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Migrants, Refugees, Citizens, Arriving in Europe: A Conversation with Author Maxi Obexer

  • Goethe-Institut Washington 1990 K Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20006 United States (map)

Maxi Obexer will present excerpts from her recent drama Illegal Helpers (2016), which tells the stories of civil society heroes and heroines before the phrase ‘welcome culture’ existed. In addition, she will read from her essay The Longest Summer , in which she reflects on her own path as an EU citizen from South Tyrol, Italy who applied for German citizenship. She also reflects on and compares her situation to that of undocumented refugees with whom she shares a train to Berlin, and to the complicated status of many migrants living in Europe isolated from one another and yet bound by the invisible threads of bureaucratic terms and categories.


Maxi Obexer is an award-winning playwright, essayist, and novelist who is currently the Max Kade Writer in Residence at Georgetown University. For over a decade, her writing has revolved around refugees and those who help, sometimes despite laws that criminalize such assistance.

The author will discuss her work with Professor Katrin Sieg (Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University).

Followed by a light reception

In cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum

Thursday, April 28, 6:30 pm

Goethe-Institut Washington

1990 K St. NW (entrance off 20th Street)

No charge

+1 (202) 847-4700

Goethe-Institut Washington