Season’s Greetings from the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies!
We are grateful for 2021 despite the ongoing pandemic, as we have continued to serve our community with progressive programs. Soon welcoming a new year, we’re asking for your continued participation and support.
At the Gerlind Institute (GICS), we explore critical cultural aspects of Germany and German-speaking countries, give voice to immigrant and under-represented populations, and build lasting personal relationships.
While the pandemic prevents us from offering in-person programs, the demand for our work has not diminished. We’ve kept our community programming active.
We have presented 57 Oral Histories since 2007, with five speakers in 2021 alone. Successfully using Zoom, we have increased audiences to over 40 guests from not only the United States but as far as Germany, France, and Switzerland. One guest from our last event, John B. from Austria, commented
“Vielen Dank (auch an die technischen Support-Teams) für die gestrige Ausstrahlung des Oral History Beitrags–es war beeindruckend.” (Thank you–also to the technical support teams–for yesterday’s airing of the Oral History contribution–it was impressive.)
Mark your calendars for our next Oral History presentation with Karen Wolff on January 22, 2022, at 7 p.m. Karen will be speaking about how her growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors has shaped her life.
Our expanded Oral History Archive contains previous presentations which are accessible by request. Feel free to view trailers on this site as well.
Our German conversation group Klönschnack entered its 19th year with Zoom breakout rooms instead of in-person sub-groups. Zoom removes the need for travel, and people from all over can participate and discuss contemporary topics.
We presented five film gems this year and switched Filmnacht to a new format, which has been very successful. Our guests appreciate the ability to watch the films online beforehand and bring their insights to our thoughtful discussions. Our next movie night is scheduled for February 25, 2022, at 7 p.m. PT, via Zoom, with “das perfekte Geheimnis” (The Perfect Secret) by director Bora Drachtkin.
GICS members can borrow DVDs from our library free of charge. Many of these films are rare, or difficult to get, here in the United States.
Our German language program is strong, with highly-motivated students making great progress! The new semester–with beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels–starts January 3, 2022. Contact Marion@GerlindInstitute.org for more information.
Thank you in advance to all our donors, members, students, friends, and Board of Directors! Whether you give at the end or beginning of the year or make monthly contributions, individual donations are our primary source of sustainability. Your generosity translates into more stories being shared, more community-building, and more cross-cultural dialogues.
We would be happy to add your name to our donor and membership list! As you search for gifts this year, consider giving a GICS membership to a friend or loved one.
Before 2021 ends, we want to express our gratitude. With your continued support and participation, we fulfill our vision of building a community through progressive German cultural studies. We appreciate you!
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and an abundant and healthy New Year!
Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Marion and the Gerlind Institute Board