THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019
ACADEMIC DISCUSSION, 6:00pm-6:45pm
Best for Teens and Adults
GALE CENTER OF HISTORY AND CULTURE
10300 S. BECKSTEAD LANE, SOUTH JORDAN, UT 84095
|ASL Interpretation, Spanish Headsets & Audio Descriptions available all night|
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6:00pm-6:45pm-“Language of Story: German” Academic Discussion facilitated by Dr. Dale H. Boam and featuring Dr. Jeff Packer
Stories of National Identity in German-Speaking Countries – Every Country has its origin myth. For the United states, this myth surrounds the stories of the Pilgrims, the American Revolution, and George Washington’s cherry tree. The countries of German-speaking countries, with one exception, reach back to the beginnings of recorded history. During the presentation, Dr. Packer will discuss four stories that have helped create a national identity for the peoples. These will include the following:
-Armenius–The battle of the Teutoberg Forest and the victory over the Romans.
-The Song of the Nibelungs. Strength, honor, loyalty, and revenge. –The twilight of the gods and the dawn of Germany
-William Tell–Swiss independence and the birth of a nation.
-Buchenwald and the creation of the German Democratic Republic–Victory of Socialism over Fascism.
The last of these, the birth of the German Democratic Republic out of the ashes of the Buchenwald Concentration camp, varies from the other three by being far more recent. Yet this story and the way it is told in the memorials outside the camp, bears many similarities to the other stories from the distant past. Each of these stories mix historical events and figures with differing degrees of legend to emphasize and create the values of the regions from which they come.
7:00pm-9:00pm-“Big Secret Story Concert: A Land Twice Promised”
Storyteller Noa Baum, an Israeli who began a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the United States, weaves together their memories and their mothers’ stories. She creates a moving testimony illuminating the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Followed by light refreshment