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Enjoy Germany 2019!
We decided not to travel in 2018, but are looking forward to traveling with you in 2019! Read the summary below.

Pre-requisite six sessions

Danke!In this interactive, preparatory course for the Germany Education Trip, May 2019, you will become familiar with Germany’s history and culture via literature and films relevant to our travels, practice skills such as learning your way around with public transportation, study cultural differences and navigate the logistics of our group’s adventure.

This course is a prerequisite for the spring 2019 trip. We designed this to enrich and enhance your intercultural experience as a well-prepared traveller. It consists of six two-hour sessions, spread over six months prior to departure.

The cost is $50 per person per session, or $300, in advance, payable to Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies. Register by November 5, 2018 via PayPal, or mail a check to the Gerlind Institute address: 2128 108th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94603. Click here to see participants' comments from the 2016 trip.

November 2018 Introductions
Geography of Germany
Travel dates
Flight options, travel insurance
Introduction, and discussion, of Reservation Form and Terms and Conditions
Bring your wish list to next meeting
December 2018 What are you interested in doing?
Discuss itinerary and resource lists
Intro to German travel language
Signed Reservation Form and Deposit (due Dec. 1)
Designate stateside emergency contacts
January 2018 Interactive exercises in navigating public transit in Berlin and Hamburg
German travel language
Practice German asking directions, etc.
Balance due (due Jan 31)
February 2019 Cultural differences, e.g. dining out customs: ordering, payment, tipping, public behavior expectations, resource conservation (recycling)
German travel language: role playing ordering food
Practice counting, ordering food, and paying the bill
March 2019 Discussion of literature & films relevant to the travel
Literature and film resource lists
German travel language: conversation
Mini presentation of your reading or film viewing
April 2019 Getting ready: exchanging money, phone services: SIMM cards
Review final itinerary
Travel language & potluck
Bring a dish for the potluck
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Sprachseminar- gender-inclusive and non-racist models for daily German language use
4 hours •  TBA
Frauen mit Rock

Marion Gerlind and Jenny Hilfer team-teach this seminar in which participants will learn how we can transform inequalities in German and English language into gender-inclusive and non-racist daily usage. Based on our research and previous work, Marion will present examples from Sprachgewaltige Frauen (Speak Out Powerful Women), a handbook on language she co-authored in Hamburg, Germany, and Jenny will present her findings of male biases in English lexicons.

We'll explore as a group how the use of the capital "I" in nouns and other options increase women's visibility in German and how everyone of us can take active steps to abolish sexist and racist concepts in language and life. Our goal is to demonstrate that we can go beyond traditional representations of women and people of color by employing gender-inclusive and non-racist models in our work toward social change and justice.

  • Language of the seminar: German and English
  • Minimum 6 participants
  • Teachers: Marion Gerlind & Jennifer Hilfer
  • Pre-registration form
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Chici Mici
Photo © 2011 Marion Gerlind
Visibility Matters: Women and People of Color in (German) Language Teaching
Workshop • TBA • 12:00-4:00 p.m.

In this interactive multimedia workshop we’ll address the obvious and subtler uses of male-biased German language, stereotyping of gender roles, ethnic and age-related prejudices, as well as social class based assumptions, ubiquitous in standard German teaching materials. For instance, we’ll investigate how many people in wheelchairs and (older) women and men of color beyond stereotypical roles are presented as part of German diversity. Are they the exception to the rule? Is the prototype of a German still a white, heterosexual, able-bodied, middle-class man, despite the civil rights, women’s, and lesbian/gay movements? We’ll explore how we can use the capital “I” for women’s visibility in writing and replace sexist and racist expressions. Our goal is to demonstrate how educators can go beyond traditional representations by employing non-racist and gender-inclusive models for students of the 21st century.

Examples will be in German with English, French, and Spanish (translations) in mind. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own models/examples. Adaptable for students from kindergarten to university levels. Minimum 5 participants.

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