2007-08 Events


The following is a sample of past events presented by the Center for German and European Studies:

Forget 1968: It was wonderful, but it's over!

March 18, 2008

Daniel Cohn-BenditThe 1960s seem to have gained almost mythical status among the younger generations. Students today view the sixties with some envy. To them, the sixties represent a time during which young people were united across America and the world against war and aggression through social action, music, and other means of expression in Germany and the rest of Western Europe. Yet the circumstances and expressions differed greatly from those in the United States.

With this symposium, CGES attempted to demystify the 1960s and to help assess the successes and failures of the revolutionary movements on both sides of the Atlantic. This event featured Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a publicist and politician who became famous in the Sixties as "Dany The Red." He grew up in Germany and France and became a spokesperson and leader of the May-Revolution in Paris.


Is it important for Jews to visit Germany?

March 4, 2008

To travel to Germany continues to represent a problem for many American Jews, as such a visit might somehow be viewed as condoning the actions of Germany during WWII. In this event we sought to discuss what Jews experience visiting Germany today, and how Germans react to Jews' attitudes toward their country.


Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of CGES

October 10, 2007

CGES held a conference in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in celebration of the Center's 10th anniversary. The topic of the conference was the situation of Muslim communities in Europe. German Ambassador to the United States Klaus Scharioth presented the keynote address.