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Ambassador Janet Garvey spoke at ASL about the significance of NATO

American Studies Leipzig welcomed US Ambassador Janet Garvey on January 12, 2012, to the Institute where she spoke to about 30 students, professors, and members of the community on “Why NATO Will Continue to Matter for America and Europe.” Ambassador Garvey, who is currently Associate Director at the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies located outside of Munich, has served in both West and East Germany, Hungary, former Yugoslavia, and Finland, and thus has deep transatlantic experience and expertise.

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Filmmaker Yolanda Cruz showed "2501 Migrants" at ASL

Award-winning film maker Yolanda Cruz visited American Studies Leipzig on January 10 to show her documentary 2501 Migrants: A Journey. About 15 students and faculty members gathered to watch the movie about the Mexican artist Alejandro Santiago and his project “2501 Migrants.” Santiago tried to “repopulate” the village Teococuilco with 2.501 clay figures representing former inhabitants of the village who had migrated to the United States.

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Study Abroad and Internship Roundtable informed about opportunities abroad

On January 11, study abroad advisor Anja Eifert and internship coordinator Katharina Freitag met with ASL students interested in studying at a foreign university or doing an intership abroad.

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MDR Info Interviews ASL About Start of Presidential Primary Season

The main news radio program for Mitteldeutschland, MDR Info, interviewed American Studies Leipzig for its Saturday morning news program about the start of the primaries election process and its significance. Reporter Veronika Grandke asked Crister Garrett why the system of caucuses, primaries, straw polls etc is so diverse and if it really is necessary. The system emerged in the late nineteenth century, Garrett noted, when voters got fed up with party elites hand selecting candidates, and citizens wanted more grassroots democratic power.

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Picador Reading with Porochista Khakpour

On November 28, 2011 Picador Guest Professor Porochista Khakpour read from her novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects and excerpts from a new unpublished work. About 50 people came to the reading at the Skala/Schauspiel Leipzig. The following Q&A was moderated by the TV-journalist Minou Amir-Seh. Among many other topics, Professor Khakpour talked about how the relationship to her parents and her Iranian background influence and inspire her work.

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NEA Literature fellowship for Porochista Khakpour

Picador Guest Professor Porochista Khakpour has been awarded the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Literature fellowship in Creative Writing (Prose) for 2012.

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Consul General Mark J. Powell talked with ASL about diplomatic service

US Consul General, Mark J. Powell, spoke to American Studies Leipzig on December 8, 2011 about his extensive diplomatic experience serving in the Americas and Europe, and what he sees as challenges and opportunities for American foreign policy and transatlantic relations as new powers such as Brazil begin to emerge on the global stage.

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Internship Workshop presented great opportunities for ASL students

On December 7, ASL students attended this semester’s Internship Workshop to hear more about completing an internship as part of their studies. ASL Internship Coordinator Katharina Freitag talked about where to find an internship, possibilities of doing internships abroad, how to get funding, and how to receive credits for internships.

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Kansas State Senator Chris Steineger visited ASL

Kansas State Senator Chris Steineger held a lecture at American Studies Leipzig on December 1, 2011. In his talk he discussed “Current Trends and Challenges in American Politics” with the students, focusing on the 2012 presidential election. Steineger also talked about his own political career and his work as a state senator.

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First ASL Event Committee Thanksgiving Dinner a big success

The ASL Event Committee hosted its first Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday. 50 people were able to enjoy the delicious turkey made by the Event Committee. Everyone had a wonderful evening and the first Thanksgiving dinner was a huge success.

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