Other events


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Goethe Institute Boston

Upcoming Events for Fall 2017

Berlin Calling: Reading and Discussion with author Paul Hockenos 

co-sponsored by the Goethe Institut Boston

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12-2pm

in Levine-Ross, Hassenfeld [Upstairs Sherman]

RSPV required here


Author Paul Hockenos' new book Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth of the New Berlin (The New Press, May 2017) is a never-before-told account of the Berlin Wall’s momentous crash, narrated through the divided city's street artists and punk rockers, impresarios and underground agitators. Hockenos, who lived in Berlin during these exciting times, offers us an original chronicle of 1989’s “peaceful revolution,” which upended communism in East Germany, and the wild, permissive post-Wall years of artistic ferment and pirate utopias, when protest and idealism, subaltern techno clubs and sprawling squats were the order of the day.

What leadership for Germany in the EU, faced with Rising Populism and Euro-Fatigue?

with Vivien A. Schmidt, Professor of Political Science, Boston University 

Wednesday, November 1, 5-6:30pm

Mandel Reading Room 303

RSVP required

What leadership will Germany bring to the EU in coming years, given a weakened Chancellor, a potentially fractious government coalition, and a rising populist opposition in the Bundestag for the first time?  How will Merkel respond to the new French leader's ideas about deepening integration, in particular on the Eurozone?  How will she deal with the on-going refugee crisis, and the growing divisions between East and Western Europe? How Merkel deals with these challenges may very well determine the future of Europe in the near term.

To Change the World, Start by Changing Your University
with Mandy Singer-Brodowski [via Skype]

Monday, October 30, 2017, 12-2pm

Faculty Club Lounge

RSVP required

In the context of accelerating global sustainability problems, the role of universities in dealing with these problems is getting more and more important. Universities can foster sustainability solutions through research, education and greening their campuses, as well as giving their students the opportunity to get involved in the transition towards sustainability. While engaged in ongoing sustainability projects inside and outside the university, students can make the experience to gain the competencies that are necessary for managing sustainability issues and thereby really make a difference. The presentation will focus on the concept of a sustainable and transformative university and students' capacity to become change agents in shaping this new kind of university.



Rightwing Populism and the Left in Demise? 

The Rise of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and the Crisis of the Social Democratic Party (SPD): 

Germany after the 2017 Elections

with Dr. Sebastian Voigt, Research Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich

Friday, November 1, 2017, 12-2pm

Faculty Club Lounge

In contrast to other European countries, a right wing populist party had not been successful in Germany for a long time. However, in the context of the European economic solidarity measures, the Eurosceptic AfD was founded in 2013. In the following years it managed to get into many state parliaments. The refugee crisis contributed to a further rise of the AfD, changing the political environment in Germany. At the same time the longest continuously existing German party, going back to the 19th century, the SPD had constituted the core of the German parliamentary system together with the conservative CDU. In 2003 the last social democratic chancellor Gerhard Schröder implemented the largest cuts in the German welfare state of the postwar era evoking a crisis for the SPD that has been going on for over a decade.