Fulbright goes PPP Reunion

Fulbright goes PPP Reunion

 

On October 20-21, 2017, Fulbright Alumni Sebastian Reh (2015-2016) and Daniel Franch (2016-2017) attended the 2017 Parlamentarisches Patenschaftsprogramm (PPP) Reunion in Leipzig as guests. Our common objectives were to establish contact and share information between the PPP, APPPs (high school student exchange of PPP), Initiative junge Transatlantiker, and Fulbright in all of Germany. From the moment we joined the reception on Friday in the U.S. Consulate in Leipzig, we shared the Fulbright spirit and began to network and mingle. „Fulbright goes PPP Reunion“ weiterlesen

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Fulbright Alumni Welcome Meeting in München, October 13-15, 2017

Fulbright Alumni Welcome Meeting in München, October 13-15, 2017

As a baby Fulbrighter, I was excited to meet my new extended transatlantic family at the 2017 Welcome Meeting in Munich. I came into the weekend with great expectations, but the experience itself far outperformed my imagination. Where else could I have made so many inspiring new friends, learned from such a variety of presentations and workshops, and eaten way too much pizza? That’s right, nowhere.  „Fulbright Alumni Welcome Meeting in München, October 13-15, 2017“ weiterlesen

The Berlin Seminar Revisited

The Berlin Seminar Revisited

The 63rd Berlin Seminar, March 26 – 30, 2017, administered by the German Fulbright Commission

 

Returning to the Berlin Seminar is a homecoming.  It is a return to the energy and excitement of my first seminar years ago when the wall still grimly divided the city and the Cold War was at its most gelid. Thanks to involvement in alumni activities I have returned to several Seminars and have seen how it has evolved.  The program of my first Seminar stretched out over a week and was largely made up of conferences by experts on the intricacies of the Cold War, NATO, and the Warsaw Pact.  Nowadays, the Seminar runs just four days and there is a lot more active participation by grantees and alumni resulting in dynamic and engaging interaction.

Over the years the Berlin Seminar has developed a varied format: guided tours and a welcome reception on Sunday; workshops and panels throughout the week;  on Monday evening, the Annual Fulbright Ceremony including the Cottrell Award for excellence in research and teaching; an encounter with a city official at the Berlin Town Hall; finally, a Farewell dinner and disco dance on the last night. „The Berlin Seminar Revisited“ weiterlesen

Geh wählen – Für die, die keine Wahl haben

Geh wählen – Für die, die keine Wahl haben

„Ich gehe am 24. September nicht wählen, ich bin unpolitisch und möchte meine Zeit nicht mit Programme wälzen verbringen“, erklärte mir eine 20-Jährige Kommilitonin vor ein paar Wochen. Ihre Einstellung ist kein Einzelfall, in meiner Generation gilt es fast schon als „cool, unpolitisch zu sein. Bei der Bundestagwahl 2013 waren die jungen Menschen am wahlfaulsten: Die Beteiligung der 21- bis 25- Jährigen lag bei 60,03%. Das sind 10% weniger als der Durchschnitt und 20% weniger als bei den 60 bis 70-Jährigen.

Meine Überzeugungsarbeit greift bei der Kommilitonin nicht, sie bleibt dabei und wird nicht wählen. Über den Zusammenhang zwischen ihrem Lebensstandard und den politischen Entscheidungen, dem gesellschaftlichen Regelwerk, in das ihr Leben eingeflochten ist, hat sie nie nachgedacht. Sie hat sich nicht bewusst für diese Demokratie entschieden, anders als die jungen Ostdeutschen, die zur Zeit der Teilung nach Westdeutschland geflüchtet sind. Die Erzählung von der stets fragilen Demokratie, die es sich zu pflegen lohnt, scheint sie in der Schule nicht erreicht oder überzeugt zu haben. Wenn viele junge Menschen aber das Wissen über unsere Geschichte und unseren Staat nicht zum gelegentlichen Wählen bewegen kann, was dann? „Geh wählen – Für die, die keine Wahl haben“ weiterlesen

Siberian guy on CSD 2017 in Frankfurt, July 15, 2017

Siberian guy on CSD 2017 in Frankfurt, July 15, 2017

I’m writing these lines on a train from Moscow to Saint Petersburg. As if it were not already quite a constellation, let me tell you this: as soon as I got an invitation to take part in CSD in Frankfurt together with the US Consulate General and my fellow Fulbright alumni, I didn’t hesitate for a second and postponed my back then upcoming and already planned holidays in Russia, where I am right now. And it’s a long story as to how I finally ended up here.

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Lessons on Networking – Or, Reflections on Friendship?

Claire Dinh is studying bioethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She was an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Frankfurt am Main in the 2016-17 academic year.

It’s been about a month since I returned from Germany to the US, and the question I’ve been asked the most, by friends and family alike, has been: how was it?

„Lessons on Networking – Or, Reflections on Friendship?“ weiterlesen

German-American Alumni Think Tank, May 20, 2017

German-American Alumni Think Tank, May 20, 2017

Communication and exchange are crucial to transatlantic alumni work. With this object in mind, the DAZ Stuttgart invited the major German-American alumni associations to a networking and strategy meeting. We gladly took this opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, challenges, and prospects with representatives from PPP Alumni, VDAC Alumni and Initiative junger Transatlantiker within an informal setting.

„German-American Alumni Think Tank, May 20, 2017“ weiterlesen