German Week highlights immigration issues

German Week highlights immigration issues

23 Oct 2018    

A grant from the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. is helping the College of Education and Human Sciences shine a light on German immigration issues Oct. 22-26. German Week events are free and open to the public. The Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education (TLTE) is hosting the week. Ali Moeller, TLTE professor, and Jim Benes, CEHS global exchange coordinator, have planned and organized the activities.

Events are planned each day that feature how Germany is integrating immigrants. A listing of events is below and also on the CEHS Calendar of Events. 

Two Fulbright fellowship recipients (first generation immigrants in Germany), who visited UNL last fall for approximately three weeks to learn about efforts in local schools regarding immigrant children in the classrooms, will return to campus for this event. They will lead panels and discussions focused on personal experiences, struggles, prejudices, stereotypes and challenges that schools in particular are facing. Local schools and community organizations will be invited to take part in these events to maximize outreach and participation.

Oct. 22
The Changing Face of Germany: Migration/Immigration Scenes that Tell a Story

Poster session and talk with invited speaker
1-3 p.m.
City Campus Union
Colonial A

Oct. 23
Movie Screening of “Die Fremde”/When we Leave

This 2010 movie by Feo Aladau describes the life of Umay, a young woman of Turkish descent, fighting for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. Her struggle initiates a dynamic, which results in a life-threatening situation. The film will be introduced by German Consul Quelle from the Consulate in Chicago who will lead a Q&A session after the movie.
6:30 p.m.
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Oct. 24
The Changing Face of Germany: The Voices of the Immigrants

First generation immigrants from Germany and the U.S. will share their experiences growing up in a culture different from their home culture.
4-5:30 p.m.
City Campus Union
Colonial A

Oct. 25
Roundtable Discussions

Discussions reflecting on the parallels between German and U.S. immigration challenges and strengths.
3-4:30 p.m.
City Campus Union
Colonial A

Oct. 26
Hands-on Learning Activities

Activities designed to deepen understanding and knowledge of migration/immigration issues in Germany and the USA.
3-4:30 p.m.
Henzlik 107/109

For more information, contact Jim Benes at

College of Education and Human Sciences