Joint Event with the Bavarian American Academy

Joint Event with the Bavarian American Academy
18:30 Uhr

Bavarian America Academy
Barer Strasse 19a
80333 Munich


Joint Event with the Bavarian American Academy

Dear Members of the Harvard Club of Munich,


The Bavarian American Academy and the Board of the Harvard Club are pleased to invite you to an evening featuring presentations by three former recipients of the research fellowships organized by the BAA and sponsored by our club. The grants support post-graduate research at our alma mater. Alumni of the BAA-HCM fellowship program will also be present and available to discuss their research with club members.


This evening of scholarship will take place on Thursday, 27th October, 2016, at 6:30 pm and will be held at the Bavarian America Academy, which is in Amerikahaus, Barer Strasse 19a, 80333 Munich.



18:30: Doors open, drinks, networking


Welcome: 19:00-20:30: Professor Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt, Member of the Board, Bavarian American Academy

Introduction: the Harvard Fellowships: Dr. Karsten Zimmermann, President, Harvard Club of Munich



Introduced and moderated by: Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm, Managing Director, Bavarian American Academy and Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Michael Müller, LLM, University of Munich: "Can Comparative Law Help Solving Comparable Legal Questions?"

Cedric Essi, University of Bremen: “Travelling African American Studies”

Dr. Bärbel Harju, University of Munich: “(Not) Alone in America”


20:30-21:00: Networking


Alumni of the BAA-HCM fellowship program will also be present and available to discuss their research with club members.


To RSVP, please email:

By Wednesday, 26th October.


We look forward to seeing you there!




Michelle Kuhonta                                          Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm

Program Chair                                                          Managing Director

Harvard Club of Munich                               Bavarian America Academy

ALM, Finance, 2012                                     Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations





Michael Mueller, LLM

University of Munich

Title of talk: "Can Comparative Law Help Solving Comparable Legal Questions?"


Michael W Mueller is a graduate of LMU Munich (Dipl-Jur 2013) and University of Cambridge (LLM 2014) and currently works as a Research Associate with Professor Stefan Korioth (LMU Munich). Michael's research centres around the relationship of (public) law and finance, particular interests of his being the law of public finance, financial regulation, investment protection and constitutional property. He has been a Harvard University Postgraduate Research Fellow in 2016. Currently, he is finishing his doctoral dissertation, examining the use of constitutional property clauses in adjudicating the financial crisis.



Cedric Essi

University of Bremen

Title of talk: “Travelling African American Studies”                                         


Cedric Essi is a PhD candidate in American studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg with a research project on the paradigm shifts of race and kinship in the Obama era. He holds an MA in American Studies and a Staatsexamen in English and French from the University of Würzburg and currently teaches at the University of Bremen. His comparative essay on African American and Afro-German interracial memoirs is forthcoming this fall with University of Washington Press and illustrates his passion to bring American studies insights to the German context. Cedric Essi was visiting scholar at the African American Studies Department at Harvard.



Dr. Bärbel Harju

University of Munich

Title of talk: “(Not) Alone in America”


Bärbel Harju teaches American Studies at LMU Munich. She holds a PhD in American History (LMU, 2011). Her dissertation, Rock & Religion. Eine Kulturgeschichte der christlichen Popmusik in den USA (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012), explores the cultural history of Christian pop music in the US. Her research interests include popular culture, music, religious history, film and visual culture. Harju is currently working on a monograph which traces the cultural history of privacy in postwar America. Selected publications include Cultures of Privacy. Paradigms, Transformations, Contestations (co-edited with Karsten Fitz, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2015) and an essay on privacy and suburbanization in postwar America (in Eva Beyvers et al., Räume und Kulturen des Privaten. Heidelberg: Springer, 2016). Bärbel Harju was affiliated with Harvard University’s “History of American Civilization” program at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.