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Washington, DC: Reading & Discussion | Maxi Obexer: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens; Arriving in Europe

The Goethe Institut proudly presents a conversation with Author Maxi Obexer.
Obexer is an award-winning playwright, essayist, and novelist who is currently the Max Kade Writer in Residence at Georgetown University. For over a decade, her writing has revolved around refugees and those who help, sometimes despite laws that criminalize such assistance. 

Maxi Obexer will present excerpts from her recent drama Illegal Helpers (2016), which tells the stories of civil society heroes and heroines before the word ‘welcome culture’ existed. In addition, she will read from her essay “The Longest Summer,” in which she reflects on her own path as an EU citizen from South Tyrol, Italy who applied for German citizenship. She also reflects on and compares her situation to that of undocumented refugees with whom she shares a train to Berlin, and to the complicated status of many migrants living in Europe isolated from one another and yet bound by the invisible threads of bureaucratic terms and categories. Furthermore, Maxi Obexer will discuss her work with Professor Katrin Sieg (Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University). 

The reading and discussion will be followed by a light reception.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Where: The Goethe Institut, 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03 (entrance on 20th St. NW, lower level) Washington, DC 20006

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