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Exhibit: Thomas Mann

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Thursday, May 4, 2023 - Wednesday, May 31, 2023

“It is a terrible spectacle when the irrational becomes popular.”

—German Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Thomas Mann in his famous speech at the Library of Congress in 1943

Thomas Mann

The GAI, in partnership with the German Program at Carleton College and Arts at Carleton, presents Thomas Mann: Democracy Will Win!, a national touring exhibition which will be displayed on Carleton’s campus in Northfield.

This unique exhibition explores the political journey of Thomas Mann, from a monarchist to a vocal opponent of National Socialism and an ardent supporter of democracy. It connects his life to ongoing debates on both sides of the Atlantic and features pivotal historical moments, such as the Selma to Montgomery Marches, the Monday demonstrations in East Germany, right-wing terror after the end of the Cold War, the March for Our Lives, the legalization of same-sex marriage, UN climate summits, and the Black Lives Matter movement. The exhibit engages in essential debates about democracy, resistance movements, and social justice.

T. Mychael Rambo

The opening reception on Sunday, May 7 at 11 a.m., in Applebaum Recital Hall (Weitz Center for Creativity) will feature a performance and remarks by Emmy Award winning actor, vocalist, arts educator, and community organizer T. Mychael Rambo.

Monday–Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday–Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: noon – 4 p.m.

Thomas Mann: Democracy Will Win! An exhibition by Literaturhaus München and VATMH in co-operation with the Germanic-American Institute and Carleton College, realized with the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office. Co-sponsored by German and Russian at Carleton, Arts at Carleton, the Center for Global and Regional Studies (CGRS) and the Humanities Center at Carleton, as well as the Germanic-American Institute in St. Paul.

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - Wednesday, May 31, 2023


Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College
320 Third Street East
Northfield, MN 55057 United States
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