"...we teach best those things we need to learn for our own survival". Audre Lorde and Marion Kraft. "The Creative Use of Difference", in: Conversations with Audre Lorde. Edited by Joan Wylie Hall. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi,2004. 

Teaching and Learning for a better Future

For more than 35 years, Marion Kraft taught at different educational institutions. The center of her teaching experiences was at the Oberstufenkolleg an der Universität Bielefeld. This college, with its heterogenous students with backgrounds from over 40 nations, was an ideal place to enable young people to reflect their views of the world, their visions of themselves and of others, and thus appreciating differences as enrichment and empowerment in the various struggles for a better future.

Beyond the official curriculum and theoretical aspects of learning, Marion Kraft has always offered her students opportunities to engage in practical activities, such as the participation in a common creative writing workshop for Black and white women, a mutual publication on a women's literature course about African-American Women Writers and the partaking in different workshops and study tours.

Another central issue for Marion Kraft has been the support of minority women authors and scholars. She has suggested several of her students for a scholarship by the Studenstifung des Deutschen Volkes, supported Afro-German and Afro-American students and doctorate candidates, and acted for several years as expert evaluating applications for grants by the.Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. In 2004 she was a member of the jury for the May Ayim Award.

Marion Kraft

and her women's studies class

at the Oberstufenkolleg in 1995

 

London Study Tour

2011