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Lying in State—Being Part of History [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #10]

Last week did not start according to plan for Congress. Before the new Congress starts in January, the current members are, namely, still trying to pass several pieces of legislation such as the remaining fiscal 2019 funding bills. Due to the death of former President George H. W. Bush, however, the business of the federal […]

“La Frontera: Artists Along the US-Mexican Border” Explores the Complexity of the US-Mexican Border

On November 29, 2018 we opened the photo exhibition “La Frontera: Artists Along the US-Mexican Border” by New York City-based, German artist Stefan Falke at Leipzig University’s Hörsaalgebäude. We welcomed around 50 guests, among them students, Leipzig University faculty, Leipzig locals, as well as a group of Gymnasium students and their class teacher, to explore […]

Checking Out Checks and Balances [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #9]

I took a short break from my writing during Thanksgiving, as that week was extremely short due to everyone travelling home for the holidays. Coming back from a very long weekend, however, the Congress started working full steam ahead. House Democrats are busy forming their leadership, with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi now officially being nominated for […]

Die Geschichte der US-Mexikanischen Grenze Neu Erzählen. Fotograf Stefan Falke spricht über sein Pro

Mit seinem Projekt “La Frontera: Artists Along the US-Mexican Border” besucht der Fotograf Stefan Falke Künstlerinnen und Künstler auf beiden Seiten der 2000 Meilen langen US-mexikanischen Grenze und dokumentiert in seinen Fotografien die pulsierende, kulturelle Vielfalt der Region. Wir freuen uns “La Frontera” von November bis Ende Januar im Hörsaalgebäude der Universität Leipzig ausstellen zu […]

What we learned from the midterms | 3-Q w/ Congressional Politics Expert Prof. Paul S. Rundquist

While the majority of votes have been counted and the United States slowly gets to know their 116th Congress, the analyses of what is to be expected from the new Congress continue to be of great importance. In our next installment of 3-Q, we asked long-time Washington insider, congressional politics expert and former legislative advisor […]

Beltway Networking [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #8]

After several weeks of all the attention being on the campaigns as well as state and local politics, the focus has once again returned to the Hill. In the previous week, Congress reconvened after the midterm elections, trying to wrap up some unfinished business. These sessions happening after elections are special ones called “lame-duck sessions”. […]

Midterms Like No Other [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #7]

The long-awaited midterm elections are over. For the past six months the news media coverage was saturated with analyses of candidates and predictions of what the 116th Congress would look like. The media was, however, cautious about making bold statements, and for good reason. These midterms saw many races that were extremely close, with some […]