Focus on Germany
Community Lecture Series
FALL 2015 September 23 - November 4
A series of seven one-hour lectures
Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm in Room 228
No registration is required.
Free Admission. Q & A follows each lecture.
Thanks to all who attended the Germany series! The 2016 series will Focus on Iran.
September 23: German Educational System
Speaker: Consul General, Herbert Quelle, German Council, Chicago
LINK TO RECORDED 9/23/15 LECTURE
Education in Germany, like the broader social system of which it is a part, differs in many ways from American education. Recently, the tuition-free system of higher education has attracted an increasing number of international students.
September 30: Germany's Use of Wind Energy & Energiewende
Speaker: David Haynes, Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, Room 228
LINK TO RECORDED 9/30/15 LECTURE
The Germans call their move toward renewable energy, the energiewende – or energy transition – and it has aggressive goals. Haynes will discuss how Germany is shepherding a transformation of old-line business and helping to develop new technologies for a competitive edge.
October 7: Doing Business in Germany
Panel Discussion, Room 228
Moderator: Stanley Pfrang, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Speakers: Matthew Alagna, Thomas Magnete GmbH and Steve Beaver, Jeneil Biotech, Saukville
The opportunities as well as the challenges of developing business in Germany through distributors as well as their own staff and facility will be shared.
October 14: Gesundheit! Germany's Healthcare
Speaker: Joerg Kramer, Former Representative of Deutsche Beamten Kasse, Room 228
A native of Berlin, Germany and former representative for both Germany and American insurance firms, Joerg Kramer will present an overview of the German healthcare system, past and present as well as the differences between health care between the two countries.
October 21: German Nationalism
Speaker: Dr. Rudy J. Koshar, UW-Madison, Room 228
LINK TO RECORDED 10/21/15 LECTURE
Professor Koshar will discuss one of the most important ways in which Germans have tried to foster nationalism: the building or preservation of monuments as national symbols. Focusing on examples from the founding of modern Germany to the fall of the Berlin Wall, this interplay of reverence and critique shaped efforts to represent the nation in wood and stone.
October 28: German Art
Speaker: Graeme Reid, Director of Exhibitions, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Room 228
This lecture will discuss the impact of Modernists and the First World War on German Art, through an analysis of the work of Carl Von Marr and the Expressionists.
November 4: Pre-War Germany and Hollywood
Speaker: Dr. Chris Yogerst, Assistant Professor, UW-Washington County, Room 228
Hollywood’s business relations with Germany became increasingly tense throughout the 1930s to the point of cinematic retaliation. Professor Yogerst will draw a line between historical fact and fiction.
Special thanks to our sponsor:
The first lecture in the series is in memory of Matt Zillig (pictured left). When Matt passed away in 2008, his friends created a memorial fund to promote Matt's commitment to the idea of global citizenship. The Friends of Matt Zillig sponsor this lecture as well as a social (immediately following the lecture) that features food samples from Germany.
Student fees also help support the community lecture series.