Monday, April 4, 2016

Apr 6 event & film: Central European-American relationships

The Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota is pleased to present the next event of the Spring 2016 season:
 
Wednesday, April 6
4:00 PM

"SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES"
A short film screening and discussion on personal histories, clashing paradigms, and challenges in Central European-American relationships 

Discussants:
Patrick McNamara, Professor of History, UMN
Roberta Maierhofer, Professor of (Inter)American Studies at the University of Graz, and visiting researcher at UMN
Gert Haubenhofer, Mayor Secretary of the City of Graz, and alumnus of the University of Graz with an exchange year at UMN
Erma Nezirevic, PhD candidate, UMN, and GUSEGG alumna
Heider Tun, PhD student, UMN, and GUSEGG alumnus

What happens when 10 professors and 87 students from more than 30 countries come together for two weeks to discuss global academic, political, economic, religious, and cultural issues? Heated debates, resulting in consensus in some areas and disagreement in others. But how are differences and similarities in perspectives negotiated? SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES takes a look behind the scenes of Graz International Summer School Seggau (GUSEGG), an intensive academic summer program taking place every July in Austria. The film addresses questions of diversity by inviting summer school participants to reflect on their personal experiences regarding change, time, and identities in their life course.
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