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Dr. Maciej Turek Talks on Freedom of Speech and Campaign Finance

On Monday, 26 May 2014, Dr. Maciej Turek from Jagiellonian University in Krakow gave a talk on campaign finance and freedom of speech in the United States.

Several students joined to welcome Dr. Turek and listen to his interesting findings.

Dr. Turek especially focused on how campagin finance has changed and peaked throughout the history of the United States. Accordingly, he expanded on the legal implications of financial power qua means to amplify the significance of a single vote.


Teachers Shared Their Experiences With New Media in the Classroom

On May 15, ASL's Teaching America Project was very glad to host two teachers, Ms. Buhnar-Mittelstädt of the Gutenbergschule and Ms. Eder-Panev of the Karl-Heine-Schule. Both teachers who contribute to the Teaching America project on a regular basis provided a particularly enriching experience for our teaching training students attending ASL’s new seminar “Teaching America: E-Teaching, E-Learning and Best Practice.”


Campus and Community Discuss with Dr. Roger Kangas Transatlantic Relations and Central Asia

On Monday evening, 5 May, American Space Leipzig hosted Dr. Roger Kangas, Dean of the Center for Near East South Asia Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. The roundtable concentrated on US/EU Cooperation (and Competition) in Central and South East Asia. Many American Studies students attended as did a number of non American Studies students and members of the public.


Study Abroad in the US

On Monday, 14 April, Assistant Lecturer Bethany Lerch led an economic-oriented workshop. Titled the "The US Job Market: A crash course" participants learned about the economic hardship facing the United States and American workers.

Background on the Finanicial Crisis as well as the Great Recession was provided, as was a more thorough understanding of the statistics that factor into unemployment.


Internships and Professional Development

On Tuesday, April 22, a number of students got together with American Space internship advisor Ewa Adamkiewicz to learn more about internships in the United States and professional development.

The workshop focussed on how to find internships, how to integrate those into the student's schedule, and how to finance an internship abroad.

The next internship workshop will be offered on May 26, 5-7 pm.



Meet the American Space Library: A Community Event

The first American Space Library Workshop turned out to be a success.

The group was very attentive and a lot of information was gathered on most diverse subjects in the end:
E.g., the Icelandic-US relations, literature by and about authors like John Steinbeck or Ernest Hemingway, or the newest edition of Vanity Fair. Participants also learned how fast-paced and dynamic internet sources are these days, as they discussed the Encyclopedia Britannica, which already offers an article on the Maidan protest movement.


First Round of “Teaching America" Seminar

We are pleased to inform you that the initial round of our seminar “Teaching America” will start on April 9, 2014.

We are looking forward to the incoming teaching degree students.


American Television: Reality vs. Reality TV

On Monday, 31 March, Bethany Lerch hosted an early evening event that explored American culture through the lens of reality TV.


Interview: German-American Relations and the Ukraine Crisis

MDR Info, the main public radio news provider for central Germany, interviewed Crister S. Garrett for its Sunday noon news show about the implications of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine for German-American relations.


Death and Dying Conference Poster Online

The 2nd year MA cohort is happy to present the poster for the fourth annual American Studies Leipzig MA-Level Graduate Student Conference on "Death and Dying in American Culture."

You can find it here, or at the conference team's homepage: www.death-and-dying.de

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