Archive of Selected Past Events
- Deutsche Version
Ambassador Emerson Honors Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Candidates and Alumni
March 8, 2014. Ambassador Emerson hosted a reception in honor of current Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program candidates and alumni who have participated in this prestigious program over the past 26 years. Each year, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for 20 young German and American journalists to spend two months in each other’s countries and intern at major print and electronic media outlets. Since its inception in 1988, 500 journalists from more than 65 German and U.S. media outlets have taken part in the program. Prior to the reception, the Ambassador answered questions from the current Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program candidates.
March 5: Voting Assistance Workshop
Attendees received training from a Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) representative as well as materials to assist them in voter outreach within their communities. Voting assistance and information is available year-round from the Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit. Contact us via email: VoteBerlin@state.gov
Native Americans visit Carl-von-Ossietzky School in Berlin-Kreuzberg
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, native American representatives will visit the Carl-von-Ossietzky School in Berlin-Kreuzberg to present Native American culture and talk to sixty to eighty 12th grade students of the school. The presentation is part of the MEET US program of the American Embassy. The discussion will take place in English.
Among the native Americans will be representatives from the Tribe of Sitka and the Inupiat Tribe in Alaska, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, the Chippewa of the Ojibwa Tribe of Minnesota, the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico and the Navajo from Monument Valley in Arizona. They are in Berlin to participate in the ITB international travel trade show.
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The Academy's spring 2014 class at the U.S. Embassy Berlin
Our fellows enjoyed a luncheon and some inspiring talks with ambassador John B. Emerson. Thanks for having us!
February 19: Special Advance Screening of "The Monuments Men"
One day before the official German release date, the U.S. Embassy invited 700 high school students to an exclusive advance screening of “The Monuments Men” at the Delphi-Filmpalast am Zoo in Berlin. The movie, directed, written, and produced by George Clooney who also portrays one of the lead characters, previously premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. The audience included students from Berlin and Brandenburg, teachers, film studies professors, fellows of the Hertie Foundation, the Schwarzkopf Foundation and the Deutschlandstiftung Integration, alumni of U.S. Government exchange programs, and various TV and newspaper journalists. This exclusive film preview was made possible by the generous support of Twentieth Century Fox of Germany and the Delphi-Filmpalast am Zoo. “The Monuments Men” is based on the non-fiction book, written by American authors Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter, who took up the story of the “Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program,” the so-called Monuments Men, a section of the Allied Forces tasked to protect cultural property in war areas during and after World War II. In his speech, Ambassador John B. Emerson stressed the importance of cultural conservation and tolerance and highlighted the historically significant contributions of the Monuments Men.
64th Berlin International Film Festival: Roundtable on “LGBT Rights and Film”
On the occasion of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, Cultural Attaché Mrs. Katharina Göllner-Sweet hosted a discussion on “LGBT Rights and Film” on Monday, February 10, 2014. Participants included representatives of various film and LGBT cultural institutions—among them academics, film students and critics, the managing director of the Berlin Gay Museum, the media, Human Rights Watch Germany’s director, advocacy director of the LGBT program, and staff, as well as the section chief for Public Affairs and Communication of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency. Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Member of Human Rights Watch’s International Board, and wife of Ambassador Emerson, moderated the discussion, which followed presentations on the role and impact of film in changing society’s attitude toward LGBTs delivered by both Ira Sachs, director of “Love is Strange,” and Boris Dittrich, Human Rights Watch’s advocacy director of the LGBT program.
The event stressed the U.S.’s stance on LGBT rights: supporting the dignity and human rights of all persons regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The fact that a movie such as “Love is Strange” cannot be shown in all parts of the world legally indicates that much remains to be done. The guests stressed the fact that cultural activities, such as movie screenings, are among the most influential means to promote positive images of the LGBT community by creating understanding and winning the hearts and minds of mainstream society.
February: Lecia Brooks
Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and Director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center, gave a fascinating account of the origins and nature of the early Civil Rights Movement. During her lecture tour which led her to Frankfurt, Münster, Bremen, Nürnberg and Freiburg, she also explained the aims and strategies of current struggles to promote civil rights for all groups of society.
Audiences, young and old, around Germany commended Lecia Brooks on having presented a host of unknown facts and nuances about the Civil Rights movement, its prominent leaders and rank-and-file activists. Lecia Brooks touched people's hearts with her open and enthusiastic personality and impressed with her vast knowledge.
February 18: Ambassador (ret.) Charles Ries on T-TIP
Working with US-EU, the European Policy Centre, and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Embassy Berlin organized a strategic speaker program on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) with Ambassador Charles Ries, Vice President, International at the Rand Institute. Programs took place in Frankfurt on January 30, 2014 and in Berlin on February 18, 2014. In his presentations, Ambassador Ries highlighted the benefits for T-TIP for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), explained the advantages of regulatory cooperation for consumers and businesses, and called upon all stakeholders to engage in a constructive dialogue.
February 11: Michael Lederer at the English Theater Berlin
Michael Lederer read from his new novel Cadaqués (PalmArt Press, January 2014) at the English Theater Berlin. This was followed by a discussion led by moderator Dr. Herbert Grieshop. Thomas Irmer read from the German text.
Joanna Martin provided interpretation into German Sign Language.