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Maryland Honors College Scholar-In-Residence Dr. Nicole Hirschfelder Hosts #MeToo and "Brother Outsider" Events

#MeToo and Brother Outsider

#MeToo Here and There: Women’s Rights in the U.S. and Germany
Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m., Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, Room 1224

It has been well more than a year now that the #MeToo movement sparked considerable debate on sexism in the U.S., but also in many other countries around the world. Nicole Hirschfelder, Honors College Scholar-In-Residence from Germany specializing in new protest movements, will briefly sketch the origins of what has been dubbed as the new branch of the feminist movement and also mention other related efforts to improve the human rights of women in Germany. From Germany herself, Dr. Hirschfelder will talk about commonalities and differences with regards to women's rights here and there and also explain the chances and challenges of social movements going "global." There will be ample time for questions and discussion about this difficult but highly relevant topic.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin Film Screening
Tuesday, April 23, 3:30 p.m., Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Dr. Hirschfelder will provide a brief introduction followed by a Q&A. "Brother Outsider" documents the life of the brilliant architect behind the Civil Rights Movement, the historical March on Washington and his open homosexuality that made the activist—dubbed the “unknown hero”—an outsider who was very much an insider to America’s most pivotal social justice movement.

About Dr. Nicole Hirschfelder

Dr. Nicole Hirschfelder is the Honors College Scholar-In-Resident for the spring 2019 semester. In fall 2016, Dr. Hirschfelder was a visiting professor at the University of Maryland on a Fulbright scholarship and has returned to work with Honors College students again. Dr. Hirschfelder is a professor at Tübingen University in Tübingen, Germany. This semester she is teaching HONR 229C, "Contemporary American Culture As Seen From Abroad: A Transatlantic Seminar," where Honors College students take part in a global classroom with students from Tübingen University. She is also teaching "Nineteenth-Century Fiction" for the UMD Department of English.

Dr. Hirschfelder received her master’s in American film and media studies from Goethe University, Frankfurt (Germany) and spent one year of her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Hirschfelder also conducted research in Yale University’s doctoral research scholar program after which she then completed her dissertation at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. In 2014, she published an edited version of her doctoral thesis as her first book, "Oppression as Process: The Case of Bayard Rustin."

Her current book project deals with the narrative and visual representation of disasters with a special focus on the concept of the gaze. It examines, for example, the different ways of seeing the impact and evaluations of various kinds of disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. Apart from her main areas of scholarship (inequality, poverty, oppression, and the United States’ Civil Rights Movement), she has also published and presented on the Black Lives Matter movement. She maintains contact with schools and other educational/activist institutions to initiate conversations about the specific meaning of Black Lives Matter in the United States, in comparison with Germany, which is undergoing its own turbulence navigating their refugee situation.

In January 2016, she co-organized the workshop, “Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt?: Ethnic Diversity, Race, and Racism in American Studies in Germany” that addressed the issue of racism within the academy—the Humanities—in Germany. The English publication is forthcoming.

The Honors College Scholar-In-Residence

The Honors College Scholar-In-Residence is a partnership with the Honors College and the Department of Resident Life. In this signature living-learning experience, visiting scholars spend a semester teaching an Honors College course, engaging with Honors College students and sharing residential space in the Anne Arundel Hall faculty apartment.