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April 6, 2004
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German literary, media experts to be featured at EMU symposium April 7-9

YPSILANTI - German author Walter Kempowski uses material from letters, diaries, photographs and autobiographies of people directly affected by the Nazi regime in his fictional and documentary work.   His writings have earned him international acclaim and Germany's most prestigious literary prizes and awards.

Eastern Michigan University's department of foreign languages and bilingual studies will host the first international symposium dedicated to Kempowski's work, Recent German History as Literature:   Voices of the People in the Works of Walter Kempowski , Wednesday, April 7 through Friday, April 9.  

The symposium's keynote speaker is Dr. Jorg Drews from the Universitat Bielefeld.   Drews will discuss the major themes of Kempowski's works.   Thursday will feature Dr. Volker Hage, cultural editor of Der Spiegel , the German equivalent of Time magazine.   Hage will speak about the current and future cultural value of Kempowski's writings.

Conference locations and times are as follows:

•  Wednesday, April 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 320, Halle Library, EMU.   The keynote address is at 10:30 a.m.

•  Thursday, April 8, 9 a.m.-6:15 p.m., Room 300, Halle Library.   Hage's presentation is at 5:15 p.m.

•  Friday, April 9, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Ypsilanti District Library, Community Room, 5577 Whittaker Rd.

The opening session is in English.   All other sessions are in German and English. Registration fees for the conference are students/$10.00, all others $65.00.   For complete conference information, visit : www.public.asu.edu/~dgilfill/kempowski/, or call Carla Damiano at 734.487.3347.


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