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Panel discussion: Strengthening democracy education worldwide

Expert discussion and student workshop on democracy and education in times of budding nationalism and other extreme political currents at the University of Cologne’s New York Office / debate about challenges to democracy in Germany and the U.S.

Nascent nationalism, right-wing populism, and other extreme political currents are on the rise in many countries. Are we taking democracy for granted? In light of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, the University of Cologne’s New York Office, the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York, Virginia Tech, and the German Consulate General NY are hosting a panel discussion and a networking reception at the German House in New York.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Panel discussion “Democracy and Education in the Age of Renascent Nationalism”
German House, New York, 871 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA

The event is open to the public. Journalists are cordially invited to take part and to report on the event. We will gladly put you in touch with an expert.

Besides other societal actors, educators are called upon to lay the foundations for democracy for the next generations of world citizens. Yet it appears unclear how best to achieve this aim. In order to reflect on the current state of democracy in the Western world and how its well-being in the future can be ensured, the public panel discussion will host expert researchers on education and democracy, representatives of political foundations, education centers, and the media from Germany and the U.S. They will examine the strategies of different stakeholders in educating society towards a sustainable democracy in the future. The focus will be on current challenges to democracy in these two countries.

The panelists include Stefan Neubert (Professor of Education, University of Cologne), Jim Garrison (Professor of Education and philosophy, Virginia Tech), Judith M. Green (Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University), Sheri Berman (Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University), and Thomas Krüger (Director of the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Germany). It will be moderated by Amy Davidson Sorkin (The New Yorker).

The panel discussion will be preceded by the student workshop “Reconsidering John Dewey: Education and the Current Crisis of Democracy” from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. It will bring together students from the fields of social sciences, political science, philosophy, education, German studies, modern languages, and European studies. Alongside Professors Stefan Neubert, Jim Garrison, and Judith M. Green, group moderators include René V. Arcilla, Professor of Philosophy of Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School, Naoko Saito, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education at Kyoto University, and David W. Woods, Professor of Urban Sustainability at New York University.

German Consul General David Gill will give welcoming remarks at the panel discussion, and Consul, and Head of Cultural Affairs and Science at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, Yasemin Pamuk, will open the student workshop.

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Dr. Eva Bosbach
Executive Director, University of Cologne New York Office
+1 212 758 5893

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Eva Schissler
+49 221 4030

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