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Salt Lake City: InsightDeutschland Community Town Hall

October 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - October 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm EDT

InsightDeutschland Community Town Hall: A Conversation with Utahns on the German-American Relationship

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
5:30 – 9:00 PM

Welcomes and addresses from
James Burton, Honorary Consul General of Germany
Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President, American Council on Germany
Mayor Jenny Wilson, Mayor of Salt Lake County

Reflections on post-war German history – from the Berlin Airlift to the fall of the Berlin Wall to today with Colonel Gail Halverson, the “Berlin Candy Bomber”

Screening of film on historical events in Berlin

Panel Discussion on 30 years since the fall of the wall
Christian Hänel, Senior Vice President of International Relation America and Asia, Robert Bosch Stiftung
Matthew Karnitschnig, Berlin Bureau Chief, Politico
Brian Klein, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Steelhead Partners LLC

German Unity Day!
Thursday, October 3, 2019
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Interactive conversations on the most pressing economic, political, and social issues shaping the transatlantic relationship – including foreign policy, technology and innovation, migration and integration, and more.

Why Germany Matters?

James Burton, Honorary Consul General of Germany
Derek Miller, President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Vicki Varela, Managing Director, Utah Office of Tourism

Populism in Germany and Europe

Matthew Karnitschnig, Chief Europe Correspondent, Politico
Alexander Kulitz, Member of the German Bundestag (FDP)

Challenges to Society and the Role of Philanthropy

Pamela Atkinson, SLC Community Advocate
Christian Hänel, Senior Vice President of International Relations – America and Asia, Robert Bosch Stiftung

Foreign Policy and National Security Challenges Facing the United States and Germany

Congressman Rob Bishop
Alexander Kulitz, Member of the German Bundestag (FDP)

Refreshments will be served. Registration is required, but there is no charge to attend.

The event is free, however you must register to attend. Please RSVP by Monday, September 30!

Established in 1952 as an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization to strengthen German-American relations, the American Council on Germany (ACG) supports policy dialogue, grassroots exchange, and fellowship programs to enable Germans and Americans to learn from one another and share best practices on a range of issues. To ensure these bonds remain strong, we believe it is critical to engage new audiences across the U.S. in conversations and a genuine exchange of ideas about the transatlantic relationship, highlighting the deep political, economic, and social ties and shared issues that impact the citizens of our countries both globally and in local communities.

InsightDeutschland Weekend Town Halls is a project within the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/2019. The Year of German-American Friendship (“Deutschlandjahr USA”) is a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and with support from the Federation of German Industries (BDI). For more information on the initiative and the more than 1,000 projects that will take place during 2019, visit www.wunderbartogether.org.


October 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
October 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
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