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36th Annual American Studies “Fachleiter” Seminar

Imagining (the) American Community(ies) in History, Politics and the Arts

Potsdam, May 25-28, 2006

U.S. Embassy Fachleiter Conference/American Studies Seminar

In cooperation with the Amerikazentrum Hamburg

Over 80 teacher trainers, curriculum planners, and textbook editors from 15 German states discussed American identity, history, and social developments and how to include them in the EFL classroom at the 36th annual U.S. Embassy American Studies Seminar. Acting Cultural Attaché Roy Weatherston opened the event and welcomed participants and an outstanding faculty, among them Professor Rüdiger Kunow, the President of the German Association for American Studies, film expert John Belton, political scientist and editor of Dissent, Mitchell Cohen, and community worker Bill Flood. Artist and art historian Moira Roth concluded the opening day with a scenic reading from her play “Rachel Marker” – a premiere for Europe.

The annual American Studies Seminar provides up-to-date information on American society and values to secondary school teachers from all German states, in particular multipliers in the field of English and the Social Sciences, 'Fachberater' and 'Fachleiter', secondary school curriculum planners, representatives of ministries of education, textbook writers, and educators. The conference atmosphere is one of intense exchange with American specialists in interdisciplinary aspects of politics, economics, and American studies. Lectures and discussions will be in English. This year’s seminar explored the concept of "community" as a vehicle for social, political and aesthetic values throughout American history and culture.


The U.S. Embassy Fachleiter Conference 2006 was officially recognized as teacher training by:

  • Ministerium f. Kultus, Jugend und Sport des Landes Baden-Württemberg
  • Ministerium f. Bildung, Jugend und Sport des Landes Brandenburg
  • Hessisches Kultusministerium
  • Sächsisches Staatsministerium f. Kultus