Mündliche Geschichtsreihe / Oral History Series

We are inviting women and men from our community to share their life’s stories and dialogue with participants. Meetings are facilitated by Dr. Marion Gerlind. Order and pre-pay for tickets belwo. For more information and reservations, email Marion or call (510) 430-2673. To see previous speakers and topics, click here, or scroll down to see pictures of our speakers and click to see their summary.

RSVP required. Teilnahmebeitrag: $20, GICS Mitglieder: $10, wenn möglich, aber nicht obligatorisch. (Suggested contribution: $20, GICS Members: $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)


The Oral History Series is a project of the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through dialogue and the arts. We invite women and men from our community to share their life's stories and dialogue with the audience, promoting cross-cultural understanding. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Visit http://www.gerlindinstitute.org for more information on donations and membership.

Brigitte Schulze Pilibosian: A Love Affair with Ukraine
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2-4 p.m. •  Excelsior German Center at the Altenheim

Brigitte Schulze PilibosianFor over 25 years, German-born Brigitte Schulze worked in Ukraine as a journalist and foreign correspondent reporting for numerous German media, as well as a consultant for media policy. She served several years as an advisor for cultural promotion, earning her the title of Ambassador for Ukrainian Tourism from the Council for Tourism and Health Resorts in Kiev.

Sasha, pour one more! She repeatedly had plans to leave Ukraine, but new and interesting projects always kept her there. When the conflict in East Ukraine began, she was an observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Her precise observations and personal contacts with the people in Ukraine give her a profound understanding of the country.

In this Gerlind Institute Oral History event she presents, with her latest book, Sasha, pour one more! With love and vodka through 25 years in Ukraine, a very personal view of her life in Ukraine. With sensitivity and empathy she describes her encounters with Ukrainian people.
Brigitte’s presentation will be in English and German.

RSVP by September 17 to marion@gerlindinstitute.org, or call (510) 430-2673

Sunday, September 23, 2018 • 2-4:00 p.m. • Excelsior German Center at the Altenheim
1699 Excelsior Ave, Entrance 3, Oakland, 94602

RSVP by September 17, 2018
Light refreshments will be served
Suggested donations: $20 • GICS members: $10
No one turned away for lack of funds.


Save Our Oral History Series!

elana levy
elana levy (middle)

2017 marked the tenth anniversary of the GICS Oral History Series, which has become the touchstone of our community programs. It grew from Dr. Gerlind’s passion for interviewing Holocaust survivors whose stories were at risk of being lost. Inspired by their lives, the Gerlind Institute continues to bring unforgettable speakers from in and outside our Bay Area community. We have witnessed their voices and stories, and have been transformed. We are incredibly grateful to every speaker, co-sponsor, and audience participant from the past ten years!

Monica Clyde at EGC
audience at Dr. Monica Clyde's presentation

Through the dedicated volunteer work of the Gerlind Institute's team, especially JB, Aaron Woeste, Catherine Norman, and many others, GICS has been able to present 34 Oral Histories since 2007—no small feat for a grassroots organization such as ours, which relies completely on community support!

Despite all the work that goes into organizing each event, admission remains accessible, as we want everyone to participate. We turn no one away for lack of funds. The Series is primarily funded through income from the GICS teaching program, memberships, and donations. Even with the generosity of volunteers, participants and speakers—many of whom have donated their honoraria—we have been unable to sustain our Series.

Cynthia James
Cynthia James

We are calling on you, our community, to support our Series through your generosity, as we hope you benefit directly, or indirectly, through Gerlind Institute’s educational services.  Please help secure our Oral History Series' sustainability by becoming a GICS member in 2018. Visit www.gerlindinstitute.org/membership.html, or click here. You can also make a tax-deductible donation. Visit www.gerlindinstitute.org/donate.html, or click here.

Annegret Ogden
Annegret Ogden

Your act of generosity, whether large or small, will build fiscal stability and enable us to create more of this unique programming.

We will apply your donation to the costs of our upcoming events.

We need your support to ensure the survival of this one-of-a-kind program. I am grateful for any amount you are kindly willing to give and your continued support as a GICS community member! We look forward to welcoming you to an upcoming event!

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  photo courtesy of Inge Horton photo courtesy of Ilse Eden INgrid Kepler-May Daniel Polikoff Pastorin Kerstin Weidmann
Peter Erlenwein photo Travis Fetter Ingird Peterson Ingrid Veit Alexander Feng
Monica Clyde Annegret Ogden Bridge Markland Dr. Marion Gerlind Dr. Michaela Grobbel Elana Levy
Ika Huegel-Marshall Michael Bachmann Birgit Mahner Dr. Miriam Zimmermann Leah Sharp Dr. Werner Loewenstein
Leticia Andreas-Wolf Angelika Quirk Dr. Berta Maria Hines Susanne Batzdorff Community Roundtable
Elana Levy Madhuri Anji Bernhard Ruchti Cinthia James Toahna Meier Ralph Samuelson
Frieda Gordon Dilloo Rita Goldhor Leo Mark Horovitz Wine Seminar Sabrina Zimmering Kia Hügel-Marshall
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