Our new exchange program with Temple University is a wonderful opportunity for our MA-students, our faculty, and our whole department. I am so grateful that we have received funding for this from the DAAD. Philadelphia is a fantastic and cool city, rich in culture and history, cradle of American independence, and really diverse. I experienced the Temple campus as very urban place so that experiences made in the exchange program by Erfurt students and faculty members will be unique and different from what we are used to.
Spending a semester abroad is an exciting experience anyway, very stimulating and enriching, and the differences between Erfurt and Philadelphia make this even better. Yet this is not only true for our visits to Temple, but also for Temple students and faculty members coming to Erfurt. I am really looking forward to having them here next spring, attending our classes and lectures, and also co-teaching class meetings with Bryant Simon or other Temple colleagues will be a real pleasure. By now, I have known Bryant Simon for many years, in 2014 he spent a whole semester and many more weeks at Erfurt University as a Humboldt fellow, and we have published a book together. Working with him is always very inspiring, and according to all I can tell, studying with him is thought-provoking, challenging, and great fun at the same time. And this is true for the whole history program at Temple.
We will have a first taste of this in October and November, when we co-teach a class called „Tell Us Your History“ on the histories of Erfurt and Philadelphia, with a number of video meetings of students and teachers on both sides of the Atlantic. So let’s see how this goes! I am really excited about this opportunity.