As part of the Grand Speaker Series of the N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation, Honorary Consul Klaus Becker welcomed prize-winning writer and activist Jagoda Marinic, co-founder of the Intercultural Center in Heidelberg. Her visit was generously underwritten by the German Embassy’s 25 Years of German Unity Campus Week Program.
Ms. Marinic spoke on "Immigration, Integration, and Citizenship in Germany and Europe". Her remarks were very eloquent, insightful and instructive. They were followed by an animated discussion about the current refugee issues facing Germany and the rest of the world.
For more information about the Intercultural Center in Heidelberg, visit http://izig-heidelberg.de.
CPCC and The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation Welcomes Ralf Fücks, President of the Green Political Foundation
The Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic, Klaus Becker, and Central Piedmont Community College's Center for Sustainability host Ralf Fücks. President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Mr. Fuecks is a prominent political figure in Germany. He has been a member of the Green Party of Germany since the early 80s and was Deputy Mayor of Bremen and Senator for Urban Development and Environmental Protection at the Bremen state parliament. After speaking on smart growth and the Green Revolution, Mr. Fücks joined guests in the Greenway Restaurant of the Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. More information about Mr. Fücks and his foundation.
H.E. Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany to the United States and his wife, journalist and writer Huberta von Voss-Wittig, traveled to Charlotte on the invitation of the Honorary Consul and CEO of Nirosteel, Klaus Becker. The Ambassador and his wife toured one of Siemens USA’s biggest manufacturing plants, the local training facility at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). After the tours Ambassador Wittig was the keynote speaker at a luncheon hosted by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, where he spoke to the bilateral relationship between Germany and the U.S., joint initiatives, current affairs and Germany's presence within the Charlotte region. Later that evening, he and Huberta attended The German Opera Gala, an event celebrating Germany’s long opera tradition. Read more about his visit here.
Topic: “Obama & Merkel: Last Man (and Woman) Standing in the West”
Josef Joffe is publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. Previously he was columnist/editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (1985-2000).
Abroad, his essays and reviews have appeared in: New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Weekly Standard, Prospect (London), Commentaire (Paris). Regular contributor to the op-ed pages of Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post; Time and Newsweek.
His second career has been in academia. In 2007, he was appointed Senior Fellow of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (a professorial position), with which he has been affiliated since 1999. A visiting professor of political science at Stanford since 2004, he is also a fellow of the University's Hoover Institution. He has also taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the University of Munich. Visiting lecturer at Princeton and Dartmouth. In 2005, he co-founded the foreign policy journal "The American Interest" in Washington (with Zbigniew Brzezinski and Francis Fukuyama).
His most recent book is Überpower: America's Imperial Temptation (2006, translated into German and French). His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, International Security, The American Interest and Foreign Policy as well as in professional journals in Germany, Britain and France. He is the author of The Limited Partnership: Europe, the United States and the Burdens of Alliance, The Future of International Politics: The Great Powers; co-author of Eroding Empire: Western Relations With Eastern Europe.
Boards: American Academy in Berlin, International University Bremen, Ben Gurion University, Israel; Goldman Sachs Foundation, New York, Aspen Institute Berlin, Leo Baeck Institute, New York; German Children And Youth Foundation, Berlin; European Advisory Board, Hypovereinsbank, Munich (2001-2005). Editorial Boards: The American Interest, (Washington); International Security (Harvard), and Prospect (London), The National Interest (Washington, 1995-2000). Trustee: Atlantik-Brücke (Berlin), Deutsches Museum (Munich), Abraham Geiger College (Berlin). Member: American Council on Germany, Intl. Institute for Strategic Studies. Honors: Honorary Degree in Humane Letters, Swarthmore College (2002), Lewis and Clark College, 2005; Theodor Wolff Prize (Journalism) and Ludwig Börne Prize (Essays/Literature), Germany; Federal Order of Merit, Germany.
Education: Ph.D. in Government, Harvard; M.A., Johns Hopkins; B.A., Swarthmore College.
N.C. Zeitgeist Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Fall of the Wall at Davidson College with Kurt Hans Biedenkopf
Klaus Dieter Frankenberger is currently foreign editor of the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung which editorial staff he joined in September 1986. He will be in residence with the Transatlantic Academy from March 1-31. His writings deal especially with the United States, European, transatlantic, and international politics. Prior to his positions at the Frankfurter Allgemeine, he was a congressional fellow and served as assistant to a member of Congress in 1985 and 1986, taking thereby a closer look on the political decision-making process of the United States. Frankenberger’s previous academic activities include research positions at the Center for North American Studies in Frankfurt/Main and a Marshall-Fellowship at Harvard University in 1990.
Presentation of author's latest book Berlin Now
Peter Schneider was born in Lübeck, Germany, and has lived in Berlin on and off since the 1960s. He has taught at many American universities—including Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard—and is the author of more than twenty books, including The Wall Jumper and Eduard’s Homecoming (FSG, 2001). He has also written for newspapers, including Der Spiegel, The New York Times, Le Monde, and La Repubblica.
Topic: “Challenges for US-German Cooperation in a Globalized World"
Ambassador Thomas Matussek is managing director of Deutsche Bank's Herrhausen Foundation. He is the former head of public affairs at Deutsche Bank, where he coordinated the bank's relations with national and international institutions, nongovernmental organizations and authorities, as well as governments.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Ambassador Matussek had a long and distinguished career in the German Foreign Service, most recently serving as German Ambassador to India from 2009 to 2011. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, and from 2002 to 2006, he was German Ambassador to the United Kingdom. From 1999 to 2002, he was the director-general of the political department in the Foreign Office in Berlin, and he was deputy chief of mission in the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., from 1994 to 1999.
Prior to his career in the German Foreign Service, Ambassador Matussek was a judge's assistant, as well as an assistant lecturer at the University of Bonn. Ambassador Matussek studied law and history at the Universities of Paris and Bonn from 1969 to 1972, and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1973.
Ambassador Matussek focuses on current challenges for U.S.-German cooperation in a globalized world: some relevant points of cooperation and conflict include Ukraine, Iraq, civil society in post-Soviet states and the developing world, statebuilding in post-conflict areas of Africa.
Grand Speaker Series: Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Transatlantic Fellow and Director, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Topic: “Europe’s Watershed Moment: What the conflict in Ukraine means for Europe, the U.S. and Relations with Russia”
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller has been a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Berlin since 2009. Before, she served as the director of GMF’s Berlin office from 2005-09. From 1994 until 2005, Stelzenmüller was an editor in the political section of the Hamburg weekly DIE ZEIT. From 1998 to 2005, she was defense and international security editor; previously, she covered human rights issues, humanitarian crises in Africa and the Balkans, as well as international criminal tribunals.