St. Elmo Village

Located in Los Angeles, St. Elmo Village is a place for creating and exploring, for sharing and attaining, for teaching and learning, for children and elders. The multicultural artistic community runs art workshops, festivals and numerous programs. Our Transatlantic Symposium group was invited to see the artists’ home workshops and the collection of mixed media…

Griffith Observatory & Hollywood Boulevard

Next on the list was the Griffith Observatory, known from such Holywood staples as Rebel Without a Cause. It is situated in the very large and hilly Griffith Park, which is home to cougars and other wildlife, as well as a place to hike, ride horses, and otherwise enjoy nature. In Griffith Observatory itself, we…

University of Southern California

John Carlos Rowe is the Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, located southwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Our discussion with him explored the issues of transnationalism, race and ethnicity, class differentiation, multiculturalism, neoliberal ideology, gender, LGBT rights, religious freedom, as well as the resilience of cultural identity….

California African American Museum (CAAM)

The California African American Museum (CAAM) in Exposition Park in Los Angeles was among our places of interest (of which there were many) while in LA. We started our tour with an exhibition on African American history, both in Africa and in the US. The scope and portion of history it covered was huge, but it…

Transatlantic Symposium in Corvallis, Oregon

The main goal of the whole trip was, obviously, the conference. The topic of the 14th Transatlantic Symposium was “The Politics and Culture of Resilience: Adapting to a Changing Environment.” The conference took place in one of the Oregon State University facilities, in the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. The papers were divided into five panels:…

Siletz Tribe – meeting with a representative

Siletz, Oregon. As a Native American cultural theorist Gerald Vizenor writes in his book Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance, “survivance is an active sense of presence, the continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable name. Native survivance stories are renunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry.” Our visit with the Siletz Tribe…

Hatfield Marine Science Center

The closing discussion for the 14th Transatlantic Symposium was held in the Hatfield Marine Science Center, an education center close to Yaquina Bay of the Pacific Ocean. It works in partnership with Oregon State University and other agencies. We conducted a general conversation about resilience and its influence on our lives as well as on…

Devils Churn

The final destination of our American journey was the Devils Churn, a narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean, south of Yachats, Oregon. Walking along the coast enabled us to admire the beautiful creation and power of nature, and the misty rainy weather gave the place even more of a majestic look.

Thank you!

We would like to thank all the sponsor for this amazing opportunity! American Studies Program, Humboldt University Berlin (since 2003) Humboldt University Berlin, International Office (since 2003) Humboldt University Berlin, Philosophical Faculty II (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) Students Union of the Institute for English and American Studies, HU Berlin (2003, 2006, 2007, 2016) Oregon…