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Civic Engagement


American Studies Leipzig receives regular requests for our scholars and staff to participate in continuing education programs for many different sectors of society, including teachers, journalists, members of the business community, officers and soldiers, and government officials. We see it as one of our key responsibilities to participate in these crucial education programs. Such civic engagement is a central way for American Studies to be an active citizen in the broader community.

Public Dialogue

American Studies Leipzig seeks to be an active participant in the public dialogue about the nature of American life, and about the role of the United States in German, European, and World Affairs.

Dr. Sebastian M. Herrmann

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Dr. Sebastian M. Herrmann
Assistant Lecturer for American Studies
Room 3503 | Phone: (0341) 97-37337
Office Hours: - (Currently on Leave)


Public Lecture Series

As part of its regular engagement with the community, American Studies offers a variety of public lectures and public lecture series. These deal with all aspects of American life, both contemporary and historical, and they cover a whole range of issues, from cultural, to political, social, economic, environmental, literary, and international. Recent guest lectures, open to the public, are listed below.

From time to time, ASL also offers full lecture series, cycles of ten to fifteen lectures organized around a shared topic.

American Studies Leipzig Blogs

The Study-Abroad Blog is a platform for our students to share their study abroad adventure. Every ASL students currently spending a semester in the US can contribute. It is a space to discuss the enriching experiences or reflect on the challenging moments of studying abroad.

Field Research. The Living Classroom

We are especially proud in Leipzig of how we integrate the classroom, research, and engaging other cultures into what we call "The Living Classroom", or the pursuit of new knowledge and understanding through Study Tours to the United States. Study Tours are an outstanding opportunity for our students to go beyond the class room and explore classroom related issues through dialogue and direct encounters with people, places and institutions in today's America.

aspeers (Graduate Journal)

About aspeers

aspeers is the first and currently only graduate journal for american studies in Europe. Embedded into the American Studies Leipzig MA Program, its issues are available online and in print.

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