Events | Europeans in Exile: Thomas Mann’s L.A. | Capstone Seminar at UCLA

Los Angeles | March 29, 2021 – May 3, 2021

This Spring Quarter, the Digital Humanities Department at the University of California Los Angeles and the Thomas Mann House are offering a seminar on European exile in California. It is based on the ongoing  online series Mann's L.A.  

Thomas Mann was one of many European artists and intellectuals who made Los Angeles their new home in the 1930s and 40s. This seminar will examine Mann's connections to the city and his network of intellectuals with whom he was in dialogue, including sociologists Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer, writers such as Christopher Isherwood and Aldous Huxley, composers Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, and filmmakers Ernst Lubitsch and Jean Renoir.    

The seminar will be led by Professor Wendy Perla Kurtz and Anthony Caldwell, Assistant Director of the Digital Research Consortium at UCLA, and offered by Nikolai Blaumer, Program Director of the Thomas Mann House, and Benno Herz, Project and Communications Manager at the Thomas Mann House. Through readings, workshops, and discussions, students will connect practices in digital humanities to the subjects of the course. 

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The Seminar is a cooperation between the UCLA Digital Humanities Department and the Thomas Mann House

Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.



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