Since 1957, the Germanic-American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.
We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar and the German cultural experience. We’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.
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S4E10 | This fortnight in history & The German Election. Politics in the making.
In this episode, Audra and Gunther introduce you to our new "format".
First, we're diving into the "fortnight of history". Then we'll welcome our resident political scientist, Katrin, to give us a bit more insight into the mechanics of the newly formed German government.
This fortnight in history:
Birth of Walther Bothe (1891-1957) in Oranienburg, Germany. Bothe was a physics professor at the universities of Berlin, Giessen, and Heidelberg. He and Hans Geiger established the particle nature of electromagnetic radiation. He discovered the strange radiation given off by beryllium, which was later identified as neutron radiation. During WWII, he built Germany’s first cyclotron in 1943. In 1954 while a professor at the University of Heidelberg, he won the Nobel Prize for Physics for the development of a method of detecting subatomic particles.
Death of Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750-1848) in Hannover, Germany. Herschel was the sister of the astronomer Sir William Herschel. Some years after William had emigrated to England, he sent for her. Her early assignment was to keep house and to grind and polish mirrors for her brother. She soon began, however, to do much of the mathematical calculation of her brother’s work. After she had begun to do her own telescopic observations, she discovered three nebulae and eight comets. In 1798, she completed a catalog of 560 stars missing in the British Catalog. By 1822 she had completed a catalog of 2,500 nebulae and star clusters. She was given a gold medal by the British Astronomical Society. After her brother’s death, she returned to Germany and continued her work there.
January 12, 1993
A German court in Berlin drops charges against Erich Honecker (related to shootings at the German-German border) with the justification that he was 80 years old and terminally ill.
January 13, 1994
Erich Honecker leaves Germany for Chile. Honecker had been the leader of East Germany. After the reunification, there was the possibility of trying him for crimes against humanity, but due to his cancer, he was allowed to leave Germany.
January 16, 1917
The German minister, Arthur Zimmermann, sends a telegram through the German ambassador in Washington to the German ambassador in Mexico, offering Mexico an alliance against the United States. He proposes that Mexico will be assisted in retaking Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The telegram is intercepted and decoded by British intelligence and given to President Woodrow Wilson. The telegram becomes instrumental in forming American public opinion against Germany and for entering the war, as Wilson gives it to the press in March. (America will enter the war five weeks later.)
German Politics; a conversation with Katrin.
S4E9 | TCGIS's Dr. Kirsten Christensen
Welcome to the first episode of 2022!
In this episode, we welcome Dr. Kirsten Christensen, the executive director of the Twin Cities German Immersion School. You can find all about the school and how to register your child here: TCGIS.org
Enjoy this episode, and please feel free to email us with feedback at email@example.com
S4E8 | The 2021 Holiday Sing-A-Long with John Hoffacker & Special Guest Cristina Czaia
This is the final episode of 2021, and we invite you to join Minnesänger Director John Hoffacker leading German Christmas songs from the grand piano at the GAI Haus with a guest appearance by Colombian-American soprano Cristina Czaia. Recorded on December 16, 2021.
You can also watch the video recording of this episode on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvWyrgGUbFI
Hier & There will take a short break over the holidays, and we'll return to your favorite podcast player in January! :)
Until then, Frohe Weihnachten & ein gutes neues Jahr! 🧑🎄
S4E7 | Author Claudia Clark "Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel"
In this episode, Audra and Gunther are talking with Claudia Clark, a US-Expat, presently living in Germany.
Claudia joined us via Zoom - we apologize for some inconsistent audio levels.
Claudia also holds an M.A. in Labor Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master's in U.S. History with an emphasis on women’s history from San Jose State University, and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in Community Organizing.
Presently, living in Germany, Claudia is the national Get out the Vote (GOTV) coordinator for the Democrats Abroad Germany Chapter. In this role, Claudia is responsible for helping to secure American Democratic ex-pat voters living in Germany to cast their ballots from abroad.
And in the long lineup of accomplishments, Claudia is also the author of “Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel”
S4E6 | Dr. Priscilla Layne on culture, racism, history, film, and critical race theory
In this episode, Audra and Gunther welcome Dr. Priscilla Layne.
Dr. Layne is presently a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her academic background is in comparative literature of the University of Chicago, with a Master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkley.
Particularly interesting is Dr. Layne’s dissertation “Black Voices, German Rebels: Acts of masculinity in postwar German culture.”
Dr. Layne also speaks German at almost native level.
This episode covers culture, language, film, history, Critical Race Theory, and Dr. Layne’s upcoming book.
S4E5 | Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey - the Expat Life (Part 2)
If you wondered what it's like to live in Germany, as an American, Ex-Pats Alex and Geoff can fill you in.
In this episode, we’re talking about taxes, immigration and refugees, real estate, and dating.
Living in Berlin, Geoff and Alex have inside knowledge, interesting perspectives, and also their own podcast - "Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey" - or, AGDW. You can find their website with all relevant links here: https://www.agdwpodcast.com/
Enjoy the second of two episodes with Geoff and Alex.
Octoberfest and more
Go, Michael, Katrin, and Claudia!