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American Academy Discussion

Beyond “Willkommenskultur”: Artistic and Academic Approaches to Integration from a Transatlantic Perspective

The significant increase in refugee immigration to Germany in 2015 led policymakers and civil-society actors to question how best to include and integrate new arrivals into German society. At the same time, the United States, a nation built largely by immigrants, is facing its own questions about historical migrations and the political and humanitarian ramifications of new migration. In both countries, the arts and sciences have provided important platforms for integration, expediting social and cultural inclusion. This discussion, hosted in cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, will examine these two catalysts of integration in two panels:

6:00 p.m. Panel I: Arts


Pamela Rosenberg, Arts Advisor, American Academy in Berlin


Josh Kun, Professor of Communication and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Raven Chacon, Composer, Performer, and Installation Artist

Helmut Oehring, Composer

Julia Grosse, Co-Publisher and Editor-in Chief, Contemporary And (C&)

Jörg Heiser, Director, Insitut Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Kunste Berlin


7:30 p.m. Panel II: Academia


Michael P. Steinberg, President, American Academy in Berlin


Keith Watenpaugh, Professor and Director, Human Rights Studies, University of California, Davis; and Director, Article 26 Backpack™ – The Human Rights Tool for Universal Academic Mobility

Kerry Bystrom, Associate Dean, Bard College

Rajshri Jayaraman, Associate Professor of Economics and Faculty Lead of the Full-time MBA Program, ESMT Berlin

Zaher Alshamy, PhD Candidate, Freie Universität Berlin

In cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz

28 Feb 18
Migration and Integration
18:00 - 19:30
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Saal
Potsdamer Strasse 33
10785 Berlin

This event took place on February 28, 2018.

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