Workshop mit amerikanischen Studierenden der Pennsylvania State University
Drei Tage lang bringen elf Studierende der Pennsylvania State University frischen Wind nach Unkel, wenn sie vom 23. bis 25. März 2015 zu einem Workshop zu Besuch kommen. Die angehenden Landschaftsarchitekten kommen nicht direkt aus den USA, sondern aus Bonn. Dort absolvieren sie derzeit ein einsemestriges Auslandsstudien-Programm, das von der Bonner Akademie für Internationale Bildung betreut wird.
Nachdem die jungen Menschen auf zahlreichen Exkursionen und in verschiedenen Seminaren einen Einblick in deutsche Stadt- und Landschaftsplanung bekommen haben, dürfen sie nun selber kreativ werden. Sie sollen einen frischen Blick auf Unkel werfen, ihre Besonderheiten erkunden, versteckte Potenziale aufspüren und vielleicht erste Ideen für weitere Entwicklungen skizzieren. Dabei können in diesem knapp dreitägigen Workshop keine fertigen Konzepte entstehen. Vielmehr geht es darum, mit frischem Blick von außen auf die Stadt zu schauen und die lokale Diskussion mit neuen Impulsen zu bereichern.
Mit einem Begrüßung durch die Stadt beginnt der Workshop am 23. März 2015. Nach geführtem Stadtspaziergang endet der erste Tag mit Impulsvorträgen aus der Unkeler Bürgerschaft im Alten Ratsaal. Am zweiten Tag machen sich die Studierenden auf Erkundungstour durch den Ort und entwickeln erste Ideen an Arbeitstischen, die sie temporär im Willy-Brandt-Forum aufbauen. Am 25. März 2015 geht der Workshop zu Ende und die studentischen Eindrücke und Ideen werden im Alten Ratsaal öffentlich präsentiert und diskutiert.
Vielleicht ist die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Stadt, Unkeler Engagierten und amerikanischen Studierenden nur ein Anfang. Der Akademie für Internationale Bildung Bonn ist daran gelegen, dass nicht nur im Klassenzimmer gelernt wird, sondern vor Ort: an realen Aufgabenstellungen, mit engagierten Menschen und interessierten Bürgern. Vielleicht kommen demnächst regelmäßig Studierende nach Unkel.
mo 23. März 2015
14.30 Uhr - Begrüßung der Studierenden durch Stadt Unkel, Alter Ratsaal
15.00 Uhr - Historischer Stadtrundgang
17.30 Uhr - Auftaktveranstaltung mit Vorträgen zu Unkel gestern und heute, Alter Ratsaal
di 24.März 2015
10 Uhr - Führung durch das Willy-Brandt-Forum
11-18.00 Uhr - Arbeitsphase der Studierenden im UG des Willy-Brandt-Forums
18.30 Uhr - informelles Zusammentreffen der Studierenden mit jungen Interessierten aus Unkel
mi 25. März 2015
16.00 Uhr - öffentliche Präsentation und Diskussion der studentischen Ideen, Alter Ratsaal
DOWNLOAD: Workshop Einladung
The Texas A&M Bioscience students had the opportunity on Friday, February 20th, to pick the brains of the engineers who have tasked the students with the development of a sutureless graft-to-aorta connection device to be used in the installation of Ventricular Assist Devices.
Dr. Tim Kaufmann and Ralf Borchard from enmodes GmbH, based in Aachen, gave a presentation to the students outlining their company’s goals and innovative projects and elaborated on the importance of the sutureless connection device. The Bioscience students took the opportunity to discuss their role in the project, specifications for the device, and the importance of the planned sutureless connector in future biomedical engineering applications. A follow-up meeting will occur in March, during which the student teams will present their design approaches. After the final designs are chosen, the ultimate device designs will be presented to the engineers of enmodes in Aachen in April. The students are excited for the opportunity to work with enmodes on such a critical project and are already preparing for the challenge.
The AIB Charity Day is an opportunity for our US-American students to become actively involved with charity, by doing volunteer work in Bonn.
Because of its big success in 2014, when it was done for the very first time, we would like to take action again and do good. Sixty of our spring semester students, have already signed up to participate in the AIB Charity Day to thank the citizens of Bonn for their hospitality. The idea originates from students of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, who organize such a Volunteering Day every year. According to the theme 'One big day, one big thanks, one big event' thousands of students are volunteering across the city and the community for the good cause. With the AIB Charity Day, the students will get the opportunity to say 'Thanks' to their host city Bonn, while the organizations and institutions will get a motivated and helpful volunteer for a day. In addition, we also aim to support the students' participation and integration into the local community. Our students from Texas, California and Pennsylvania are currently looking for ways to engage themselves. This can cover all kinds of areas which relate to volunteer work – cleaning, gardening, helping out around the house and much more.
Are you looking for help and need motivated volunteers? Do you have a project we can support you with? We are looking forward to hearing from you!
A recent 2014 Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands IndexSM study has ranked Germany as “best country” based on global public opinion. As an American citizen who grew up always hearing about how the United States was always “number one”, I was a little surprised when I heard this. In 2013, the annual NBISM study ranked the United States as the “best country” and Germany as number two with the US taking first place for the past five years. The NBISM study gauges the international opinions of fifty countries in terms of “exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment”, which all contribute to the national image of that country. The 2014 study involved a total of 20,125 interviews of individuals from twenty different countries.
I am not a citizen of Germany. I do not view the country as a native but rather as a student who has spent time studying abroad here while taking part in the experiences and traditions of the land. From what I have seen, the rise of Germany as a modern and advanced country has allowed it to compete on the world playing field. The country is being recognized as a leader in many areas such as technology and political stewardship throughout Europe and the world. The jump of Germany ahead of the US in its ranking as “best country” is due in part to its rise in “sports excellence” from the country’s recent victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Championship. In my opinion, soccer is a very important part of modern German culture. I went to a Bundesliga game last year and though it was not an international-level match, the crowd in the stadium had an intense energy that matched that of some American football games in the US. Overall, the German people are enthusiastic and fervent about soccer, which very much makes it a national sport and pastime. Granted, the athletic image of a country is only one of the many aspects that determine the overall national image, it can be seen as a reflection of strong associations between a national entity and the individuals of a country. A strong and stable nation has the ability and resources to excel in multiple areas such as sports and other competitions on the international scale.
This is my third time living in Germany and I somehow find myself coming back. Studying and living in the city of Bonn has been a major part of my college experience and they have been experiences that opened my eyes to a little more about how other people around the world live. I enjoy my days in Bonn and there are so many things I appreciate about living here. I love living with my host family, appreciating the charm of the city center, and viewing the natural beauty of the Rhineland. As each day passes, I feel like I fit in just a little bit more. Even with my American citizenship and patriotism for my home country, I believe that Germany has grown on me and Bonn even feels like my “second home”. From what I have experienced, Germany is a country that is very much ahead in terms of its environmentalism policies and overall lifestyle choices of the average citizen. The policies I have seen from charging for plastic bags at stores to mandatory separation of trash really promote the image of Germany to me as a country that is conscious of the state of its land and its future sustainability. Germans as a whole also appear to me to be more physically fit and healthier than Americans. To me, this is most likely attributed to differing lifestyle choices between the average German and the average American. As a student living in Germany, I feel that my lifestyle is different here as well. I have to walk more, I eat less processed foods, and I adjust to the bedtimes of my host family. Overall, these are improvements compared to the more “American” lifestyle I lead at home. Living with two different host families in Germany has shown me a little more about how the middle-class populace of the country lives and the similar motifs between families that define their lifestyles. There are differences between any two families but both of the German host families I have stayed with seem to lead comfortable, wholesome, and happy lives. My experiences in Germany have left me with no doubt that Germany is a great country to not only study in but to live in as well.
The primary contributor to the US’ drop in its NBISM rank is public opinion regarding the role of the US in global security and peace. In particular, people interviewed from Russia and Egypt gave vastly negative ratings in regard to their perceptions of “American commitment to global peace and security”. While it is important to include and consider the opinions of those who have them, it is also equally important to acknowledge the recent relations and interactions between the countries. Despite the US’ drop in the study, the results acknowledge that the US still leads in multiple areas such as “creativity, contemporary culture, and education”. Globalization in the 20th and 21st centuries has indisputability been influenced by the worldwide reach of the US in terms of its practices, society, and diplomacy. With the spread of US influence around the globe, there will naturally be nations that arise through global competition and the incorporation of both American and novel ideals.
I am a citizen of the United States. I am so grateful to have been born and raised there and it is a place I am proud to call my home. At the same time, I sometimes feel as if I have found another home in Germany. Though it is a nation in which I am not a citizen of and still have much to learn about, I have grown to care about it. No matter what country has been deemed to be ahead of the others, it is indisputable that there will always be aspects of every nation that need improvement and others that can serve as role models to other nations. As a citizen of the US, I believe it is important to acknowledge, especially with the spread of American ideals, the ability of other countries to progress and also proliferate their own international influences. There are numerous aspects of a nation that contribute to its national image and there will inevitably be changes, both small and large, with the progression of time and the outcomes of significant decisions. As an American citizen who loves both the United States and Germany, I look forward to observing how the two countries interact as they both stride ahead into the future.
This showcase is based on various scenes from Chekhov’s, The Seagull. One of the most important goals for this Stanislavski workshop was for the students to learn about characterization, relationships, working with a partner, working as a tight ensemble, improving the actor’s imagination, and to understand how to perform Chekhov. This showcase is not about Russia, or Russians, or Russian life. The relationship between people is most important and most unique. When we speak about love, we are not thinking about nationality, religion, politics, but about the human condition. The experience of losing one’s love, is universal.
This showcase is about famous people who can’t find love, about simple people who are in love, and about unrequited love. The story is about estranged relationships between mother and son, father and daughter, and brother and sister, and about people with weak wills, that allow sin into their world. The most important human emotion is love, loving one’s parents, loving one’s paramour, loving one’s work, country, nature, and finding a way to ultimately love oneself. Love can give us the strength to improve ourselves, make us better human beings, and love can also kill us.