First Encounters -Exhibit at Denny 359

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AATG exhibit: First Encounters: Menschen begegnen sich
Students can engage with the exhibit in a number of different ways

The Department is hosting the AATG exhibit First Encounters from October 7 - October 14 in our seminar room, DEN 359.

The American Association of Teachers of German invites you to investigate the continuing history of migration and its effects in shaping the German-American transatlantic friendship. From the beginnings of European immigration to North America, Germans have contributed to political, cultural, and social aspects of the US.

Those First Encounters took different forms depending on when and where German settlers arrived. Through a number of case studies, you are encouraged to explore these questions.

  • What did the first encounters between German immigrants and local populations look like?
  • How did Germans adjust to their new environment?
  • How did Germans contribute to existing communities?
The First Encounters: Menschen begegnen sich exhibit does not provide answers to the complex and at times problematic aspects of German immigration to the US. Instead, you are invited to investigate further the encounters between the new German arrivals and local populations.

Thank you to the sponsors of this exhibit: AATG, Wunderbar Together, The German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institute, and the Federation of German Industries.