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20075May

Europa Forum, U.S. Embassy, ASL Cooperate for Roundtable

The Europa Forum Hessen, the City of Kassel, and the American Embassy cooperated with American Studies Leipzig to hold a roundtable on 4 May on the state of transatlantic relations. The roundtable was organized in part to discuss the results of the U.S.-E.U. Summit held in Washington D.C. on 30 April. Participants in the roundtable were Erika Mann, Member of the European Parliament; Jens Scherpenberg, noted expert on European-American relations from the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, and Professor Crister Garrett from ASL.

20074May

Show Your Love! American Studies Leipzig Fan Shop Opens today.

Today, May 4th, American Studies Leipzig has opened its ASL Shop at spreadshirt.de. The shop offers a great variety of shirts, sweaters, tops, cups and other paraphernalia. Check it out right now at
asl.spreadshirt.net!

20074May

Lecture & Workshop in cooperation with Simon Dubnow Institute

The Simon Dubnow Institute and American Studies Leipzig cooperate to organize a lecture and workshop on Jewish American Literature with Julian A. Levinson of the University of Michigan.

Julian A. Levinson holds the Samuel Shetzer Chair in American Jewish Studies at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and Department of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

200730Apr

ASL Participates in Teacher Training Workshop

American Studies Leipzig participated in a teacher training workshop organized by the State of Thueringia and by the U.S. Consulate in Leipzig and held in Eisenach on 27 April. Just over fifty teachers of English and Social Studies heard a presentation by Crister Garrett on “Integrating Language Learning and Landeskunde: The Case of Teaching American Society and Environmental Politics”.

200729Apr

University Studies Information Day Sees Strong Interest in ASL

The annual University Studies Information Day (Studieninformationstag—where prospective students (and many parents!) can speak directly to representatives of the different university degree programs—saw strong interest in American Studies. About fifty curious high school students, often with parents in tow, approached the ASL Display to look at the presentation of the program and to ask staff members a variety of questions about what one can study, and what one can do professionally with a degree in American Studies.

200723Apr

ASL and Deutsche Bank Leipzig Open Houston Photo Exhibition

Today, April 23, American Studies Leipzig and the Deutsche Bank have opened a photo exhibition of a 2006 Study Tour to Houston. The Deutsche Bank's main branch in Leipzig (Martin-Luther-Ring) has generously agreed to host the photo exposition put together by American Studies Leipzig students. In a brief ceremony, Mike Röseler of the Deutsche Bank and Hartmut Keil formally inaugurated the exhibition at 5pm.

200719Apr

Student Newspaper Praises ASL Student Advising Services

The independent student newspaper for the University of Leipzig, Student!, gave special praise to the American Studies Leipzig student advising. At a time when many students are complaining about confusion and lack of sufficient advising resources, Student! noted that an exception to this trend can be found at ASL. The newspaper also quotes the American (and English) Studies Student Council as praising the American Studies Institute for its commitment to high quality student advising.

200719Apr

Picador Professorship Covered in Uni-Journal

The University of Leipzig’s official news monthly, the Uni-Journal, covered the inauguration of the new Picador Professorship for Literature at the American Studies Institute in its April 2007 edition. As the author of the story underscored, “the Picador Chair is meant to further establish American Studies at Leipzig as one of the leading programs of its kind n Germany and to substantially encourage the further internationalisation of the university landscape in Saxony.”

200719Apr

ASL and Rice University Intensify Cooperation

American Studies Leipzig and the elite Rice University are in the process of intensifying cooperation. The ties between Leipzig and Rice were initiated through two Study Tours organized by Professor Hartmut Keil to Houston (home of Rice University) in 2003 and 2006 to explore diversity and civil society.

200718Apr

U.S. Consulate and ASL Cooperate on Teacher Training.

The United States Consulate in Leipzig and American Studies Leipzig cooperated on 17 April to offer a teacher training seminar looking at "Aspects of Contemporary American Society". Some twenty teachers from throughout the region (Mitteldeutschland) participated in the professional training seminar. Faculty member Crister Garrett offered a two-hour session on "Teaching American Politics: The Case of the Presidential Election 2008". A special focus of the session was how to integrate the internet into classroom teaching to allow students to "learn by doing".

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