"Most impressive was the caliber of people that the seminar organizers arranged for close interaction and first-hand accounts of how literary institutions function; the organizers’ connections are vast and absolutely first-rate. Those connections include Volker Schlöndorff, Terézia Mora, Petra Hardt, and Karin Graf as practitioners of the field. It was also once in a career opportunity to see Deutschland Funk, Tagesspiegel, the Bertolt Brecht archive, and the Suhrkamp Verlag from the inside."
Gary L Baker, Professor of German, Denison University
"I read the online schedule and — to be honest — wish I had the privilege to participate in your seminar as a listener. It will give a great overview about the literary field in Germany right now."
Katja Bohnet, novelist & presenter at the 2019 Notre Dame Berlin Seminar
"From my perspective, the seminar filled a profound gap in the general disciplinary approach to literature found within North American German Studies, where the industry and business of acquisitions, talent-scouting, rights and translations, and promotion are still seen as a secondary bundle of concerns, while the intimacy between individual reader and written page is often prized as the only meaningful and imaginative relationship in literary studies. Unfortunately, that ends up being a rather unrealistic view of how literature is made—today, as ever. In this sense, the seminar program expressed a commitment to understanding literary and cultural production in the actual, and often compromised, social and institutional circumstances where men and women labor to make it. "
David Gramling, Associate Professor, Department of German Studies, University of Arizona