Mark Cassell

Mark Cassell

Wartburg College and the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute in Bonn, Germany, will host a daylong symposium offering “Perspectives on German-U.S. Relations: Pasts, Presents & Futures” on Monday, March 18, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, though pre-registration at by Friday, March 8, is encouraged. Participants in the symposium will move beyond the generalities of headlines to explore U.S.-German relations in a broader and deeper way. The symposium will be held in McCaskey Lyceum on the first floor of the Saemann Student Center.

Mark Cassell, professor of political science at Kent State University, will be the featured guest and the 2018 Kleinfeld Lecture speaker. Cassell’s book, “How Governments Privatize: The Politics of Divestment in the United States and Germany,” compares the Resolution Trust Corporation with Germany’s Treuhandanstalt, the agency charged with taking over, managing and privatizing the industrial assets of the former East Germany. The book received the 2003 Charles H. Levine Award for the best book in public policy and administration.

“The symposium will delve into a number of past, present and future perspectives on U.S.-German relations through the lenses of history, politics, journalism and cultural studies,” said Daniel Walther, director of Wartburg’s German Institute and the college’s Gerald R. Kleinfeld Chair in German History. “While the gathering will continue the work done at the March 2018 symposium, ‘From Rebels to Democrats – A New Look at an Old Relationship. German-American Relations from 1848 to the Present,’ held in Berlin, Germany, one need not have been a part of that gathering to fully participate in this year’s symposium.”

Other featured speakers include Andreas Goetze, German deputy consul general, Chicago; Gerald R. Kleinfeld, professor emeritus of history at Arizona State University and founding director of the German Studies Association; Steve Timm, vice president and general manager of air transport at Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids; Peter Voorhees, president and CEO of Standard Golf, Cedar Falls; Kirk Vogel, senior relationship manager at HSBC Commercial Banking, Charlotte, North Carolina; Juliana Schäuble from Berliner Tagesspiegel; Alexandra von Nahmen from Deutsche Welle; Kristi Becker, a Wartburg graduate and piano professor in Cologne; Dr. Darrel Colson, Wartburg College president; and Erik Bettermann, president of the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute.

The annual Kleinfeld Lecture in German History, Culture and Politics is part of an endowed series made possible by a contribution from the German Studies Association. Kleinfeld is the founder and former executive director of the German Studies Association and a professor emeritus of history at Arizona State University.

The symposium is part of the Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19 – Year of German-American Friendship. This initiative is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-lnstitut and supported by The Federation of German Industries (BDI).

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