Germany in Europe - Campus Week 2013/2014
The 2013-2014 nationwide campus campaign of the German Information Center USA at the German Embassy seeks to raise awareness of recent developments in Germany and Europe, while pointing to the historical foundations and culture of the European Union as well as the future relevance of transatlantic relations. This year, the German Information Center’s “Campus Weeks” focus on the topic of Germany in Europe.
It states its motivation as follows:
The European Union secures peace, prosperity, freedom, and democracy in Europe. It turned former enemies into friends and allies, sustaining peace in Europe for over 60 years. As the world’s biggest economy and its largest single market, the European Union unites 28 democratic market economies with a combined population of over 500 million. Germany lies at the heart of Europe. As one of its founding members it plays an active part in modeling the present and future of the EU.
With the EU undergoing change once more let’s take a closer look at how Germany's role has evolved over the century. Will we see a more European Germany or a more German EU?
“Germany in Europe 1913-2014: From Arrogant Bully to Dependable Team Player?”
The Center for German and European Studies CGES is excited to once again contribute to the Campus Weeks initiative. The success of the past initiatives has raised awareness and critical thinking in the Brandeis community. For the 2013/14 Campus Weeks series, the Brandeis project will center around the trajectory of Germany as a militarily and otherwise aggressive and nationalist country in the lead up to WWI exactly a hundred years ago to its current role as important and dependable team player in the European Union.
CGES Program for the 2013/14 “Germany in Europe” Campus Weeks series
Germany in Europe in 1913: The Portrayal of the Great War
Featuring historians Thomas Weber, Philipp Stelzel, and Chad Williams, organized by Ian Hopper, Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Modern Britain and the World from 1750 in the History department at Brandeis University.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
9:45am-12noon; International Lounge, Usdan
The way in which people understand war derives principally from the portrayal of war in their society. Portrayals can be found in personal narratives, historical writing, political rhetoric, and art. Over the last century, the cinema has become the primary transmitter of the imagery of war and it is from film that most derive their essential understanding of the nature of warfare and military history. This panel brings together historical and artistic perspectives to discuss important questions surrounding the portrayal of war. These include: What are the challenges to portraying war historically or artistically? In what ways do the concerns of historians and directors of films overlap or diverge? What political or cultural influences shape how war is portrayed? How can portrayals of war confront or confirm the biases of their audience? There will be time for questions from the audience at the end of the discussion. All are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:30-8:30pm; Pearlman Lounge
Today, Germany is a leading economic power and young people from around the world are interested in German culture, history, and politics. This student-led panel discussion will highlight chances and challenges young generations are facing in Germany and Europe today. How do German and other European students identify? What role does Germany have in Europe and in the minds of Europeans right now? How do nationality and European identity conflict or interact? How much does history impact views of Germany? What are students’ employment prospects in Germany and Europe?
Germany Shaping Your Future: Transatlantic Job OpportunitiesTuesday, March 18, 2014
6:00-8:30pm; Napoli Room, Gosman Sports Center
The Germany and Europe Job Fair will showcase a panel of German businesses that are operating in the Boston area and US businesses with a presence in Germany. Students attending will gain a better understanding of how the US and German economies and work place are intertwined and may present themselves to German businesses looking for American workers. Please RSVP with Heidi McAllister at email@example.com
Brandeis-Europa-CupThursday, April 24th, 2014
time TBD; Great Lawn
Essay Competition: “Germany in Europe: Bully or Dependable Team Player?”
Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to participate in a campus-wide essay competition on the subject of Germany’s role in Europe past, present, and future. The 5 winners will receive $100 each.