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Summer Highlight: Service Learning Symposium

An ASL highlight this summer on July 21 was the Symposium that was the culmination for the first-ever Service Learning Module at the University of Leipzig. Service Learning (SL) - an academic opportunity for students to apply the theory and methods in their areas of study with projects in civic engagement - has long been widely practiced in US educational institutions of all levels and allows students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom.


ASL Faculty Member Presents Paper at International Conference in Lublin

ASL doctoral student and assisstant lecturer Florian Bast recently presented a paper at the 2011 conference of the Science Fiction Research Association. The SFRA, founded in 1970, is the oldest professional organization for the study of science fiction and fantasy literature and film.


ASL Event Committee Independence Day BBQ 2011

On July 3rd, the ASL Event Committee celebrated their 4th annual Independence Day BBQ. Due to the bad weather conditions, the celebration took place in the ASL Seminar Room (also known as Homebase). Many folks showed up, from 1st year BA students to MA students, from instructors to students from Ohio. Everyone was well supplied by food and drinks as the ASL Events Committee organized burgers, hotdogs, muffins, cookies and much more.


Showing the World to Others - Shannon Cain Reads From Her Current Project

Last week, American Studies Leipzig welcomed about 40 guests at Skala Leipzig who all came to listen to Picador Professor Shannon Cain. During her reading on May 26, she introduced her current project Tuscon the Novel: An Experiment in Literature and Civil Discourse, a political novel Cain publishes in the tradition of serialization. For this, Cain gets up in front of the Tuscon city council to read three-minute installments oft he story every week.


US Consulate General Searches for Service Staff for 4th of July Event

The US Consulate General is searching for service staff to work during this year's 4th of July party. For further information, please see the attached PDF below.


“Staring at a Blank Wall” - Inaugural Session of the ASL Book Club

For the inaugural session of the student organized ASL Book Club a couple of highly motivated students met to discuss their first reading: the short novel Point Omega by US American author Don DeLillo. They talked about the characters, setting, postmodern approach, and the plot, which—they agreed—the novel was lacking to some extend.


Deutschlandradio Interviews ASL About Osama bin Laden

Deutschlandradio, one of Germany’s leading public radio news channels, interviewed American Studies Leipzig today about the raid conducted by the United States in Pakistan that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Journalist Manuel Unger spoke to Crister Garrett live for about fifteen minutes about what this historic development means for the United States and international politics. Garrett noted that while pictures of celebrating Americans were also controversial in the country, most Americans reacted with more quiet relief and a certain sense of closure.


Extended Registration Deadline for Intercultural Strategies Workshop

Dear Students,

The deadline to register for the Workshop "Intercultural Strategies for Professional Advancement" has been extended to May 10, 2011.

For further information on the workshop, please refer to the initial news release on it.


Fulbright Lecture Series 2011

Below you can find an overview for the upcoming Fulbright Lecture Series. For further information on each lecture, please keep on checking the homepage at The Weeks Ahead and the displays at ASL.

The Fulbright Lecture is an annual lecture series that brings Fulbright Scholars from around Europe to Leipzig to lecture and discuss the richness, complexity, and controversies of American life.


Same Goals, Different Ways - Guest Lecture by Consul General Katherine Brucker

About 40 people gathered when American Studies Leipzig welcomed Consul General Katherine Brucker for a guest lecture on April 21. The topic of her talk wasw "Cultural Difference, Diplomacy, and German-American Relations." Mentioning issues like a stable Afghanistan, or the war on terror, Consul Brucker pointed out the different diplomatic approaches Germany and the USA have. She explained how the experiences made in the twentieth century inform decisions on whether to send troops to Afghanistan or not.

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