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German Studies Students hosted the “100 Years of Death and Judgment Conference”

Posted on September 27, 2012

On September 21-22, 2012, the students of CSULB’s German Studies Program hosted the “100 Years of Death and Judgment Conference” in the Karl Anatol Center. The conference celebrated the 100th anniversary of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice and Franz Kafka’s The Judgment. Student presenters, moderators, and guests from across the country and from various fields came together to participate in eighteen stimulating discussions about these two remarkable works from 1912.


Group photo from the last speaker session of the day.

Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles opens the conference on Friday morning.

Benjamin Tippin, a recent BFA Sculpture graduate from CSULB, answers questions about his presentation on German Expressionism and Kafka’s “The Judgment.”

Guest Speaker Professor Ehrhard Bahr (UCLA) and Moderator Colleen Brown (CSULB).

Chris Harvey, a graduate student from the University of Arkansas.

Photos courtesy of Sophia Clark.



  • German Club
  • Associated Students, Inc.
  • Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literature
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Office of the Provost and Vice Provost of Academic Affairs
  • Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Los Angeles
  • German Academic Exchange Service, New York


Compiled and edited by Cortney Smethurst.