Hello, I am David Eisermann

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Hello, I am David Eisermann. Welcome to my website. For 20 years, I hosted the morning show on WDR3 radio, a public broadcaster based in Cologne—a daily mix of classical music and talks about the theater, the arts, books, films, and more. WDR3 is Germany’s leading arts radio, broadcasting to the nation’s most populous state, North Rhine Westphalia. I helped to establish „Literaturhaus“, a cultural institution in the center of Bonn, dedicated to the teaching of literature and the organization of literary events. Off and on now since 2001, I have taught, as lecturer [„Lehrbeauftragter“] at the Philosophische Fakultät [the School of Humanities] at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, one of Germany’s leading research universities, established in 1818. I am a member of the advisory boards at the Bonn University Foundation as well as at Beethovenstiftung, a municipal foundation committed to furthering the Arts. My father, Gottfried Eisermann, held the first chair of sociology at Bonn (1962-84). After studying in France and the United States, I was accepted as a Ph. D. candidate at Bonn’s Department of General and Comparative Literature. My thesis at Bonn [1984] was eventually published as the first German-language monograph dealing with the works of St. John de Crèvecoeur (1735-1813). In 1782, in London, this French-American writer published a volume of narrative essays entitled „Letters from an American Farmer“, which quickly became the first literary success by an American author in Europe. Currently [the 2020 summer term], I am teaching a seminar on Jonathan Franzen’s essay on the politics of climate change, „What if We Stopped Pretending?“ Before joining WDR3 radio, I taught in the Romance languages departement at the University of Bayreuth in Bavaria. My position of Akademischer Rat was equivalent to that of a non-tenure track assistant professor. Work at our department was funded in part by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG, a national research funding organization. Our DFG project, „Identität in Afrika“, focused on the work of African authors writing in French, Portuguese, and English. My brother, Daniel Eisermann, is a senior partner at Berlin Risk, a corporate intelligence and compliance advisory firm. A political scientist, Daniel is a political risk analysis and integrity due diligence expert. He has worked on complex political risk assessment projects in Central and Eastern Europe and corporate intelligence projects in Western Europe and the Middle East.

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