Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future: The Center for German & European Studies at Brandeis Turns 20
The Center for German and European Studies celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 6-7, 2018. The event included lively panel discussions with faculty experts and guests who explored challenges and changes in Germany, Europe and the United States.
German Ambassador to the United States
Emcee: Oliver Koch ’21
Welcome: CGES Director Sabine von Mering
Festive Gala Dinner
Remarks: Brandeis University President Ronald D. Liebowitz
Keynote Address: German Ambassador Emily Haber
Followed by a Conversation with Sonja Lahnstein-Kandel
A Hitchhiker’s Guide through two Decades [video presentation]
Welcome: Brandeis Provost Lisa M. Lynch
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)
- Moderator: Diana Filar (Brandeis University)
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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)
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)
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, MA’00, IBS MA’01 (Fluence Corporation)
- Kai-Moritz Keller ’07 (World Economic Forum)
- Ingrid Schulte ’13 (Climate Focus)
- Arina Lô Chithavong-Lester, MA’15 (Community Preservation and Development)
- Aneil Tripathy ’12, MA’15 (Brandeis University)