by Robert Stewart, Director; Professor
I just returned from Leipzig, Germany, site of the first of two Ohio-Leipzig 20th anniversary parties scheduled for this year. Part two takes place in Athens this September, but first, more about the party that just took place in Leipzig.
Upwards of 100 people attended the Leipzig 20th anniversary “party,” held last Thursday afternoon in Leipzig. Speakers included Leipzig University President Beate Schücking, Dr. Svend Poller from UL’s international relations office, U.S. Consul General for Leipzig, Dayton native Mark Powell, Chester Pach from OU’s history department, and me.
In addition to Leipzig students and faculty who have been connected to the program, we had students from our study abroad program in Leipzig (lead by Kevin Grieves and Mirit Shoham) in attendance, as well as GLC students who were in Leipzig to take part in a program with their American Studies program.
Here are a couple of blogs by Stephanie Gort and Jacob Betzner, just two of the 16 students taking part in our travel writing program in Leipzig this summer. Students in the program are working with Leipzig’s mephisto (student) radio station to produce content for the Leipzig audience.
Students in OU’s Global Leadership Center program and in Leipzig’s American Studies program also are working hard to bridge the Transatlantic divide. I got to observe a presentation to the staff of the U.S. Consulate in Leipzig about their ongoing blog, Think Transatlantic.
And for those of you who read German, take a look at this story on the mephisto radio station website.
NOTE: Here are the recorded comments from the 20th anniversary celebration in Leipzig:
Dr. Svend Poller, Director of the Akademisches Auslandsamt, University of Leipzig
President Beate Schücking, President, University of Leipzig
Mr. Mark Powell, Consul General, U.S. Consulate in Leipzig
Prof. Bob Stewart, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University
Prof. Chester Pach, Ohio University Department of History