German Event Week 2017


The OSU German Program presents:

"Immigration and Integration in Germany"

An event week sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Washington
November 6-10
Free admission to all events!
All events in English

Please direct all questions regarding the event week to Dr. Petra Volkhausen (


All week long

Germany - Integrating Refugees
Poster exhibition
Gundersen Hall, Second Floor


Monday, November 6

6 p.m.
"Guten Tag, Ramon!"
Movie night (English subtitles)
Classroom Building, room 212
There will be pizza!


Tuesday, November 7

11:30 a.m.  - 3:00 p.m.
German food sold by the German Club
Lawn in front of the Business Building

2 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Immigration and Integration in Germany
Documentary "The New Germans" (2:15 p.m.)
Announcement of the winners of the Essay Competition, see details below (3:20 p.m.)
Panel presentation, followed by Q&A (3:30 p.m.)
Student Union, Council Room 412
Light refreshments will be provided


Wednesday, November 8

12:30 p.m.
The German Election - Results and Consequences
Talk, followed by Q&A
Gundersen Hall, room 105
There will be cookies!


Thursday, November 9

5 p.m.
"Almanya: Welcome to Germany"
Movie night (English subtitles)
Classroom Building, room 213
There will be pizza!


Essay Competition

"Politics of Immigration and Integration in Germany and the United States"

To what extent are the politics of immigration and integration in Germany and the United States similar, how are they different from each other? Submit a comparative study, choosing an angle that speaks to your interests and expertise! Writing about the recent refugee crisis in Europe is only one option, as you may also choose other aspects of immigration and integration in Germany and the United States. All OSU undergraduate students are welcome to submit their essay. The three best essays will be selected by a committee of OSU professors from various departments.

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • How do the governments of Germany and the United States handle the refugee crisis?
  • How has the stance of the new US government on the refugee crisis influenced the relationship between both Germany and the US?
  • Do refugees and immigrants encounter different challenges when they arrive in either Germany or the United States?
  • How are integration and/or immigration portrayed in German and US literature, film, music, or other art forms?

Deadline: Monday, October 23 Extended until October 30
All submissions are to be sent to Dr. Petra Volkhausen (

1st place - $250 Amazon gift card
2nd place - $150 Amazon gift card
3rd place - $100 Amazon gift card

Format: 7-8 typed pages, 12 pt, double-spaced, 1-inch margin, a bibliography with at least five reputable sources, essay has to follow one of the officially recognized formatting styles (MLA, Chicago etc.)


Germany Making Choices