Dr. Molly Loberg, professor in History, will discuss her recent book, The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin: Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space 1914-1945, with Dr. Christian Anderson, assistant professor of German in the World Languages and Cultures Department. The conversation will take place on Friday, October 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Kennedy Library, room 111H. Light refreshments will be served, and the audience will be invited to engage in the conversation. This event is part of Kennedy Library’s longstanding Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series, and you may listen to podcasts of previous events at Conversations with Cal Poly Authors.
About the Book
The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin explores the commercial and political scramble for access to and control of the streets of post World War I Berlin. Using an array of sources, including police reports and contemporary novels, Molly pays attention to gender, generation, and ethnicity in her account of this highly contentious period, and sheds intense light onto how the agonistic era changed the face of the city of Berlin. As one reviewer writes, “It is a rare book that allows today’s readers to mingle with yesterday’s crowds, to touch the textures of streets, the noise of hype, but also to feel the suspicious glances of policemen, Nazis, and ordinary strangers.”
About the Author
Molly Loberg is professor of History at Cal Poly. A Fulbright Scholar and a Humboldt Fellow, in 2013 she won the History Article Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians for the best article by a woman historian in all fields. While her research focuses topically on Germany, she deftly transports her thematic concerns of consumer-culture and consumption into her instruction at Cal Poly, creating engaging and authentic learning opportunities for students in her classes.
About the Conversational Partner
Christian Anderson is assistant professor of German in the World Languages and Cultures Department. Christian Anderson engages in a program of phenomenological research focused on cultural production in German-speaking Europe. In addition to broader explorations of the German Bildungsroman, most appropriately for the book under discussion, he has conducted historical research on Berlin, specifically the socio-geographic topic of the briefly empty central space in which the Berliner Stadtschloss is being situated.