Democratic Vistas – 70 Years Carl-Schurz-Haus

Sharing Ideas for a Transatlantic Future: Ein Ideenfestival vom 13.-16. Oktober 2022

Transatlantic dialog in Freiburg since 1952!

To mark its 70th anniversary, the German-American institute in Freiburg, Germany, aka the Carl-Schurz-Haus, invites you to a four-day festival. U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Dr. Amy Gutmann, will ceremoniously kick things off on Thursday, October 13 followed by an exhibition opening on Friday entitled Hometown by photographer Barbara Peacock. On Saturday, October 15, we will host several transatlantic talks in a "Pop-Up Think Tank".

Finally, on Sunday, an exciting program for the whole family awaits you with live music and many interactive activities.

Our Festival Program

Thu, October 13, 19:00: Carl Schurz Lecture
with Dr. Amy Gutmann, U.S. Ambassador to Germany (requested)
Invite Only!
Location: Historisches Kaufhaus, Münsterplatz 24

Fri, October 14, 19:00: Hometown
Exhibition Opening with Barbara Peacock, Portland, Maine
Location: Carl-Schurz-Haus, Foyer, Eisenbahnstr. 62

Sat, October 15, 11:00-20:30: Democratic Vistas - A One Day Pop-Up Think Tank
Talks, Discussions & Networking with

  Kai Sina, Professor of Modern German Literature and Comparative Literature with a focus on
  Transatlantic Literary History at the University of Münster, Germany

  John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation, political blogger & author
of The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party & Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse, 
  Madison, Wisconsin

  Prof. Sarah Churchwell, author of  Behold America: A History of America
  First and the American Dream and
The Wrath to Come) & Professor of
  American Literature and Public Humanities, University of London

  Joshua Yaffa, author (Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition and
  Compromise in Putin’s Russia
journalist and
  foreign correspondent for
The New Yorker, Jerewan & Berlin

  Mirrianne Mahn, political activist, city councilwoman
  and chairwoman of the Committee for Culture Science
  and Sport
in Frankfurt a.M. & diveristy consultant

  Derk Janßen
, Literary publicist (e.g. Sukzession magazine), Freiburg im Breisgau

   Moderation: Dr. Tobias Endler, freier Publizist, Moderator & Coach, Heidelberg

... and more speakers to be confirmed!
(Click on the images to find out more about our speakers)

Location: Aula, KG I at the University of Freiburg

You can also watch the Closing Panel via livestream hier.

Sun, October 16, 11:00-18:00: Open House - Tag der offenen Tür
Live music, interactive games, open library, Story Time, Bingo, Puppet Play, Spelling Bee, and more with the Carl-Schurz-Haus staff, teachers, and guests!
Location: Carl-Schurz-Haus, Eisenbahnstr. 62

The program for our anniversary festival Democratic Vistas is here! You can pick up the printed edition in Leporello format (perfect for the fridge or pinboard) at our house as well as in many cafés, bars and other places in Freiburg.
You can also take a look online by clicking on the cover.
Members also receive the program exclusively by mail. Not a member yet? Click here and find out all you need to know about membership and registration.

Our festival is supported by: