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31.3.2015

What's up, America?

Perspectives on the United States and Transatlantic Relations

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At one time, the United States of America was the model for the West, and, so it appeared, even for the entire world. Today, however, critical voices are growing louder, even in the U.S. itself. The new discussion series from the German Federal Agency for Civic Education – the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb – will examine both sides of America’s image and the enduring fascination that the country still exerts, as well as analyze current problems and external perspectives.

A country that has dedicated itself to diversity in its founding motto ("E Pluribus Unum – Out of many, one") can occasionally be vexing, and as a result, only be understood through an interdisciplinary approach. That is why the new bpb series on the United States will focus on aspects of its culture, society, business and politics, in order to gradually assemble these individual areas into a multifaceted overall picture of America and to reflect critically on its perception in Europe.

The start-up event on March 12, 2015, in the Berlin Auditorium Friedrichstrasse provided an introduction to the American myth. The discussion focused on questions such as: "Where does America stand?", "Where is America going?" and "What is the current status of the transatlantic relationship?"

The evening was hosted by the German-American journalists Dr. Melinda Crane and Dr. Christoph von Marschall. Melinda Crane is a long-time resident of Germany and comments on political events in her homeland for various media. Christoph von Marschall was the long-standing U.S. correspondent for the Berlin Tagesspiegel newspaper and has written numerous books on the United States. Moderating as a team, they shaped the dialog: between the United States and Europe, between conservative and liberal, between urban boom and the agrarian United States, between American interests and other actors on the global political stage.

The new series on the U.S. and transatlantic relationships is supported by the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin.

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Program

Introduction and moderation

Dr. Melinda Crane, U.S. journalist, Deutsche Welle

Dr. Christoph von Marschall, German journalist and author, Der Tagesspiegel

Welcome address

Thomas Krüger, President of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb

Opening presentation

Is there a Progressive Future for America?

Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and spring 2015 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin

Commentary

Prof. Dr. Winfried Fluck, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Martin Klingst, Die Zeit

Discussion and subsequent reception

date

12.03.2015, von 19:00 bis 21:00

venue

Auditorium Friedrichstraße
Im Quartier 110
Friedrichstraße 180
10117 Berlin

for

Multipliers, journalists and those who are interested in politics

organiser

German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb, organization and implementation: lab concepts

contact

For queries on content:
German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb
Section Events and Conferences/Berlin Program
Lothar G. Kopp
Dipl. Päd./Research Consultant
Friedrichstrasse 50 I Checkpoint Charlie
10117 Berlin
Tel +49 (0)30 254504-433
Fax +49 (0)30 254504-422

press contact

German Federal Agency for Civic Education
Communication department
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0)228 99515-200
Fax +49 (0)228 99515-293
presse@bpb.de


Mehr als die Hälfte der Europäer steht TTIP positiv gegenüber – in Deutschland und zwei weiteren Ländern jedoch ist die Ablehnung innerhalb der Bevölkerung groß. Anhand dieses Fallbeispiels beschäftigt sich die Podiumsdiskussion mit der Frage, wieso wirtschaftliche Fragen auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks und auch innereuropäisch auf so unterschiedliche Art und Weise diskutiert werden.

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At one time, the United States of America was the model for the West, and, so it appeared, even for the entire world. Today, however, critical voices are growing louder, even in the U.S. itself. The new discussion series from the German Federal Agency for Civic Education – the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb – will examine both sides of America’s image and the enduring fascination that the country still exerts, as well as analyze current problems and external perspectives.

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