What to expect from the 2017 Notre Dame Berlin Seminar
A typical day at the Notre Dame Berlin Seminar begins with joint breakfast and engaging conversations at the Literaturhotel. The group then heads to the Literaturhaus for a 2 to 2 ½ hour discussion with invited experts. The format of these sessions is especially effective because presentation time is kept to about twenty minutes, while the bulk of the seminar is spent in extensive Q & A, during which targeted inquiries are answered comprehensively and in sufficient detail to allow for a meaningful transfer of knowledge from those acting in the field to those observing it. The morning sessions are followed by lunch and a subsequent site visit in the afternoon. In each case, the group’s interest is not simply to see the site, but rather to use the location as a necessary part of understanding the work that is being done there. Evening activities include readings, theatre performances, or occasional social outings.