Newsletter February / March 2022

Newsletter February / March 2022

by Martina Kohl -
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Newsletter February / March 2022

Dear Teachers

The second half of the school year is in full swing, and we are hoping to support you and your students with a few programs, among them, first and foremost, our award-winning Going Green – Education for Sustainability. Yet, before I go into detail, introductions are in order.


Let me introduce you to our new program manager for Teach About US at Leuphana University, Taieb Oussaifi.

Taieb Oussaifi

Welcome, Taieb!

Taieb comes to us from the University of Bonn where he received a master degree in North American studies. He is a former scholarship holder of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He holds a bachelor degree in English linguistics from the University of Tunis and speaks several languages. Taieb is interested in transcultural education, critical, cultural and media literacy, peace & conflict studies, and transatlantic relations.

Please reach out to him if you have questions regarding Going Green or any of our joint initiatives and programs:


Going Green 2021-2022 Dates:

Please encourage your students to participate in the Going Green competition. The deadline to upload the action plans is Friday, June 3. We will inform you about the final award ceremony in the course of the school year. Right now it looks like it will be a central online event.

Upcoming Programs – in brief: Join us with your students for

  • a Q&A with EPA Science Fellow Özge Kaplan and journalist Rose-Anne Clermont on how our cities and transportation will have to adapt to climate change (March 2).

  • a Black History Month program with Layli Maparyan, Professor & Chair of Africana Studies, Wellesley College and Aisha Camara, Moderator. They will discuss how to combat racism and build better communities (February 14).

  • a Women’s History Month program in March. We are live-streaming a discussion with author and human rights activist Rafia Zakaria from the English Theatre in Berlin (March 21). She will be on a book tour taking her to the Book Fair in Leipzig, to Berlin, Munich and Freiburg to discuss how we can achieve a more inclusive form of feminism. Join us virtually!


Please find the more detailed program descriptions below, including registration info.

Look Ahead:

  • TAUS Blog: Watch out for the first blog posting in mid-February by journalism student Michael Grubb on The war against methane will be fought from space, and other promising strategies to combat a potent greenhouse gas.


  • A discussion of the film Selma with our most favorite historian Prof. Dr. David Goldfield in late March/early April. We are planning in-person screenings of Selma in Rostock, Berlin and Hamburg, but the discussion will be online. Stay tuned.

All the best on behalf of the TAUS team,

Dr. Martina Kohl


Upcoming programs in detail:

Black History Month

1. Virtual Black History Month Program:

Monday, February 14, 19:00-20:00:

Cultivating Social Change Leadership: Learning from Black History about Building Bridges across Race, ­Ethnicity, and Religion

With Layli Maparyan, Professor & Chair of Africana Studies, Wellesley College and Aisha Camara, Moderator.

Register here. You will receive the link to the Zoom session a day before the event.

Please check out all out Black History Month programs on the U.S. Embassy’s website.

Going Green

2. Virtual Going Green – Education for Sustainability Program:

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 18:00-19:00

Towards Zero Carbon Transportation – The Role of Cities and Impacts on Communities

With P. Özge Kaplan, PhD, Senior Research Engineer, Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

And Rose-Anne Clermont, journalist and author.

Complete program here.

Register here. You will receive the link to the Zoom session a day before the event.

3. Women’s History Month Program

Monday, March 21, 20:00-21:30: U.S. Embassy Literature Series

The event will be live-streamed from the English Theatre Berlin:

Calling for Change: Constructing an Inclusive Form of Feminism


Rafia Zakaria, attorney, human rights activist and author of “Against White Feminism.”

Feminism is supposed to be the fight for the freedom and equality of women. And in the past 200 years it has made incredible gains: paving the way for women to advance economically, handing them back control of their own bodies, and advocating for their needs and their experiences. But not for all women.

On the occasion of Women’s History Month, author and activist Rafia Zakaria is advocating for using the transformative potential of the present to reconstruct an inclusive form of feminism without centering whiteness. She will read and discuss passages from her book Against White Feminism illustrating the repeated exclusions, obstacles, and condescension she has experienced as a woman of color and a Muslim from the Global South. She tells the story of how white supremacy and whiteness as a source of privilege have tainted the feminist movement and turned into a grab-and-go branding exercise. The book details how colonialist and white supremacist patterns from the past continue to be replicated in the present.



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