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Understanding Project 2013/2014
Your Region - Your Perspective. A Photo Contest 
English Webpage - German Webpage - Video Intro - German subtitled Video
The U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt and the City of Frankfurt are looking for 20 young Americans and Germans age 14-21 years, who enjoy engaging with other youth and who like using their creative minds.  Together with a professional photographer, the participants will take trips to get to know the Frankfurt RheinMain-Region and each other better, to exchange ideas and to record their impressions in photos.

The best photos or photo-series will receive an award.  All entries will be presented on German-American Friendship Day in October 2014.

U.S. Consul General Kevin C. Milas emphasizes: “Especially nowadays, the UnderstandinG Program is of central importance, because German and American youth will get to know their commonalities, overcome potential prejudices, and discover that there is more that unites Germans and Americans than the reporting of the last weeks gives reason to expect.”

Frankfurt’s City Treasurer Uwe Becker underlines: “It is important to me that the young generation carries forward what was built over many decades.  Photography is especially suited to come to grips with their own identity, to create trust, to overcome barriers, to discover similarities, and to hold on to them for the future.”

The City of Frankfurt am Main and the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt encourage with UnderstandinG Program encounters of young Germans and Americans.  All interested in participating should register no later than December 15, 2013 with Anne Rückschloß / Janna Lendel or Dr. Kirsten Gerstner.

Please direct all inquiries concerning UnderstandinG to:
Anne Rückschloß, City of Frankfurt am Main-Dezernat Treasury Department, phone (069) 212-35539, email

Dr. Kirsten Gerstner, U.S. Consulate General, phone (069) 7535-8824, email

Web resources:
“UnderstandinG” announcement:

February 1 – May 29, 2014 
Exhibition Benjamin Patterson / Dr. Ben´s Fluxus Medicine Show (80th Birthday Tour)
Venue: Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wilhelmstraße 15, 65185 Wiesbaden
Dr. Ben´s Fluxus Medicine Show is a fluxist tour on the occasion of the 80th birthday of the Fluxus pioneer which leads him to the most important stops of his artistic vita. On the tour, Ben Patterson is accompanied by photographer Wolfgang Träger. The finale of the tour will take place one day before his 80th birthday on May 28 at Nassauischen Kunstverein Wiesbaden. Parodying the traditional Medicine Show, in which a “quack” doctor offers entertainment to gather a crowd and then attempts to sell a “cure-all” elixir, “Doctor Ben” will offer 1.) nano-fluxus performances; 2.) an illustrated lecture about how mental “blockages” can inhibit a person’s understanding and appreciation of contemporary art; 3.) a “brain scan” diagnosing “blockages” in the minds of individuals who confess to having problems understanding and appreciating contemporary art; and 4.) prescribe a remedy – one or more of six different “Dr. Ben’s Fluxus Elixirs” which can be bought on the spot. The duration of “Doctor Ben’s Medicine Show” will be about 90 minutes, during which approximately 10 “patients” can be treated.  Of course, other members of the audience, who could not be personally diagnosed by Doctor Ben, can buy one or more bottles of “Dr. Ben’s Fluxus Elixir” at the end of the performance. The tour started in Genua, leads the artist to Brno, Berlin, Zagreb, Zurich, Cologne, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Blois, Schwerin, Krakau and ends with a big birthday party in his adopted home town Wiesbaden.

April 24, 2014, 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Earth Day 2014: “Life Line River”
Location: IHK Frankfurt, Börsenplatz 4, 60313 Frankfurt am Main
Organizers: U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt, Earth Day International/Deutsches Komitee e.V., IHK Frankfurt
Water is the basis of all life.  Creeks, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and oceans provide the environment for plants and animals and are a vital part of the ecosystem.  We use water for drinking, fishing, hygiene and recreation.  Water is also a natural source, a provider of energy, and a medium for transportation for companies and therefore an important economic factor.  Efficient and intelligent preservation is a prerequisite for bio diversity and a sustainable use of water.  A German and an American expert - Dr. Anton Sàlat, Lenzkirch, Schwarzwald, and Prof. Stanley Gregory, Ph.D., Oregon State University - will discuss new strategies and projects for sustainable river management and restoration which are to ensure a healthy ecosystem, its sensible use and a better protection from floods which have caused unprecedented devastation in Germany and the United States in recent years.
Detailed Program and registration: 

Monday, May 12, 19:30
Reading in German and English with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah
Venue: Literaturhaus Frankfurt, Schöne Aussicht 2, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tickets: 7 / 5 Euro
Buy tickets at 069 – 40 76 62 580, or at the box office
Press Release from S. Fischer
As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in  Nigeria in 1977. Today she lives in Lagos and in the U.S. She is one of the big young voices in world literature. Her novel Purple Hibiskus was nominated for the Booker-Award, Half of a Yellow Sun received the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007. Adichie‘s works have been translated in 37 languages and she is on the list of the  »20 best writers under 40« of the New Yorker. For Americanah she recieved the Heartland Prize for Fiction.

June 2, 2014, 2.30-6.30 p.m.
Teacher training seminar Going Green (in Englischer Sprache)
Location: Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Taunusstraße 4 - 6, 65183 Wiesbaden
Organizers: U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt, Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung
Conducted entirely in English, this teacher training seminar is part of the “Going Green” project, a new and unique cooperation of a diverse team of contributors, including the U.S. Embassy Berlin, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, LIFE e.V./eXplorarium, and practitioners on site.  Part of the project is to get teachers and students engaged in virtual exchange over the Atlantic and to turn it into real life action.  Learner groups in Germany and the United States will discuss and share ideas for sustainable development via Skype, Google Hangouts, chats, forums, e-mail exchange, and social media.  Independent study modules focus on plastics, green cities, renewable energies, eco-tourism, and more. During the course of the seminar, American and German experts will offer fascinating aspects of environmentalism, discuss the teaching of sustainability and explain how teachers and their students can become part of the transatlantic “Going Green” project (
Faculty: John Dean, Ph.D. (Professor of American Studies & Cultural History, University of Versailles, France), Christianna Stavroudis, M.SC. (American lecturer in English language and Linguistics, Institute for British and North American Studies, University of Greifswald), Dr. Torben Schmidt (Professor of Didactics, Institute of English Studies, Leuphana University Lüneburg)
Detailed Program and registration
Fee:  € 5.00 Euro to be paid on location. Participants have to cover their own travel costs.
Registration deadline: May 2, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 19:30
Reading in German and English with Ayana Mathis: The 12 tribes of Hattie (12 Leben)
Venue: Restaurant "Cosmopolitan", Hauptbahnhof, gegenüber Gleis 3+4, 1. Stock
in cooperation with Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag and Kultur & Bahn e.V.
Ayana Mathis will present her novel and New York Times Bestseller The 12 tribes of Hattie, a saga about an extraordinary woman and her 12 children, including one grandchild, which are regarded as the 12 tribes. Later in the book we meet those children in 12 distinct narrative threads. The story takes place during the Great Migration and describes many of the struggles of the Jim Crowe era. It also contains some echoes of Ayana Mathis’s life. Mathis grew up in Philadelphia and studied at New York University, Temple University and the New School. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers workshop. Her novel was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

June 13-15, 2014
Graffiti Festival Meeting of Styles 2014
Venue: Brückenkopf Mainz-Kastel
With the motto “Cause and Effect” the annual Graffiti Festival Meeting of Styles will take place in Wiesbaden and Mainz with 80-100 artists from all over the world among them artists from the U.S.  A surface of 3000 square meter is available for the personal pieces of art. As every year, there will be an exciting accompanying program. More information at:

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