“Germany Meets the U.S.” (2017)

“Germany Meets the U.S.” Schedule of Events


Cornell College will host a “Germany Meets the U.S.” campus week from November 6-15. Sponsored by a grant from the German Embassy, and featuring a series of lectures, exhibits, a film festival, and an innovation competition, this week of programming will allow Cornell students to learn about and interact with the topic of multiculturalism, immigration, and cultural integration.


Schedule:

Monday, November 6th
Germany Meets the U.S. Kickoff Event
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Thomas Commons
Stop by the tables across from the Info Desk to view an exhibit–“Germany: Integrating Immigrants”–about multicultural communities in Germany. While you’re there, pick up some great German swag by answering some trivia questions!

 


Innovation Competition Kickoff
This year’s “Innovation Competition” revolves around the question of how best to integrate outsiders into our communities. Cornell students, working alone or in groups, are invited to submit proposals for creative and effective ways in which Cornell students, out local communities, and/or our local/regional/national political systems can effect positive change for the integration of outsiders in our society. Proposals are due Wednesday, November 15th, at noon via email to Professor Carrington (tcarrington@cornellcollege.edu). Three winners will be announced at the Film Festival that evening (7:00 pm, Zamora’s) and will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card. See http://blogs.cornellcollege.edu/german/innovation-competition/ for details, a submission guide, and FAQs.

Tuesday, November 7th

Lunch with the German Consul General
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Hall-Perrine Room (Thomas Commons)
Join us for lunch with Herbert Quelle, the German Consul General in Chicago, as we discuss German-U.S. relations, careers in international diplomacy, and strategies for integrating outsiders into our local communities. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome. Bring your lunch from the Hilltop Grill down to Hall-Perrine and join us!


German Cooking and Baking Extravaganza
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Dows Kitchen (Dows Residence Hall)

In anticipation of the opening of the film festival, we will get together to prepare some German delicacies–and then enjoy them! All are welcome, and no culinary expertise is required (master chef Professor Carrington will oversee the affair).


German Film Festival, Film #1: “Almanya: Welcome to Germany”
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Zamora’s (Thomas Commons)

The German Film Festival will feature four recent, critically-acclaimed films from Germany, each one engaging with the topic of immigration, multiculturalism, and outsiders in Germany and Europe. This first film, Almanya: Welcome to Germany (2011), is a comedy about a multi-generational Turkish-German family and its navigation of a tricky question: are they Germans, are are they Turks? Trailer here: https://youtu.be/pVBgUUzF1Hw. Comedy, German with English subtitles.


Thursday, November 9th

German Film Festival, Film #2: “Head-On”
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Zamora’s (Thomas Commons)The German Film Festival will feature four recent, critically-acclaimed films from Germany, each one engaging with the topic of immigration, multiculturalism, and outsiders in Germany and Europe. This second film, Head-On (2004), by acclaimed director Fatih Akin, tells the story of a young Turkish woman trying to break free from the strictures of her conservative Turkish family. She finds a marriage of convenience with a 40-year-old addict, but this unleashes a host of entirely different problems for her. Trailer here: https://youtu.be/zRioyPHCSVo. Drama/Romance, German with English subtitles.

Tuesday, November 14th

Keynote Lecture by Professor Stella Burch-Elias (University of Iowa College of Law)
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Hedges (Thomas Commons)

Professor Burch-Elias will deliver the keynote lecture of our Germany Meets the U.S. event. She will speak on the legal, geo-political, and social dynamics of the refugee crisis in Germany and throughout Europe. Formerly a diplomat in the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Professor Burch-Elias founded the “Advanced Immigration Law and Policy Project” at the University of Iowa, which enables students to work on immigration law policy projects in Iowa. Professor Burch-Elias’s talk will also feature career advice for those interested in careers in law and the diplomatic service. Reception to follow.


German Film Festival, Film #3: “We Are Young, We Are Strong”
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Zamora’s (Thomas Commons)

The German Film Festival will feature four recent, critically-acclaimed films from Germany, each one engaging with the topic of immigration, multiculturalism, and outsiders in Germany and Europe. This third film, We Are Young, We Are Strong (2014), recounts the 1992 Rostock riots from the perspectives of three very different characters. On 24th August 1992 in the eastern German city of Rostock a rampaging mob, to the applause and cheering of more than 3,000 bystanders, besieged and set fire to a residential building containing, among others, more than 120 Vietnamese men, women and children on what has since become known as “The Night of the Fire.” The riots became a symbol for xenophobia in the just recently reunited Germany. Trailer here: https://youtu.be/gVV5tujO4DA. Drama, German with English subtitles.


Wednesday, November 15th

German Film Festival, Film #4: “Watani. My Homeland”
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Zamora’s (Thomas Commons)

The German Film Festival will feature four recent, critically-acclaimed films from Germany, each one engaging with the topic of immigration, multiculturalism, and outsiders in Germany and Europe. This fourth and final film, Watani. My Homeland (2016), is a new documentary, filmed over three years, about one family’s escape from war-torn Syria to Germany. Hammoudi, Helen, Farah and Sara are the young children of Free Syrian Army Commander Abu Ali. They live on the frontline of the civil war in Aleppo, the only family living in a derelict warzone that was once a busy residential neighborhood. After Abu Ali is captured by ISIS, the family is forced to flee their homeland and to start a new life in a small, medieval town in Germany. Trailer here: http://www.watanifilm.com. Documentary, English and Arabic (subtitled).


For more information, visit http://www.germany.info/GermanymeetsUS.