Germany: Making Choices the 2017 Campus Campaign

Sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Washington, D.C.

After an eventful campaign season in the United States, the world has now followed in suspense the national elections in Austria, the Netherlands, and most recently France.  On September 24, 2017, it is the citizens of Germany who will cast their ballots deciding on the political future of their country.  The outcome may affect the political landscape not only of the European Union.  Many of the topics debated in the German electoral campaigns will also have an impact on transatlantic relations. 

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In the current political environment, more emphasize seems to be put on historic events and both voters and politicians alike are quick to draw parallels and compare historic systems and leaders; comparisons that at times seem ill-informed. In order to understand the present and the future better, one is therefore well advised to learn about the past.  To comprehend a nation’s choices in the here and now, it is also best to investigate cultural and socio-political as well as historical phenomenon of a given nation – in this case Germany’s.

The 2017 Campus Weeks Germany: Making Choices offer the chance to explore the German election process, understand Germany’s commitment to European integration, get to the heart of its migration policies, and look at the mutual benefits of transatlantic relationship.  The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C. invited college and university campuses throughout the US to participate in the Germany: making Choices Campus Weeks 2017, and St. Thomas is again a partner.  This is the UST’s German program’s 5th campus campaign after Germany in Europe (2014), 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall (2014), 25 years of German Unity (2015), and Germany Meets the US (2016).

In the 2017 Germany: Making Choices campus weeks at the University of St. Thomas, we will investigate how choices and cultural traditions on either side of the Atlantic can shape the Transatlantic Partnership and may affect international relations worldwide.  Following historian Brendan Simms, who demonstrates a fundamental political truth in Europe (2013), claiming, whoever controls the heart of Europe will control the entire continent, our campus weeks have two foci: firstly, promoting intercultural relationships and exchange of ideas and concepts by learning from best practices of the 20th century to effectively lead in the 21st century; and secondly, investigate and promote Germany’s cultural diversity.

Building on the success of the past campus campaigns, we will again open the events to the entire university and the wider Twin Cities German Community. 


Oct 30 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This film features Martin, a former GDR citizen, who is released from jail and becomes confronted with the consequences of the German re-unification. Read More

Nov 07 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

By welcoming more than one million refugees in 2015 and 2016, Germany has earned praise and criticism. Read More

Nov 10 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Speaker Herbert Quelle will talk about the harmonica and its relevance for U.S. culture. Read More

Nov 15 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Das Wunder von Bern features three story-lines: the 1954 Soccer World Cup, a typical family story from the Ruhr valley, and the socio-political situation of the post-war area. Read More

Dec 02 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Start into the holiday season by baking some German Plätzchen (cookies) and enjoying some (non-alcoholic) mulled wine. Read More

Dec 06 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The story of a man, who travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father’s former girlfriend. Read More

Dec 10 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Take time off of your busy pre-holiday season and join us for an old world Adventskaffee and Weihnachtslieder sing-a-long to live music at a festively decorated Klub Haus. Read More