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Speech by Professor Irwin Collier

Given November 26, 2016 at the annual Graduation Ceremony of the John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies of Freie Universität Berlin.

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DW-TV Quadriga. Trump vs. Clinton.

Talk-Runde

DW-TV Quadriga vom 09.06.2016.

Quadriga – Trump vs Clinton – Wut gegen Establishment?

Es ist das politische Duell des Jahres. Donald Trump und Hillary Clinton sind die Kandidaten Ihrer Parteien für die amerikanischen Präsidentschaftswahlen.

Irwin Collier ist Amerikaner und Wirtschaftsprofessor an der Freien Universität Berlin.

Malte Lehming ist Leiter der Meinungsseite beim Tagesspiegel.

Sabine Müller war lange Zeit Hörfunk-Korrespondentin in Washington.

Political tweets by Irwin Collier @SpreeWatch

https://twitter.com/SpreeWatch

 

Why ? Spree=river running through Berlin. „Spree“ rhymes with „Bay“. „Bay Watch“ = TV hit. Satirical twist on Die Wacht am Rhein!

Trump winning Nevada…Deutsche Welle interview with Prof. Irwin Collier

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Segment on Donald Trump’s victory in the Nevada caucuses starts at 1:12.

 

 

Remarks on Trigger-Warnings and Safe-Spaces

Link to speech of Prof. Irwin Collier, Ph.D. to the recent graduates of the John-F.-Kennedy Institute at the celebration held November 28, 2015 at the Henry-Ford-Building of Freie Universität.

25 Jahre nach Ende des Ost-West-Konflikts – gelernte Lektionen und neue Herausforderungen

Gemeinsame Ringvorlesung der Zentralinstitute Osteuropa-Institut und John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien beginnt am 15. Oktober 2015

Nr. 304/2015 vom 12.10.2015 (via FU Pressestelle)

Das Ende des Ost-West-Konflikts vor 25 Jahren, die damit verbundenen Erfahrungen und Herausforderungen stehen im Mittelpunkt einer Ringvorlesung ab dem 15. Oktober an der Freien Universität Berlin. Zum Auftakt der in englischer und deutscher Sprache gehaltenen Reihe spricht Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers vom Osteuropa-Institut der Freien Universität über das Thema „Why the East-West Conflict is (not) relevant today“ [W der Ost-West-Konflikt heute (nicht) relevant ist]. Die Vortragsreihe „25 Years after the End of the East-West Conflict – Lessons Learned and New Challenges“ bietet eine Bestandsaufnahme der wichtigsten Entwicklungen seit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges aus der Sichtweise unterschiedlicher Disziplinen. Neben zahlreichen Forschern konnten für die Vortragsreihe der US-Botschafter a. D. John Kornblum und der kanadische Botschafter a. D. Paul Dubois als Gastredner gewonnen werden. Die Veranstaltungen sind öffentlich, der Eintritt ist frei.

Die Vortragenden befassen sich mit grundlegenden Fragen zum Charakter des Ost-West-Konflikts und erklären Entwicklungen seit Beginn der 1990er Jahre. Dabei stellen sie verschiedene Erklärungen für den Zusammenbruch der politischen Ordnung im östlichen Europa vor und nehmen unter anderem Bezug auf die aktuelle Konfliktsituation in der Ukraine. Dieser Höhepunkt der Spannungen dient als Ausgangspunkt um die kontroverse Frage nach einem „neuen Kalten Krieg“ zu diskutieren.

Weitere Informationen

Das Programm der Ringvorlesung im Detail

www.oei.fu-berlin.de/media/Veranstaltungen/Plakat-ringvorlesungWS1516.pdf

Conference Announcement: American Exceptionalism Revisited

Topic: American Exceptionalism RevisitedAnnual Meeting of the Political Science Section of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS)
Date: Friday, 13th-Saturday, 14th November 2015
Description: AA-15-085-Cover lgFrom the very beginning America has considered herself as a nation with a mission, and John Winthrop’s (1630) „city upon a hill“ as the sacred Urtext of „American Exceptionalism“ permeates every period of U.S. political and cultural history. Discussions of U.S. identity often point at America’s exceptional self-image, holding that the United States has a unique place in history, differing fundamentally and qualitatively from all other nations in the world.In academia, American exceptionalism has been identified as American Creed explaining political and socio-economic trends in history (Seymour M. Lipset, 1996), as an exceptional-exemptional self-image in the context of American foreign policy (Michael Ignatieff, 2005) or most recently as a myth (Stephen M. Walt, 2009) or an idea that has been corrupted over time – especially after 9-11 (Godfrey Hodgson, 2009).

In 2009, almost two centuries after Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of America as creating „a distinct species of mankind“, President Obama challenged the virtuous meaning of „American Exceptionalism“ by saying „I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism“.

The purpose of this conference is to deconstruct the notion of American exceptionalism and to raise a variety of questions. What are the historical roots and the contemporary interpretations of American exceptionalism? Is exceptionalism still working in times of very high party polarization? Is Barack Obama an exceptional president in domestic and foreign policy?

These and other concerns will be at the center of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Political Science Section of the German Association for American Studies.

More info here: http://www.atlantische-akademie.de/dgfa-2015

 

Prof. Irwin Collier of the JFK-Institute Department of Economics launches his blog

Collier blog

Thanks to a research grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Irwin Collier has undertaken several „archival expeditions“ to collect material for his project in the history of economics that focuses on the development of the graduate economics education at Columbia, Chicago and Harvard in the first half of the 20th century. In this blog he is assembling an „e-museum“ of transcriptions of some of that material, much of which comes from departmental records and the professional papers of economists found in university archives.

 

Workshop: Political Art and the Aesthetic-Political

Political Art and the Aesthetic-Political

International Workshop 

June 12-13, 2015, JFKI, Room 319

Conveners: Thomas Greven (FU Berlin), Robert Pirro (Georgia Southern University), Jasper Trautsch (University of Regensburg)

Friday, June 12

2:00pm – 4pm                       Panel 1: Film and TV

Chair: Robert Pirro (Georgia Southern University)

William Glass (University of Warsaw): Conservative Means to Feminist Ends: Private Benjamin and the Tropes of the Service Comedy

Andreas Etges (LMU): Commander in Chief – Commander in Charge? War, Crisis and the President in Hollywood Films

Guisseppe Sacco (Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli): Batman, an Imperiled Hero

Discussant: Thomas Greven (FU Berlin)

 

4-4:30pm Coffee Break

 

 

4:30pm  – 6:30pm                 Panel 2: Images and Comics

Chair: Jasper Trautsch (University of Regensburg)

Oli Keinath (Berlin): The Art and Politics of Corporate Social Responsibility PR

Thomas Greven (FU Berlin): The Ninth Art and Hegemony

Birte Wege (FU Berlin): A Documentary of Documentation: MLK, Civil Rights Photography, and Graphic Narrative

Discussants: Robert Pirro (GSU), Marius Dahmen (FU Berlin)

Saturday, June 13

10am – 12:30pm       Keynote Lecture: Josef Chytry (California College of the Arts)

From the Aesthetic State to the Aesthetic-Political (via the Aistheterion?)

Introduction by Robert Pirro (Georgia Southern University)

 

12:30pm – 2pm         Brown Bag Lunch

 

2pm – 4 pm                Panel 3: Varieties of Aesthetic Politics

Chair: Curd Knüpfer (FU Berlin)

Sherry Lee Linkon: (Georgetown University): Rust Belt Chic: Twenty-first Century Narratives of Industrial Heritage

Robert Pirro (GSU): Hannah Arendt’s Politics of Tragedy

Discussants: Josef Chytry (California College of the Arts), Frank Fischer (Rutgers University/Kassel University)

4pm – 5pm                Final Discussion

 

New Website JRG „Fictions of Management: American Naturalism and Managerial Culture, 1875-1925“

The Dahlem International Network Junior Research Group “American Literature and Managerialism, 1875-1925” is proud to announce its new website. Under fictionsofmanagement.com you’ll find information on its members, their projects, as well as past and upcoming events.

GSNAS: 8th International Graduate Conference — May 7-9, 2015

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Department of Political Science Colloquium SoSe-2015

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