1The fifth U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy, which continues to provide a successful national platform for new ideas on teaching about the U.S. and to influence American Studies curricula in German high schools, met in Paderborn in October 2007. It was jointly organized by the Cultural Section of the U.S. Embassy Berlin and Professor Emeritus Peter Freese of the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Paderborn. It was supported by the University of Paderborn and the Langenscheidt Verlag Munich. Forty-five junior and senior teachers, teacher trainers, and textbook editors from fourteen Bundesländer met for four busy days in the Liborianum, a modernized cloister in downtown Paderborn providing an ideal venue for the exchange of information through plenary lectures and the discussion of innovative teaching units in parallel workshops. The outstanding faculty, which explored selected historical, political and cultural aspects of “Ethnic Visions of the United States of America,” consisted of
- Roger Daniels, Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati,
- Karsten Fitz, Professor of American Studies, University of Passau,
- Peter Freese, Professor Emeritus, University of Paderborn,
- Markus Heide, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin,
- Paula Ross, Artist, Berlin,
- Peter Schneck, Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Osnabrück, and
- Laurenz Volkmann, Professor of “Englische Fachdidaktik,” University of Jena.
Dr. Martina Kohl, Berlin, June 2008
Kohl, Martina. “Introduction.” American Studies Journal 51 (2008). Web. 16 Sep. 2019.
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