Leaving DC for Denver

In a couple of hours, I will be leaving the DC area to fly to Denver. The adventure of the day will be, if I manage to get my connecting flight in Atlanta, where I have only 40 minutes to do so. In Denver, I have organized private housing… staying with a friend of my friend Leo. Tomorrow, the national convention of the College Democrats will start in Denver.

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Klausuren "The Canon and Popular Culture" korrigiert

Die Abschlussklausuren der Vorlesung “The Canon and Popular Culture” wurden von Frau Prof. Koenen korrigiert und können ab Dienstag, den 26.08., im Sekretariat eingesehen werden.

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Getting Ready for Denver

Yesterday and today I have been trying to get ready for Denver, getting a phone, a camcorder, and a new battery for my MacBook, all essential for components to make Denver and St. Paul a success. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out smoothly at all. I do have a phone that works now, after my visit to an AT&T dealer and spending about $55.

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Election08 Road-Trip

Today, I will be starting my election08 adventure. From August 18 to November 7, I will travel to the US to investigate my MA thesis case study: this year’s election. I started writing my MA thesis in May. The topic is “American Youth, Political Parties, & the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.” Up until now, I have done the theoretical work focusing on the concepts of political participation as well as democratic and generational theory. From now on, I will be on the road… So check back for reports.

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Who's In, Who's Out?

As the taz reports, approximately 60% of German university students come from what they call “Akademikerfamilien,” i.e. families in which at least one parent has an academic degree. They compare that number to 2004’s 57% and 1993’s 49%.

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Energy Policy Debate: “To drill or not to drill?”

Since the gas price has risen above $4 a gallon in the US earlier this year, oil specifically and energy more generally has been on top of the campaign agenda. The actual substance or rather non-substance of the energy policy debate can make you wonder though. Republican Representative Michael Burgess, for example, even referred to the Paris Hilton Energy Plan on the floor of the House of Representatives saying: “Let’s have the vote. Even Paris Hilton has a plan.

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Revisiting the 3 AM Phone Call: The Caucasus Conflict, the US, & Russia

 www.russiablog.orgSince the eruption of fighting and violence in South Ossetia, the conflict between Russia and Georgia has been discussed widely, not just in terms of its consequences for the Caucasus region, but also in terms of its impact on the US presidential election. Republican John McCain is widely believed to have an edge over Democrat Barack Obama, when it comes to foreign policy and national security. After all, he is a Vietnam veteran and “war hero,” right?

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Kampf mit harten Bandagen: Warum der US Wahlkampf negativer wird

Der US Wahlkampf ist rauer geworden. Der Republikaner John McCain hat den Demokraten Barack Obama nach dessen Rückkehr aus Europa hart angegriffen. Mit einer Reihe so genannter “attack ads” (negative Werbespots) griff McCain die Popularität seines Gegners an, indem er sie als negative Eigenschaft definierte. So versucht er der Obama Kampagne den Enthusiasmus zu nehmen und seinen Gegner als elitären Popstar zu charakterisieren.

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Graduate Journal aspeers Calls for Submissions for its 2 (2009) Issue

The Leipzig-based graduate journal aspeers calls for submissions by graduate students (MA- or equivalent levels) of European American Studies and related fields by October 31 (November 14 for creative submissions).

The 2 (2009) issue of aspeers will be organized around concepts of migration and mobility.

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