for cooperation and possible exchange programs for students and faculty are just some of the topics to be discussed during the stay.
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Overhoff: “Benjamin Franklin und die Erziehung zur Freiheit: Von der Bedeutung der Aufklärung für die Historische Bildungsforschung”
Room: Hörsaal F2 - Fürstenberghaus
Am Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft der Universität Münster ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt die Stelle einer Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin/eines Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters im Arbeitsbereich Historische Bildungsforschung mit dem Schwerpunkt Deutsch-Amerikanische Bildungsgeschichte zu besetzen.