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Feb. 9, 2006

PHOTO: Ulrich Adelt, a doctoral candidate in American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. Click here for a high-resolution image.

German Pop Music Focus Of International Mondays Lecture In New Location

Ulrich Adelt, a doctoral candidate in American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at the University of Iowa, will speak on "Globalization and Nationalism in Post-War German Pop Music" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at the spring debut of the International Mondays lecture series. The location has moved from the International Center Lounge to Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

"In many popular accounts, globalization only moves in one direction: from the center (America) to the periphery (the rest of the world)," Adelt said. "According to these accounts, U.S. consumer capitalism permeates not only so-called Third World countries, but even the countries of Europe, destroying the Old World's cultural legacy while at the same time weakening local structures and enterprises."

In order to complicate these notions and by drawing on a large number of examples, Adelt will show how German popular music, while undoubtedly "Americanized," caters to localized desires of declaring a redefined national identity in ironic or nostalgic terms.

Born and raised in Germany, Adelt has published articles on popular music in the Journal of Popular Music Studies and Popular Music and Society. Currently, he is working on his dissertation on the racial politics of blues music, which will include one chapter on blues in Germany.

For more information on this lecture, the International Mondays series or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Iowa City Public Library and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually held from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433,; Writer: Erin Vaughn