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Understanding Project 2013/2014
Your Region - Your Perspective. A Photo Contest
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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 email@example.com
Dr. Kirsten Gerstner, U.S. Consulate General, phone (069) 7535-8824, email firstname.lastname@example.org
November 27, 6pm
Transatlantic Wednesday: Prof. Tara Zahra – Lecture and Discussion
“Travel Agents on Trial: Emigration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the ‘Free World’”
Moderation: Hans Jürgen Balmes
Location: Eisenhower Saal, Goethe-Universität, Grüneburgplatz 1, 60323 Frankfurt
Sponsors: U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt, Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt, Institut für England- und Amerikastudien der Goethe-Universität
Tara Zahra, a professor of history at the University of Chicago, is interested in comparative approaches to modern European history, with a particular focus on migration and displacement, nationalism, gender and the family, international humanitarianism, and human rights.
After the Second World War, the “captivity” of East Europeans behind the Iron Curtain came to be seen as a quintessential symbol of Communist oppression. The Iron Curtain was not, however, built overnight in 1948 or 1961. Its foundation was arguably laid before the First World War, when Austrian Imperial officials began a century-long campaign to curtail emigration in the name of demographic power and humanitarian values. This talk examines how and why emigration came to be such a polarizing issue in East Central Europe in the late nineteenth century, arguing that emigration was linked to changing ideas about freedom, slavery, and mobility in twentieth century Europe and America.
November 29 – 30
„The United States and Latin America: Cooperation and Conflict"
Location: Fridtjof-Nansen-Akademie, für politische Bildung im WBZ Ingelheim, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 61, 55218 Ingelheim am Rhein (Tel: (06132) 79003-16
Detailed program & registration: https://www.wbz-ingelheim.de/index.php?id=24&PHPSESSID=a121f42ae6657e5e569cb3798b5ba9ee
After the emergence of the Monroe-Doctrine of 1823 in which President James Monroe demanded an end to European colonial ambitions, Latin America has often been called the United States’ “back yard.” Theodore Roosevelt complemented the doctrine by claiming a right for intervening in Latin American affairs for the U.S. alone. During and after the Cold War cooperation as well as severe tension characterized a relationship which keeps developing as the entire American continent undergoes significant political, economic and cultural changes. The seminar will explore the historical, present and future evolution of a relationship in which Latin American is now increasingly impacting on U.S. culture, society, the economy and politics through immigration.
December 4, 7.30pm
TRANSATLANTIC WEDNESDAY - Reading with KIRAN DESAI: "The Loneliness of Sonia and Sunny"
in cooperation with S. Fischer Verlag
Venue: Historische Villa Metzler, Schaumainkai 15, 60596 Frankfurt
Eintritt: 7 / 5 Euro; Studenten 3 Euro
Karten unter Tel.: 069 212 35 435 und an der Abendkasse
At the American Academy this fall, writer Kiran Desai is working on her new novel, The Loneliness of Sonia and Sunny. The book "is an endlessly unresolved romance between two modern Indians,” Desai writes. “It examines Western and Eastern manifestations of solitude as they play out across the geographical and emotional terrain of our globalized world. Sonia first glimpses Sunny on the train to her grandfather’s funeral. Beguiled by each other, but ashamed to be matched in an old-fashioned manner, they embark upon a series of experiments, across Europe, India, and America, to see if they might succeed in contemporary ways of loving. The story addresses the promise and failure of feminism, the growing gap between rich and poor, rural and urban, the many ways in which modernity affects our spiritual beings in the elemental matters of loneliness and love. As Sonia and Sunny pursue their romance, they find themselves mapping a primal lexicon of the myriad forms of global loneliness.”
Kiran Desai was born in Chandigarh, India, and educated in India, England, and the United States. Her first novel, "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard", received the 1998 Betty Trask Award for being one of the best new novels by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations under the age of 35. Her novel "The Inheritance of Loss" (2006) won the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was translated into over forty languages. Desai’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Guardian, Gourmet Magazine, Best American Travel Writing, and The Vintage Book of Indian Writing 1947-1997.
»Transatlantischer Mittwoch 2013« - Ein Projekt des Kulturamts Stadt Frankfurt am Main und des US-Generalkonsulats Frankfurt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für England- und Amerikastudien der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt und der Historischen Villa Metzler gGmbH
December 11 - 12
Teacher Training Seminar
„Soft Power or Cultural Imperialism? Globalization, Americanization and Cultural Diversity“
Location: Pädagogisches Landesinstitut Boppard, Mainzer Straße 46, 56154 Boppard
Fee: € 60.00 (room & board in single room)/€40.00 (room & board in double room). This does not apply to teachers from Rhineland-Palatinate who are asked to register through the state’s “Bildungsserver.”
Detailed program & registration: http://www.atlantische-akademie.de/images/pdf-2013/AA-13-079-Flyer.pdf
Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, but also McDonald's, Apple, Facebook und Google are examples and expressions of American culture and life style. At the same time, they also indicate a global American influence which has little to do with military and economic power. Rather, they are manifestations of what the American political scientist Jospeh S. Nye defined as “soft power”: "A country may obtain the outcomes it wants in world politics because other countries – admiring its values, emulating its example, aspiring to its level of prosperity and openness – want to follow it.” American soft power is seen by some as a form of cultural imperialism which will ultimately reduce cultural diversity. German and American experts will explore the ways American soft power works, what effects it has in other countries, what kind of resistance it faces, how it relates to globalization and what retroactive effect it might have on American culture and society.
Kunsthalle Mannheim - Uprooted / Exil
Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen - No Place like Home / Zuhause
Heidelberger Kunstverein - Battleground / Afghanistan
ZEPHYR - Raum für Fotografie der Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim - Deutschlandreise
Kunstverein Ludwigshafen - Community
Sammlung Prinzhorn, Heidelberg - Locked up / Die Zelle
Stadtgalerie Mannheim - Insight Out / Konversion
halle02, Heidelberg - Liu Jie: Migrant Nation