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Deutschlandjahr 2019
Social Disruption: How to Confront the Fraying Social Fabric and Social Inequality in Germany and the U.S.?

Monday, March 25, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Opening Remarks:

Dr. Nina Smidt 
President, American Friends of Bucerius
Director, International Strategic Planning and Business Development ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius 

Panel discussion: 

Lee Cullum is a journalist based in  Dallas who currently hosts CEO, a television program of interviews with business leaders on the PBS affiliate in North Texas. She also writes occasionally for the Dallas Morning News and at one point edited the editorial page of the Dallas Times Herald. She has been a regular commentator on the PBS NewsHour and on “All Things Considered” on NPR. In addition, she has served on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Council on Germany, the Pacific Council on International Policy and Freedom House, and is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the InterAmerican Dialogue. A senior fellow at the John G Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU and on the board of the David Boren school of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma and American Security Project. 

Dr. Christian Martin is a professor of political science at the University of Kiel, Germany. He currently holds the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at New York University. Dr. Martin has studied political science at the University of Konstanz and holds a doctorate from there (2002). Dr. Martin was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz and at the Max-Planck-Institute in Jena (2003–2004). He was an assistant professor at the University of Hamburg (2004–2008) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University (2008–2011). Dr. Martin’s research interests focus on the political conditions and consequences of globalization and regional integration. He has published, inter alia, on the effects of globalization for electoral participation and on the incentive to adopt more proportional voting systems in a highly globalized environment. His current research project is on backlashes against globalization and EU integration, including the electoral success of the far right AfD and the demise of social democracy 

Juliane Schäuble has been reporting for the Berlin-based daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel from Washington, D.C. since June 2018. Before her current position, she most recently headed the political department, where she was responsible for the front page and the political section. She has more than 10 years of experience in the business and political department. Ms. Schäuble has developed and continues to organize political conferences on a regular basis in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin and the Schwarzkopf-Stiftung. She earned her Master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her studies included one semester at American University in Washington, DC, where she took classes in American foreign policy and worked part-time for the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In 2009 and 2010, she was trained in the Media Manager Program of the publishing house Georg von Holtzbrinck. In 2006, she was a Fellow of the Johanna Quandt Foundation for economic journalists. Ms. Schäuble has taken part in numerous leadership programs, including the Manfred Wörner Seminar of the German Marshall Fund and the Armed Forces Office of the German Defense Ministry; Atlantik-Brücke’s German-American Young Leaders Conference; the Collaborative Leadership Program of Leadership Berlin – Netzwerk Verantwortung; and the Young Leaders Conference of the Council for the United States and Italy. 

“Social Disruption: How to Confront the Fraying Social Fabric and Social Inequality in Germany and the U.S.?” is being held under the auspices Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/2019 – Year of German-American Friendship, which is funded by German Federal Foreign office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).  

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