BANG! (Cover)

Created by Nan Elpers (Journalist), Isabel Aurichio (Editorial Assistant), Caroline Olin (Journalist), Ryan McLauchlan (Journalist), and Jess Keniston (Graphic Designer)

BANG! is a magazine created by and for femme and female-identifying individuals of college age, dedicated to providing a wide range of information about sex and sexuality. Among other things, BANG! seeks to sexually eduate, raise awareness about sexuality and consensual sex, and showcase the related work of feminist educators and activists, with the goal of empowering healthy and celebrated sex.”
—Nan Elpers, Editor


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Some Final Thoughts on the Block 4 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin

Kai (Dylan)

Photo Credit: Dylan Compton

This podcast—led and produced by Kai Mesman-Hallman—provides some final reflections on the Block 4 2017 section of Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin with Professor Heidi R. Lewis. Throughout the block, the #FemGeniusesinBerlin have taken walking tours, visited museums and cultural centers, and met with activists and artists in the city to conduct situated examinations of how the identities of marginalized people and communities in Germany (especially in Berlin)—such as Black Germans, Turkish Germans, migrants, refugees, victims of Neo-Nazi terrorism and police brutality, and LGBTQI communities—are constructed, particularly how these constructions are dependent on racism, heterosexism, colonialism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression. Additionally, we examined how these communities resist, reject, revise, and reproduce these narratives as they construct their own subjectivities.

Kai is a junior at Colorado College majoring in Psychology, and is originally from San Diego, CA. She is especially interested in consciousness and the ways our brains’ processing and collecting information can shape our beliefs and thoughts. She spends her free time with her dog and watching conspiracy theory videos.

Joining Kai in her discussion are Uma Scharf—a Baltimore, MD native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Neuroscience, and Drew Ceglinski—a Bath, ME native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Geology.


Block 4 2017 FemGeniuses in Berlin Podcast Index:
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Jewish History & Culture Walking Tour” by Maggie Mehlman
Das Verbogene Museum” by Anna Balaguer
Interkulturelles Frauenzentrum S.U.S.I.” by Bridget O’Neill
Women’s Perspective Walking Tour” by Caroline Olin
Jüdisches Museum Berlin” by Britta Lam
Jewish AntiFa Berlin” by Dylan Compton
Berliner Unterwelten” by Atiya Harvey
BlackBox Cold War Exhibition” by Karl Hirt
Generation ADEFRA” by Maya Littlejohn
Queer Berlin Walking Tour” by Judy Fisher
Queer City: Stories from São Paulo” by D. Adams
A Right to Mourn; A Right to Monument” by Maddie Sorensen
The Spirit of 1968 Walking Tour” by Anabel Simotas
Reframing Worlds: Mobilität und Gender aus Postkolonial Feministischer Perspektive” by Elsa Godtfredsen
Queer@School” by Drew Ceglinski
RomaniPhen: Rromnja Archiv” by Kendall Stoetzer
Reflections on the Asian Diaspora in Germany” by Uma Scharf
Street Art Workshop & Tour” by Wynter Scott

To read and/or listen to the finales and view the indices and slideshows for previous FemGeniuses in Berlin, click here

Reframing Worlds: Mobilität und Gender aus Postkolonial Feministischer Perspektive

Elsa (Bridget)

Photo Credit: Bridget O’Neill

This podcast—led and produced by Elsa Godtfredsen—examines our tour of the “Reframing Worlds: Mobilität und Gender aus Postkolonial Feministischer Perspektive” (“Reframing Worlds: Mobility and Gender from a Postcolonial Feminist Perspective”) exhibit, a cooperation between the Galerie im Körnerpark and Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst. According to the project group (Oliver Baurhenn, Dorothee Bienert, Marisa Maza, Antje Weitzel, Jole Wilcke, and Moira Zoitl), “Colonialist influenced mindsets, imagery, and categories of knowledge that are still in effect today are the departure points; their historic structures are to be laid bare and examined. The artists follow experiences of oppression, resistance, and migration in their research, which encompasses travel reports, life stories, plant worlds, photographs and other objects. They investigate where and in what ways traces are still visible, and critically discuss ways to deal with archives and archival material today as well as their own roles as knowledge producers. The exhibition not only reveals gaps in the historiography, but also challenges the kind of knowledge that was produced in the context of the colonial projects and circulated Europe. Who produces knowledge about the world and in which way? How do the complex intersections between racism and sexism continue to affect us, and how can we imagine and practise feminism transculturally and in solidarity?”

Picture I

Photo Credit: Elsa Godtfredsen

Elsa Godtfredsen is a junior at Colorado College who is majoring in Organismal Biology and Ecology and minoring in Creative Writing. She is from Bainbridge Island, an island across from Seattle. At Colorado College, she is a part of SOSS; she loves to hike and climb; and she also participates in spoken word events on and off-campus.

Picture III

Photo Credit: Elsa Godtfredsen

Joining Elsa in her discussion are Bridget O’Neill—a junior at Colorado College from Louisville, CO who is majoring in Political Science with a German minor, and Caroline Olin—a senior at Colorado College from Highland Park, IL that is majoring in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration studies major with a Feminist and Gender Studies minor.

NOTE: The photo credit for the featured image also belongs to Elsa Godtfredsen.


BlackBox Cold War Exhibition


Photo Credit: A Kind BlackBox Visitor

This podcast—led and produced by Karl Hirt—examines our tour of the BlackBox Cold War exhibition at the Berliner Forum für Geschichte und Gegenwart. According to curator Dr. Jürgen Reiche, “The exhibition BlackBox Cold War depicts the division of Germany and Berlin in the context of the international block confrontation at the historic site of the 1961 tank confrontation.”


Photo Credit: Karl Hirt

Karl Hirt comes from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, and is a sophomore at Colorado College. He is currently undeclared, but plans to major in German and Economics. At Colorado College, he is a member of the Nordic Ski team, and in his free time, he also enjoys camping and bike touring, and boxing.


Photo Credit: Karl Hirt

Joining Karl in his discussion are Caroline Olin—a Highland Park, IL native and senior at Colorado College majoring in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies, and minoring in Feminist and Gender Studies, and Britta Lam—a Hong Kong native who hopes to double major in German and Environmental Science.


Women’s Perspective Walking Tour


Selfie by Caroline Olin

This podcast—led and produced by Caroline Olin—examines our Women’s Perspective walking tour with Pen Hassmann. As noted by Hassmann, Director of Berlin Private Tours, “In this tour, we will take in the main sites of Berlin (as well as some a little more hidden), but we will talk about them from the female perspective. Sites include Rosenstrasse, the Lustgarten, Bebelplatz, the new governement quarter, Hitler’s bunker and much more.”


Photo Credit: Caroline Olin

Caroline is a senior majoring in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies, and minoring in Feminist and Gender Studies. She takes interest in Japanese-American identity due to her own subjectivity, and also enjoys studying the representation of marginalized identities in literature, music, and popular culture, as well as Indigenous identities, cultures, and histories. Caroline enjoys singing in the B-Side Collective, playing her cello, being lazy, binge-watching Netflix, reading, and leaving her bed as rarely as possible. That said, Caroline is extremely excited to see all of the sights and spaces that Berlin has to offer and actively explore the city.


Photo Credit: Caroline Olin

Joining Caroline in her discussion about the tour are Wynter Scott—a Memphis, TN native and senior at Colorado College double-majoring in Sociology and Political Science, and and Judy Fisher—an Oklahoma native and sophomore at Colorado College majoring in Feminist and Gender Studies.

NOTE: The photo credit for the featured image also belongs to Caroline Olin.