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October 21, 2005
Contact: Frank Baron, German languages and literature department, (785) 864-4803.

Author, scholar, wife of former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley to speak Oct. 27 at KU

LAWRENCE -- Ernestine Schlant Bradley, professor, author and wife of former U.S. Senator and 2000 presidential candidate Bill Bradley, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Max Kade Center for Germanic Studies, 1134 W. 11th St., at the University of Kansas.

A native of Germany, Bradley will be speaking on "Reflections on a German Past and an American Present in Life and Literature." The author of numerous books, Bradley is a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School for Social Research in New York City and professor emerita of German and comparative literature at Montclair State University.

Her most recent book, The Way Home: a German Childhood, an American Life, links her childhood in Nazi Germany with her life decisions, her work as a scholar and wife of a prominent politician and being diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago.

A book signing will follow her talk at the center.

The Max Kade Center is located near the KPR radio studio accessed by a drive north of 11th Street just west of the Missouri Street three-way intersection. A map is available online

In The Way Home, Bradley describes her childhood and how she came to see opportunity in defeat as she watched the American troops roll through her town -- a primal moment that helped her to face everything that was to come. As a young adult she became an airline stewardess and experienced an unhappy marriage and divorce before meeting Bill Bradley, the basketball star and future Senator. She discusses balancing demands of their individual careers and family. At one point in her career, Bradley ran two households commuting weekly from New Jersey to Washington, D.C.

Best known for her research on anti-Semitism in postwar German and Austrian literature, Bradley's earlier books include The Language of Silence: West German Literature and the Holocaust and Die Philosophie Hermann Brochs and Hermann Broch. She is co-editor of Legacies and Ambiguities: Postwar Fiction and Culture in West Germany and Japan.

Bradley has taught French at Spelman College, German at SUNY Stony Brook and has held visiting professorships at Yale and Columbia universities.

KU's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures is sponsoring Bradley's talk and book signing.


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