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Dave King Reading

King, who lives in Brooklyn but is currently fellow at the American Academy in Rome, had previously worked as a painter when he turned to writing. In response to questions, King talked about how the novel came about, he freely spoke about the rights and responsibilities of a writer as he negotiates details such as the title with the publisher. King furthermore talked about the distinctly American setting and dialogue that many readers respond to, and commented on the film version that is in planning.


Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Election Event

Panel members included U.S. Consul General in Leipzig, Mark Scheland, senior member of the Bundestag, Social Democrat Uwe Küster, and Crister Garrett. Mark Scheland noted that the elections on 8 November ranged through the whole scope of American society, from deciding on who should be the local sheriff in many communities across the country, to which party would have majority power in the national legislative branch or Congress. Uwe Küster underscored that the broad sweep of the Democrats illustrated the continuing vitality of American politics and democracy.


Inspiring People

Culture and Education in German Foreign Policy

On the panel for creating world-wide networks for education and scholarship were the Secretary General of the Alexander-Humboldt Foundation, the Head of the Crespo Foundation, the Director of Worldwide Communications for Deutsche Post World Net, and American Studies. There were some fifty participants engaged with the panel in a two-hour exchange.



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