Richard Yoneoka

Richard Yoneoka, Consul General of the United States (General Consulate Hamburg) was without a doubt the highlight of the lecture series during the winter semester 2017/18. Although he was careful to refrain from partisan remarks as his position as a high-ranking diplomat demands, the audience enjoyed insight into the life of a politician serving the USA – from a political as well as a personal viewpoint.


Charlene L. Edge

Charlene Edge is the author of Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of the Way International. In her autobiography, she describes how she used to be fascinated by a fundamental religious community (“The Way International”) and how difficult it was to escape the clutches of the cult.Charlene Edge shared her experiences with the seminar “Introducing North American Studies” (North American Studies profile) on July 5, 2017. Click here to see an interview with Charlene Edge: http://blog.asjournal.org/escaping-fundamentalism-interview-charlene-l-edge-part/



Tom Rice

On the occasion of introducing his newest book, White Robes, Silver Screens: Movies and the Making of the Ku Klux Klan, Tom Rice  was a guest speaker at the “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes” lecture series on December 15, 2016. He talked about the entanglement of the Ku Klux Klan in the Hollywood film industry at the beginning of the 20thcentury (“Beware the Face at Your Window: The Klan, Film, and the Fear of the Outsider”). Click here to see an interview with Tom Rice: http://blog.asjournal.org/white-robes-silver-screens-interview-tom-rice/

Franklin Sage

Franklin Sage (University of North Dakota) spoke about his dissertation project,“Navajo Code Talkers in World War II” at the “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes” lecture series on November 10, 2016. Although he was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, Franklin Sage did not hear about the so-called “code talkers” – one of whom was his father – until very late. These Navajo, sworn to utmost secrecy, were hired by the U.S. Navy during World War II to create a code that could neither be cracked by the Germans nor the Japanese.


Ira Wagler

Visited the Leuphana in year 2015.

José Napoleón Mariona

Visited the Leuphana in year 2015.

Ethan Bensinger

In 2015, a highlight of the “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes” lecture series was the free screening of the documentary, Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home, directed by Ethan Bensinger. Ethan Bensinger visited the Leuphana Language Center from December 2-4.


Burghart Klaußner

Following the invitation issued by the Language Center and the Literary Society of Lüneburg, the actor Burghart Klaußner presented an evening of Thomas Bernhard in November 2015. Along with pianist Dietmar Loeffler, who played Thomas Bernhard’s favorite composers Schubert and Schönberg, Klaußner took his audience on a whimsical journey through Thomas Bernhard’s publications, using song and drama to bring to life many of the Austrian playwright’s satirical-ironical pieces on the (lecture hall) stage.


Nancy San Martin

Visited the Leuphana in year 2015.


Christel Hildebrandt

Christel Hildebrandt visited Leuphana in 2014, leading translation workshops for and with students on the works of the Swedish novelist Håkan Nesser. She is one of the most renowned translators of Swedish literature.

Håkan Nesser

Håkan Nesser is amongst Sweden’s most famous novelists. He has written more than 20 novels which have been translated into over 20 languages. His German translator, Christel Hildebrandt, also participated in Swedish seminars, discussing his works with students and leading workshops on other topics. Håkan Nesser now lives in London and on Gotland.

Patricia Briggs

Following an invitation issued by the Language Center, writer Patricia Briggs came to Leuphana on May 27, 2014. In a combination lecture/reading (in English), she talked about a topic that has re-ignited interest in literature, particularly amongst young readers: urban fantasy. 
Goosebumps for the Humanities. 

Drew Hayden Taylor



Ira Wagler

On May 7, 2013, Ira Wagler gave a guest lecture at Leuphana University entitled, “Growing Up Amish: An Evening with Ira Wagler.” He also read from his memoirs and answered questions from the audience. Ex-Amish Author and Blogger Ira Wagler Visiting Leuphana (SS 13) 


Thomas Kramer

On November 8, 2012, the German studies and media scholar, Thomas Kramer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), introduced his new book and offered insight into the literature and screen versions (east + west) of the writings of Karl May. Previously, in May 2009, Thomas Kramer had lectured in Lüneburg on “Noble Wild Men – Red Brothers: Indian Film and Literature in the GDR and the FRG between Wild West Romanticism and Criticism of America.” Karl May and the Germans’ Perception of Indians (WS 12/13)  

Karen McGarry

As part of the “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes” lecture series in the winter semester 2011/12, Prof. Karen McGarry (Department of Anthropology / McMaster University, Ontario) gave a lecture on "Ethnographic Friction and the 'Ice Scandal': Canadian Nationalism in High Performance Figure Skating."

Louise Bouchard

As a contributor to the event “Découvrir le Canada: Un pays, deux langues, deux cultures?” the French-Canadian poet and literary scholar, Dr. Louise Bouchard, visited our university in January 2012. In addition to a lecture given on literature as an aspect that forges identity in Québec as part of the “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes” lecture series, Louise Bouchard read from her most recent publication, “Entre les mondes,” at the Heinrich-Heine Haus in Lüneburg.
Dr. Bouchard’s visit to Leuphana University was made possible by the Language Center and the Association Internationales d’Études Québécoises (http://aieq.qc.ca/ ).

Tish Hinojosa

Visited the Leuphana in year 2012.


Roger Nichols

Prof. Roger Nichols (University of Arizona, Tucson) was a guest professor at the Leuphana Language Center and, along with Dr. Maria Moss, taught a seminar on the history of the North American Indians, “History of Native North America.” On May 13, 2013 he lectured on "The Greening of the Reds: The Ecology of Native America." Prof. Roger Nichols (SS 11)  


Drew Hayden Taylor

The Center of Modern Languages hosted acclaimed Canadian/Ojibway playwright and author, Drew Hayden Taylor, as writer-in-residence from November 30 to December 4, 2009. During that week, the author lectured on Native issues and his career in drama as well as conducted creative writing workshops in the various seminars. Writer-In-Residence: Drew Hayden Taylor (WS 09/10) 


Seven Deers

The Canadian-Indian sculptor Seven Deers of the Skwahla-Stó:lo-Halkomelem tribe in British Columbia visited Leuphana on December 12, 2008, to give a workshop on Native spirituality. Seven Deers carved the totem pole in front of the Hamburger Museum für Völkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) and curates an exhibit at the museum every year.
Workshop Seven Deers "Vision Quests and First Nations Art" (WS 08/09)