Gerlind Institute for Cultural
founded in 2006, and directed
by Marion Gerlind, Ph.D.
- Founder and Executive Director
- Teacher and Scholar (Curriculum
- Facilitator and Writer
|I am passionate about my mother
tongue, German: its sound, complexity,
and precision. Working with students makes me happy because
I enjoy communicating and learning across languages, cultures,
and differences. Coming from a metro city like Hamburg, I have
always been curious to read and dialogue about meaningful experiences
in life. For nearly 20 years I
have taught German language, literature, and culture at college
and community settings in Germany and the United States. After
receiving my M.A. in German at San Francisco State University,
I achieved a Ph.D. in German, with a Minor in Feminist Studies,
at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
dissertation interpreted oral histories of Jewish
Holocaust survivors from Germany
and Poland, focusing on women who came from
working-class and rural poor
families whose voices were “off the record.” Integrating
my scholarly and creative writing
with teaching, I use language as a tool to
express thoughts and emotions,
to connect with others, and to contribute to healing
in the world.
am especially interested in German
cultural studies of the 20th and
21st centuries, including the Weimar
Republic, Third Reich, Holocaust,
Eastern Europe and post-World War II
literature. Of all these subjects, I
am particularly interested in women’s
and other underrepresented populations’ writing,
oral history, popular culture, and film.
However, I love teaching every period
of German literature and history as well
as all levels of German language classes.
I support students in meeting their educational
goals, be it fluency in speaking and
reading, mastering grammar and writing,
translating, passing exams…you
name it! I am dedicated to making your
studies fun and as easy as they can be
while leading to your success!
|e-mail: Marion@gerlindinstitute.org |
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- Web design
- Vice President and Technical Director
- Co-sponsor of Filmnacht
JB is the owner of DRAGA design, a computer consulting and design company, in Oakland, CA. She
has been involved in the computer industry for over 30 years, and a German student for nearly
as long! Her B.A. in Theatre (minor in English Literature), from Fordham University prepared
her for a lifelong love of the arts, language, and literature.
In her role as technical director,
her responsibilities include design and maintenance of the GICS web
presence, promotional materials and marketing, as well as documenting events through photography
|web site: barenose.com
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Born in Trier and raised in Lower Saxony, I went on to study Social Work and found both joy and challenges in the mental health field. Even though I am still fascinated by the human psyche, I have been working with dogs for the past 16 years.
I have translated the book Art as Resistance by Bernd Langer (published by LBC books in Berkeley, 2014), the descriptions of the science experiments of the Exploratorium in San Francisco for the German version of the museum in Wolfsburg and various correspondence by and about Holocaust survivors and their families.
I've been living in California for around 25 years and am grateful for the opportunity to keep up with my German language skills at the Gerlind Institute Klönschnack. The Gerlind Institute is such a unique organisation in that it does not only further students' skills of the German language, but connects people from all walks of life in the spirit of open mindedness, curiosity and mutual respect and learning for life!
|e-mail: Translation@GerlindInstitute.org | back
started with the Gerlind Institute in 2012
as a student seeking affordable German language lessons
and found friends and mentors who share her
commitment to community, diversity, and accessibility.
a self-described Lebensstudentin with a BA
from Mills College in Philosophy with emphases on
Feminism and Religious Studies. Her education, in
combination with her extensive experience in program
assistance and good old fashioned gumption, brings
a helping hand guided by sensitivity and collaboration.
Loren supports GICS
with course research and preparation, web site resources
and OH-Series events. In short, she’s a Loren-of-All-Trades!
|e-mail: Loren@GerlindInstitute.org | back