MASNEWS 01/2006: Berlin, China, and the World
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Many thanks and best wishes,
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlef Junker
HCA Founding Dircetor
MAS 2007: End of Application Process
On March 31 the application deadline for the MAS 2007 expired. The MAS coordination team received nearly 100 applications from
places as distant as
To join the MAS does not just mean enrolling in
an American Studies program. Students experience
inside knowledge and an outside perspective among colleagues with backgrounds as diverse as the
members of the UN. Our online application for the MAS 2008 opens October 2006.
For a large version of this map showing where our applicants come from, please click here.
through Chinese Eyes Heidelberg
The recipient of the Director’s Fellowship
2006, Miss Shuge Wei from
Fairytale, is the best word I can come up with to define the impression
of Heidelberg, both when I was thousands
of miles away, getting to know it through pictures, or as I am living in the
city, experiencing every dawn and dusk within its embrace. The fairytale flair
lies in the castle. Standing up on the mountain, surrounded by lush green
forests, the ruins of the tower remind people of the rise and fall of the
family of the Palatine Elector. Roman vault, Gothic arch and Baroque
sculptures, all present a contrast to the pagoda palaces in
The fairytale flavor is found also in the serenely flowing
But unlike the fairytales there is not just a Prince and Princess living
happily ever after. In this city with hundreds of years of history live young
in the small and old streets. Apparently there is also a long historical tradition of such student festivities. After experiencing this I now understand why the university officials of past ages set up a student prison to punish offenses of disturbance of peace, insulting official authorities or playing jokes on them as well as participating in dueling. However, I wonder if the iron grating windows could really lock away the overflowing animation of youth and vitality.
Seminar 2006. MAS
student trip to Berlin Berlin
After all the term papers and exams of the Winter
Semester were completed, our students of the MAS 2006 set off on a weeklong excursion to
After the five-hour train ride to
Though the forecast predicted rain for most of the week, we were lucky
and made our way to
the Free University in bright sunshine the following Monday morning. At the John-F.-Kennedy Institute we were welcomed by Dr. Dolata-Kreutzkamp. She outlined the history and research profile of the institute and familiarized our students with the library and location. In the afternoon, Prof. Charles Molesworth invited us to a presentation of his research on Alain Locke at the
Tuesday took us to the CDU/CSU parliamentary group Unter den Linden. Ludger Siemes of the Work Group Foreign Policy treated our students to an exclusive tour and an extensive question and answer session about Germany´s governmental stand on Foreign Policy. This world spanning perspective was carried further by the following visit to the German Foreign Office where Simone Stemmler from the USA/Canada desk met us for a detailed lecture on German-American relations at the eve of Chancellor Angela Merkel´s second meeting with George W. Bush.
Wednesday was the day of the “
Our trip was concluded by a visit to an NGO that is highly devoted to International Cooperation, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. In the splendor of the foundation´s Tiergarten location, Dr. Helmut Reifeld introduced us to the work of the approximately 100 international liaison offices and outlined the international funding activities this foundation pursues in many of the home nations of the MAS students.
A New Location for the HCA
On May 5, the Curt-und-Heidemarie-Engelhorn-Palais became the new
location of the HCA. It is conveniently located near
Although the staff of the HCA has already moved to the new location, it will take at least a year until the final construction work is completed. Aside from the offices for the staff and guest researchers the future HCA will then feature a new lecture hall, catering facilities and communication rooms. The image on the right depicts a model of the future HCA.
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