December 3, 2015 all-day
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum 2.516
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

The American Dream in the 21st Century

Concepts, Challenges and Opportunities

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Every year, the Institute for American Studies Leipzig, in collaboration with American Space Leipzig, organizes a workshop for teachers.

This year, the workshop will take place on 3 December 2015 at the Institute for American Studies Leipzig (Room: 2516) and address the “American Dream”.


Workshop Description:

The “American Dream” is a concept known around the world, acting as a beacon drawing over a million immigrants a year to America during the last decade. It stands for achieving your personal dream of individual freedom and economic security. American politics centers around how state and society can encourage change to allow ever more citizens and immigrants to achieve their American Dream. Globalization and other forms of societal change have made the American Dream however seem much more complicated to achieve. To understand contemporary America and its role in the world, it is necessary to understand the concepts, challenges and opportunities of the American Dream in the 21st century.



9:30 – 9.45

Professor Crister S. Garrett, Introduction to Workshop
“The American Dream in the 21st Century: Concepts, Challenges and Opportunities”

9:45 – 11:00

Professor Dr. em. Hartmut Keil, Professor for American History
“The American Dream and Contemporary Immigration: Is the Dream (Still) Achievable?”

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break (Talk with Prof. Keil)

11:15 – 12:30

Professor Paul Rundquist, Senior Adjunct Professor for American Politics3 December 2015
“The Presidential Election 2016 and the Politics of the American Dream”

12:30 – 13:00

Lunch Break (Talk with Prof. Rundquist)

13:00 – 14:15

Professor Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Professor for Minority Studies
“The American Dream and a Multiethnic America: Challenges, Opportunities
and Contemporary Choices”

14:15 – 14:30

Coffee Break (Talk with Prof. Pisarz-Ramirez)

14:30 – 15:00

Teaching America Project and Your Classroom

15:00 – 15:30

Professor Crister S. Garrett. Conclusions, Evaluation, Certificates

You can find the workshop booklet here.




Insitute for American Studies Leipzig
Room: 2.516
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig



The workshop is fully booked.