Past Events and Campaigns
This page contains a few events and campaigns from the past few years that touched on a variety of subjects. Whether it was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the German Embassy coming to St. Thomas, we feel these robust offerings of events provide students with valuable insights into the German language, culture and history.
St. Thomas celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – a monumental day in history that changed the world and eventually led to Germany's reunification. Since then other dictatorships have become democracies and a sense of global connectedness emerged, giving way to a new age of exciting opportunities. Americans are rightly proud of their own role in and contribution to these historic events.
The German Program and the German Club at the University of St. Thomas will host the Fall of the Berlin Wall Campus Weeks, a celebration of German and global culture and history beginning Thursday, October 16, 2014. Activities will include screenings of popular and lesser-known films from East and West Germany, a scavenger hunt, a day for high school students, an essay contest, and lectures. To mark the occasion, the UST German Club invites you to join them in painting on their makeshift wall and then smashing it down at the end of the campaign.
The University of St. Thomas is one of 40 campuses nationwide, and the only university in Minnesota, participating in this year’s campus campaign, which is sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic in Washington, D.C.
The UST German Program is accepting essays inspired by the events leading up to the fall of the wall. The first prize winner will receive an iPad and local winners of the competition will go on to compete in the national competition for prizes, such as a trip to Germany.
For more information about the Fall of the Wall Campus Campaign, contact Dr. Susanne M. Wagner, German Program Director at email@example.com.
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- Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
- University of St. Thomas
- Department of Modern & Classical Languages
- German Program, University of St. Thomas
- German Club, University of St. Thomas
- Germanic-American Institute
Germany Meets the US Campus Campaign
“Americans consider Germany the top non-English speaking US partner and welcome the close bond between our two countries. Intergovernmental relations are at an all-time high as the US and Germany cooperate closely on many foreign policy issues. At the same time, recent demographic and political developments in both our countries pose new challenges to the understanding between our nations. The best way to further strengthen the transatlantic partnership is through direct exchange and people-to-people meetings.”
In this spirit, the German Embassy invited college and university campuses throughout the US to participate in the “Germany Meets the US” Campus Weeks 2016. St. Thomas is again a partner. This is the UST’s German program’s 4th campus campaign after Germany in Europe (2014), 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall (2014), and 25 years of German Unity (2015)
About our topic: The US-German relationship is based on strong political, economic and cultural ties, with myriad actors involved on both sides of the Atlantic. The topic for the 2016 Campus Campaign, “Germany Meets the US,” offers us the chance to explore these ties in a variety of ways.
In the 2016 “Germany meets the US” campus weeks at the University of St. Thomas, we will investigate a plethora of factors and topics on both sides of the Atlantic that support a strong Transatlantic Partnership. Focal points of our campus weeks promoting this intercultural relationship and the exchange of ideas and concepts for the common good are Martin Luther and the Reformation and Sustainability.
In the current political environment, more emphasize seems to be put on historic events and both voters and politicians alike are quick to draw parallels and compare historic systems and leaders; comparisons that at times seem ill-informed. In order to understand the present and the future better, one is therefore well advised to learn about the past. To comprehend a nation’s choices in the here and now, it is also best to investigate cultural and socio-political as well as historical phenomenon of a given nation – in this case Germany’s.
The 2017 Campus Weeks Germany: Making Choices offer the chance to explore the German election process, understand Germany’s commitment to European integration, get to the heart of its migration policies, and look at the mutual benefits of transatlantic relationship. The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C. invited college and university campuses throughout the US to participate in the Germany: making Choices Campus Weeks 2017, and St. Thomas is again a partner. This is the UST’s German program’s 5th campus campaign after Germany in Europe (2014), 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall (2014), 25 years of German Unity (2015), and Germany Meets the US (2016).
In the 2017 Germany: Making Choices campus weeks at the University of St. Thomas, we will investigate how choices and cultural traditions on either side of the Atlantic can shape the Transatlantic Partnership and may affect international relations worldwide. Following historian Brendan Simms, who demonstrates a fundamental political truth in Europe (2013), claiming, whoever controls the heart of Europe will control the entire continent, our campus weeks have two foci: firstly, promoting intercultural relationships and exchange of ideas and concepts by learning from best practices of the 20th century to effectively lead in the 21st century; and secondly, investigate and promote Germany’s cultural diversity.
Building on the success of the past campus campaigns, we will again open the events to the entire university and the wider Twin Cities German Community.
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