By Heidi R. Lewis
The #FemGeniusesinBerlinJun 21, 2019
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E18: Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour
This podcast—led and produced by Matthew FitzGibbon, who is joined in discussion by Avia Hailey and Lauren Hough—examines our Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour with Declan. This tour covers some of the latest, greatest and oldest examples of street art, graffiti, and mural art, as well as the history of underground art, artists, and art communities in Berlin.
Matt is from Chicago, IL, and is a rising senior at Colorado College, where he majors in Film & Media Studies. In his free time, he likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, especially rock climbing and skateboarding. He also likes to sew clothing. When he’s home in Chicago, he loves to go to art museums, bike with friends, and see live music.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E17: Urban Nation Museum
This podcast—led and produced by Caroline Livaditis, joined in discussion by Alexander Jobin-Leeds and Nicole Berlanga—examines our tour of the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, which recently opened in September 2017 under the creative leadership of Yasha Young.
Caroline is a sophomore at Colorado College, originally from Chicago, IL. She was born second generation into a Greek-American family, and grew up surrounded by both this environment, as well as the strongly contrasted one of the alternative school she attended on Chicago’s north side. Caroline’s background motivated her to continue gaining the perspective that the wider global community offers, and in 2015 she lived as a student in Berlin with the additional goal of learning German. Caroline hopes to continue widening her perspective through meaningful travel, and plans on visiting every country in the world.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E16: Graffiti Workshop with Berlin Massive
This podcast—led and produced by Mekael Daniel, joined in discussion by Nizhooni Hurd and Maysie Poland—examines our graffiti workshop at Mauer Park along the Berlin Wall with Berlin Massive. Founded in 2004, Berlin Massive is an association of hip hop graffiti writers, beatboxers, rappers, B-Boys, B-Girls, designers, songwriters, and DJs that develops cultural and educational projects, organizes jams and battles, gives workshops and seminars, and other activities primarily at schools and in youth centers.
Mekael is a 21-year-old rising senior from Denver, CO majoring in Feminist & Gender Studies and minoring in Chinese Language at Colorado College. She is the youngest of five children and is an avid artist who enjoys many mediums from painting to dancing. She likes to think about things, such as her subjectivity as a Black woman, and to channel her thoughts into art. In her free time, she likes to meditate (i.e., do nothing), read, and sleep.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E15: Trans*sexworks
This podcast—led and produced by Zivia Berkowitz, joined in discussion by Samuel Vang and Bella Staal—examines our session with KAy of Trans*sexworks, a peer-to-peer support structure and a network for and made up of trans*sex workers that provides counseling, training sessions on transgender sex work, professionalization workshops, and HIV/AIDS prevention workshops, among other activities.
Zivia is Feminist and Gender Studies major in the class of 2022, who was born and raised Montclair, NJ. She has been fortunate enough to travel throughout her life, but her time with the #FemGeniusesinBerlin is her first extended stay in Europe and studying abroad. Back at Colorado College, Zivia is a member of the diving team, and she can often be found in the jewelry studio creating or teaching her copper enameling class.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E14: Schwules* Museum
This podcast—led and produced by Eileen Huang, who is joined in discussion by Cam Kaplan and Cameron Bacher—examines our tour of the permanent exhibit at the Schwules* Museum. Since opening in 1984, the museum and research center has been focused on LGBT history and culture. It holds periodicals dating from 1896 alongside a collection of photographs, videos, films, sound recordings, autographs, art works, ephemera, and approximately 20,000 books on homosexuality.
Eileen is a rising sophomore, majoring in Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College (CC). Eileen was born and raised in Chaozhou, China and “high schooled” in Florida. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, making arts and crafts in the studio, and sporting a little at CC. Through intersectionality studies in Berlin, she is looking forward to developing her understandings in connecting race, gender, queer identity, and nationality within a transnational cultural context.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E13: Queer Berlin Walking Tour
This podcast—led and produced by Miles Marshall, who is joined in discussion by Mimi Norton de Matos and Maggie O’Brien—examines our Queer Berlin Walking Tour with Jared Pool of Critical Tours. This tour explores Berlin’s gay neighborhood, Schöneberg; the El Dorado, one of Berlin’s oldest gay and trans* bars that was frequented by openly gay Nazi SA leader Ernst Röhm; the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted by the Nazis; the life of Magnus Hirschfeld and Christopher Isherwood; and more.
Hailing from the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Miles is a rising junior at Colorado College majoring in Feminist & Gender Studies and minoring in Studio Art and potentially minoring in Environmental Studies. Miles is extremely excited to spend three weeks in Berlin, hoping to acquire a liking for beer while there. At Colorado College, Miles is the chair of Equal, a safe space for queer and questioning folk, they are a member of SOSS, the student organization for sexual safety, and they can be found baking bread, dying their hair, and going on bikes rides around Colorado Springs.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E12: Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime
This podcast—led and produced by Cameron Bacher, who is joined in discussion by Nicole Berlanga and Matt FitzGibbon—examines a non-mandatory visit to the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime. The Memorial, which opened in 2008 in Tiergarten, was initiated by the Remember the Homosexual Victims of National Socialism initiative and the Lesbian and Gay Federation of Germany (LSVD) and designed by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, who adopted the language and design of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (also known as the Holocaust Memorial): through a small square window viewers can see a film.
Cameron is rising sophomore at Colorado College who’s from Santa Cruz, CA. She is planning on majoring in Feminist and Gender Studies. Cameron is involved in ceramics, climbing, and dance on-campus, as well as clubs like the Student Organization for Sexual Safety (SOSS) and Girls Skate Club.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E11: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum
This podcast—led and produced by Lauren Grace Hough, who is joined in discussion by Miles Marshall and Mekael Daniel—examines our tour of the permanent exhibit at the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (FHXB) Museum. The museum sees itself as the district’s memory, maintaining a comprehensive archive for both Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. The museum provides rotating and ever-changing exhibits on regional and local (neighborhood) history, typically within the context of contemporary questions and with a focus on immigration and industry, commerce, and urban development. The museum hosts a permanent exhibit with sections on urban development and migration history; a historical case room and printshop of what was then the Otto Schneider Printshop; a small library; educational programs for children, youth, and adults; and thematic tours.
Lauren Grace Hough is a rising sophomore at Colorado College who will be pursuing an independently designed major in Ethnobotany with a minor in Feminist & Gender Studies. She’s from Bend, OR—smack dab in the middle of the state. In her leisure time, she enjoys rock climbing, spending time with her friends, being in the forest, and soaking in bodies of hot water. Favorite animal: slugs. Favorite city pastime: people-watching. On that note, she’s so happy to be in Berlin and have the experience of living in a big city for the first time.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E10: Rebellious Berlin Walking Tour
This podcast—led and produced by Bella Staal, who is joined in discussion by Avia Hailey and Caroline Livaditis—examines the Rebellious Berlin walking tour led by Jessica Eitelberg, who has been offering tours in Berlin for ten years. When she moved to Berlin with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a Masters degree in Migration and Ethnic Studies, she was fascinated by the variety of historical events and the fusion of different cultures that make up this city. Protest history, Jewish history, resistance in National Socialism, and histories of migration are her favorite topics. She is bilingual in German and English and also speaks fluently Spanish and Dutch. The Rebellious Berlin tour examines protest from below, the broad history of uprisings and resistance that ranges from the "Berlin indignation" in the 15th century, the March Revolution in 1848, the events of the November Revolution 1918-19, the 17th of June in 1953, the 1968 movement, and the so-called peaceful revolution until into the present.
Bella is a rising junior majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Journalism. She was born in Seattle, WA, but spent most of her life living in Nairobi, Kenya, and went to high school in the Philippines. She has a twin brother, and they are both biiiiig Pisces. In her free time, she likes spending time outdoors.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E9: Sharon Dodua Otoo
This podcast—led and produced by Maggie O'Brien, who is joined in discussion by Zivia Berkowitz and Mimi Norton de Matos—examines our session with Sharon Dodua Otoo, a British writer, publicist, and activist, who was awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for her first short story in the German language in 2016. Prior to the session, the #FemGeniusesinBerlin read Sharon's novella Synchronicity, a novella about a woman named Cee who realizes she is losing her colors day by day.
Maggie O’Brien is a student, writer, and environmental educator who splits her time between Cambridge, MA and Colorado Springs, CO. She studied Creative Writing for Social Change at Colorado College before graduating this spring, and is currently at work on a short story collection. Maggie was also a former production intern at Public Radio International's show Living on Earth, where she reported on issues such as climate refugees, organic agriculture, and rising seas. In her free time, Maggie gardens, dances with friends, and cooks lots of food.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E8: RomaniPhen Archiv e.V.
This podcast—led and produced by Samuel Vang, who is joined in discussion by Nizhooni Hurd and Maysie Poland—examines our discussion with Tayo Onutor at the RomaniPhen Archive, which is a self-organized project that produces and disseminates past and present knowledge from a feminist Rromani perspective by hosting events, conducting research, writing about Rrom*nja, collecting writing, sound, and images that "talk back" to the denial, slander, and gadjé appropriation of Rromani history.
Samuel Vang comes from Kennesaw, GA, a suburb north of Atlanta. He is a student at Colorado College, where he studies what has been described before (to him) as “the most edifying major” at the school, Feminist and Gender Studies. He is also a Bonner Fellow, a Men’s Leadership Initiative Mentee, a board member of the Intra-Fraternal Council for Sexual Safety, and he is the third highest ranking officer of his fraternity, the Beta Omega chapter of Kappa Sigma.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E7: Pořajmos Walking Tour
This podcast—led and produced by Cam Kaplan, who is joined in discussion by Zander Jobin-Leeds and Eileen Huang—examines our tour with Sinti and Roma youth about pořajmos, the genocide of Sinti and Roma youth during the Holocaust.
Cam Kaplan, from San Francisco, CA (having never left the U.S. before except for a college fly-in), is a rising senior at Colorado College majoring in English (literature track) and minoring in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies, as well as the MAT track in Education. S/he would eventually like to teach high school English. Cam has never left the U.S. before (except for a college fly-in). S/he loves to cook more than anything, and used to work a Cajun catering business with her/his mom! S/he also used to work as a special effects makeup artist, and still occasionally airbrushes for special events. S/he love horror movies, both the really good ones and the really bad ones.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E6: Regionale Arbeitsstellen für Bildung, Integration und Demokratie e.V.
This podcast—led and produced by Nicole Berlanga, who is joined in discussion by Cam Kaplan and Matt FitzGibbon—examines our discussion with Mona El Omari of the Regionale Arbeitsstellen für Bildung, Integration und Demokratie e.V. (RAA). RAA is a non-profit organization that coordinates and supports participation projects in schools and their surrounding areas. They have been guiding school and local development processes, advising preschool and school staff, parents, community organizations, and municipal officers with developing educational materials and organizing professional training since 1991.
Nicole is from Springdale, AK, and considers herself the Mexican version of southern belle. She’s a rising sophomore at Colorado College, where she’s contemplating a major in Anthropology. Her favorite things to do are sleep, eat, listen to music, laugh a lot, get a fresh set of nails, and dance. Eating is her ultimate favorite, because of the ways it can connect you with others.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E5: Each One Teach One e.V.
This podcast—led and produced by Maysie Poland, who is joined in discussion by Maggie O'Brien and Bella Staal—examines our session with Céline Barry of Each One Teach One, a community-based education and empowerment project that was founded in 2012 in order to serve the interests of Black, African and Afrodiasporic people in Germany and Europe.
Maysie (pronounced May-Cee), who hails from Arvada, CO, is a rising junior at Colorado College majoring in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies. This trip to Berlin is her first time traveling abroad to Europe! When she isn’t working or in school, she loves painting, cooking, spending time in the mountains, and hanging out with her friends and family.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E4: German Colonialism Walking Tour
This podcast—led and produced by Mimi Norton de Matos, who is joined in discussion by Samuel Vang and Miles Marshall—examines our German Colonialism Walking Tour in the so-called "African Quarter" of Wedding led by Josephine Apraku.
Mimi is a sophomore at Colorado College who hails from Atlanta, GA. She’s wanted to visit Berlin ever since she realized it was such a cultural hub—notably for its music, art, and architecture—so she’s really excited to be here. She wants to experience the city by going to a few concerts, scouting out great restaurants, taking advantage of its great museums, and connecting with people. She also hopes to learn some German along the way.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E3: Jasmin Eding
This podcast—led and produced by Avia Hailey, who is joined in discussion by Eileen Huang and Lauren Hough—examines our discussion with Jasmin Eding about Adefra, one of the first collectives dedicated to the empowerment of Black women in Germany during the mid-1980s. During this session, Jasmin, one if its earliest members, discussed the past and current work of the organization, growing up as a Black woman in Germany, and the legacies of May Ayim and Audre Lorde.
Avia Hailey is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science with a double minor in Education and Feminist & Gender Studies. She is originally from the great state of New York (Binghamton), but loves her new Colorado home. She is involved in several things on campus, such as being an Admissions Fellow, a Public Achievement Team Lead at North Middle School, Co-Chair of the Education Coalition, Treasurer of the Black Student Union, a member of SOMOS, and a Student Caller at Dialogue (the campus call center). She is also a Bridge Scholar and looks forward to being a Bridge Scholar Program mentor next school year.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E2: Topography of Terror
This podcast—led and produced by Alexander Jobin-Leeds, who is joined in discussion by Mekael Daniel and Caroline Livaditis—examines our tour with Adam Schonfeld at the Topography of Terror, an outdoor and indoor history museum that served as the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the Schutzstaffel (SS), and the Third Reich Security Main Office during the National Socialist regime from 1933 to 1945.
Zander Jobin-Leeds is from Cambridge, MA, and although, he technically graduated from Colorado College this year with a degree in Political Science, he couldn’t resist taking one last course with “the famed Dr. Heidi R. Lewis.” He enjoys traveling and is always excited to experience everything the world has to offer. He’s lived on three separate continents, speaks two languages fluently, and hopes to learn a decent amount of German while in Berlin. Half of his family is German, but few have been willing to return to Germany after escaping during World War II as Jewish refugees. During this class, he hopes to gain a better understanding of this country, its culture and history, and how Jewish and other marginalized communities navigate oppression and commit to resistance.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S3E1: Jewish Berlin Walking Tour
This podcast—led and produced by Nizhooni Hurd, who is joined in discussion by Cameron Bacher and Zivia Berkowitz—examines the Jewish Berlin Walking Tour with Carolyn Gammon, which covers the historic Jewish Quarter on the trail of the 18th century “German Socrates,” Moses Mendelssohn, Berlin’s first synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, Jewish High School, and where the world’s first female rabbi lived, the city residence of the expressionist painter Max Liebermann, the Holocaust Memorial, and other sites that communicate the significance of Jewish history and culture in Berlin.
Nizhooni was born and raised in Denver, CO, and also claims the Navajo Nation as home, as she belongs to the Red House People. She is a student at Colorado College (CC), where she is an El Pomar Scholar intending to graduate in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies. Nizhooni has grown increasingly passionate about exploring the relationships people of color and other underrepresented groups have with the natural world, as well as wanting to actively fight against environmental racism, evident in her work with Environmental Learning for Kids as an Assistant Educator, Urban Ranger, College Lead Urban Ranger, and CC. At CC, Nizhooni is an active member of the Native American Student Union, Black Student Union, and Outdoor Recreation Committee. Her latest and greatest adventure is taking “Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin” with Professor Heidi R. Lewis in Germany this summer.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E11: Street Art & Graffiti Tour and the Urban Nation Museum
This podcast—led and produced by Zoë Frolik—examines our street art and graffiti walking tour, as well as our visit to the Urban Nation Museum. The tour, led by a professional artist, covers some of the latest, greatest and oldest examples of street art, graffiti, and mural art, as well as the history of underground art, artists, and art communities in Berlin. Additionally, the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art recently opened in September 2017 under the creative leadership of Yasha Young.
Hailing from Essex Junction, VT, Zoë is a Mathematics major and Political Science minor at Colorado College, where she is a second semester senior. She spent her sophomore year of college producing events for the Bernie Sanders campaign and has been involved in progressive campaigns ever since. She will spend next semester analyzing the fairness of Colorado’s current congressional districts as well as the fairness of several popular redistricting methods. In her spare time, she loves reading outside, walking, and eating her bodyweight in watermelon.
Joining Zoë in her discussion are Charles Meyer and Noah Shuster.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E10: LesMigraS
This podcast—led and produced by Diana Muñoz—examines our session with LesMigraS, an organization engaged in antidiscrimination and antiviolence work that offers counselling and a space for self-empowerment. They advocate for a society in which all aspects of the life and identity of lesbian, bisexual women inter* and trans* people are accepted and appreciated. In this way, they do not only refer to sexual orientation but also to belonging to different social, religious, and cultural groups.
Diana was born in San Antonio, TX. She only lived there for two years and when her sister was born in 2001, her family moved to Houston. In her eighth-grade year, they moved further west into a more suburbanized area where she went to public high school. She’s played violin since she was about twelve or thirteen; she played volleyball for two years; and she was in academic decathlon. Now, she attends Colorado College and is having a pretty great time.
Joining Diana in her discussion are John Capers and Anna Wermuth.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E9: The Queer Berlin Walking Tour and Visit to the Schwules* Museum
This podcast—led and produced by Dereka Thomas—examines our Queer Berlin walking tour with Jared Pool through Schöneberg and Kreuzberg. It also examines our visit to Schwules* Museum to see the Lesbian Visions exhibit, which raises the question of whether or not there is a female/lesbian gaze in art, as well as female masculinities that subvert rigid gender norms.
Dereka, a junior at Colorado College, is from South Fulton City, GA, which is in the south of Fulton County, GA. She hates that it was named that way, so she usually just says she’s from Atlanta. She decided her major and minor after a year of taking random courses (majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies [REMS]), and she thinks she’s happy with her choices. She’s always wanted to travel and eventually live abroad and feels that writing and REMS exist everywhere. Hopefully, she will publish a book one day. She’s started several, so we’ll see.
Joining her in her discussion are Madi Doerre, Charles Meyer, and Sarah Leve.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E8: Initiative in Memory of Oury Jalloh
This podcast—led and produced by Charles Meyer—examines our session with Tom Ndindah of the Initiative in Memory of Oury Jalloh. Jalloh, born in 1968 in Kabala, Sierra Leone, was an asylum-seeker living in Dessau, Germany, who was murdered on January 7, 2005 in a fire in a police cell in Dessau.
Charles was born and raised in New York City. He is a student at the Colorado College, where he is set to graduate in the spring of 2019. By then, he will have achieved a major in Sociology and a minor in Film Studies.
Joining Charles in his discussion are Madi Doerre and Diana Muñoz.
NOTE: Original ukulele music by Charles.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E7: 1968 and the Berlin Wall
This podcast—led and produced by Abby Williams—examines our Spirit of 1968 Walking Tour with Nadav Gablinger, which is concerned with how the face of modern, post-unification is impacted by the Student Movement of 1968, and the different developments in German politics it has ignited, including "Green" notions of human rights and environmental policy to the German discourse. The podcast also examines our Tour of Discovery at Die Mauer Panorama, which presents the Berlin Wall, built in 1961 and overcome in 1989, giving an impression of what it was like to live at and with the Wall on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s. [NOTE: In the introduction, Abby includes a clip of “Drei Kugeln auf Rudi Dutschke” from Wolf Biermann’s 1973 album Warte nicht auf bessre Zeiten.]
Abby Williams is a Junior at Colorado College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies. At the college, she works in the carpentry shop and for The Catalyst and plays on the Cutthroat Rugby team. She is from Portland, OR, and loves the forests and the rain in the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, she likes reading in bookstores, biking around town, and hiking with her dog.
Joining Abby in her discussion are Dereka Thomas and John Capers.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E6: Talking Feminisms on Reboot.FM
This podcast—led and produced by Sarah Leve—examines our session with Talking Feminisms, a radio program on Reboot.FM, is comprised of a team of women* (Iris, Tatjana, and Mai) with different backgrounds, united in the ideas of intersectional queer feminist empowerment, and lots of love for music.,
21-year-old Sarah Leve is from Montclair, NJ, but her dad now lives in Arizona, so she hops around a lot! She is a Sociology major and Political Science minor, who has grown to love Colorado College over her last three years, but also recognizes the importance of getting off-campus and gaining some “real world” perspective. She loves travelling as a way to get out of her comfort zone and learn about the different parts of the world as all related in one big system. In her free time, she hangs out with friends and sleeps.
Joining Sarah in her discussion are Zoë Frolik and Laila Marshall.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E5: Romanja Power and Cultural Preservation at the RomaniPhen Feminist Archive
This podcast—led and produced by Anna Wermuth—examines our visit with Tayo Onutor and Isidora Randjelović of the RomaniPhen Feminist Archive. RomaniPhen is a self-organized, digital and real platform that disseminates ideas and knowledge from feminist Rromani perspectives: texts, analysis, perspectives and dialogues from the past and present, international perspectives, sometimes multilingual, audio and video, with popular culture, as well as activist and scientific contributions. They host events, conduct research, and write about Rromnja who discuss their views on the world, and they also collect writing, sound, and images that challenge the denial, slander and gadjé appropriation of Rromani history.
Anna is from St. Louis, MO, and is a rising senior at Colorado College majoring in Organismal Biology and Ecology. Instead of declaring a minor, she has taken courses in a wide variety of programs and departments, such as Existential Philosophy, Religious Poetry in Asia, Food and Social Justice, Critical Media Studies, Multiple Religious Belonging, Spanish Language and Culture, and piano lessons. She works in Special Collections at the Tutt Library on-campus, where her favorite part is browsing the zine collection, which she contributes to by adding her own and those of others from around the world. She is also a volunteer with Colorado Springs Food Rescue and Arcadia Urban Gardens, and she plans to devote her life (and career in Ecology) to fostering food justice in her community. As a member of the #FemGeniusesinBerlin, she hopes to take inspiration from the region’s activists in continuing the struggle against oppression everywhere!
Joining Anna in her discussion are Abby Williams and Noah Shuster.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E4: Joliba Interkulturelles Netzwerk
This podcast—led and produced by Laila Marshall—examines our visit to the Joliba Interkulturelles Netzwerk, a non-profit association founded by Katharina Oguntoye in 1997. According to Oguntoye, Joliba aims to initiate and implement projects that promote intercultural coexistence and mutual understanding of people, especially psychosocial services for children and adolescents and families in the intercultural field, particularly African-German families in the district Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain.
Laila, who just finished her first year at Colorado College, is originally from Seattle, Washington, where she grew up with her parents and older sister. She plans on studying International Political Economy with a focus on Latin America and Classics. In her free time, she loves to sing, laugh, explore new places, and swim. She secretly hopes to someday open a restaurant and bake amazing bread.
Joining Laila in her discussion are Diana Muñoz and Dereka Thomas.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E3: Examining German Colonialism
This podcast—led and produced by John B. Capers, Jr.—examines our walking tour about German colonialism with Josephine Apraku in the so-called "African Quarter" of Wedding, as well as our visit to the Neues Museum, where we witnessed contemporary German colonialism.
John is a proud African-American male from Chicago, who is the youngest of six siblings and the uncle of twelve nieces and nephews. John has a strong love of political debate and discussion. Further, he loves to write poetry and has been writing for seven years now and has a tertiary passion for baking. He has a strong interest in the German language, and would love to travel around the world in the future.
Joining John in his discussion are Anna Wermuth and Amelia Eskenazi (#FemGeniusesinBerlin Class of 2016).
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E2: ReachOut Berlin
This podcast—led and produced by Madi Doerre—examines our session with Biplab Basu, Berater of ReachOut, a counseling center for victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence in Berlin. They also support and advise relatives, friends, and friends of the victims and witnesses of an attack. ReachOut also offers anti-racist, intercultural education programs, researches far-right, racist, and anti-Semitic attacks in Berlin, and publishes a chronicle on these topics.
Madi is a Sociology major and Feminist & Gender Studies minor from Kemah, TX who is primarily interested academically in women in sports. This topic is of particular interest to her since she is the captain of the Colorado College Women’s Tennis Team. After graduation, Madi plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Sports Management. Outside of work and school, Madi spends her free time hanging out with friends and family in the outdoors or reading and watching Netflix.
Joining Madi in her discussion are Laila Marshall and Abby Williams.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S2E1: Jewish History & Culture Walking Tour and the Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand
This podcast—led and produced by Noah Shuster—examines our Jewish History & Culture Walking Tour with Carolyn Gammon, which covers the historic Jewish Quarter on the trail of the 18th century “German Socrates,” Moses Mendelssohn, Berlin’s first synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, Jewish High School, and where the world’s first female rabbi lived, the city residence of the expressionist painter Max Liebermann, the Holocaust Memorial, and other sites that communicate the significance of Jewish history and culture in Berlin. It also explores our tour of the Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand (Memorial to German Resistance) led by Adam Schonfeld.
Noah is a rising senior at Colorado College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Journalism. His academic interests within Sociology include the study of the Israel-Palestinie conflict, as well as the global influence/s of neoliberalism. Outside of his major, he is very interested in investigative journalism, particularly focusing on sexual violence on college campuses. He wrote his first article on the topic for Colorado College’s Cipher publication (www.ciphermagazine.com/understanding-title-ix1). Last, but not least, he is enthralled to be taking “Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin” with Dr. Heidi R. Lewis, and just two days in, it has gotten off to an engaging start!
Joining Noah in his discussion are Zoë Frolik and Sarah Leve.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E19: Some Final Thoughts on the Fall 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin
This podcast—led and produced by Kai Mesman-Hallman—provides some final reflections on the Block 4 2017 section of Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin with Professor Heidi R. Lewis. Throughout the block, the #FemGeniusesinBerlin have taken walking tours, visited museums and cultural centers, and met with activists and artists in the city to conduct situated examinations of how the identities of marginalized people and communities in Germany (especially in Berlin)—such as Black Germans, Turkish Germans, migrants, refugees, victims of Neo-Nazi terrorism and police brutality, and LGBTQI communities—are constructed, particularly how these constructions are dependent on racism, heterosexism, colonialism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression. Additionally, we examined how these communities resist, reject, revise, and reproduce these narratives as they construct their own subjectivities.
Kai is a junior at Colorado College majoring in Psychology, and is originally from San Diego, CA. She is especially interested in consciousness and the ways our brains’ processing and collecting information can shape our beliefs and thoughts. She spends her free time with her dog and watching conspiracy theory videos.
Joining Kai in her discussion are Uma Scharf—a Baltimore, MD native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Neuroscience, and Drew Ceglinski—a Bath, ME native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Geology.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E18: Street Art & Graffiti Walking Tour and Workshop
This podcast—led and produced by Wynter Haley Scott—examines our “Street Art Workshop & Tour” with Declan (tour guide) and Rob (workshop guide) of Alternative Berlin Tours. According to the tour company, “On this two-part tour, we take the back streets and discover some of the latest, greatest and oldest examples of street art, graffiti, and mural art in this famous capital of urban art. The street art tour component is a detailed look at local and international artists who have left their amazing art on the streets of Berlin.” Further, they note that all of their guides are “street artists/graffiti writers and experts on the scene and will show you some of the best stencil art, throw ups, mural art, hall of fame pieces, paste ups, tagging, ad busting, heaven spots, burners and installations, while teaching you who is behind the art and what their motivations are.” Finally, the tour concludes “in a former abandoned margarine factory in the district of Lichtenberg where you will get the opportunity to paint and receive instructions on various street art and graffiti techniques from both local and international artists. You’ll then get to make your very own canvas piece to take home with you as a memento of this truly Berlin experience!”
Wynter Haley Scott is a senior at Colorado College, where she studies Political Science and Sociology. Wynter Haley is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, but came to the Colorado College because of its unique block plan. During her spare time, Wynter Haley enjoys reading books, watching Netflix movies, and playing with her puppy, Meela. This was only Wynter Haley’s second trip outside of the country, but she chose this class because she has always been interested in Germany’s rich and complex history.
Joining Wynter Haley in her discussion are Anabel Simotas—a New York City native and sophomore at Colorado College majoring in History, Political Science, and Classics, and Maya Littlejohn—a Brooklyn native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E17: Reflections on the Asian Diaspora in Germany
“Britta, Kai and I are three students in this program who have enjoyed sharing our experiences as Asian women in Germany with each other. During this podcast, we further elaborated on this discussion as our way of ‘giving back’ to our block and adding a different perspective to the discourse surrounding marginalized groups of people that we have discussed so far. To guide this discussion, we engaged with two texts that we read for class—’Knowledges of (Un)Belonging: Epistemic Change as a Defining Mode for Black Women’s Activism in Germany’ by Maisha Eggers, as well as ‘Neither Foreigners Nor Aliens: The Interwoven Stories of Sinti and Roma and Black Germans’ by Nicola Lauré al-Samarai and Sara Lennox. Using these two texts, we unpacked our experiences here in Germany, and discussed what we have observed on a larger scale regarding the Asian community here.”
Joining Uma in her discussion are Britta Lam—a Hong Kong native who hopes to double major in German and Environmental Science, and Kai Mesman-Hallman—a San Diego, CA native and junior at Colorado College majoring in psychology.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E16: Queer@School
This podcast—led and produced by Drew Ceglinski—examines our session with Dome Ravina and Jonatan of Lambda’s Queer@School project. According to the Lambda website, Queer@School is “a group of different people—some of us go to school while others attend university, do an apprenticeship or something completely different. Each of us experiences different forms of discrimination and privilege in our own environment. However, some things connect us. We are all young and we are ready for equality. That’s why every week we meet again and talk together about how we can sensitize and empower young people. In doing so, we focus on homophobia and hostility, but at the same time we think in an intersectional way—so we also try to look at other forms of discrimination.”
Andrew Ceglinski—who goes by Drew, because Andrew “sounds too serious” and his grandpa’s name was Andy—was born in Beverly, MA to a Quaker family, and moved to Bath, Maine when he was six. He graduated from Morse High School in 2015, and is now a Geology major and German minor at Colorado College. He’s been a swimmer his whole life, and he came out as gay in summer 2014. He is very passionate about two things: paleontology and brightly-colored pants (not pictured).
Joining Drew in his discussion are Kai Mesman-Hallman—a San Diego, CA native and junior at Colorado College majoring in psychology, and Kendall Stoetzer—a junior from Denver, CO majoring in Sociology with a minor in Art Studio.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E15: RomaniPhen
This podcast—led and produced by Kendall Stoetzer—examines our visit with Hajdi Barz and Isidora Randjelović at the RomaniPhen: Rromnja Archiv. According to the archivists, “RomaniPhen is a self-organized, feminist Rromani project. A digital and real platform to spread different forms of ideas and knowledge from feminist Rromani perspective: Rromani texts, analysis, perspectives and dialogues from the past and the present, international perspectives, sometimes multilingual, audio and video, with pop cultural as well as activist and scientific contributions. We do events, do research and write about Rrom*nja who discuss their views on the world. We collect writings, sound and images for today and tomorrow, against the denial, slander and gadjé appropriation of Rromani history.”
Kendall, a Denver, CO native, is a junior at Colorado College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Studio Art. She is passionate about finding the intersections between visual art and social issues, and is also interested in languages, having taken Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language, German, and Spanish in her time at Colorado College. In her free time, she enjoys dog spotting and cloud watching.
Joining Kendall in the discussion are Kai Mesman-Hallman—a junior from San Diego, CA, who is majoring in Psychology at Colorado College, and Maggie Mehlman—a junior from Denver, CO, who is majoring in Mathematics at Colorado College.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E14: Reframing Worlds: Mobilität und Gender aus Postkolonial Feministischer Perspektive
This podcast—led and produced by Elsa Godtfredsen—examines our tour of the “Reframing Worlds: Mobilität und Gender aus Postkolonial Feministischer Perspektive” (“Reframing Worlds: Mobility and Gender from a Postcolonial Feminist Perspective”) exhibit, a cooperation between the Galerie im Körnerpark and Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst. According to the project group (Oliver Baurhenn, Dorothee Bienert, Marisa Maza, Antje Weitzel, Jole Wilcke, and Moira Zoitl), “Colonialist influenced mindsets, imagery, and categories of knowledge that are still in effect today are the departure points; their historic structures are to be laid bare and examined. The artists follow experiences of oppression, resistance, and migration in their research, which encompasses travel reports, life stories, plant worlds, photographs and other objects. They investigate where and in what ways traces are still visible, and critically discuss ways to deal with archives and archival material today as well as their own roles as knowledge producers. The exhibition not only reveals gaps in the historiography, but also challenges the kind of knowledge that was produced in the context of the colonial projects and circulated Europe. Who produces knowledge about the world and in which way? How do the complex intersections between racism and sexism continue to affect us, and how can we imagine and practise feminism transculturally and in solidarity?”
Elsa Godtfredsen is a junior at Colorado College who is majoring in Organismal Biology and Ecology and minoring in Creative Writing. She is from Bainbridge Island, an island across from Seattle. At Colorado College, she is a part of SOSS; she loves to hike and climb; and she also participates in spoken word events on and off-campus.
Joining Elsa in her discussion are Bridget O’Neill—a junior at Colorado College from Louisville, CO who is majoring in Political Science with a German minor, and Caroline Olin—a senior at Colorado College from Highland Park, IL that is majoring in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration studies major with a Feminist and Gender Studies minor.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E13: The Spirit of 1968
This podcast—led and produced by Anabel Simotas— examines our tour on “The Spirit of 1968” with Nadav Gablinger of Gablinger Tours, which covers the students’ movement of 1968 in Berlin and various other similar movements throughout the world. According to the tour company, “The face of modern, post-unification is impacted by the Students’ Movement of 1968, and the different developments in German politics it has ignited. They brought ‘Green’ notions of human rights and environmental policy to the German discourse, but others have resorted to use force to reach their objectives. Berlin, the divided city, was at the centre of Germany’s political changes, and in your tour, you will see why it has attracted the rebels and the challengers, and what they have done there. In this tour, Gablinger will show you the crossroads that changed the face of modern Germany and the relics of the 1968 Revolution in contemporary Berlin.”
Anabel Simotas, New York City native, majors in History/Classics/Political Science and minors in German at Colorado College. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, cooking, at-home-Spa-treatments, period piece TV programs, and disco. Ultimately, she would like to pursue a Masters in Social Work.
Joining Anabel in her discussion are Dylan Compton—a Tulsa, OK native majoring in Religion and International Affairs with a Chinese language minor, and Britta Lam—a Hong Kong native who hopes to double major in German and Environmental Science.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E12: A Right to Mourn; A Right to Monument
This podcast—led and produced by Maddie Sorensen—examines “A Right to Mourn; A Right to Monument,” an installation by Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro featured at Ballhaus Naunynstraße. According to the Ballhaus website, “Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro presents an installation at Ballhaus Naunynstraße: a mobile garden plantation and a satellite tower make up the foundation pillars of this special space of commemoration, growth and healing. Visitors are invited to complete the artist’s pre-produced voice archive by recording their own contributions as sound testimonies and sharing their demands for a right to a monument.” Further, “The project is part of a process to commemorate anti-colonial movements between Germany and Africa. Here the demand for reparations is addressed in the context of technology transfer: sound recordings and transmissions provide the basis for a decolonial archive intended as a performative gesture for a monument to all those that were erased. Considering the historical traces of Germany’s involvement in colonial systems—particularly through accessing botanical sciences and cultural industries—the monument is intended to challenge our constructs of memory: using mythologies to inspire a moment of healing and repair.”
Maddie Sorensen is a junior Organismal Biology and Ecology major at Colorado College from outside of Chicago. She has always wanted to dive deeper into German history, learn another language, and explore more of Europe, so she found this to be the perfect opportunity for the semester. When she is not reading a science textbook or planning her next adventure, she can be found playing tennis, fishing, biking, skiing and baking lots of sweets.
Joining Maddie in her discussion are Maggie Mehlman—a junior Math major from Denver, CO, and Atiya Harvey—a senior Feminist and Gender Studies major from Washington, D.C.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E11: Queer City: Stories from São Paulo
This podcast—led and produced by Kayla Adams—examines our tour of the “Queer City: Stories from São Paulo” exhibition with Caro at the Schwules Museum*. According to exhibit curators José Gabriel Navarro, Todd Lanier Lester, Raphael Daibert, and Dr. Kevin Clarke, “Queer City” interrogates the following questions, to name a few, “How does the co-existence of these highly diverse groups work in São Paulo, in the past and today? How affected are they by racism, how free are they, and what possibilities of expansion do they have, in a time when Christian Evangelicals gain more and more political power in Brazil and use that power to shut down exhibitions about queer art, as happened in September 2017? What can we learn from a range of urban processes—social movements, artistic interventions and otherwise—about the building of a future queer community? Who are the protagonists of the current Brazilian LGBTIQ* movement, and how are they different from those of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, as seen in the documentary film São Paulo in Hi-Fi by Lufe Steffen? Why does São Paulo have a state funded Museum for Sexual Diversity since 2012 that’s directly modeled on Berlin’s Schwules Museum*? And why is Saint Tibira do Maranhão the first indigenous queer martyr of Brazil?”
Kayla D. Adams is a junior, as well as a first-generation college student at Colorado College. She* is from Memphis, TN, and studies Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies and intends to pursue a Feminist and Gender Studies minor. She* is currently a Resident Advisor, participates in numerous club organizations, and was the recipient of The Taizo Nakashima Emerging Leader Award in her first year.
Joining Kayla in her* discussion are Kendall Stoetzer—a junior from Denver, CO majoring in Sociology with a minor in Art Studio, and Drew Ceglinski—a Geology major and German minor from Bath, ME.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E10: Queer Berlin Walking Tour
This podcast—led and produced by Judy Fisher—examines our Queer Berlin walking tour with Jared Pool. During this tour, we try to understand why Berlin is sometimes considered the “Queer capital of Europe” due to its relationship with gay and lesbian rights despite the history of “Section 175” of the German penal code, which criminalized homosexuality for decades after the end of World War II. The tour takes participants through Schöneberg, the home of Marlene Dietrich that was chronicled by Christopher Isherwood and Otto Dix; the Eldorado, one of Berlin’s oldest gay bars that was frequented by openly gay Nazi SA leader Ernst Röhm; the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted by the Nazis; and Kreuzberg. It examines the advocacy of Magnus Hirschfeld, whose Institute for Sexual Science was shut down in 1933 and whose library destroyed in the infamous Nazi book-burning; queer figures in the administration of Prussian King Frederick the Great; and openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit, among others.
Judy Fisher is a Sophomore at Colorado College from Oklahoma. She is a first-generation student, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and is active in the Native American Student Union (NASU) at Colorado College. As a Feminist and Gender Studies major and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies minor, she has developed a focus on Indigenous Feminism and the different intersections of her own identity as a queer, Native woman from a low income background attending a predominantly white institution (PWI).
Joining Judy in her discussion are Elsa Godtfredsen—a Seattle, WA native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Biology and minoring in Creative Writing, and Dylan Compton—a Tulsa, OK native majoring in Religion and International Affairs with a Chinese language minor.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E9: Generation Adefra (Black Women in Germany)
This podcast—led and produced by Maya Littlejohn—examines our session with Peggy Piesch and Maisha Auma of Generation Adefra (Black Women in Germany). In the mid-1980s, a group of Black women activists were brought together in Berlin by self-described “Black lesbian mother warrior poet” Audre Lorde (1934-1992) and inspired to found the initiative. Additionally, historian and founding member Katharina Oguntoye “points to the complexity of the task of not only bringing together previously relatively isolated Black women in Germany with their sometimes very differently developed vital interests, but also to keep them together in the long run.”
Maya Littlejohn is a junior at Colorado College majoring in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies and minoring in Political Science. She’s originally from Brooklyn, New York. During her free time, Maya is involved in the President’s Council and works for Attorney Jarrett Adams at the Innocence Project. On her good days, you’re likely to find her in a sunny spot sketching and binge watching MSNBC.
Joining Maya in her discussion are Kayla Adams—a Memphis, TN native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies, and Atiya Harvey—a Washington, DC native and a senior at Colorado College majoring in Feminist and Gender Studies.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E8: BlackBox Cold War Exhibition
This podcast—led and produced by Karl Hirt—examines our tour of the BlackBox Cold War exhibition at the Berliner Forum für Geschichte und Gegenwart. According to curator Dr. Jürgen Reiche, “The exhibition BlackBox Cold War depicts the division of Germany and Berlin in the context of the international block confrontation at the historic site of the 1961 tank confrontation.”
Karl Hirt comes from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, and is a sophomore at Colorado College. He is currently undeclared, but plans to major in German and Economics. At Colorado College, he is a member of the Nordic Ski team, and in his free time, he also enjoys camping and bike touring, and boxing.
Joining Karl in his discussion are Caroline Olin—a Highland Park, IL native and senior at Colorado College majoring in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies, and minoring in Feminist and Gender Studies, and Britta Lam—a Hong Kong native who hopes to double major in German and Environmental Science.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E7: Berliner Unterwelten
This podcast—led and produced by Atiya Harvey—examines our “Subways and Bunkers in the Cold War” tour with Berliner Unterwelten. According to the organization, this tour “follows the traces of the Cold War in the underground. In West Berlin, civil defence shelters were reactivated or newly built in preparation for a possible nuclear war. Particularly after the building of the Berlin Wall, the West German government and the West Berlin senate invested millions in these projects. Some of these were built as ‘multi-purpose structures’ and are currently used as underground stations, parking garages and storage facilities. By explaining the practical preparations made to help people survive, this tour attempts to make the realities and horrors of such conflict easy to comprehend.”
Atiya a senior Feminist & Gender Studies major from Washington, DC. She is taking this class in Berlin, because she enjoys learning about world history. She is a blunt, empathetic, and outdoorsy person who stands up for social and environmental issues.
Joining Atiya in her discussion are Karl Hirt—a sophomore at Colorado College and New York native who hopes to either double major in German and Economics or International Political Economy, and Maddie Sorensen—a junior at Colorado College hailing from Chicago and majoring in Organismal Biology and Ecology.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E6: Jewish AntiFa Berlin
This podcast—led and produced by Dylan Compton—examines our session with Jewish AntiFa Berlin. As the organization notes in “The Chutzpah Bites Back,” “In many areas of the left in Germany, the Jewish left is under attack. This is not unique to us. Our comrades, Palestinians, migrants and others who speak out against Israel’s policies of colonization, occupation and dispossession are being attacked even more forcefully. Recognizing this, and understanding the clear connection between things, we discuss ourselves and our position in this text. We, Jewish leftists, especially immigrants from Israel, are systematically subjected to violence from the German left, and particularly from people who claim to love Israel. We are dealing with attempts of delegitimization, demonization, exclusion and even pathologization. Violence and bullying on the ideological level translates into harassment in everyday life. There are increasing cases of rejection from workplaces on the basis of having too “radical” left views, exclusion from community spaces, online and offline threats, cancellations of movies, performances and lectures, verbal attacks and even a physical attack once. Beyond this, we know that elements on the left are cooperating with workers at the Israeli embassy and various “Hasbara” (propaganda) organizations. This might sound conspiratorial, but it should be reminded that spying against left-wing organizations has been the declared and official policy of the State of Israel for many years.”
Dylan is a junior at Colorado College. This fall semester, he studied in Germany with Colorado College’s Lüneburg Program, organized by the German Department. On campus, he is part of the Bridge Scholars Program, QuestBridge, and the Graduate School Exploration Fellowship. Dylan majors in Religion and International Affairs, and has completed a Chinese language minor. He is interested in studying the intersection of religion and political narratives, and hopes to become a professor.
Joining Dylan in his discussion about the session are Anna Balaguer—a Boulder, CO native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Classics and minoring in German and Philosophy, and Elsa Godtfredsen—a Seattle, WA native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Biology and minoring in Creative Writing.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E5: Jüdisches Museum Berlin
This podcast—led and produced by Britta Lam—examines our tours at the Jüdisches Museum in Berlin with Karsten and Adam. “Since opening its doors in 2001, the Jewish Museum Berlin has joined the ranks of Europe’s leading museums. Its exhibitions and permanent collection, educational activities, and diverse program of events make the museum a vibrant center of reflection on Jewish history and culture as well as about migration and diversity in Germany. An architectural masterpiece, Daniel Libeskind’s spectacular structure has firmly established itself as one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. The zinc-paneled building is innovative in the connection it creates between the museum’s topics and its architecture. Libeskind has dubbed his design Between the Lines, a title that reflects the tensions of German-Jewish history. Inscribed within the design of the building, the past takes shape along two lines charting various cultural connections and modes of thought: one is straight, but broken into many fragments; the other is winding and open-ended. The intersection of these lines is marked by voids—empty spaces that cut through the entire museum. Rich in symbolism, the museum’s architecture makes German-Jewish history palpable.”
Britta is an international student from Hong Kong who hopes to double major in German and Environmental Science. In the fall of 2016, she studied abroad in Germany. With a great passion for nuclear physics, she is currently researching the use of nuclear energy as a potential option for the climate change issue. In her spare time, she enjoys playing pickup basketball and hanging out with friends.
Joining Britta in her discussion about the museum are Karl Hirt—a sophomore at Colorado College and New York native who hopes to either double major in German and Economics or International Political Economy, and Maddie Sorensen—a junior at Colorado College hailing from Chicago and majoring in Organismal Biology and Ecology.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E4: Women’s Perspective Walking Tour
This podcast—led and produced by Caroline Olin—examines our Women’s Perspective walking tour with Pen Hassmann. As noted by Hassmann, Director of Berlin Private Tours, “In this tour, we will take in the main sites of Berlin (as well as some a little more hidden), but we will talk about them from the female perspective. Sites include Rosenstrasse, the Lustgarten, Bebelplatz, the new governement quarter, Hitler’s bunker and much more.”
Caroline is a senior majoring in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies, and minoring in Feminist and Gender Studies. She takes interest in Japanese-American identity due to her own subjectivity, and also enjoys studying the representation of marginalized identities in literature, music, and popular culture, as well as Indigenous identities, cultures, and histories. Caroline enjoys singing in the B-Side Collective, playing her cello, being lazy, binge-watching Netflix, reading, and leaving her bed as rarely as possible. That said, Caroline is extremely excited to see all of the sights and spaces that Berlin has to offer and actively explore the city.
Joining Caroline in her discussion about the tour are Wynter Scott—a Memphis, TN native and senior at Colorado College double-majoring in Sociology and Political Science, and and Judy Fisher—an Oklahoma native and sophomore at Colorado College majoring in Feminist and Gender Studies.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E3: Interkulturelle Frauenzentrum SUSI
This podcast—led and produced by Bridget O’Neill—examines our session at Interkulturelles Frauenzentrum S.U.S.I. with Jamile da Silva e Silva (Program Coordinator) and Melody LaVerne Bettencourt (Events Assistant). S.U.S.I. (an abbreviation of Solidarity, Independence, Social and International)—an organization whose members and boards are mostly migrant—was founded on in 1992 by Christiane Barckhausen-Canale, “who wanted to create a house of international encounters in the autumn of ’89 in the east of Berlin.” The original aim of the organization “was to promote intercultural exchange, especially through events and workshops,” and this has evolved to include counseling services and empowerment events.
Bridget is a junior at Colorado College, where she is majoring in Political Science and minoring in German. She is from Louisville, CO (just outside of Boulder), and enjoys climbing, hiking, writing, and finding the best coffee shops around. She has spent this semester mostly in Lüneburg, Germany, and is excited to be spending her last term of the semester in Berlin, where this course with Professor Lewis is putting often silenced narratives center stage.
Joining Bridget in her discussion about S.U.S.I. are Anabel Simotas—a New York City native and sophomore at Colorado College majoring in History, Political Science, and Classics, and Judy Fisher—an Oklahoma native and sophomore at Colorado College majoring in Feminist and Gender Studies.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E2: Das Verbogene Museum
This podcast—led by Anna Balaguer—examines the Women Photojournalists in Europe 1914-1945: Wartime and Adventure exhibit at Das Verbogene Museum (The Hidden Museum). Das Verbogene Museum, founded in 1986, “is the only existing institution world-wide whose programme focuses on the public presentation and academic appraisal of women artists from past centuries, or of those who are no longer working within the art world.” According to the museum, it’s mission “is to publicise the life’s work and biographies of women artists who have fallen into obscurity for various reasons.”
Anna Balaguer is a junior at Colorado College majoring in Classics and minoring in Philosophy and German. She lives in Boulder, Colorado and has a younger brother named Jack and a little dog named Sox. She’s been staying in Northern Germany for the past three months, and is excited to explore Berlin. She enjoys running, reading, and hiking in her free time.
Joining Anna in her discussion of the exhibit at Coco Coffee are Maya Littlejohn—a Brooklyn native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies, and Bridget O’Neill—a Louisville, CO native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Political Science major.
The #FemGeniusesinBerlin S1E1: Jewish History & Culture Walking Tour
This podcast—led and produced by Maggie Mehlman—examines our Jewish History & Culture Walking Tour with Carolyn Gammon, which covers the historic Jewish Quarter on the trail of the 18th century “German Socrates,” Moses Mendelssohn, Berlin’s first synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, Jewish High School, and where the world’s first female rabbi lived, the city residence of the expressionist painter Max Liebermann, the Holocaust Memorial, and other sites that communicate the significance of Jewish history and culture in Berlin.
Maggie is a Mathematics major at Colorado College from Denver, CO. Maggie has been living in Lüneburg, Germany for the past 3 months studying German language and philosophy, and she is thrilled to continue her studies in Germany by exploring the hidden narratives of marginalized communities in Berlin under the instruction of Professor Heidi R. Lewis. Outside of the classroom, Maggie’s passions lie in the performing arts. In particular, she has an extensive background in dance, and is very involved with the Dance and Theatre Department at Colorado College.
Joining Maggie in her discussion at Café Lavie about the tour are Kayla Adams—a Memphis, TN native and senior at Colorado College majoring in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies, and Uma Scharf—a Baltimore, MD native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Neuroscience.