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The American Council on Germany and the Goethe-Institut invite you to a series of discussions throughout the United States highlighting how German and American journalists based in the United States currently see political and social developments in Germany, the United States, and internationally.

Over the course of the series, our speakers will address a range of topics that affect citizens in both countries. What strikes them most about current trends in Germany and the United States and the political discourse? What surprises them? In which direction(s) is the United States developing? What impact does this have on Germany – and the future of the transatlantic partnership?

Following the in-person gatherings, the discussions will be released as podcasts — and available wherever you find podcasts.

Please join us on April 4, for our first event in the series. No other concept is more closely associated with the American self-image than that of freedom – be it liberation from former colonial masters, individual or economic freedom, freedom of speech, or religious freedom. However, the strong emphasis on the idea of freedom as well as the diversity of its forms of expression has led to internal tensions. 

Journalist Julian Heißler has studied the concept of freedom in the United States. Through this lens he has looked at issues like freedom of speech, gun rights, the relationship between population groups and cultures, and the conflict between environmental and economic interests. Mr. Heißler is based in Washington DC and writes for the German weekly Wirtschaftswoche. His book “Traum oder Albtraum” (published in German in October 2023) investigates notions of freedom and conflicts arising from misinterpretations of freedom.

Also joining us to talk about the political climate in the United States is journalist Susan B. Glasser. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column on life in Washington. She has served as the top editor of several Washington publications, including Politico, where she founded the award-winning Politico Magazine, and Foreign Policy, which won three National Magazine Awards, among other honors, during her tenure as editor in chief. Before that, she worked for a decade at the Washington Post, where she was the editor of Outlook and national news. She also oversaw coverage of the impeachment of Bill Clinton, served as a reporter covering the intersection of money and politics, spent four years as the Post’s Moscow co-bureau chief, and covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She edited Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, early in her career.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Steven E. Sokol, the President and CEO of the American Council on Germany.

Thu, 04/04/2024, 6:30 PM ET
Goethe-Institut Washington @ The Liz, 1377 R St. NW, Ste. 300, Washington, DC 20009
Language: English

For more information, please visit www.goethe.de

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