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Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future:
The Center for German & European Studies at Brandeis turns 20

Saturday, October 6, 2018  

Welcoming Reception in the Faculty Club Lounge
Emcee: Oliver Koch, ‘21
CGES Director Sabine von Mering
6pm - 9pm
Festive Gala Dinner in the Faculty Club Main Dining Room
Brandeis University President Ron Liebowitz
Keynote Address:
German Ambassador Emily Haber
Followed by a Conversation with
Sonja Lahnstein-Kandel 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Brandeis University Faculty Club Main Dining Room

8:30am - 9:00am
Breakfast and check-in

9:00am - 9:15am
CGES Brandeis - A Hitchhiker’s Guide through two Decades [video presentation]

9:15am - 9:30am
Welcome: Brandeis Provost Lisa Lynch

9:30am - 10:45am
Panel I: Germany Today: Migration, Integration, Innovation
Germany is changing rapidly. As one of the most successful Western industrialized economies it is faced with demographic changes, aging, and the transformation of many sectors. What can we learn from this process? What are signs of successful transformation vs signs of distress? How does German culture evolve as a consequence of these rapid changes? 

Jennifer Miller (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
Deniz Göktürk (University of California, Berkeley)
Birgit Glorius (Technische Hochschule Chemnitz)
Cynthia Porter (Vanderbilt University)
Diana Filar (Brandeis University)
10:45am - 11:00am

11:00am - 12:30pm
Panel II: Germany’s Role in the European Union and the Transatlantic Relationship: 1998 vs 2018 and Beyond
How has Germany’s role in Europe shifted between 1998 and 2018? What does it mean?What effects will Brexit and right-wing populism have? How is the EU currently dealing with these challenges and what will likely happen in the coming years? 
Can Erbil (Boston College)
George Ross (University of Montreal, Brandeis University, and formerly Brandeis CGES)
Vivien Schmidt (Boston University)
Nils Ringe’00 (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Lucy Goodhart (Brandeis University)
12:30pm - 1:45pm

1:45pm - 3:15pm
Panel III: The Future of Holocaust Education
As the 21st century advances, research shows that the memory of the Holocaust begins to fade. How can educational initiatives counter this “forgetting”? How can we teach the Holocaust and its lessons to diverse societies without the help of survivors’ eyewitness accounts?
Laura Jockusch (Brandeis University)
Andrea Löw (Holocaust Research Center, Munich)
Sultan Doughan (CGES Brandeis)
Lukas Welz (AMCHA Germany)
Jon Levisohn (Brandeis University)
3:15pm - 3:30pm

3:30pm - 4:45pm
Panel IV: From Germany to CGES Brandeis to the World: Alumni Tackling the Challenges of the Future
From climate change to water security to financial crises - the current generation of students faces a future of immense challenges. How are young global leaders from among our CGES alumni taking them on? What work are they doing, how did they choose these particular paths, and what excites them about the future?
Henry Charrabe, IBS MA’00, IBS MA’01 (Fluence Corporation);
Kai-Moritz Keller, ‘07 (World Economic Forum),
Ingrid Schulte’13 (Climate Focus)
Arina Lô Chithavong-Lester, Heller MA’15 (Community Preservation and Development)
Aneil Tripathy’12, MA,’15 (Brandeis University)

4:45pm - 5:30pm
Ice Cream Cake and Wrap Up