NAS News

"Entangled Lives, Entangled Freedom(s)" - Talk by Prof. Meyer at the University of Texas at Austin, USA

On February 26, 2024, Prof. Sabine N. Meyer, Co-director of the North American Studies Program at the University of Bonn, will give a lecture on "Entangled Lives, Entangled Freedom(s): The Transformative Potential of Contemporary Black Indigenous Literature" at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

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© Bernadett Yehdou, University of Bonn

NAS Lecturer Dr. Nils Hoffmann on TV

On November 17, 2024, Dr. Nils Hoffmann, Lecturer of the North American Studies Program, University of Bonn, gave an interview to German Television (WDR) on the subject of the UN Human Rights Charter and Eleanor Roosevelt's role in promoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The interview was broadcast on December 9, 2023, in the program "Aktuelle Stunde" (from minute 32.25 onwards). For more information go to WDR Mediathek.

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Panel Discussion with Former Members of Congress

On October 24, 2023, the North American Studies Program of the University of Bonn together with its cooperation partners, the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik (BAPP), the AmerikaHaus NRW e. V., the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), had the pleasure of hosting former members of the U.S. House of Representatives Val Demings and Luke Messer in the Festsaal of the University of Bonn. PD Dr. Jasper Trautsch (Senior Lecturer, North American Studies, University of Bonn) moderated the evening.

The former members of congress discussed the presidency of the 46th President of the United States Joe Biden, including topics ranging from his foreign and environmental politics but also the differences with his predecessor, the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump.

During the panel discussion and in a lovely reception afterwards, guests had the opportunity to ask questions and join in the lively discussion.

Ambassador's Award 2023

On the 19th of October 2023, in a ceremony presided over by Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Birgit Ulrike Münch as part of the University of Bonn's International Days, three former students of our North American Studies Program received the prestigious Ambassador’s Award for outstanding master's theses in the field of American Studies. Monique Mauel, Meropi Papagheorghe, and Leonhard Flemisch were awarded the prize by Consul General Pauline Kao, who also gave a hopeful speech about the importance of transnational partnerships.

The titles of the outstanding theses are:

"'Keep Calm and Keep Bleeding': Twenty-First Century Representations of Menstruation on Screen" by Monique Mauel,

"A Play of Selfies: Cindy Sherman and Reluctant Autobiography on Instagram" by Meropi Papagheorghe, and

"Drawing Testimony: Strategies of Documentary Representation in Joe Sacco's Comic Paying the Land" by Leonhard Flemisch.

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Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Sabine N. Meyer

Career Support and Funding for Female Academics

According to the Federal Statistical Office, in 2022, only slightly over one-fourth of full-time professorships at German universities and colleges were occupied by women. From 2020 until now, the University of Bonn has sponsored 90 female scientists through the STEP program.

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