AMHERST , Mass. – The 2005 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, hosted by the Germanic languages and literatures program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will present a film and lecture series, Changing Worlds, Shifting Narratives, from July 6-29.

The public is invited to free screenings of more than 20 European films, including the award-winning films Head-On and Grill Point , by up-and-coming directors Fatih Akin and Andreas Dresen. Screenings also will include several rare 35mm prints. Screenings will be held at both the Academy of Music and at Smith College in Northampton ; films will be German language with English subtitles.

The public is also invited to attend the lecture series where leading scholars from France, Germany, Great Britain and the U.S. will discuss topics such as “Documenting the Holocaust,” “Black Germans and African Diaspora in Europe” and “Cultural Dimensions of the Estrangement between the U.S. and Europe.”

This series takes place in conjunction with the 2005 NEH Summer Institute, German and European Studies in the United States: Changing Worlds, Shifting Narratives, which will bring together more than 40 European and American 40 scholars representing nine academic disciplines from July 6 to Aug. 2. Participants include members of two new research efforts, the Black European Studies Project and the Black German Studies Project, which are part of transatlantic collaborations involving UMass Amherst. Participants will reflect on how recent historic developments – the creation of the European Union, the end of the Cold War and events since 9/11 – have transformed Europe and Germany and their relation to the U.S. The institute has four primary areas of focus: Transatlantic relations and European history; film and history; feminism and German studies; and black Germans and multicultural Germany in a globalizing world.

The project is funded by a $175,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the program in Germanic languages and literatures and the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst; the DEFA Stiftung, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Smith College; Academy of Music; the vice provost for research at UMass and the Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass.

A copy of the film and lecture schedule is linked to the menu on the left.

For more information, explore our NEH Summer Institute website at or contact Beverly Weber at .