Villa Aurora – Team Los Angeles

Margit Kleinman | Director

Margit Kleinman
Margit Kleinman

Margit Kleinman studied French and German linguistics and literature in Würzburg and Paris and holds an MA from the University of Tübingen/Germany. From 1987 to 2012, she was the program director at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.
In May of 2012, she assumed the directorship at Villa Aurora.

Dr. Claudia Gordon | Administration Officer

Claudia Suhr Gordon
Claudia Suhr Gordon

Claudia Suhr Gordon studied Egyptology, Sociology and Coptic Studies at the University of Göttingen, Germany where she earned her M.A. and filed her dissertation on Ancient Egyptian first-person narratives. From 2002 – 2007, she was the Director of Villa Aurora, where she has served as Administration Officer since 2010.

Friedel Schmoranzer | Project Coordinator

Friedel Schmoranzer
Friedel Schmoranzer

Friedel Schmoranzer studied German Philology and Sociology at the University of Konstance (BA) and holds an MA in studies in editing from the FU Berlin. From March 2010 to November 2010 she was Chief Editor for the catalogue Transatlantic Impulses - 15 years of Villa Aurora at Villa Aurora Forum Berlin. In 2011 she was assistant to the director at Villa Aurora Los Angeles, there she serves as project coordinator since 2012.

 

Thomas Mann House – Team Los Angeles

Dr. Nikolai Blaumer | Program Director

Nikolai Blaumer, born in Düsseldorf in 1983, studied at Ludwigs Maximilian Universität Munich and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He earned a doctorate in philosophy from LMU with a dissertation entitled »Korrektive Gerechtigkeit. Über die Entschädigung historischen Unrechts« (Campus Verlag, 2015) and taught at Ludwigs Maximilian Universität as well as Bauhaus University in Weimar. Since 2014, Nikolai Blaumer has been working for the Goethe-Institut’s Department of Culture. He is co-editor of the book "Teilen und Tauschen" (S. Fischer Verlag, 2017). In February of 2018, he was posted to Los Angeles, where he assumed the position of program director at the Thomas Mann House.

Sylvia Mogel | Program Assistant

Sylvia Mogel
Sylvia Mogel

Sylvia Mogel, originally from Cologne in Germany, worked in Customer Service for Lufthansa German Airlines at Cologne/Bonn Airport from 1979 until 1986. In 1993, she joined the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles until February 2018. She has been with Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. since March 2018.

 

Dr. Claudia Gordon | Administration Officer

Claudia Suhr Gordon
Claudia Suhr Gordon

Claudia Suhr Gordon studied Egyptology, Sociology and Coptic Studies at the University of Göttingen, Germany where she earned her M.A. and filed her dissertation on Ancient Egyptian first-person narratives. From 2002 – 2007, she was the Director of Villa Aurora, where she has served as Administration Officer since 2010.

Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House – Team Berlin

Heike Catherina Mertens | Executive Director

Heike Catherina Mertens | Photo: Yan Revazov
Heike Catherina Mertens | Photo: Yan Revazov

Heike Catherina Mertens studied art history, philosophy and sociology. After academic work in contemporary art, she worked as a curator for public art from 2000 until 2007. In 2001, she founded stadtkunstprojekte, a Berlin-based association to promote urban public art. From 2007 until February 2018, she was artistic director of the Schering Stiftung and, from 2015 onwards, also executive manager, responsible for the entire program of the foundation at the interface of art and science. In March 2018, she assumed the program direction of Hatje Cantz publisher. Since October 2018, she is executive director of VATMH e. V. Furthermore, she is member of the University Council (Hochschulrat) of the University of the Fine Arts of Hamburg and member of the board of trustees for the KAIROS Prize, awarded by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.

Mirko Lux | Communications and Program Management

Mirko Lux

Mirko Lux studied modern German literature studies and art history in Berlin and Siena. During and after university Mirko worked as a freelance journalist and photographer. Since May 2013 Mirko is responsible for communication and project management in the Berlin office of Villa Aurora.