ASL and Fulbright Celebrate 60 Years of German-American Exchange

On December 6, 2012, American Studies Leipzig, the Fulbright Commission in Berlin, and the US Consulate in Leipzig celebrated 60 years of German-American higher education exchange thanks to the Fulbright Program at an afternoon symposium. Entitled, “Diversity, Economic Change, and Employment: The Transatlantic Laboratory,” the symposium brought together some 75 Fulbright alumni, current fellows, students, staff, and professors from the United States and Germany.

 

The opening remarks were delivered by the Rektorin of Leipzig University, Prof. Dr. med., Beate Schücking, Reiner Rohr (Fulbright Commission), Tom Miller from the US Embassy in Berlin, and ASL’s Prof. Dr. Anne Koenen. All speakers highlighted the importance of Fulbright in the landscape of higher education exchange and the special relationship of Leipzig University, ASL, and Fulbright which has been characterized by a particularly fruitful collaboration over the years. The key note speaker of the day was Fulbright alum Prof. Martin Gillo, Saxon Commissioner for Foreign Nationals, who talked about his own experiences with the exchange program and the significance of diversity for the development of Saxony and Germany within the global economy.

 

In smaller groups the participants of the symposium then discussed the importance of diversity in the global economy. The day ended with a performance by members of the University Big Band under the leadership of Reicko Brockelt, and a reception where participants could relax and recount the days events.

 

Below you can find some impressions of the event. We also interviewed Prof. Martin Gillo and Reiner Rohr for the Taking Five section of the ASL YouTube channel.

 

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