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Germany's Refugee Challenge

Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center

The college presents a lecture by Anke Culver of the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s enthusiastic slogan “ Wir schaffen das!” (“We can do it!”) has come to haunt her and her leadership. After taking in about 1.5 million refugees during 2015/2016, Merkel’s slogan has turned into the question “Schaffen wir das?” (“Can we do it?”).

This lecture will examine the different challenges Germany has been faced with and what the country has been able to do to assimilate refugees and help to ease their living in a totally foreign culture and environment. Culver will emphasize how important cultural understanding and interpretation are in this situation. She takes a brief look at the Schengen Agreement, a 1985 treaty to abolish internal border checks, to provide a clearer understanding of the refugee challenges and the influence of new populist parties within the European Union.

Anke Culver has taught international marketing, management, and consumer behavior at various institutions in the U.S., among them her alma mater Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, Northern Illinois University, and Loyola University in Chicago.

For the past 16 years, after retiring from Loyola, she has delivered lectures and seminars on globalization and cultural differences in marketing and consumer behavior at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany, and the Nordakademie in Elmshorn, Germany.

The lecture is sponsored by the college’s Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at FSU).

Lecture Date: 

February 23, 2017 4:15-5:45 pm