Forschungsjahr is Professor Christopher Terry's journal of a sabbatical year spent in Essen, Germany. Terry is an artist with a studio in Essen and galleries in both the U.S. and Germany.

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  • Upgegradet worden
    on Jul 18, 2011 in Kino Art Travel
    The German film, Shoppen, (2006) focuses on the phenomenon of speed dating. It's a masterwork of economy, telling the story of eighteen single men and women in a series of short scenes that leave big gaps in the viewer's information, but provide just...
  • Der Man in Schwarz
    on Jul 5, 2011 in Popular Culture Opinion Essen
    US American culture is readily embraced by Germans. But even in a market that's as receptive to American culture as Germany is, some US artists seem to be more readily accepted than others. In literature for example, John Irving is a big favorite her...
  • Barbarossa
    on Jun 22, 2011 in Kino Popular Culture Art
    Cobblestones are extremely practical. In Germany there are lots of words to describe them and the surface they make. In general, the surface is called Pflaster, from Latin, plastrum. It refers to any of a number of different stone surfaces that cover...
  • Uninformed
    on Jun 14, 2011 in Die Zeit Popular Culture politics
    There are many news stories that cross the Atlantic from east to west. Germans know all about congressman Weiner and the "nutiny" that occurred in a prominent Republican candidate's campaign staff. But by contrast, how many Americans are aware of the...
  • Feiertage Back in May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made some awkward remarks about her southern neighbors and their attitude toward work. Her comments are still reverberating three weeks later as the problems in the European Union continue to grow. I...
  • Memorial Day
    on May 30, 2011 in personal history daily life Berlin
    I'm spending my first Memorial Day in seven years in the US and I have to say, so far, it's been a let down. When I was kid, Memorial Day was a real holiday. We began the day by getting a collection of flags out of the closet and preparing to drive i...
  • No Regrets
    on Jan 14, 2011 in Frankreich Musik Culture
    Chez LouisetteI'm not a big fan of cultural stereotypes. It seems to me that I know plenty of sophisticated Americans, punctual Mexicans, sloppy Germans, and at least one or two people of Irish decent who don't drink. But at the same time, I can't he...
  • Is Paris Flooding?
    on Dec 26, 2010
     I leave for two weeks in Paris later today and the news of airport closings in Europe and in the States is just a little unnerving. I wonder what I was thinking when I made these plans back in September? Every year I hear horror stories from re...
  • Schlink
    on Nov 27, 2010 in Ruhrgebiet personal history Kino
    For reasons that are not really very clear, not even to me, I subscribe to a weekly e-mail newsletter that lets me know what films are playing in the Programmkinos of the Ruhr region in Germany. I live in Utah now, and the likelihood that I would att...
  • El Greco
    on Oct 30, 2010 in Food Travel Opinion
    BouzoukiWhen I'm in Germany I eat a lot of Turkish food. One of my favorite spots is Saka, just north of the Florastrasse stop on Rüttenscheiderstrasse. It's a combination dönerkebap and pizza place but the guys there also make up a traditional Tur...
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