Education

Univerisyt of Minnesota

Ph.D. in German, Minor in Feminist Studies,
University of Minnesota (GSD / GWSS)

Dissertation: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2005

“Off the Record: Remapping Shoah Representations from Perspectives of Ordinary Jewish Women.” Comparative and interdisciplinary study based on oral history interviews and unpublished third-person accounts of working-class and rural Holocaust survivors from Germany and Poland (see Abstract, Proquest link to digital format)
Advisors:
Professors Arlene Teraoka (Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch) and the late Stephen Feinstein (History Department; Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies); Ruth-Ellen B. Joeres, Jack Zipes, and Lisa Disch (Readers)

2005

San Fransico State University
M.A. in German, San Francisco State University,
Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
1998
University of Hamburg
Zwischenprüfung (B.A. equivalent) in Protestant Theology Universität Hamburg
1986
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 Teaching / Professional Experience

Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI@SFSU), San Francisco State University, San Francisco, “Contemporary German Literature” (in English) Spring 2015

Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, German Department, German 101: Mündlicher und schriftlicher Ausdruck für Fortgeschrittene

Spring 2014
Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI@SFSU), San Francisco State University, San Francisco, “The Zero Hour: Post-World War II German Literature” (in English) Spring 2014
Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI@Berkeley), University of California, Berkeley, “German Literature and Film of the Weimar Republic” (in English) Winter 2014

Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, German Department, Intermediate German 2: “Topics in German Language and Cultural History”

Fall 2013
Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI@Berkeley), University of California, Berkeley. Die Stunde Null: Post World War II German Literature (in English translation) Winter 2013
Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI@Berkeley), University of California, Berkeley. Schnupperkurs: Introduction to German Literature (in English translation) Fall 2011

Founder and Director, Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, Oakland
Teaching German language classes as well as literary and cultural studies in German and English, expanding on the community-based practice established in 1994

Fall 2006 - Present

Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Department of History
Interdisciplinary upper-division course “Holocaust and Genocide”

Spring 2007

Lecturer, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California.
Elementary and multi-level intermediate and advanced German

Fall 2006

Lecturer, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California.
Elementary and multi-level intermediate and advanced German

Spring 2006
German tutoring (and dissertation research) 2004 - 2005

Teaching Assistant, Professor Edén Torres, University of Minnesota, Department of Women’s Studies. Introduction to Women’s Studies. (WoSt 1001);
led two discussion sections (one Honors) and graded essays

Fall 2003
Teacher, German School of Fremont, California. Advanced adult class Fall 2002- Spring 2003

Graduate Student Instructor, University of Minnesota, Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch. Taught all levels of German from first through third year composition

Fall 1999- Spring 2002

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Site Coordinator, PASS! Homework Program, Oakland Public Library
Accountant, Back Designs, Berkeley

German tutoring (and graduate studies)
Teacher, German School of Palo Alto. First grade students
Teacher, German School of Fremont. First to Fourth grade students

1995-1998

Director, Tutoring and Mentoring Program, Salvation Army Berkeley Corps Community Center. Junior high school students partnered with adult mentors from the community and students from UC Berkeley

1994-1995

Teacher, Frauenladen der Begegnungsstätte Austausch-Information-Zusammenarbeit von Ausländerinnen und Nichtausländerinnen, (Center for Dialogue, Information, and Cooperation between German Women and Immigrant Women), Hamburg.
Taught German language classes, facilitated cross-cultural dialogue, and provided assistance with integration into German society

1991-1993

Writer and author,
Performed dramatic readings of own creative work in collaboration with co-authors of books.
Led community workshops in creative writing.
Facilitated seminars and readings on the use of gender-inclusive, nonracist language. Founded writers’ groups in Hamburg and in the San Francisco Bay Area

1988-1996

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 Books

Marion Gerlind Veit, Antje Kurz, Maren Reiche, and Rita Hanaková. Sprachgewaltige Frauen: Hand- und Arbeitsbuch zur Sprache [Speak Out Powerful Women: Hand- and Workbook for Language Use]. Hamburg, Germany: Self-published, 1992. …more 1992
Marion Gerlind Veit, Sabine Grünberg, Petra Meyer, and Verena Meyer. Sirenen: Mörderinnen des Schweigens [Sirens: Murderers of Silence]. Hamburg, Germany: Self-published, 1990.…more 1990

 Book Chapters, Essays & Articles

“May Ayim’s Legacy in World Language Study.” Saar Sansaar April-June (2013): 58-62. Print. (Hindi)

June 2013

“May Ayim’s Legacy in World Language Study.” Foreign Language Association of Northern California Newsletter LIX.1 (2012): 6-25. Web. 112. March 2012.

March 2012

“Unequal Sisters: The Wall Fell but (Language-) Barriers Remained.” Ossi Wessi. Donald Backman and Aida Sakalauskaite, eds. Newcastle upon Thyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 201-219.

2008

“Off the Record: Voices of Ordinary Jewish Survivors of the Shoah.” Female Exiles in 20th and 21st Century Europe. Gesa Zinn and Maureen Tobin Stanley, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 75-93

2007

 “‘You’ve never seen this kind of poverty’: Facing Class and Gender in Shoah Representations.” Socialist Studies 3.1 (Spring 2007): 49-68.

Spring 2007

“Holding the Tension of Personal (Op)Positions.” Socialist Studies Bulletin 73 (Spring 2004): 36-46.

Spring 2004

Marion Gerlind and Claudia Schaab. “A Lesbian Leftist Takes a Turn in Politics. An Interview with Christina Schenk.” Connexions 45 (1994): 28-29, 36-37. (Click to download the article)

1994

“San Francisco FrauenTRäume, 2. Teil” [San Francisco Women’s Dreams/Spaces, Part 2]. DornRosa: demokratische Lesben- und Schwulenzeitung 32 (December 1991): 18-19.

December 1991

“San Francisco FrauenTRäume, Teil 1.” [San Francisco Women’s Dreams/Spaces, Part 1]. DornRosa: demokratische Lesben- und Schwulenzeitung 31 (October 1991): 9-11.

October 1991

“San Francisco FrauenTRäume.” Meta M., Wuppertaler Frauenzeitung 9 (September-December 1991): 21-25.

September-December 1991

FrauenSprache—Was ist das?” [“Women’s Language—What’s That?”] Hamburger Frauenzeitung 25 (1990): 22.

1990
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 Poetry

2008

“ich umarme dich/i embrace you.” Zeitspirale (2008): 158-59.
2000 “Mantra.” Zeitspirale (2000): 8.
1999 “Samhain. Hexenneujahr” [All Hallows Eve]. Zeitspirale (1999): 194-195.
1998 “Trennung” [Separation]. Zeitspirale (1998): 180-81.
1998 “Anrufung der großen Bärin” [Invocation of the Big She-Bear]. Zeitspirale (1998): 126.
1996 “Honigmondin” [Honeymoon]. Zeitspirale (1996): 190-91.
1996 “Brief an Gerlanda” [Letter to Gerlanda]. Zeitspirale (1996): 150-55.
1995 “Entdecke die Ausländerin in Dir Selbst” [Discover the Alien in Yourself]. Zeitspirale (1995): 158.
1995 “Überlebende oder systematischer Gynozid” [Survivors or Systematic Gynocide]. Zeitspirale (1995): 160-62.
1995 “Petraglyphen” [Petraglyphs]. Zeitspirale (1995): 168.
1994 “Widerstand ist Frauenlesbenland” [Resistance is Women’s/Lesbians’ Land]. Zeitspirale (1994): 169.
January/
February 1992
“Germany Shock 1.” Sacred River, Bay Area Women’s Journal. (January/February 1992): 2.
May 1992 “Die Seiltänzerin” [The Rope Dancer]. Die Seiltänzerin: Frauenveranstaltungskalender für Hamburg. (May 1992): 2.
1988 “Abschied von Euch, Schwestern” [Farewell to You, Sisters]. Schlangenbrut: Streitschrift für feministisch und religiös interessierte Frauen 23 (1988): 2.
1985 “GegenRede” [Contradiction]. Schlangenbrut: Streitschrift für feministisch und religiös interessierte Frauen 11 (1985): 39.

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 Academic Presentations

“Teaching the Energy Transition (‘Energiewende’),”
Presenter with Dr. Michael Bachmann and JB, Foreign Language Association of Northern California Conference, Chabot College, Hayward, California

October 2013

“German Roundtable II”: Organizer and co-moderator with Dr. Susanne Hoelscher at American Association of Teachers of German, Northern California Chapter’s Spring Meeting, Goethe-Institut, San Francisco

January 2013

“German Roundtable Discussion,“
Organizer and co-moderator with Zehra Otus at Foreign Language Association of Northern California Conference, San Francisco State University

October 2012

“May Ayim—Teaching the Ghanaian-German Poet,“
Presenter at Foreign Language Association of Northern California Conference, Berkeley City College (double session)

November 2011

“Holocaust Survivors Reclaiming their Mother Tongue and Culture of Origin,” roundtable organizer and co-moderator with Judy Eisenberg, German Studies Association Conference, Oakland, California

October 2010

Sprachseminar—gender-inclusive and nonracist models for daily German language use,“ presenter with Jennifer Hilfer, Foreign Language Association of Northern California Conference, San Francisco State University

November 2009

“Personalizing Research: Pushing the Boundaries of Academic Vulnerabilities,” as part of panel and session co-organizer with Dr. Sima Aprahamian, “Exploring Issues of One's Identity and/or Theoretical Perspective on Research or Teaching,” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences/Congrès des sciences humaines, Carleton University, Ottawa

May 2009

“Compassionate Listening: Building Trust One Oral History at a Time,” as part of panel “In Search of a Language of Reconcilation,” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences/Congrès des sciences humaines, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

June 2008

“(Im)Possible Conversations: Overcoming Mistrust between Victim-survivors and Collaborator-child,” as part of panel “(Mis)Trust, Trauma, and the Impossible Past: Oral History as Narratives of Transformation,”Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, California

October 2007

“‘You’ve never seen this kind of poverty’: The Significance of Class in Reconstructions of the Shoah,” presented as part of panel “Witnessing Historical Trauma: Holocaust Remembrances across Gender, Genres, Generations,” National Women's Studies Association Conference, Oakland, CA

June 2006

“‘Die blasse Lotosblume des Ganges’ (‘The Pale Lotus Flower of the Ganges’): The Imperial Shadow in E. Marlitt's Novel Die zweite Frau (The Second Wife),” presented in the international, interdisciplinary conference: Mapping Channels Between Ganges and Rhine: German - Indian Cross-Cultural Relations, University of Toronto

May 2006

Ungleiche Schwestern: Die Mauer war weg, aber die (Sprach-) Barrieren blieben [Unequal Sisters: The Wall Was Gone but the (Language) Barriers Remained]," presented as part of panel "Frozen and Fluid Identities," 14th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference, University of California, Berkeley

March 2006

“Off the Record: Voices of Working-Poor Jewish Women in Shoah Representations,” presented as part of panel “Translated Memory and Language of Genocide: (Gendered) Responses to Traumatic Histories and Silence,” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences/ Congrès des sciences humaines, London, Ontario

June 2005

“Off the Record: Talking about Class and Women in Shoah Representations,” presented as part of panel “Translated Experiences of Genocide: Memory, Language, and Silence,” Second International Conference on Genocide, California State University Sacramento

October 2004

“Teaching for Change: Challenging Discrimination in the Classroom” Pedagogy Panel co-organizer with Dr. Jeanette Clausen and Liesl Allingham, Coalition of Women in German (WiG), 28th Annual Conference, Carrollton, Kentucky

October 2003

“Holding the Tension of Personal (Op)Positions,” Presentation as part of Panel “After Genocide: Trauma, Memory, and Forgiving. Reconciliation: Personal/Political Reflections, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Halifax, Nova Scotia

June 2003

“May Ayim’s Present Absence in German Poetry," presented as part of panel "Gender, Politics, National Identity in German Poetry 1945-Present," Coalition of Women in German (WiG), Rio Rico, Arizona

October 2002

“Off the Record: Remapping Shoah Representations from Perspectives of Ordinary Jewish Women, presented as member of Visiting Scholars' panel at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Los Angeles

August 2002

“Dancing a Tightrope Between Personal and Academic Worlds,” presented as part of panel "Connecting Biography and Research: Personal Revelations of Female Academics who Deal with the Subjects of Extreme Violence and Death," Congrès des sciences sociales et humaines/ Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Québec City

May 2001

“Women’s Courage in the Dutch Underground,” presented at the Graduate Student Conference,"Interdisciplinarity: Plurality or Panacea, Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

April 1999

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 Work in Progress

Co-founded “Peace Dialogues,”
Creating a space for Palestinians, Jews, and Germans where meaningful dialogue takes place: addressing issues involving the historical, political, cultural, and religious dynamics, and how they inform the current challenges in the Middle East, San Francisco Bay Area

May 2009–
Develop new courses, lecture (oral history) and film series Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, Oakland, California January 2008 -
Expand oral history interviews with Jewish Holocaust survivors to non-Jewish Germans of the World War II generation November 2007 -

 Workshops and Readings (partial list)

  “California Goes Bella! Vorstellung des Gerlind Institutes for Cultural Studies/Oakland, USA,” Presenter with Birgit Mahner, JB, and Jennifer Hilfer, Bella Donna Haus, Bad Oldesloe, Germany February 2013
“Holocaust Survivors Reclaim Their Mother Tongue and Cultural Heritage,” roundtable organizer and co-moderator with Judy Eisenberg, Excelsior German Center, Oakland, California February 2011

“More Than Just Chocolate: Ava’s Life with German Language and Culture,” Workshop organizer and presenter with Ava Iranpour, Castro Valley High School’s Days of Diversity, Castro Valley, California

March 2010
“Geschichten aus der 2. und 3. Frauenbewegung in Deutschland,” Presentation with Jennifer Hilfer, Mündliche Geschichtsserie, Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, Oakland, California June 2009
"Story, Jewish Women, Our Lives, Our World," Guest speaker with Dr. Norma Smith, Kehilla Community Synagogue Women's Brunch, Oakland, California August 2008
"Kreative Arbeit im Unterricht,” Workshop co-organizer and presenter with Dr. Virginia Steinhagen, Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Conference, Bloomington, Minnesota October 2000
"Speak Out Powerful Women/Sprachgewaltige Frauen,” Lecture, German School of Fremont, California February 1996 
"Discover the Alien In Yourself,” Interview by Ana Luisa Delgado, and poetry reading, KPFA Radio, Berkeley, California July 1995 
“Sprachgewaltige Frauen” Readings with Maren Reiche, Rita Hanaková, and Antje Kurz, Mädchen/Frauen Café, Lübeck; Radio St. Paula, Frauenkulturcafé endlich, Frauenbuchladen, Hamburg, Germany Aug-Oct 1993
"Wimmin of Powerful Expressions,” Reading, Mama Bears Bookstore and Café, Oakland, California March 1993
“Widerstand Schreiben” Dramatic poetry readings with Petra Meyer and Sabine Grünberg, Frauenkulturhaus, Bremen; Haus Drei, Hamburg; Kulturzentrum im Fischerhof, Bamberg Mar-May 1992
"San Francisco FrauenTRäume,” Reading with exhibition of photos by Cathy Cade, Haus Drei, Hamburg Nov. 1991 
Interview and bilingual reading from Sirenen, KALX Radio, Berkeley, California July 1991 
“Wenn Worte in Fluß kommen…”Creative writing workshop with Petra Meyer, DenkTRäume: Frauenbildungszentrum, Hamburg May 1991  
"Sprache—Macht des Benennens” Language workshop with Sabine Grünberg and “Mit gemischten Gefühlen,” Dramatic poetry reading with Petra Meyer and Sabine Grünberg, 11th Hamburger Frauenwoche, Hamburg March 1991 

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 Academic & Research Awards

Summer 2009 Travel Grant, Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Summer 2008 Travel Grant, Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Summer 2005

Travel Grant, Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Travel Grant
, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA)

Fall 2004 Travel Grant, Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch (GSD), University of Minnesota
Summer 2003 Travel Grant, Department of GSD, University of Minnesota
Travel Grant, Society for Socialist Studies (SSS)
August 2002   Research Grant, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Los Angeles
Spring, Fall 2001
Doctoral Dissertation Small Grant, Department of GSD, University of Minnesota
Summer 2001

Travel Grant, Department of GSD, University of Minnesota
Travel Grant, Society for Socialist Studies (SSS)

Spring 2001 Doctoral Dissertation Small Grant, Department of GSD, University of Minnesota
Travel Grant, Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota (CAFS)
Summer 2000
Dissertation Research Fellowship, Department of GSD, University of Minnesota
1998-1999 Departmental Fellowship, Department of GSD, University of Minnesota

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 Academic and Community Service

 

Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC) Executive Council, AATG Northern California Chapter Representative; Chair, Recruitment Committee

November 2011 -
Facilitator of the “Mündliche Geschichtsreihe,”oral history series, at the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, Oakland April 2009 -
Co-host and moderator of “Filmnacht” (movie series with discussion), Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, Oakland January 2008 -
Facilitator of Holocaust Memorial Lecture by Sabina Zimering, M.D., author of Hiding in the Open, San Francisco State University April 2007
Facilitator of reading by Ika Hügel-Marshall, author of Daheim Unterwegs (Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany), Oakland, California November 2005
Volunteer, Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project, San Mateo, CA 2004 - 2006
Facilitator, "Klönschnack," German conversation group, a project of the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, Oakland, San Francisco East Bay Area 2003 - present
Graduate Student Representative in committees at the University of Minnesota, Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch: 1998-2002
Special Events Committee 2001-2002
1998-2000
Graduate Committee 2000-2001

 Membership in Professional Organizations

 
  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
  • Coalition of Women in German (WiG)
  • Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC)
  • German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)
  • Oral History Association (OHA)
  • Society for Socialist Studies/ Société d’Études Socialistes (SSS)

 Language Skills

Native German speaker with near-native fluency in English; near-fluency in French; Kleines Latinum; Hebraicum; Graecum; reading knowledge of biblical Hebrew and Greek; reading knowledge of Old Norse and Middle High German; elementary reading and speaking skills in modern Greek and Spanish
Updated 08-Sep-2013