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The Politics of Unenlightenment – Lecture/Concert/Discussion

KZ Oranienburg, SA-M‰nner vor SPD-H‰ftlingen

Simon Ganahl, post-doctoral visitor at the School of Media Studies, is organizing an event at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York on April 10, 2013. He will give a talk about the literary essay Third Walpurgis Night (1933) by the Austrian writer Karl Kraus (1874–1936), which criticizes the role of media in the Nazi seizure of power. The lecture will be framed by a live performance of songs, written by Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) and composed by Hanns Eisler (1898–1962), featuring the singer Theo Bleckmann. Barry Salmon has arranged the music for a string quartet, comprised of Joyce Hammann (violin), Mark Feldman (violin), Lois Martin (viola), and Jody Redhage (cello). A discussion on political propaganda, moderated by NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller, concludes the evening’s program.

Here’s a sample of Theo Bleckmann singing Bertolt Brecht’s and Hanns Eisler’s “An den kleinen Radioapparat”