What are the sources, networks and voices that currently shape the discourses of the German public sphere?

This Spring term, Bard College Berlin students of German looked at principle people and institutions that have influenced the content, tone, and direction of debates that have recently emerged with great urgency: immigration, the rise of populism, anti-Semitism, the future of Europe, gender roles, and Germany’s role in the world, present and past.

We engaged with these themes in small seminar discussions, in conversations with journalists and faculty, and during visits to the Bundespressekonferenz and Deutsche Welle.

The discussions we had inspired much writing, thinking, and debate beyond the classroom, and we want to share some of our work.