“Global Challenges, Local Approaches: Teaching American Studies in the 21st Century” was the topic of this year’s U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy which took place in Lüneburg in cooperation with Amerikazentrum Hamburg and Leuphana University Lüneburg. 60 participants from 14 German states discussed global issues with leading experts and explored new ways of teaching English. The U.S. Embassy School Election project served as an example for tech supported state-of-the art English instruction, and the work-in-progress e-learning project “Going Green” received a lot of input. Interactive workshops produced a blog and recommendations for classroom application.
Highlight of the program was WPT journalist and award winning film maker Joel Waldinger’s film screening “Wisconsin’s Nazi Resistance: The Mildred Fish-Harnack Story.” Waldinger’s visit to Germany coincided with a “Stolpersteine” ceremony in memory of Mildred Fish-Harnack in Berlin.