- Deutsche Version
December 20: Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
Ambassador Murphy joined Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal of Chabad House, Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Thierse, Berlin Senator for Urban Development Michael Müller, and chairwoman of the Alliance '90/The Greens Bundestag parliamentary group Renate Künast in lighting the Menorah on Pariser Platz on the first night of Chanukah, December 20, 2012. Several hundred people were gathered around the stage, enjoying the singing by Cantor Sholom Jacobs, joining in the prayers, and otherwise participating in this festive occasion. Rabbi Teichtal pointed out that a Menorah before the Brandenburg Gate was at one time unimaginable.
December 14: From Their Family To Yours
Ambassador Murphy and family have put the finishing touches to the Christmas tree in their residence and extend their best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.
December 9: International Tracing Service (ITS): New Agreements Signed
United States Ambassador Philip D. Murphy joined representatives of ten other countries at a ceremony hosted by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin on December 9, 2011, to sign an agreement modernizing the mission and institutional framework of the International Tracing Service (ITS). The agreement was negotiated by the eleven countries of the International Commission (IC) for the ITS in light of the planned withdrawal by year-end 2012 of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from the role that it has fulfilled for the ITS since 1955. The two agreements, which are to come into force once all eleven IC countries have fulfilled national approval requirements, will ensure continued and expanded access to the ITS's vast archives and documents and help encourage the pursuit of scholarly research in the field of Holocaust studies.
December 9: conference on “The New Challenges of International Terrorism”
December 9: Seth Jones will participate in a conference hosted by Bündnis 90/The Greens, entitled “The New Challenges of International Terrorism,” where he will deliver the keynote addresss (“Terrorism after the Death of Bin Laden”) and speak on a panel discusing “A Sustainable and Effective Counterterrorism Strategy.”
Biography of Seth G. Jones, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
December 5: Picador Guest Professor Porochista Khakpour reads in Berlin and Leipzig
Iranian-American fiction writer Porochista Khakpour read from her award winning novel “Sons and Other Flammable Objects” in Leipzig on November 28 and at the English Theatre Berlin on December 5. In a discussion with journalist Minou Amir-Sehhi, Khakpour provided much insight into her work and personal life as well. Khakpour concluded the evening with a brief reading from an unpublished manuscript providing the audience with a taste of yet another example of her creativity and skill as a writer. The audience, among them teachers and students from Berlin schools, greatly appreciated a lively exchange with an engaging young writer.
December 1: The Detroit-Berlin Connection
The Detroit-Berlin Connection is a seven-part radio series telling the story of the unlikely connections in the lives of two scarred, post-industrial cities. Tracing these stories of cultural and economic domination and collapse, the series investigates what these biographies can spell out in lessons of change and rebirth. A collaboration between Berlin Stories, a local show broadcasting on the NPR station, and WDET, an NPR member station in Detroit, the series begins broadcasting tomorrow and will be officially launched Thursday with a panel discussion at the United States Embassy. Varied experts from both cities will discuss the renewal of post-industrial urban centres, and what role everyone from the local citizenry to the media play in this process.
Nov 30: Embassy staff donate clothes to HIV clinic
On the eve before World AIDS day, Ambassador Murphy and his wife Tammy paid a visit to the Charité's HIV children's clinic to donate clothes that embassy staff had collected. Charité professors Ulrich and Volker Wahn along with members of their staff emphasized how helpful the donation is for their patients, and they answered many questions the Ambassador and his wife had about the clinic's work. The Murphys were impressed by the Charité's success rate in delivering healthy babies to HIV-infected mothers, and by the dedication and enthusiasm of their staff.
November 29: Murphy Family Lights Christmas Tree
Beginning in December 1961, shortly after the construction of the Berlin Wall, until 1989, the year the wall came down, the city of Berlin and private organizations and individuals set up Christmas trees at Checkpoint Charlie and other inner city checkpoints as well as at a number of prominent sites along the wall. The trees shone across the Wall into East Berlin as symbols of hope and peace. The privately-operated Berlin Wall Museum revived this tradition in 2003 to remind people that the Western Allies, in particular the Americans, once stood guard, even on Christmas Day, to protect the city’s freedom.
thru November 27:
exhibit “Zwischen Film und Kunst: Storyboards von Hitchcock bis Spielberg"
Each of the storyboard drawings in the exhibition will be juxtaposed to the film sequences to which they refer, as well as to works by internationally known artists, whose aesthetics or conceptions share a connection with them. In this synoptic presentation it becomes apparent just how much the visual languages used by art and film have inspired and influenced one another.
November 10–27: FAIRY TALE DAYS
22nd FAIRY TALE DAYS OF BERLIN The Country of Boundless Fairy Tales - Fairy tales and stories from the U.S.A.
The 22nd Fairy Tale Days of Berlin travel to the north of America, to the United States of America - the country of limitless possibilities and fairy tales. Being a melting pot of nations they do not only come with a breathtaking nature and a gigantic countryside, but also immeasurable riches of fairy tales, stories and legends. We want to dig up these treasures and follow the tracks of the Native American Indians as well as foreign immigrants. More information
Ambassador Murphy reading
Thanksgiving at the American Church
U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy, his wife Tammy, and their children Emma, Sam, and Charlie stopped by at the 19th annual Thanksgiving dinner and concert at the American Church in Berlin. Ambassador Murphy spoke to the very diverse community about the importance of one of America’s oldest and most cherished traditions, and closed by reading President Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation. For this special evening, the church benches were cleared and replaced by chairs and tables decorated with candles. Entering the church one could not escape the delicious odors of turkey and pumpkin pie. Thanks to the members of the American Church who put in all their efforts to create a wonderful atmosphere in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.
November 21: Teachers Returned From U.S.
A group of upcoming, new, and experienced teachers came together at the U.S. Embassy to talk about their experiences during a two week teacher training project in the Minneapolis. Ten minority teachers, teacher trainees, and university students traveled on an Embassy-sponsored two-week teacher training project in October 2011. Ambassador Murphy thanked the group for giving up their fall vacations for the program, demonstrating their passion and commitment to teaching. He then introduced them to a Department of State initiative called “TEACH”.
The mission of TEACH is to increase the number, quality, and the diversity of teachers in the classroom as the baby boom generation of teachers retires over the next ten years. The statistics paint a clear picture of where we need to go. In the United States, one out of every four children is an immigrant or the child of immigrants. Nearly 35% of elementary and high school students in the U.S. are Black or Hispanic, but less than 2% of American teachers are Black or Hispanic men. We need to change this so that the teachers in our schools reflect the diversity of the students that they teach. Excellent teachers come in all colors, hues and sizes but they also serve as role models. Sometimes there can be nothing more convincing than being able to say, “Look, I understand where you are coming from.”
In addition to the minority teachers, who were recruited through the MigraMENTOR network of immigrant teachers in Berlin and the Horizonte Program for immigrant teachers through the Hertie Foundation, a group of eight elementary school teachers sponsored by the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation shared the program. The program was organized by the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota.
All of the teachers returned with a wealth of new experiences and insights, some of which they hope to use in their own schools and classrooms.
November 21: Indiana University Returns 15th Century Painting to Berlin Museum
More than 60 years after it disappeared from Berlin's Jagdschloß Grunewald museum in the chaotic aftermath of World War II, a painting depicting the flagellation of Christ has returned home. On Monday, November 21, the Indiana University Art Museum returned the painting, which had been purchased in good faith by former IU President Herman B. Wells, to the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation, in a ceremony at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin attended by U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy. “Indiana University is very pleased to restore this important work of art to its rightful place,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. Commending Indiana University for their integrity and generosity of spirit, Ambassador Murphy said that, "despite the challenges involved, it is important that efforts continue to return cultural property to their rightful owners. It is the right thing to do."
November 14 – 20: Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011
PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORLDWIDE – A WIN-WIN-SITUATION FOR EVERYONE
Start-ups are one of the strongest drivers of global job creation, with an important impact on economic growth and political stability. Entrepreneurship inspires individual innovation and achievement; empowers women and youth; underscores the importance of education, science and technology; reinforces the value of free markets and open trading systems; and encourages upward mobility and self-improvement through perseverance and creativity. In the week of November 14 – 20, over 100 countries will sponsor “Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011,” and millions of young people worldwide will participate in thousands of activities and events. For information on U.S. activities please visit this site: http://unleashingideas.org/country/us
- The Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the United States, if not the world, devoted to entrepreneurship, seeks to advance entrepreneurship education and training, to promote entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and to facilitate the commercialization of new technologies by entrepreneurs and others in order to improve economic well-being. The U.S. government supports such efforts through its Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). Launched in April 2010 by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. The GEP’s “E-Mentor Corps” (www.ementorcorps.com) is a social networking platform for entrepreneurs to connect with their peers, supporters, NGOs, financing sources, commercial outlets and others committed to building businesses and livelihoods around the world. The website offers special help and how-to sections to guide new users.
For more on the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, please visit
November 17: Louis Begley reading from “Schmidt Steps Back”
The U.S. Embassy Literature Series and Suhrkamp Verlag Present Louis Begley With a reading from Schmidt Steps Back (Knopf) (German translation Schmidts Einsicht, Suhrkamp 2011) November 17,2011 20:15 hrs
Deutsches Theater SAAL im Foyer Schumannstraße 13a 10117 Berlin
Moderator: Dr. Thomas Sparr, Suhrkamp Verlag
German text: Ingo Hülsmann
November 15: Angela Miller on National Identity
Angela Miller, Professor of Art History and Archaeology
Washington University in St. Louis
on "U.S. National Identity and Nation Building in the Arts."
Lecture as part of the W.E.B. Du Bois lecture series
6.30 p.m. at Humboldt University, Dorotheenstr. 24 (Hegelplatz), Room: 1.501.
November 11-13: AI WEIWEI IS IN CHINA
“AI WEIWEI IS IN CHINA is an ode to many things: an ode to deliberate and indeliberate incarceration, to control, to freedom and its multiple faces, to humans, to China and to Europe, to world order, to information, to propaganda, to diplomacy, to war, to the Artist, to institutions, to architectural erections, to idealism, to pluralism, to communism, to nothingism and to ignorance.”
November 11: »PETER UND DIE STERNENFÄNGER«
Autorenlesung mit Ridley Pearson (USA):
Die englischsprachige Lesung wird von Jennipher Antoni ins Deutsche übersetzt. Im Anschluss können die Zuhörer Autogramme erhalten.
Max Liebermann Haus
Stiftung Brandenburger Tor
Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Schulveranstaltung [ab 10],
60 min, Eintritt: frei,
Tel.: 030 - 28 09 36 03 (Märchenland)
November 10–12: Translating Hip Hop
Performances, Workshops, Talks & Lectures, Films, Concerts
Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University (Providence, RI)
The „Haus der Kulturen der Welt“, in cooperation with the Goethe-Foundation and supported by the U.S. Embassy, is organizing an international festival Translating Hip Hop from November 10 through 12. Hip Hop artists and experts from all over the world come together in a series of workshops, lectures and concerts to take a closer look at rap lyrics and how local codes and styles of musicians from different nations unify in the global language of Hip Hop. The program also includes film screenings, exhibitions and dance performances. The various events are open to the public and, aside from the concerts, free of charge.
November 9: Andre Willis on MLK
lecture as part of the W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture:
Andre Willis (Yale University)
The German Influence on Martin Luther King Jr.
November 9, 2011 (Wednesday!)
18.30, Dorotheenstr. 24 (Hegelplatz), Room 1.502
November 8: Community Service Exchange Participants Return to Berlin
Ambassador Murphy and Petra Herz, Chair of the Board of the Joachim Herz Foundation, welcomed 13 young people and their families to the Embassy Tuesday to hear about their experiences in the United States as part of a Community Service Exchange Program. The youth, all from Berlin, traveled to Buffalo, New York for two weeks in October, where they lived with host families and participated a variety of community service activities. The program was organized by the U.S. Embassy and Youth For Understanding and was paid for by a grant from the Joachim Herz Foundation. At Tuesday’s event the students impressed Embassy and Herz Foundation representatives with their multi-media presentation and with their commitment to using their experience in the United States to improve their home communities. From restoring a historic building, to working with children, to sorting donations and pulling weeds, the Berliners were able to experience multiple types of community service. They labeled it hard but rewarding work. Several participants are already involved in voluntary service in Berlin and all expressed their interest in doing more.
November 3: Arms Control Expert visits Germany
Steven Pifer, Director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative, was in Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich, to take part in discussions with German counterparts on Nuclear Arms Control and members of the press. Given that the United States and NATO are currently reviewing their defense strategy and the possibility of future nuclear arms reduction talks, Mr. Pifer’s speaker tour from November 1-5, 2011, happened at the right time. Mr. Pifer, a former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and expert on arms control, has worked on this subject throughout his entire professional career. During his meeting with experts at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) on November 3, Mr. Pifer shared his insights on the future of U.S. nuclear forces in Europe.
October 26-30: ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Oct 27: Ambassador Murphy Launches Mosse-Lectures
The Humboldt University's Mosse lecture series continues during the winter semester of 2011/2012 with seven presentations on the subject of citizenship. Prominent historians, politicians, lawyers, ethnologists, art scholars and politicians will take part in the program. Ambassador Murphy kicked off the series with a presentation titled: "Still True: Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You. Ask What You Can Do For Your Country".
Thru October 2011: Poetry Slam
Thru October 2011:
Poetry Slam project "Spoken Wor(l)d"
October 12 thru 23: Festival of Lights 2011
Also this year the U.S. Embassy is participating in the Berlin “Festival of Lights” (Photos from last year).
This time we've planned something special: We are projecting quotes onto our façade – quotes that define our values.
We are looking at these two possible quotes:
- From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
- From the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
What do you think about this? Please, feel free to write your comment on our Facebook page!
Thru October 21: exhibition “Turning Point”
12 artists show their positions on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and their ongoing aftermath: more than 50 works include light, video and textile installations, photography, watercolours and paintings. On the occasion of the exhibition, a booklet will be published with welcoming messages by Ulrich Deppendorf, President of the Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft and Parliamentary Secretary of State (MoD) Christian Schmidt MdB, and Elizabeth Corwin, Cultural Attachée of the Embassy of the USA in Germany.
October 20: U.S. E-Mobility Expert takes part in discussion in Berlin's Technical University
Prof. Dietmar Göhlich, Coordinator of the eMobility Research Network at Berlin’s Technical University started a roundtable discussion by introducing the activities of the eMobility Research Network. Keith Hardy followed by explaining research and test programs of Argonne National Laboratory and discussing regulation and cooperation between the EU and the U.S. on eMobility issues with a group of highly interested faculty and research group members. The experts used the opportunity to showcase one of the university's vehicle-to-Grid e-mobiles.
Keith Hardy is Senior Technical Advisor at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and responsible for E-Mobility research. Hardy visited Germany from October 11-21 to dicuss future partnership possiblities in the E-Mobility sector with Germany.
October 20: Lauren Oliver: Delirium
U.S. Embassy Literature Series – in cooperation with Carlsen Verlag
presents Literature for Young Adults
Lauren Oliver: Delirium
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn't understand that once love--the deliria--blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold.
Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: she falls in love.
Lauren Oliver is the author of Before I Fall, which ALA Booklist called a “compelling book with a powerful message [that] should not be missed.” A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, Lauren is now a full-time writer and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Delirium, her second novel, has been nominated for the German youth book award to be announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2011. (video interview)
Reading in German and English – with Shelly Kupferberg
Moderator: Reinhard Isensee, Humboldt University
Oct. 20: Berlin and Us: What We Expect of the German Capital
The Stiftung Zukunft Berlin and the U.S. Embassy teamed up for a discussion about the future of Berlin. Berlin residents Ambassador Murphy, Haitian-American journalist Rose-Anne Clermont, German hockey player Martin Hyun, and Stiftung Zukunft member Ernst Elitz described their impressions of Berlin and their thoughts on how Berlin can capitalize on its diverse population to remain sexy while becoming wealthier.
October 18: US-German Expert Colloquium on Higher Education
The Hertie School of Governance and the Embassy of the United States of America welcomed a host of distinguished guests from the educational sector to the fourth US-German Expert Colloquium on Higher Education. Ambassador Murphy, Michael W. Kirst (Stanford University; President of the State Board of Education for the State of California), Olaf Köller (Director of the Institute for Education in the Natural Sciences, IPN, Kiel) and Hans N. Weiler (Stanford University) discussed The Transition from School to University: Preparing Students and Teachers for New Challenges.
Prof. Helmut K. Anheier, PhD, Dean of the Hertie School of Governance, welcomed the guests who all contributed to the evening's fruitful discussion.
October 17: Ambassador Murphy Speaks in Neukölln on Immigration
On Monday evening, Ambassador Murphy and Berlin-Neukölln Mayor Heinz Buschkowsky discussed integration before an engaged audience at the Neukölln Rathaus. The Ambassador’s remarks focused on the both the success of the American “vegetable soup” society as well as the challenges the United States has faced dealing with generations of immigrants from around the world. Audience questions focused on some of the lessons on immigration and integration Germany and the United States can learn from each other, including the issue using racial and gender quotas to ensure diversity and the questions of citizenship and a sense of belonging. Ambassador Murphy’s speech was part of the STADT UND LAND lecture series, which is organized by the STADT UND LAND Residential Building Society, an organization committed to the urban development and social stabilization of neighborhoods. The event was moderated by STADT UND LAND Chief Operating Officer Ingo Malter, who also hosted a lively reception following the event.
Oct 17: International College Day
The 14th International College Day offered an information platform for those interested in studying abroad. Many students, parents, & teachers used the opportunity to speak directly to representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities, many of them from the United States.
Lectures throughout the fair rounded out the picture. EducationUSA gave an overview over study & exchange opportunities in the US
October 8: Charge d’Affaires Greg Delawie visits U.S. exhibitors at ANUGA
ANUGA, the world’s largest food trade show wraps up today, October 12, in Cologne, Germany. Earlier, for the October 8 show opening, the Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, Greg Delawie, visited the USA Pavilion to meet with seven first time U.S. exhibitors. While the show is held in Germany, it attracts buyers from all the world over and the show typically hosts 150,000 visitors from 180 countries. In total, 165 U.S. companies exhibited in the USA Pavillions, making it clear that ANUGA is a one stop shop for food companies interested in trading globally. Food trade shows in Germany are a great way to test international markets. If you are interested in participating in a food trade show in Germany, please see: http://www.usda-mideurope.com/
Sept. 27: U.S. farmers visit the Embassy
Four U.S. farmers visited the Embassy to meet with USDA Staff to discuss U.S.-German agricultural issues such as trade, biotechnology and animal welfare. The four are part of the McCloy Fellows in Agriculture program and will be touring German agriculture for the next several weeks on a program organized by the German Farmer's Union. The 2011 McCloy fellows are Tracy Grondine of Virginia, Katherine Harrison of Ohio, Chad Vorthman of Colorado, and Shane Otley of Oregon. This marks the 35th year this program has been running.
September 26: Ambassador Murphy Speaks to Community Service Project Participants
Ambassador Philip D. Murphy and Petra Herz, Chair of the Joachim Herz Foundation, met with 13 Berlin students prior to their departure for a two-week community service program in the U.S. The students will stay with American families in Buffalo, New York, where they will have the opportunity to visit local schools and take part in community service and other cultural activities. The trip is funded by the Joachim Herz Foundation and organized by Youth for Understanding. Ambassador Murphy expressed both excitement and admiration for the students, saying, “It’s probably easier to visit a country as a tourist […] But for those who are brave […] and willing and eager to learn […] the opportunities presented by exchange programs are enormous.” Ambassador Murphy also referred to President Obama, saying “President Obama often talks about his experience as a community organizer in Chicago twenty years ago. As he recalls, he wasn’t sure what was waiting for him there but he had been inspired by the stories of the civil rights movement. He also remembers that it wasn’t easy work but eventually, over time, working with leaders from across a number of communities, he began to see how he and his colleagues were making a real difference in people’s lives. He also came to realize that he wasn’t just helping other people; he was receiving something in return.” Petra Herz of the Joachim Herz Foundation gave the students some background information on the foundation and the program. “For the Joachim Herz Stiftung, this is the first transatlantic exchange program. We are a young foundation and are very glad that we have found such outstanding and experienced partners with the U.S. embassy and Youth for Understanding. My late husband Joachim and I set up our foundation to give young people an opportunity to uncover their talents, to unfold their full potential and to gain international experience. Consequently, it is important to me that we begin to establish a transatlantic dimension within our foundation. […] We are convinced that this experience will enrich the lives of the students and teach them about American culture. It also has the added benefit to impact on their Berlin neigbourhoods and might implant a fertile seed for voluntary work”.
The Civil War Revisited: The 150th Anniversary
A conference in cooperation with LISUM Berlin-Brandenburg
In 2011, America will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, one of the most defining events in U.S. history. According to a recent PEW study, 56% of those polled say the war between the North and South is still relevant to American politics and public life today. As to the cause of war, 48% believe that the war was mainly about states' rights while 38% say it was mainly about slavery (38%) and 9% claim that it was about both equally.
This seminar will take a closer look at the impact the Civil War has had on the U.S. and beyond, how it divided and at the same time forged the nation and why it still fuels the imagination of scholars and non-scholars alike.
Paul Finkelman (Albany Law School)
Going to War to Save the Union or to End Slavery? Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
Brian Schoen (Ohio University)
Southern Wealth, Global Profits: Cotton, Economic Culture, and the Coming of the Civil War
Pl. bring extra time for check-in and a valid picture I.D. Electronic devices will have to be checked.
Seating is limited. Please register via IRCBerlin@state.gov
Website of the Civil War Trust with timelines, maps, and links to 150 anniversary websites
Lesson Plans: Created by educators for educators, these plans include all the needed materials and resources free for you to use in your classroom.
PEW study on the Civil War: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1958/civil-war-still-relevant-and-divisive-praise-confederate-leaders-flag
September 27: Deputy Chief of Mission Discusses Financial Crises
At the invitation of Omid Nouripour, Deputy Chief of Mission Greg Delawie ...
Sept. 7-17: International Literature Festival
Sept. 16: Talking about Transatlantic Relations at the Bundestag
On September 16, Ambassador Philip D. Murphy joined Harald Leibrecht, newly appointed Coordinator of Transatlantic Relations, to speak on the topic of transatlantic relations in the German Bundestag. After the introductory remarks from Claus Hinterleitner, chairman of the German-American Association of Parliamentary Staffers, the two keynote speakers focused in their comments on the importance of the transatlantic relationship as well as the current economic development. Ambassador Murphy thanked the Members and Staffers of the Bundestag for the excellent and close collaboration and emphasized its importance in fostering the transatlantic relationship. However, he also pointed out that while the “German-American relationship is strong and its roots run deep, we cannot take it for granted; people think it functions by itself, but that is not the case. The relationship needs fresh ideas and ongoing discussion on how best to address the challenges we both face.”
The event was concluded by a lively discussion round, moderated by Marcus Pindur, correspondent of Deutschlandradio Kultur.
Ten Years After: 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies
President Wulff and former Chancellor Schröder were among the many dignitaries who participated in the memorial service at the American Church in Berlin. The interfaith event at the American Church in Berlin, organized by the Church, attracted over 200 invited guests including the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Foreign Minister, and representatives of diverse political parties and religious organizations. The program consisted of prayers and music.
- Photo gallery: Service at the American Church Berlin (Feedback via Facebook)
- Last years’ events: 2010 | 2009
Later that day, Berlin's Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit and Ambassador Murphy hosted an interfaith event at the Berlin City Hall Rotes Rathaus, with 300 invited guests and a program of music and readings that focused on resilience and the future. Students from the John F. Kennedy School read letters written by the children of victims, JUMA/JUGA, a project which encourages Muslim youth to contribute to a peaceful coexistence by giving them a voice and encouraging them to interact with politicians and the public, performed a song of their own creations, and teenagers read religious texts condemning violence. String and brass quartets belonging to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra opened and closed the event.
September 4 – 10, 2011: impact of 9/11 on U.S. society.
Emira Habiby Browne, Founder and CEO, Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans, CIANA, will participate in public programs in Frankfurt, Freiburg, Munich, Duesseldorf and Berlin. Please check back for further details.
September 7: Former Treasury Secretary John Snow in Berlin
In cooperation with Atlantik-Brücke e.V., Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and Allianz Forum, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Berlin supported a lecture on “9/11 – Ten Years After.” The event featured key note speaker John W. Snow, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, who served under the George W. Bush Administration from 2003 to 2006. The event, which was held at the Allianz Forum, drew nearly 70 guests. The former Secretary of the Treasury thanked the people of Germany, who stood as “kindred spirits with the U.S. during a difficult moment, which will never be forgotten.” The event culminated with a lively discussion, moderated by Eveline Y. Metzen, the Executive Director of Atlantik-Brücke e.V. Attendees discussed topics ranging from the impact of 9/11 to the current economic situation in the U.S. and Europe.
September 2: Teacher Training Seminar Series Celebrating Tennessee Williams’ 100th Birthday
August 31: Commemorating Kindertransports
Deputy Chief of Mission Greg Delawie participated in an event to mark the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Kindertransport that helped 10,000 mostly Jewish children leave Germany before the start of World War II. The commemoration took place at the Kindertransport statue outside the Friedrichstraße train station. Many of the children eventually found their way to the United States. Among them were the artist Eva Hesse and Rolf Decker, who played professional soccer with the American Soccer League and was a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic soccer team. There were writers, doctors, two Nobel laureate physicists, and many more. Ruth Morley, the Hollywood costume designer who created Diane Keaton’s look for Annie Hall and also turned Dustin Hoffman into a woman in Tootsie, was a Kindertransport Kind. Deborah Oppenheimer, the producer of the Oscar-winning documentary Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, is the child of a Kindertransport Kind. As Delawie said in his remarks, “Out of the darkest part of the last century, there were those who brought light, enlightenment, and even laughter.”
August 30: Eid al-Fitr/Bayram celebration
Ambassador and Mrs. Murphy hosted a festive Eid al-Fitr/Bayram celebration for friends and colleagues from around Berlin. More than 80 guests enjoyed the feast to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with the Murphys and their children. The Ambassador stressed the theme of family, saying that, “Islam is part of the American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country. No matter who we are, or how we pray, or where we live, we’re all part of a common humanity.” After a prayer was offered by Imam Adjam Ljevakovic, guests enjoyed great food and conversation, and were treated to a performance by Mario Rispo und Band.
August 23: Terrorism Expert on Combating Terrorist Financing
Celina Realuyo, Assistant Professor of Counterterrorism at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., spoke on the 23rd on the subject of combating terrorist financing. In a press roundtable with German journalists, Ms. Realuyo talked about the mixed blessings of technology. She described how criminals and terrorists today are using mobile banking (internet banking with mobile phones) and spoke about the need for governments to keep up with this technology and to create new regulations to counter criminal activities. Ms. Realuyo also talked about the role of non-monetary instruments such as the “store value card” (a pre-paid card), which are increasingly used to transfer or launder money. At an event at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Ms. Realuyo addressed a group of experts on terrorism issues and other interested staff from various think tanks, government institutions and NGOs. She evaluated the success of strategies over the past ten years to combat international terrorist financing, and assessed emerging scenarios and approaches.
Ramadan Nights Festival 2011
The U.S. Embassy’s Literature and Lecture Series, in coordination with the well-established Ramadan Nights Festival in Berlin, hosted a panel discussion on August 17, 2011 at the Museum of Islamic Art. Scholar Riem Spielhaus, currently at the University of Copenhagen; Berlin-based lawyer Sergey Lagodinsky; Macarena Hernández, Journalist and Professor of Communications at the University of Houston, Texas; and moderator Mithu Melanie Sanyal, worked to answer the question – “Who is a minority?” The panel explored integration and identity issues, attitudes towards minorities in Europe and the United States, and how communities can embrace diversity. The joint breaking of the fast ended the formal part of a stimulating event, but discussions continued long afterwards.
August 13 commemorative ceremony
50 years ago the Berlin Wall was built; Chargé d’Affaires Greg Delawie attended commemorative ceremony
August 11: Allied Museum Opens Exhibit Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Building of the Wall
The Allied Museum in Dahlem is marking the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall with a special exhibit and a series of lectures from August through December. The museum opened the series on August 11, 2011, with a presentation entitled “Like a tinderbox! The Berlin Crisis and the construction of the wall.” The German Minister for Culture and Media, Bernd Neumann, spoke, along with Greg Delawie, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy, Andrew Noble, the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, Caroline Ferrari from the French Embassy, and Florian Weiß, the Museum Curator.
August 4: Chargé d’Affaires visits German-American Intercultural Youth Summer Camp
Chargé d’Affaires Greg Delawie visited an intercultural youth summer camp at the Reformationskirche Moabit. This summer camp was organized by the Berliner Stadtmission in cooperation with the Reformationskirche and a group of young adults from the church’s sister parish in St Louis, Missouri. The American guests are spending a week with children from the district teaching them songs, poems, and games to teach the children about American customs and traditions.
Mr. Delawie was greeted with great excitement by the kids, who had designed a colorful welcoming banner for him and organized a small reception with snacks and soft drinks served in champagne glasses. Afterwards, they invited Mr. Delawie to participate in a modified game of baseball that involved a clever, self-made catapult. The children also performed an American song and dance the Americans had taught them and presented the Charge with a hand-made gift at the end of his visit.
August 2: Speaker Highlights Agriculture, New Technologies, In Fight Against Climate Change
Jack Bobo, the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Advisor for Biotechnology, gave a presentation on climate change and agriculture at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. The role of new production technologies in the fight against climate change was highlighted, including the global rise in the use of genetically engineered crops. Separately, Mr. Bobo also held informational meetings with several German ministries, including, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Food, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection (BMELV), and the Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
A copy of Mr. Bobo’s presentation may be found at http://photos.state.gov/libraries/unitedkingdom/...pdf
July 28: Opening of the 51st German-American Volksfest
On July 28, Deputy Chief of Mission Greg Delawie opened the 51st German-American Volksfest. This year's theme is "Discover America!" and the festival includes an American village and information on tourism for all 50 U.S. States. Promoter Richard Simmons thanked the U.S. Embassy for our enduring support and Mr. Delawie responded with gratitude for the ongoing presence of the Volksfest. More than 200 people packed the tent to salute the event and to watch Simmons, Delawie, Mayor Ingeborg Junge-Reyer, and Deputy Mayor of District Mitte Carsten Spallek tap the beer keg.
In his remarks, Delawie emphasized that the festival reflects the German-American relationship of the past and the future. The first Volksfest took place in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis, and it continues today in a reunited Berlin in its new location in Mitte. Moreover, Greg Delawie referred to the German-American Volksfest as a “great opportunity to learn more about the United States" and a place to bring Berliners and Americans closer together.
The Volksfest will run through August 14th. The festival's highlights include diverse stages with live music, shops with local specialties, and more than 100 fairground rides and attractions for young and old. For more information, please go to: http://www.deutsch-amerikanisches-volksfest.de/e-start.htm.
July 20: General David Petraeus on Afghanistan
General David Petraeus handed over authority to General Paul Allen on July 18, and came to Berlin for meetings with Foreign Minister Westerwelle and Minister of Defense de Maiziere on his return trip to the U.S. General Petraeus briefed journalists on the current situation in Afghanistan, and praised the German troops and commanders he worked with in Regional Command North: “Germany has fielded a highly effective fighting force. Both they and the sacrifices they endure for their country deserve to be recognized. I am honored to have served with them.” General Petraeus retires from the U.S. Army on August 31, and will take over as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency shortly thereafter.
July 17: Soccer World Cup final match Japan–U.S.A.
The Embassy of Japan and the Embassy of the United States of America,
in cooperation with the "11 FreundInnen WM-Quartier,"
cordially invite you, your family and friends to join us for a public viewing of the 2011 Women's Soccer World Cup final match Japan-U.S.A.
Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 8:45 p.m. (kickoff)
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The first 20 guests who show this invitation receive a free gift.
April 16 – July 17, 2011: Storyboards von Hitchcock bis Spielberg
April 16 - July 17, 2011. Ein Storyboard ist das von Hand gezeichnete „optische Drehbuch" eines Spielfilms. Wenngleich es der klassischen Handzeichnung mit jahrhundertealter Tradition verwandt ist, blieb diese Kunstform im musealen Zusammenhang nahezu unentdeckt. Gemeinsam mit der Deutschen Kinemathek in Berlin präsentiert die Kunsthalle Emden die weltweit erste große Ausstellung herausragender Storyboards. In der Konfrontation mit bildender Kunst wird deutlich, wie sehr sich die Bildsprachen von Kunst und Film immer wieder inspirieren und beeinflussen.
Die Ausstellung umfasst ca. 17 an international stilbildende Regisseure angelehnte Kapitel. Sie sind beispielsweise Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg oder Stanley Kubrick gewidmet. Den Zeichnungen stehen die Originalfilmsequenzen und sorgfältig ausgewählte Kunstwerke internationaler Künstler gegenüber - etwa Max Ernst, Henri Michaux, Georg Baselitz, Alex Katz, Lucio Fontana oder Alexander Calder.
July 13: Ambassador Murphy on Morning TV
U.S. Ambassador and soccer fan Philip D. Murphy made a special appearance on national TV, kicking the ball with ZDF Morgenmagazin host Dunja Hayali. On the day of the WWC France – USA semi-final, the Ambassador talked about the success of women’s soccer in America and highlighted that “soccer is the number one sport for girls in the United States.”
July 11: Reception for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Ambassador Murphy welcomed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancers, supporters, friends, and fans to the Embassy on Monday, July 11, for a reception to kick off the company's tour of Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Cologne. There are reported to be a few tickets still for sale, but not many. For ticket information check out www.bb-promotion.com/.
July 11: The Transatlantic Partnership in the 21st Century
Ambassador Murphy capped off the American Council on Germany's day-long conference on the transatlantic relationship in the 21st century with a thorough review of US-German relations. This included global issues where we work together such as the Middle East and climate change, US-EU issues where we differ such as climate change, and bilateral issues such as the need to maintain Germany as a strong partner well into the future. Looking at today and 50 years from today, the Ambassador talked about the need on both sides of the Atlantic for us to embrace youth and people of all backgrounds. Speaking just after a panel discussion that included Judith Jamison as a participant, the Ambassador cited the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company as an American icon that is doing its part in Germany to help us reach new and diverse youth.
Women's World Cup Viewing: USA v. Sweden
July 6th: The U.S. and Swedish Embassies in Berlin will co-host a viewing party at the Lido in Berlin, Kreuzberg on July 6, starting at 7:30 p.m.
July 5: Women's soccer Germany-France
Ambassador Murphy completely convinced a crowd of 350 Germans and French that Americans not only know about soccer but embrace it. Speaking on a panel before the July 5 Germany-French Women's World Cup match with a current and a former soccer player, both German, Ambassador Murphy discussed the popularity of soccer in the U.S., the success of the World Cups that have been held in the U.S., and the athletic prowess of women soccer players. He and Michael Ropers, the head of Deutsche Telekom in Berlin and the host of the event, both spoke about the benefits to women and children of engaging in sports.
July 5: Employment Options for International Students in the U.S.
Join us online to learn more about options for employment while you're studying in the U.S.! An expert will answer your questions and offer invaluable insight on how you can combine U.S. study with practical professional training during this live discussion. Also, information about independent internships will be offered.
Tuesday, July 5, from 4-5 p.m. (CEST)
Go to http://edusaconnects.acrobat.com/internships
Choose a screen name, login as "guest" - and chat with
Cody McCabe, SUNY Plattsburgh & EducationUSA Adviser Ute Strack, US-Botschaft Berlin
UNITED STATES CELEBRATES ITS 235th BIRTHDAY July 4
On July 4, the U.S. Embassy held its traditional Independence Day reception at the American Academy in Berlin. The Ambassador of the United States of America, Philip D. Murphy and Tammy S. Murphy welcomed invited guests to enjoy an evening with musical entertainment, food and beverages, and fireworks over the Wannsee.
The fireworks display started at 10:30 p.m, and was visible from the boat landing by the Wannsee S-Bahn station.
July 4th has been recognized as Independence Day in the United States ever since the country's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Americans celebrate with parades, fireworks, concerts and other festive activities.
July 2: Girls United soccer camp
Ambassador Murphy opened a weekend Girls United soccer camp on Saturday, July 2, sponsored by the Flick Foundation for Tolerance. The girls, who came from several different schools in Berlin and Brandenburg, spent the weekend practicing their game and getting to know each other. Flick has a great history of summer soccer camps for girls and we were really lucky to be part of this one.
July1: Speaker Highlights “After the Arab Spring – Expectations for Summer, Fall, and Winter” Event in Cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
How will the Arab world develop after its stormy spring? This was one of the questions addressed by Jack A. Goldstone of George Mason University, Paul Freiherr von Maltzahn, executive vice-president of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), and Almut Möller, head of the Alfred von Oppenheim-Center for European Policy Studies at the DGAP on July 1.
During a panel discussion, Prof. Goldstone stated that he sees a “global tide flowing towards democracy” which has finally arrived in North Africa. “There is still reason for optimism. Prior to 2011, the Middle East stood out on the map as the sole remaining region in the world virtually devoid of democracy. The Jasmine and Nile Revolutions look set to change all that.” All panelists agreed that simply discarding the Muslim Brotherhood as Islamists and not talk to them would be a fatal mistake. As Prof. Goldstone pointed out, they are not nearly as radical as they are often portrayed; their exclusion from dialogue now could sour future negotiations with the group.
Förderverein Rosinenbomber e.V.
On June 19, 2010, the Berlin Candy Bomber had to make an emergency landing on Schönefeld Airport. The Candy Bomber was badly dammaged in the process.
Learn about the restoration efforts at rettet-den-rosinenbomber.de
Embassy Congratulates JFK Grads
The Embassy proudly hosted the John F. Kennedy School class of 2011 for an awards ceremony to celebrate the end of their high school years and the bright futures ahead of them. We at the Embassy are very proud of our connection to the JFK school, and of this year's class, who won a number of prestigious awards for their achievements. Members of the class of 2011 were awarded with the Presidential Award for Academic Achievement and the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence; several were inducted into the National Honors Society, and more were named JFK honors students.
June 23: Germany and the U.S. Sign Solar MOU
The U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and three labs under the Helmholtz Association signed an MOU on fundamental solar energy research. Deputy Chief of Mission Greg Delawie provided opening remarks. The agreement brings together world-wide leading institutions in solar research. Following the signing ceremony, the U.S. Embassy Berlin, in coordination with AmCham, hosted a lively business dialogue with Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director of NREL. The discussion focused on the status of renewable energy in the U.S. and how researchers and industry can work together to advance it.
June 24: Soccer, soccer! at the America Memorial Library
A class of excited 5th and 6th graders from the Clara-Grunwald-Grundschule in Berlin-Kreuzberg met U.S. ambassador Philip Murphy and his wife Tammy in the newly renovated & recently re-opened youth library of the America Memorial Library.
And, of course, soccer was the main topic. The Ambassador and Mrs. Murphy read from the book "(K)ein Junge wie Paul(a)" - about a girl named Paula who slips into the shoes of her twin brother Paul to play soccer for Hertha BSC's D-Jugend.
After the reading, the class had many questions for the Murphys - about football and other sports, and much, much more.
The Portrait in Renaissance Italy - Lecture
June 22: The Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin and the Embassy of the United States of America presented Keith Christiansen, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York with a lecture on "An Upcoming Exhibition Highlight in Berlin and New York: The Portrait in Renaissance Italy" (in English) To celebrate the successful cooperation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
June 20: Artists and Art Lovers Gather for Exhibit Opening at the Ambassador's Residence
Over 100 people filled the rooms of Ambassador and Mrs. Murphy’s Residence on June 20 for the opening of the third in a series of art exhibits featuring German and American artists who have lived and worked in each other’s country. Curated by Johannes Fricke Waldthausen and in coordination with the American Academy and DAAD, the exhibit features former American Academy artists such as Mitch Epstein and current DAAD fellow Martha Rosler. Guests included fellow artists, the lenders of the works, and people from all walks of life. As Ambassador Murphy said at the opening, the exhibit “highlights intercultural dialogue. It shows how the exchange of artists and their ideas contributes to mutual understanding and also inspires new forms of creativity.”
Together we stand
On Friday, June 17, 2011, close to 300 guests attended a conference entitled "Together We Stand" in the Körber-Forum in Hamburg. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy spoke at the forum, stressing the importance of civic engagement. He reiterated how significant this type of engagement is in both German and American society, especially given the current economic crisis. Furthermore, he emphasized how critical the inclusion and participation of the youth is in creating change within their own communities. Specifically, he referred to the U.S. Embassy's "Community Service Pilot Project," a project for underserved youth which was funded and launched by the U.S. Embassy in 2010 and organized through YFU in Germany.
Through the project, 14 students from Hamburg travelled to the U.S. and volunteered in a variety of community service activities. Today, on account of the positive impact this program had on many of the participants, several students are continuing their service work in Germany through organizations like UNICEF and applying the skills they obtained in the U.S. within these organizations. With new funding from the Joachim Herz foundation, the project is able to offer another community service pilot project in October 2011. Ambassador Murphy concluded his speech by noting how important international youth visitor programs, like the "Community Service Pilot Project," are between the U.S. and Germany.
June 16: Social Media Platforms - Major Political Players?
The developments during the U.S. presidential campaign in 2008 and the Arab Revolution show that the power of Social Media Platforms goes beyond mere social networking. These platforms are part of our daily life and even seem to influence the political decision making process. Are those well connected grassroots movements transferable to the German political environment? Which future role of Social Media Platforms should we expect? We cordially invite you to a panel discussion hosted by the German Atlantic Association to debate these questions
Dr. Stefanie Babst; Prof. Dr. Andreas Elter; Botschafter Philip D. Murphy
Moderation: Werner Sonne
registration was via www.deutscheatlantischegesellschaft.de
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen Received the German Federal Cross of Merit
June 9, 2011. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen visited Berlin and participated in a variety of activities, including a ceremony where he received the German Federal Cross of Merit, a press roundtable and a dinner at the Ambassador's residence.
German Defense Minister Thomas de Maziere honored Admiral Mullen with this prestigious German award for his concern for German soldiers, his role in strengthening the close German-American friendship, and his services to the Federal Republic of Germany. The Federal Cross of Merit is the highest honor that the Federal Republic bestows for services to the greater good.
In a press roundtable with German media, Admiral Mullen stressed U.S. gratitude for the German contribution to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. He praised the "truly exceptional performance [of the Germans] in regional command North", but also recognized the losses and injuries among German soldiers. Admiral Mullen perceives the Afghanistan campaign to be heading in the right direction and sees reconciliation a part of every conflict. However, as for reconciliation with the Taliban he sees this as "too early to put a timeline on that." In regard to the Middle East, he stated that this region is on the top of his priority list. Answering questions in regard to Germany's position on the NATO mission in Libya, Admiral Mullen said that every nation makes its own decision about its participation in any operation. "I respect this decision."
Admiral Mullen spent the evening at a dinner at the Ambassador's residence with German Ministry of Defense and other officials.
39th National Teacher Trainer Conference Discusses Obama Administration in Hamburg
June 2-5, 2011. The U.S. Embassy Berlin, in cooperation with Amerikazentrum Hamburg, organized its annual Teacher Trainers’ Conference on “The Obama Administration Past Mid-Point: An Assessment of Cultural, Political, and Economic Change in the U.S.” 60 conference participants discussed domestic U.S. politics and the transatlantic relationship with a wide range of experts. Faculty members included literary and cultural scholar Werner Sollors of Harvard University, policy experts Mark Rozell and Jeremy Mayer from George Mason University, current DAAD fellow and German-American specialist Jonathan Olsen from the University of Wisconsin, and environmental lawyer Molly Hall.
Fachleiter Konferenz 2011 "The Obama Administration Past Mid-Point: An Assessment of Cultural, Political, and Economic Change in the U.S."
In cooperation with the Amerika Zentrum Hamburg
Venue: Amerika Zentrum Hamburg
May 27, 2011: Ambassador Congratulates Hertie Grads
Ambassador Murphy delivered the keynote address at the Hertie School of Governance Commencement Ceremony on May 27. The Master of Public Policy (MPP) Class of 2011 was comprised of 69 graduates from over 34 countries. The MPP is a two-year program culminating in an internationally recognized degree. The audience, which included over 300 guests, listened intently to Ambassador Murphy's motivational speech. Addressing the graduates he said, "If you want the world to reflect your vision and your ideals, roll up your sleeves and become an innovator. Having the skill to do things right is not enough. Doing it and doing the right thing must be your aim. And that is also my final piece of advice. Look for opportunities to do the right thing, to give something back."
May 27, 2011: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program Concludes Successful Year
May 27, 2011. Ambassador Murphy joined Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, and many Members of the German Federal Parliament in greeting the 350 American participants in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program (CBYX) on May 27 at the Bundestag. This special day marked the end of the exchange year of the 350 American participants in Germany and included a morning plenary session and discussion with Members of Parliament on current political issues in Germany.
In his remarks Ambassador Murphy stressed that “In today’s world, governments acting alone can neither solve the problems that confront us nor seize the opportunities that surround us. [...] Power will belong to citizens, citizen ambassadors like yourselves, across all sectors of society and through broad networks of partners, national and international. In a world where 60 percent of the world’s population is under the age of 30, we must engage directly with young leaders. And so, although for many of you, this exchange year is coming to an end, I hope that today is just a beginning. Because of your affiliation with CBYX, you are obliged – I am sorry, I am not giving you a choice – to look for innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems and to speak out.“
In the afternoon, Ambassador Murphy and Deputy Chief of Mission Delawie welcomed the CBYX participants at the U.S. Embassy. Ambassador Murphy took up the challenge and tried his hand at hip-hop. “I am going to take a piece by poet Nikki Giovanni about Rosa Parks, one of my heroes and one of the people I talk about in town hall meetings at schools and universities around the country. It is about standing up for what you believe in. […]
do the rosa parks say no no do the rosa parks throw your hands in the air do the rosa parks say no no somebody’s lying rosa parks him somebody’s crying rosa parks her shame the bad comfort the good do the rosa parks just like she would
Ambassador Murphy’s speech drew enthusiastic applause from the CBYX students, representatives of the Bundestag, and exchange organizations. U.S. Embassy representatives from different sections took advantage of the opportunity to speak to the audience about career options in the Foreign Service.
The Future of Afghanistan: Bright
May 2011. Four young Afghans traveled around Germany to talk about the progress that's been made since 2001 and their hopes for the future of their country.
Ambassador Murphy delivered welcome remarks at the opening of the International Conference on Holocaust Victims
May 25, 2011. Ambassador Murphy delivered welcome remarks at the opening of the International Conference on Holocaust Victims at the Foundation Topography of Terror. The conference was held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Adolf Eichmann trial in Jerusalem. It was hosted by the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial, the Foundation Topography of Terror, and the House of Wannsee Conference Memorial. A special exhibit “Facing Justice – Adolf Eichmann on Trial” opened prior to the conference at the Topography of Terror and will last until September 18, 2011. The Ambassador spoke to about approximately 90 participants about this year’s theme, “Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide”, of the Days of Remembrance in the United States and pointed out that it is a very appropriate theme because this year we mark the 65th anniversary of the first Nuremberg trial verdicts and the 50th anniversary of the trial of Adolf Eichmann. He emphasized that it is up to us all to maintain a collective memory and that we have a duty to remember the cruelty of the Holocaust. He talked about Chancellor Merkel and President Obama’s visit to Buchenwald in 2009 and quoted President Obama's emphasis: “we must also bear a burden. The burden of seeing our common humanity; of resisting anti-Semitism and ignorance in all its forms; of refusing to become bystanders to evil, whenever and wherever it rears its ugly face.” The Ambassador finished his remarks by thanking everyone involved for their commitment.
May 19-22: Michelin hosted its Challenge Bibendum event in Berlin
Economic Officer Jon P. Dorschner attended the Brandenburg Gate “rally” on May 19 and toured the event at Tempelhof Airport with a Michelin representative on May 20. Originally a car rally, Bibendum Challenge has grown into a forum for the presentation of cutting edge automotive technology. The rally featured a wide variety of alternative vehicles using fuel cells, hydrogen, plug in electricity, hybrids, natural gas, and even a solar powered vehicle. Almost every major car manufacturer from Europe, North America and Asia presented a vehicle, including motorbikes, delivery vans, busses, and family cars. The American auto industry was well-represented, with Ford featuring the electric delivery vehicles it will soon introduce into the European market, and the “Ford Fusion” hybrid, that is very popular in the U.S.
May 20 & 21: EducationUSA at the StudyWorld
at the Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur, Berlin Friedrichstrasse
What, how and where to study
StudyWorld offers firsthand information about studying in Germany and worldwide. You'll find practical information about internship opportunities and continuing education programs.
EducationUSA Centers in Germany and worldwide offer accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information about study and exchanges with the United States
Presentation on Saturday at 14:45 Room 311 "Studium in den USA" (in German language)
Questions? Ask us on FB
May 20 and 21st: Gaming Roadshow
On May 20 and 21st the district library Friederichshain-Kreuzberg will be the location of the 2nd Gaming Roadshow in Germany. With the support of the non-profit "Zukunftswerkstatt and the embassy, library staff and visitors will test the newest computer games & consoles. There will be room for discussion and a live videoconference with librarians in the U.S. Questions, comments and feedback welcome at Zukunftswerkstatt
more details about the event
May 20: Ambassador Receives U.S. Correspondence
Ambassador Murphy met with Roland Jahn, Commissioner for the Stasi Archives, to receive a book containing documents from the former U.S. Consulate in Dresden. The documents, which stem from the 1940s, had been stored in the Stasi archives in Dresden.
May 18: Ambassador Murphy opens Tennessee Williams’ Play at English Theatre Berlin
On the occasion of the 100th birthday of playwright Tennessee Williams, Checkpoint Charlie Foundation invited friends and alumni of their programs to attend “Summer and Smoke” directed by Blake Robison, Artistic Director at Round House Theater, Washington/DC. In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Murphy emphasized the enormous influence Tennessee Williams had on the contemporary theater scene and beyond. Theaters all over the world have been commemorating the anniversary.
May 16: Ambassador Murphy Hosts National Round-Table on Higher Education
Ambassador Murphy welcomed an expert group of 25 university administrators, university presidents, professors and representatives of national foundations and the government to discuss diversity issues in higher education in both Germany and the U.S. Ambassador Murphy stressed the role of the University to set an example by reflecting a diverse population in their faculty as well as student body. All participants agreed to continue this valuable exchange of ideas in the fall at Hertie School of Governance as the next host.
May 16: Ambassador Meets with U.S. Chamber President
Ambassador Murphy hosted a meeting with Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, on May 16 at the Embassy. Mr. Donohue and his associates were visiting Berlin to meet with German and U.S. government and business leaders. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation, represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions. Its international division works in collaboration with more than 100 American Chambers of Commerce round the world, including AmCham Germany. As the voice of business, the Chamber’s core purpose is to support and promote free enterprise around the globe.
May 12: Deutsch-Amerikanische Energietage 2011 in Berlin
The 3rd German-American Energy days provide a unique platform to foster open dialogue about energy solutions for a sustainable future and to build up transatlantic business relationships. In particular, the conference highlights investment opportunities for German companies by informing about developments and business opportunities in the U.S. renewable markets
May 12: Greening Berlin
Mrs. Tammy Murphy, along with Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen, ambassadors, politicians, business and media representatives and school children attended the Forest of Global Understanding event organised by GAIA in Berlin. The NGO campaigns for the protection and conservation of forests through the planting of trees. Mrs. Tammy Murphy underscored in her remarks the importance of forests to protect our ecosystem for current and future generations. The U.S. Embassy sponsored one of 64 lime trees that will be planted alongside the famous Strasse des 17. Juni.
May 9: Ambassador Murphy speaks to students at the University of Applied Sciences Wildau
Ambassador Murphy visited the University of Applied Sciences Wildau where he talked to approximately 120 students about Americans who have made a difference in U.S. society. The Ambassador spoke about the Civil Rights movement in U.S. history, beginning his presentation with Abraham Lincoln and ending with the fascinating career of Barack Obama. He discussed not only famous activists like Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King, Jr. but also people who are not well-known to the German public , such as Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player and Briana Scurry, former goal keeper of the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Showing the struggle and the challenges these “heroes” had to face, the Ambassador delivered the message to the students that change is not impossible if you dare to stand up and fight for what you believe in. Encouraging the students to take charge of their life and pursue their dreams Ambassador Murphy finished his presentation with the words: “The story is incomplete and it is up to you to write it!”
May 9: Ambassador Murphy Reading at the English Theatre Berlin
ETB - English Theatre Berlin - Program www.etberlin.de A Reading Series THE BERLIN SOFA On MONDAY MAY 9th 2011 US AMBASSADOR PHILIP D. MURPHY read from "The Girls of Summer (The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World)" and the Beautiful Game
May 7, 2011: Climate Refugees
Climate Refugees - A documentary by Michael Nach, L.A.
Screening, Discussion & Reception
May 7, 2011, 3:00 PM
Kino Arsenal (1)
Potsdamer Strasse 2
Please register by April 30, 2011 at email@example.com.
May 6–8, 2011: Wittenberg Spring Seminar
39 students from Halle-Wittenberg and Humboldt University Berlin gathered at the Center for United States Studies (ZUSAS) in Wittenberg. During the May 6-8 seminar, they assessed the achievements of the Obama Administration, evaluated its goals and discussed challenges in domestic as well as foreign policy in a think tank atmosphere.
Host and Director of the Center, Professor Hans-Jürgen Grabbe, and Deputy Cultural Attaché of the U.S. Embassy Berlin, May G. Baptista, welcomed the students, among them three Russian and one American student. Policy experts Paul Rundquist (Halle University), Crister Garrett (Leipzig University) and environmental lawyer Molly Hall (Wisconsin) contributed to the seminar by serving as advisors. The student projects reflected an impressive range of topics, including President Obama’s political speeches and foreign policy agenda, Health Care Reform, the administration’s position on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Guantanamo, energy policy, Russian-American relations, as well as the role of the Tea Party Movement.
"The Obama Administration Past Mid-Point:
An Assessment of Cultural, Political, and Economic Change
in the United States."
MAY 4 - 8, 2011: XXVI. Black International Cinema Berlin
BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA is a yearly interdisciplinary, intercultural film/video festival produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre / THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin in association with Cultural Zephyr e.V. and screens cinema from the African Diaspora and other films from varied intercultural backgrounds or perspectives.
Reading tour Aaron Jaffe and Edward P. Comentale
Als „The Big Lebowski“ in die Kinos kam, war der Film von Joel und Ethan Coen ein Kassenflop – und wurde gleich darauf zum echten Kultfilm. Beim 5. Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Kentucky, sprang der Funke über auf die akademische Welt.
„absolute(ly) Big Lebowski“ präsentiert ein Best-Of der Beiträge, die aus diesem Gedankenaustausch hervorgegangen sind.
- May 02, 2011 TU Chemnitz/Amerikanistik (Dr. Gunther Süß)
- May 03, 2011 Dresden/Amerikanistik (Prof. Katja Kanzler) Leipzig/ Kooperation zwischen dem Institute for American Studies (Dr. Frank Usbeck) und dem Luru Kino in der Baumwollspinnerei
- May 04, 2011 München/Amerika-Haus (Dr. Zoë Kusmierz)
- May 05, 2011 Nürnberg/dai (Christina Hein)
- May 07, 2011 Freiburg/dai (Friederike Schulte)
- Mon, May 9, 4-6 p.m. seminar at HU, room 1601, Hegelplatz.
Financial Reform: Ambassador at HTW
US-Botschafter Philip D. Murphy, hielt am 2. Mai 2011 im Audimax der HTW einen Vortrag in englischer Sprache über die Finanzmärkte seines Heimatlandes. Danach stand er den Zuhörerinnen und Zuhörern Rede und Antwort.
Soccer Clinic with Briana Scurry und Amanda Cromwell
May 2, 2011. U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy and the President of the Berliner soccer association, Bernd Schultz, welcomed former U.S.Women's National Team players Briana Scurry and Amanda Cromwell at Poststadion Moabit, where the two U.S. sports diplomats conducted a soccer clinic with 50 girls of the Moabiter FSV and other schools in the area.
Ambassador Murphy emphasized in his remarks: "In women's soccer, our two countries already lead the world – in terms of World Cup records but also in terms of inspiring the youth of our countries to do and be the very best they can."
- In the press: „Präsident begrüßte ehemalige US-Spielerinnen“;
''Spor Birleştirir'' kampanyası tanıtıldı
- Fußballcamp am 02.05.2011
May 1: Erstflug von Berlin nach New York feierlich eröffnet
Botschafter Philip Murphy sagte dazu:
„Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Air Berlin Berlin und die Vereinigten Staaten näher zusammenbringt. Dank Ihrer Zugehörigkeit zur Allianz oneworld erleichtert Air Berlin es Deutschen und Amerikanern, Anschlussflüge zu buchen und das Land des jeweils anderen zu entdecken.“
April 30, 2011 – STATTBAD Wedding
STATTBAD Wedding will open its doors to kick off the WEDDING WALLS project with the exhibition "NOR MORE BUTTER BY THE FISHES."
The first event in the framework of the WEDDING WALLS program will take place at 4 p.m. with opening remarks by U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy. At 5 p.m., U.S. artist Caleb Neelon will present his book, “The history of American Graffiti: From subway to gallery.”
For full details of the program and the project, visit the WEDDING WALLS website at www.weddingwalls.org/.
WEDDING WALLS exhibition
with CALEB NEELON (USA)│einem Film von Berlin Collective│Musik: NOMAD (D)│
und einer Rauminstallation von Anna Roznowska (PL)
April 20: DCM Congratulates FFU on 25th Anniversary
More than 100 environmentally-conscious guests celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Policy Center of the Free University Berlin on April 20, 2011. The Center, currently headed by Prof. Miranda Schreurs, is an interdisciplinary institution of the Free University and a trailblazer in its field. At the event, several experts discussed recent developments in international and German environmental policies. Deputy Chief of Mission Greg Delawie and President Alt of the Free University both underscored the importance of the Center, especially in light of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima.
Clinton's Innovation Advisor talks Internet Freedom, Role of Social Media
April 19, 2011. Ben Scott, Policy Advisor for Innovation to Secretary Clinton, visited Berlin to discuss the ways in which the State Department is using new media to reach new audiences, and the impact these tools are having around the world. In a meeting organized by the online think tank Atlantic-Community.org, Scott stressed that the internet has fundamentally changed communication, and that the State Department is changing the way it looks at diplomacy, development, and policy, not only to respond to the challenges the internet presents, but also to harness its tremendous power. Atlantic-Community.org, launched in 2007, was the first online think tank devoted to transatlantic debates about key global issues.
Part Time Pioneer
An Exhibition by Beny Wagner
April 1-24, 2011 • Thursday-Saturday • 14.00-18.00
and by appointment • firstname.lastname@example.org
Organized by William Davis and Leah Whitman-Salkin
Courtyard Humboldt Universität zu Berlin • Unter den Linden 6 • 10099
April 14-20: “Earth Day 2011 – Livable Cities”
Secretary Clinton in Berlin
- Holbrooke-Gedenkveranstaltung, Rathenau-Preis: Links auf Facebook
- Link zum Video Clinton - Merkel auf Twitter
- 04/15/2011 Remarks at Rathenau Prize Ceremony
- 04/15/2011 Remarks at Meeting with Staff and Families of Embassy Berlin and U.S. NATO
- 04/15/2011 Remarks at Press Availability
- 04/15/2011 Remarks at Memorial Service for Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke
- 04/14/2011 Remarks With German Chancellor Angela Merkel Before Their Meeting
Yes We Can - Civil War Competition
Students from the Albrecht-Dürer-Gymnasium and Emmy-Noether Oberschule faced-off against each other on April 12 in a multi-faceted competition organized by the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. The theme of the evening was the American Civil war. Each school team presented a three-person, seven-minute sketch and a page-long short story on the American Civil war. The event culminated in a trivia quiz, whereby each team had to answer 15 questions related to civil war history. The winning school received funds from the Foundation to study in the United States. Deputy Chief of Mission Greg Delawie kicked off the events, which took place in Berlin's Märkisches Museum.
Ambassador Murphy Heralds the Seder
Led by a professor of American Studies, the focus of the April 12 introduction to the Seder was on the release of the Jews from slavery. The Ambassador led the discussion over dinner, which focused on modern slavery, Muslim and Christian religious holidays, the role of children in religious celebrations, the combination of humor and ritual in the Seder, and the importance of reaching out to people of different religions.
Cottbus Welcomes Ambassador Murphy
On April 12, Ambassador Murphy visited the city of Cottbus, where he engaged in a wide variety of meetings with people from across the city. His day in Cottbus started with a call on the Lord Mayor of Cottbus, Frank Szymanski, and a meeting with the city council and Brandenburg's Minister for Education and Youth, Dr. Martina Münch. After signing the golden book, the Ambassador visited the Brandenburg Technical University, where he met with University President Prof. Dr. Walther Ch Zimmerli and other university representatives. He also held a town hall meeting with high school and university students in the new state-of-the-art university library. In the afternoon, the Ambassador toured the Technology and Industrial Park Cottbus and discussed economic development in Cottbus and Brandenburg. The cultural highlight of his trip was a stop at the Cottbus State Theater, Germany's only remaining Art Nouveau, where he met award-winning conductor Evan Christ. During an editorial board meeting at the regional daily Lausitzer Rundschau, the Ambassador discussed German-American relations, youth exchange, economic development, and foreign affairs issues like NATO's mission in Libya. The tour ended with a visit to FC Energie Cottbus, the local soccer club, where the Ambassador kicked a few balls and wished the team luck in their quest to move up into Germany's premier league, the Bundesliga.
April 12: “The Internet of Elsewhere”
Part Time Pioneer
Artist Beny Wagner spoke to an audience about his installation in Humboldt University and the themes of dependence, independence, belonging, seeking, and more. Wagner has created a site-specific installation for Humboldt University. One part of the installation concerns the message candidate Barak Obama left in the Wailing Wall and the concepts of privacy vs. publicity. The questions raised by Wagner touch on many of the burning issues of youth today.
April 1-24, 2011 Thursday-Saturday 14.00-18.00 and by appointment • email@example.com
Organized by William Davis and Leah Whitman-Salkin
Courtyard Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Unter den Linden 6 10099
Bundestag Hosts Ambassador for Foreign Policy Discussion
April 6, 2011. Ambassador Murphy met with Bundestag members to discuss current defense and security challenges, as well as German-American relations. The Ambassador was hosted by MdB Roderich Kiesewetter, who moderated the discussion. Topics included the NATO mission in Libya, German engagement in Afghanistan, nuclear energy and energy security, and the U.S. budget debate.
April 5: an evening of music and literature with Andrej Hermlin
an evening of music and literature with Andrej Hermlin at the Stadt- u. Regionalbibliothek Cottbus
Ambassador Supports PTSD Awareness
On April 3, Ambassador Murphy and his wife Tammy participated in the German Armed Forces' benefit event to raise awareness for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Ambassador emphasized the joint responsibility for taking care of soldiers and their families not only while the soldiers are on a mission, but also once they return home. More than 550 German soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, a topic that is only beginning to be discussed in Germany. The Ambassador quoted U.S. Army General Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, who said about PTSD that, “more than anything else, you need to be able to say it out loud.” The Ambassador and Mrs. Murphy attended the event “to personally demonstrate our support for the sacrifices that the German people and their military have made – and continue to make – in support of the Afghanistan mission.”
APRIL: Session I (event number 10L228001)
Saturday, April 2, 2011
10:00-15:30: Introductory session
10:00: Brief welcome
10:15: Prof. Dr. Eva Boesenberg, "Tennessee Williams on Stage and in the (University) Classroom Today"
Dr. Martin Ganguly, "Tennesse Williams Werke in Film (und Theater) mit Filmausschnitten und didaktischen, filmedukativen Hinweisen"
1330: Dr. Martin Ganguly, "Überblick über die Arbeitsmöglichkeiten mit Film im Unterricht"
1530: Seminar ends
Venue: Humboldt University, Dorotheenstr. 24
April 1, 2011: Balancing Global Macroeconomic Discrepancies
Conference at Deutsche Bank Unter den Linden 13-15
Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and experts from the United States and Germany, this conference will discuss the relationship between global macroeconomic discrepancies and national security. The conference is part of AICGS' project on The End of the Years of Plenty? American and German Responses to the Economic Crisis, which examines the economic crisis and transatlantic policy responses, both in the present and - more importantly - what these policies may mean for the future.
- detailed draft agenda (PDF).
Embassy Reunites with Domino Participants
On Thursday, March 31, the wife of the Ambassador traveled to the Torhorst Schule in Oranienburg to deliver a gift from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Tammy Murphy presented a framed, signed photo of Secretary of State Clinton and students from the Torhorst school in Oranienburg in front of their Domino in 2009. After the formal presentation, Mrs. Murphy met with twenty 13th grade students to discuss their images and impressions of the United States. (watch the video)
On November 9, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Philip Murphy were at the Brandenburg Gate for the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A program highlight of the celebration was the staging of the symbolic fall of the Wall. More than 1,000 oversized styrofoam "stones" painted by young people were lined up and made to fall like dominoes along the route where the Wall previously stood. The U.S. Embassy sponsored Torhorst Schule's stone.
Richard Clarke Talks Crime, Espionage, and War – In Cyberspace
On March 29, Richard A. Clarke discussed his new book, Cyber War - The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It, to a large audience at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). Clarke, an internationally-recognized security expert, has served three presidents as a senior White House advisor on global affairs, counterterrorism and cyber security issues. During a lively discussion, Clarke traced the rise of the cyber age and pointed to some of the unlikely "characters and places at the epicenter of the battlefield." The reading, part of the ongoing U.S. Embassy Lecture Series, was held in cooperation with the American Academy in Berlin, Hoffmann und Campe, and ESMT.
Senior U.S. Official Meets with Disability Advocates
The State Department's Special Advisor for Disability Issues, Judith Heumann, met with government officials and disability advocates in Berlin to discuss issues of accessibility, advocacy, and civil rights. Heumann's visit included meetings with the German Institute for Human Rights, the German Disability Council, and Hubert Huppe, the Federal Commissioner for the Interests of Disabled People.
Embassy Goes Dark for Earth Hour
At 8:30 p.m. on March 26, Embassy Berlin turned out the lights to participate in Earth Hour 2011. The annual event, which began in Australia in 2007, aims at raising awareness about climate change and the need to take action. Famous buildings in Berlin, like the Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower, and City Hall, participated in this year's event.
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Green(ing) Cities: Portland and Hamburg
March 26, 2011. The City of Hamburg, U.S. Embassy Berlin, and Government of Germany co-hosted a Transatlantic Climate Bridge roundtable discussion “Greening Cities – A Transatlantic Perspective”. The U.S. Embassy Berlin and German Environment Ministry provided welcome remarks to an audience of German and American industry, government, and nongovernmental organization representatives. Sam Adams, the Mayor of Portland, Oregon and Dr. Benno Hain, the Climate Coordinator of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, followed with a discussion of their cities’ greening initiatives. Tweet | Video
March 21-25: Schüleruni schools@university Klima + Energie
Vom 21. - 25. März 2011 öffnet die Freie Universität Berlin wieder ihre Seminarräume und Hörsäle und bietet Schülerinnen und Schülern der 5. und 6. Klassen ein vielseitiges Programm zu den Themen Klima und Energie.
Geostrategist discusses current events, future of diplomacy
March 25, 2011. Acclaimed author and leading geo-strategist Parag Khanna met with German journalists at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin to discuss current events and the world at large. Khanna called the revolutions in the Middle East proof of diplomacy's failure to guide reform processes in troubled nations, but also saw tremendous potential for what he called multilateral "mega-diplomacy" in the future. "The entire international system needs substantial reform," said Khanna, "if it is to cope with the many oncoming similar situations that will unfold across the developing world." In addition, Dr. Khanna talked about the special role of Europe and its parliamentary democracies as a model for Arab countries. He also stressed the importance of the regionalization of politics in order to find suitable role models for various countries.
Fulbright Berlin Seminar
March 21, 2011. Former Ambassador John Kornblum was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony for the annual Fulbright Berlin Seminar at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and Ambassador Murphy was another of the speakers. Both they and Werner Wnendt from the Foreign Ministry talked about current and future changes in the transatlantic relationship, with Ambassador Kornblum talking about how networks are becoming actors. Ambassador Kornblum exclaimed that only open societies will survive the changes of the near future and predicted that intellectual leadership, risk-taking, and dialogue will all be necessary. Photo Gallery
March 21: Poetry reading
March 14: Colson Whitehead reading
The U.S. Embassy Literature Series
in cooperation with Hanser Verlag
Colson Whitehead reading from his novel Sag Harbor (German edition 2011, Hanser Verlag, Der letzte Sommer auf Long Island translated by Nikolaus Stingl)
The year is 1985 and 15-year-old Benji Cooper, one of the only black students at his elite Manhattan private school, leaves the city to spend three largely unsupervised months living with his younger brother Reggie in an enclave of Long Island's Sag Harbor, the summer home to many African American urban professionals. Benji's a Converse-wearing, Smiths-loving, Dungeons & Dragons-playing nerd whose favorite Star Wars character is the hapless bounty hunter Greedo (rather than the double-crossing Lando Calrissian). But Sag Harbor is a coming-of-age novel whose plot side-steps life-changing events writ large.
Another surprise from an author who never writes the same novel twice...his warmest novel to date. Funniest as well.
He can write sentences like nobody’s business, and the deepest satisfaction in this book full of them is his crafty turn of phrase.
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz/ Roter Salon,
Linienstraße 227 | 10178 Berlin | Berlin-Mitte
- Additional readings in Germany: www.hanser-literaturverlage.de
- BookVideosTV: Colson Whitehead on video talking about Sag Harbor
- Frankfurt video: interview & reading w/ Colson Whitehead
Compass – Drawings from the MoMA New York
March 10, 2011. An exhibit of over 250 20th century American and European drawings is up at Martin-Gropius-Bau until May 29, 2011. Ambassador Murphy joined German and MOMA officials in opening the exhibit, which draws from the Judith Rothschild Foundation gift to MOMA of over 2,500 works on paper. In his remarks, Ambassador Murphy noted the importance of transatlantic ties in both the influences upon artists and in enabling exhibits such as this one. Photo Gallery | Exhibit | Ambassador’s remarks
Windows on America
March 10, 2011. U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy welcomed ten trainees of the vocational training center Bildungswerk in Kreuzberg (BWK), who recently visited the United States on a Windows on America program, at the U.S. Embassy on Pariser Platz to learn about their experiences in America. The young participants with mostly Turkish and Arabic backgrounds, who are training to become hotel managers, retail business experts, and merchants in wholesale and foreign trade at the BWK, were in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and New York from February 7-19. The Program included tours, job shadowing at U.S. companies, one day at a college, community service work as well as home stays with American families. The Ambassador was pleased about the positive response of the participants and said: "I hope that your trip has made you curious about the United States and has widened your horizon." Photo gallery
Native American Tribes visit Schools in Berlin Region
On March 9 and 10, representatives of several Native American tribes visited two German high schools in the Berlin/Brandenburg region. On March 9, approx. 70 students gathered in the assembly hall of the Freie Oberschule Baruth/Mark to hear about the culture and lifestyle of the Seminoles of Florida and listen to traditional stories as told by the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipekeepers in Minnesota. On March 10, around 80 eleventh-graders at the Leibniz-Gymnasium in Kreuzberg got a thorough insight into the history and customs of the Suquamish tribe in Washington State and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Dakota.
Dressed in traditional clothing, the tribe members illustrated the different styles and materials characteristic for their regions. In answering the students' many questions, they also explained the diversity among the Native American tribes in the U.S. as well as the reality of their everyday lives and the challenges their tribes have to face up to this day. The undisputed highlight at each event was a traditional dance which got the students up on their feet and in direct interaction with their visitors, as well as with each other.
The tribe representatives are in Berlin until Sunday for the International Tourism Fair (ITB), where they can be visited in hall 2.1 at booth No. 440 for direct conversations and travel information on their regions. Photo Gallery | Video from Baruth
Treasury Secretary Geithner visited Germany
March 8, 2011. U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner visited Germany Tuesday for meetings with senior finance and government representatives to discuss the global economic outlook and progress on international financial reform. In Frankfurt, Secretary Geithner met with President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Jean-Claude Trichet and President of the German Bundesbank Axel Weber. Later the same day in Berlin, he met with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and German Federal Minister for Economics and Technology Rainer Brüderle. In a joint press conference with Minister Schäuble, Secretary Geithner told journalists that he came away from his discussions “convinced, as I have been for some time, that the European authorities understand what it’s going to take and how they are going to make sure that they maintain the right balance between support for the reform programs that are necessary for these countries to address their problems, but also the type of financial support necessary to make those reform programs work.”
Integration and Equal Opportunity in the U.S. and Germany
March 8, 2011:
The U.S. Embassy and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in cooperation with the Berlin Senate celebrated the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day with an event focusing on Women’s Integration and Equal Opportunity in the United States and Germany. Ambassador Philip Murphy welcomed the crowd, exhorting participants to stand up and speak out for themselves and gender equality. Hip-hop artists MC Josh and Jacky Rose performed an original song before moderator Anja Wehler-Schöck from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation opened the panel discussion. The panel consisted of Communications Manager Emel Zeynelabidin, Dr. Anne-Christin Schondelmayer, Grundschule teacher Aylin Jordan, and Humboldt Fellow Johanna Schuster-Craig, each of whom brought a unique perspective to the topic. The discussion covered a variety of women’s issues: programs available to support women in work and family life, the role of new media in women’s issues, the cultural and gender barriers for girls, and the lack of support for working mothers. Dr. Johanna Schuster-Craig who has lived in both the United States and Germany presented an interesting comparison between support for working mothers in the United States versus in Germany. Many youth as well as women’s activists attended the panel and were very engaged in the discussion about the impact youth can have in women’s rights. (in German).
Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Merlanne Verveer speaks on women in Afghanistan
In a recorded message, Secretary Clinton’s top advisor on international women’s issues, Merlanne Verveer, spoke about the strides women have made in Afghanistan since 2001, and the work that still remains. Ambassador Verveer pointed out that the international community has made tremendous progress in helping Afghans set up the institutions that will lead to a better life for all its people, including women, and also highlighted the increasing role of women throughout Afghan society, including in politics. Verveer praised the Afghan people for the courage they have shown, and expressed confidence that the positive developments we have seen so far are merely stepping stones on the way to lasting peace.
Rostock Teacher Seminar “Religion in the U.S.”
Fri, March 04, 2011. 30 teachers from all parts of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern discussed religion in the U.S. for a full day at the IBZ in Rostock. Going back to an U.S. Embassy initiative to involve American Studies Departments in teacher training, this seminar was organized for the second time in cooperation with faculty from Rostock and Greifswald University. Speakers Paul Rundquist and Steven Reschly, both former Fulbright lecturers currently based in Germany, covered the role of religion in U.S. society and politics, Muslims in America as well as the Amish in popular culture. A lively discussion of the PBS series "America at a Crossroads: The Muslim Americans" greatly contributed to a deeper understanding of the religious landscape in the U.S. This in-service training program was co-sponsored by the U.S. Consulate General Hamburg and the Amerikazentrum Hamburg.
Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary
On March 1, 2011 the U.S. Embassy Berlin celebrated the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary. The Embassy used this celebration to invite 80 middle school students to talk about community service. After an introduction by Ambassador Murphy and former Peace Corps Director Carol Bellamy, returned Peace Corps volunteers along with participants in the U.S. Embassy’s Community Service Pilot Project recounted their experiences and the value of voluntary service. The young audience was very interested in the “2011 Hours Against Hate” campaign presentation by Farah Pandith, U.S. State Department Special Representative to Muslim Communities. The students actively participated in the Peace Corps Anniversary by sharing their own volunteer experiences and through learning more about the importance of youth volunteerism throughout the world.
Nicole Krauss book presentation
Feb. 26: Nicole Krauss & Sarah Kuttner
book presentation at the Backfabrik Clinker-Lounge, Saarbrücker Str. 36a
Wikileaks Panel Discussion
February 22: "Totale Transparenz. Wie Wikileaks die Gesellschaft verändert."
www.ifp-kma.de/Extra-Programm/Totale-Transparenz.html | Video (via FB)
Author David Vann at the English Theatre Berlin
February 21, 2011. As part of the U.S. Embassy Literature Series and in cooperation with Suhrkamp Verlag and the English Theatre Berlin, David Vann read from, and talked about, his new novel Sukkwan Island (Im Schatten des Vaters, Suhrkamp Verlag Berlin, translated by Miriam Mandelkow) in Berlin. Actor Boris Aljinovic read from the German translation, and moderator Elmar Krekeler (DIE WELT) led a lively discussion with the author about his sources, his family history, and his literary models and approaches.
Black History Month Teacher Seminar
February 18, 2011. Mathew Henry, currently Fulbright Professor at Potsdam University, discussed "African American Literature Revisited: The Question of Identity” with 35 teachers from Berlin and Brandenburg at the U.S. Embassy as part of the Black History Month celebrations. Though starting with literature, Prof. Henry quickly expanded the discussion to include social and political change in the U.S. during the Obama administration and stressed how much writing may serve as a mirror of social developments.
Invitation Announcement Black History Month Teacher Seminar
Climate Change: The Way Forward
On February 17, 2011, U.S. Embassy Berlin hosted a video conference discussion on the results of the Cancun climate negotiations with senior U.S. and German climate negotiators. Dr. Jonathan Pershing from the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. and Dr. Urban Rid from the German Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin presented their countries' perspectives and outlined steps that both countries will be taking to move the process forward. Both speakers will be working closely on further strengthening the U.S.-German partnership on climate change in the lead-up to Durban. Dr. Camilla Bausch of the Ecologic Institute moderated the event. The participants included representatives from the U.S. and German government, industry, NGOs, and academia.
"Afghanistan 10 Years After - Where do we stand?"
February 15, 2011. Embassy Spokesperson Mitchell Moss participated in a panel discussion at the Amerika Haus in Munich moderated by Stefan Kornelius, Foreign Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The discussion focused on both the advances of the past two years and the challenges that remain for 2014 and beyond as we begin to transfer responsibility for security over to the Afghan government. Moss praised the effectiveness of German military forces and the positive cooperation between U.S. and German forces implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in RC-North. He emphasized the importance of the training mission for the transition of authority between now and 2014: ISAF trained over 70,000 new Afghan security forces in 2010, bringing the current total to nearly 270,000 Afghan army and police. The panel included Christian Schmidt, State Secretary at the Ministry of Defense, Dr. Citha Maas, Afghanistan expert at the SWP, and Kapitänleutnant Tareq Hakim of the German Navy.
Ambassador Hosts Berlinale Luncheon
Feb. 12, 2011. Ambassador Murphy hosted a luncheon during the Berlinale, in honor of accomplished film makers and film lovers. The oldest guest was probably American singer, actor, and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, while the youngest included American film maker Rebecca Roker and German film maker Burhan Qurbani, both recent college graduates and Berlinale participants. Those present include Oscar and Golden Bear winners, such as Michael Ballhaus, studio heads, film festival directors, and others who love and support film. Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick and Ambassador Murphy acknowledged in their remarks those who were present and some who weren’t, including Jaffar Panahi, the Iranian director recently sentenced to six years in jail and twenty without film-making.
Panel discussion on Wikileaks
February 10, 2011. Press Attaché Mitchell Moss took part in a discussion concerning the Wikileaks affair at the German Bundestag in Berlin with an audience of about 50 people. Frank Rieger from Chaos Computer Club and Dr. Konstantin von Notz, a speaker for the Bündnis 90/The Green Party completed the panel offering very different viewpoints. They quickly engaged in an intense debate about the consequences that surfaced after the publication of diplomatic cables. Asked how the Embassy had reacted to the release of the documents, Moss pointed out the political implications and also stressed the very human factors behind it. Moss underscored the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for guaranteeing transparency and providing the media and general public with government information in a timely manner. Using the example of Sy Hersch's FOIA request that resulted in the disclosure of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, Moss argued against the necessity for a site like Wikileaks in democracies that have effective information disclosure laws: “Those who advocate for the idea of absolute, real-time transparency in government are actually asking for information anarchy that would prevent any effective governance... Some may argue that they want 'naked' government, but I don't think they would be pleased with the outcome.” While the other panelists argued in that the leaks provided valuable information to the public concerning how diplomacy and government functions, Moss underscored that the website’s irresponsible disclosure of confidential cables may have caused mere embarrassment in Germany, but has resulted in endangering the lives and liberty of contacts around the world, and has had a chilling effect on confidential communication between diplomats worldwide.
Split: A Divided America
February 9–10. Director Kelly Nyks and producer Jared Scott introduced their documentary “Split” to student audiences at the Kennedy Institute of the Free University and at the Hertie School of Governance. The non-partisan coast-to-coast assessment of the state of the nation in the 2008 presidential election invites lively discussions, reflection and a provides a deeper understanding of U.S. society and values. Updated materials include the congressional elections in the fall of 2010 and make this viewing a “must” for teachers, students, and generally an audience that wants to move beyond stereotypes.
Fruit Logistica A Highly Successful Showcase for U.S. Exhibitors
The 19th annual Fruit Logistica trade show was held February 9-11, 2011, in Berlin, Germany. This event is the world’s leading international trade fair for fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and tree nuts. The show was attended by 2,452 exhibitors from 84 countries and attracted more than 56,000 trade visitors from 130 countries. The Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Embassy in Germany visited the USA Pavilion and was impressed by the size and diversity of the show. Visitors to the USA Pavilion could find a wide variety of America’s produce, ranging from apples, cranberries, mangos and dates to pears, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, sweet onions, tree nuts, and more. The 24 exhibitors, including 8 small minority-owned companies in the USA Pavilion introduced 53 products and made 305 serious contacts. They reported estimated sales of almost $10 million.
Ambassador Murphy's Visit to Fruit Logistica (February 3, 2010)
“Human Terrain” panel discussion at the Babylon
Feb 8, 2011. Embassy Berlin’s spokesman Mitchell Moss participated in a panel discussion organized by the American Academy in Berlin following a screening of “Human Terrain,” a documentary film by Brown professor James Der Derian. Spiegel journalist Susanne Koelbl moderated the discussion, which also included the German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Michael Steiner, and Harald Wenzel, professor for Sociology at the Free University. The film dealt with the ethical issues surrounding the use of Human Terrain Specialist teams in support of troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and tells the story of Michael Bahtian, who participated in the program and was killed by an IED while in Khost Province in 2008. The film will be shown again at the “taz café” at 7:30 PM on March 7.
Celebrating the 100th Birthday of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan
February 7: Ambassador Philip D. Murphy participated in two events celebrating former President Ronald Reagan's 100 birthday (February 6, 1911) and his legacy in Germany. Together with former U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Burt and Walter Momper, the president of the Berlin parliament, Ambassador Murphy laid flowers under Reagan’s portrait in the Berlin Parliament Building. The same evening, the Ambassador spoke at a panel discussion co-hosted by the Embassy and the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel entitled “Bin ich kein Berliner? Ronald Reagan’s Legacy.” The panel discussion was moderated by Tagesspiegel Publisher Gerd Appenzeller and panelists were Richard Burt, Markus Meckel, former GDR foreign minister and member of the German parliament, and Dr. Manfred Görtemaker, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Potsdam. The audience was treated to a fascinating and lively discussion among the panelists that explored Ronald Reagan's role in bringing down the Berlin Wall. Video | Photo
“Windows on America” sends trainees to the U.S.
Ten BWK BildungsWerk Kreuzberg trainees of immigrant background, who were invited by U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy to travel to the U.S. from February 7-19 on the Windows on America program, presented themselves in a press conference at the BWK yesterday. Assistant Cultural Attachée Tanya Ward stressed that since the inception of Windows on America the Embassy has sent more than 150 students from across Germany to the United States and added that the Embassy was excited about expanding the program to include youth who have finished secondary school and are working on their professional training.
February 4 to 6: Munich Security Conference
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov exchanged instruments of ratification for the New START Treaty.
State Department Official Addresses Human Rights in Iran
January 21, 2011. Philo Dibble, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, met with journalists to discuss the current situation in Iran. He addressed human rights before and after the elections, Iran’s relations with its neighbors, and the role of sanctions.
Fifty Years Ago: The Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy
January 20, 2011. Ambassador Murphy joined Professor Dr. Peter-André Alt, President of the Freie Universität, at a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. The event was held at the Henry-Ford-Bau of the Freie Universität, where in 1963 President Kennedy spoke to an audience of 20,000 students, professors and other members of the extended university community shortly after his speech at the Rathaus Schöneberg. Both Ambassador Murphy and Professor Alt spoke about the importance of the two speeches – both for Berliners and for the “citizens of the world” that President Kennedy so often referred to. Ambassador Murphy spoke also about the message of public service that JFK embodied and how it changed his life – and the lives of generations of Americans.
Munich Security Conference Kickoff
January, 18, 2011. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy particpated in a panel discussion at the State Representation of Bavaria in Berlin to kick off the Munich Security Conference. In his opening statement, Ambassador Murphy praised the work of Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger who organizes the conference. Once again, the U.S. will send the largest delegation, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Ambassador Murphy opens conference on Obama Administration
On January 18, 2011, Ambassador Murphy together with State Secretary Christian Schmidt opened an expert conference on “What is Left of Change: Obama at Mid-term" at the Bavarian Representation in Berlin. The conference, jointly organized by Hanns Seidel Foundation and Prof. Dr. Andreas Falke, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, and supported by the U.S. Embassy gathered experts from thinks tanks, political foundations, federal ministries, and universities. American experts such as Thomas E. Mann, The Brookings Institution, and Professor Thomas A. Brewer, Senior Fellow at the Schöller Stiftung, and David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times, explained the current political climate in the U.S., analyzed Obama's achievements and discussed his strategy to work with the new Congress. German experts such as former Ambassador Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, and Prof. Dr. Stefan Bierling, Regensburg University focused on the foreign policy agenda. All in all the conference proofed, as Thomas E. Mann said: “The Obama Administration is very much alive and well."
Townhall at the Runge High School
January 17, 2011. Ambassador Murphy visited the F. F. Runge-Gymnasium for a talk with approximately 150 students. After a short welcome by English teacher Dr. Martina Jaenichen-Koepp and an introduction by the school principal, Uwe Seidler, the Ambassador opened by stressing the power of education and the individual responsibility to stand up for equality. The Ambassador then moved on to tell the students about the reason for his visit on this day, which is a national holiday in the U.S. in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. Ambassador Murphy elaborated on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, including the significance of key pioneers like W.E.B. DuBois, Rosa Parks, and of course Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He used these great visionaries and their legacies as examples for explaining to the students the importance of pursuing one’s dreams and aspirations and the epochal accomplishments that are possible through just one person’s actions. The Ambassador concluded by relating these important figures of the past to present day role models like President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. He then opened the floor for questions from students. Their very well-informed questions covered topics like the contemporary legacy of Martin Luther King, American healthcare, the war in Afghanistan as well his work and responsibilities as Ambassador.
Events Archive 2011
Wege in die USA - Studium, Praktikum, Schueleraustausch, AuPair
American Independent Film Festival "Unknown Pleasures" im Kino Babylon - http://ow.ly/3q4xF
Radio interview on Wikileaks
January 7, 2011. Deutschlandfunk carried an interview with the Embassy Berlin’s spokesperson, Mitchell Moss, on the recent publication of alleged U.S. cables. Moss said that activities of Wikileaks pose a danger to the trustful relationship between partners, noting that Wikileaks is promoting information anarchy. Moss, who emphasized that the U.S. values the freedom of opinion very highly, urged journalists to weigh their ethical responsibilities before publishing sensitive information. In response to the question of whether Ambassador Murphy should be replaced, Moss said: “We could not have a better Ambassador,” adding that Murphy has apologized to his contacts for the fact that the U.S. did not take sufficient care in dealing with the data.
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