Das Besondere an unseren America Explained-Präsentationen ist die Mischung aus unterrichtsrelevanten Inhalten und interkultureller Erfahrung. US-amerikanische Referentinnen und Referenten geben den Schulklassen in interaktiven Vorträgen die Möglichkeit, ihr Wissen über die USA zu vertiefen und über die verschiedensten Aspekte aus Politik, Geschichte und Kultur der USA ins Gespräch zu kommen.
Die Präsentationen dauern 90 Minuten inklusive Zeit für Fragen und Diskussion
Die Präsentationen finden im DAZ, bei Ihnen an der Schule oder als digitales Format statt. Gerne kommen wir an Ihre Schule, wenn die Anfahrt mit dem ÖPNV ab Stuttgart-Mitte pro Strecke maximal 60 Minuten dauert. Für Schulen, die weiter entfernt liegen, bieten wir die Präsentationen online an
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Ab Klasse 8
NEW: California Dreamin’: Exploring the Golden State
With its beaches, national parks, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley, California stands for the American Dream like hardly any other state in the U.S. In 2018, Baden-Württemberg and California established a state partnership to work together in climate protection, infrastructure, the economy, IT, science, and culture. In this presentation, we will take a closer look at the „Golden State“ and discuss the positives as well as downsides such as glaring economic inequalities, racial and ethnic tensions, and social injustices.
Teenage Life in the U.S.
The everyday life of American teenagers – is it just like in the movies? Let’s take a closer look together: What is the American school system like and what activities are American teenagers involved in? Does everyone want to be a cheerleader or football player, and what is the fuss about Homecoming and Prom? Come join us for an interactive look at what really happens inside of America’s classrooms and what it is like to grow up in the United States of America.
Going Abroad – Ab in die USA
Viele Jugendliche träumen davon, neue Kulturen kennenzulernen und den American Way of Life hautnah zu erleben. Während und nach der Schulzeit gibt es viele Möglichkeiten, sich diesen Traum zu erfüllen. Ob High School, Au Pair, Freiwilligendienst oder vieles mehr: wir informieren über Voraussetzungen, Planung und Kosten für einen Auslandsaufenthalt.
Je nach Interessenlage und Alter der Jugendlichen können zwei unterschiedliche Präsentationen – High-School-Jahr oder Gap-Year – gebucht werden. Wir kommen gerne in Ihren Unterricht oder auch zu Aktionstagen und Projektwochen.
Ab Klasse 9
NEW: The American Dream – A Dream for Everyone?
The promise of freedom, equality, economic success, the pursuit of happiness and the hope for better life motivated many European settlers to try their luck in America. This myth of the American Dream is very much alive today, and people from all over the world still immigrate to the U.S. to find their fortune. The idea that anyone can make it in the U.S., regardless of their social or economic status, also persists. However, social and economic injustice, systemic racism, and immigration restrictions make more and more Americans doubt the American Dream. We will explore different perspectives on the American Dream, examine how the U.S. sees itself and how it is perceived by others, and contrast clichés with realities.
The »melting pot« has been a metaphor for U.S. society ever since the first immigration waves. When Europeans came to Ellis Island in the late 19th century, they sought a life of political and religious freedom as well as better economic opportunities. But what was the reality of immigration to the U.S. like? How have immigration and its meaning for the United States changed over time? This presentation will examine how the country’s diversity influences stereotypes, cultures and daily life and what effect the Trump presidency has had on immigration in the United States.
The African American Civil Rights Movement
»Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!« Martin Luther King Jr. expressed this vision for African Americans in the middle of a long, hard fight for equality. Only half a century ago, segregation between black and white Americans was a reality throughout the U.S. The civil rights movement transformed the country through the persistent use of nonviolent strategies. But have African Americans finally achieved equal rights? The presentation will have a look at the history, the progress and the legacy of the civil rights movement.
#BlackLivesMatter – Racism and Political Activism in America Today
In 2008, the first black president was elected into office. But does that mean that Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for America has finally come true? The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor (and countless others) at the hands of police proved otherwise and served as the spark that has reignited the #BlackLivesMatter protests. Aside from police brutality, activists strongly criticize injustices against black people in various areas of society. This presentation will examine race relations in the U.S. today with a focus on the role of the Black Lives Matter movement in trying to create a more just society.
Ab Klasse 10
NEW: The Politics of Climate Change in the U.S.
The United States has a long history of environmental protection and conservation. More recently, however, policymakers have struggled with climate change mitigation and the country seems very divided on the issue. We analyze different viewpoints, present current U.S. climate policies, and discuss the role of the U.S. in the global fight against climate change.
NEW: Understanding the U.S. Presidential Election
Have you ever wondered just how the President of the United States is elected? Or what the Electoral College or a Primary Race means? We will answer these questions and many more! As the U.S. gears up for its next Presidential Election, let’s take a look at the parties’ standpoints on important issues, the candidates’ campaign promises and Joe Biden’s chances of being reelected.
Scenes from a Marriage: The Highs and Lows of German-American Relations
Seventy-five years ago, on September 6, 1946, US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes delivered the “Speech of Hope” at the Stuttgart Opera House. His speech became pivotal in shaping the transatlantic relationship between Germany and America, and marked a turning-point toward German reconstruction and self-governance.
Since Byrnes’ address in 1946, the allies have persisted through turbulent times of war, global strides for human rights and the protection of freedom and democracy across the globe. Political contenders have also changed the stakes; with each change in Chancellor or President, new policies impact relations. But what significance remains? What impact does it have on Europe? How does Germany benefit? We will take a deeper look into the “Speech of Hope,” highlight events that illustrate the highs and lows of the relationship, and discuss the challenges of modern times.
U.S. Pop Culture and Media Influence
In a continually globalizing world, society is ever-changing and heavily influenced by pop culture and mass media. A significant part of this influence comes from the United States. Whether we are aware of it or not, the decisions we make every day are shaped by what we consume through the media. From the beginning to its prominence today, this presentation will take an in-depth look into the positive and negative effects of media and pop culture and how individuals can learn to be more conscious of its force.
A Dead End? Guns and Gun Control in the U.S.
The discussion about gun control has been a key issue in the U.S. for a long time now. With guns come violence, mass shootings and deaths, but for many Americans, owning a gun is a fundamental right. On the other hand, protests for stricter gun control and laws grow, especially among young Americans. In this presentation we will examine the history of guns, the demographics of gun ownership, and the politics of gun legislation in the U.S. We will also focus on current arguments and discuss why the debate seems to be at a dead end.
St. Louis – Growth, Decline and Rebirth of a City
As the 60th anniversary of the relationship between Stuttgart and St. Louis approaches, we will investigate the Midwestern city that was largely founded by Germans in the mid-19th century. With a rich and diverse history, St. Louis exemplified the »melting pot« of America, but German immigrants played a pivotal role in the rise of the city. Following WWII, St. Louis illustrates the story of many large industrial cities in the U.S.: incredible rise to dramatic fall. How does this happen? And how did the city manage to become one of the most relevant and vibrant cities in the Midwest again? We attempt to come up with answers by examining local and regional issues with those facing the entire nation.
Ab Klasse 11
U.S. Foreign Policy – The Global Role of the United States
»Superpower«, the »World’s Policeman«, or even the »Leader of the Free World«: Do these terms still describe the United States’ role in world politics today? How has the United States historically approached foreign policy and how has it changed since Donald Trump became President? What are the major goals of U.S. foreign policy today? We will provide an overview for students to help clarify the far-reaching and often complex actions in international relations.
American Government at Times of Crisis
The last few years have presented unprecedented challenges to the United States. The impeachment of Donald J. Trump, the COVID pandemic, and the storming of the U.S. Capitol took a toll on the American institutions. This presentation provides an overview of America’s system of government and highlights three crises in order to evaluate how the institutions in place handle these modern events. We will identify ways in which the political system works, and where its limitations lie. We will conclude by reflecting on how prepared the United States is to manage 21st century challenges and exploring ways in which they may need to reform.
The U.S. Supreme Court – Preserver or Threat to Democracy?
Roe v. Wade, Voting Rights, Gerrymandering – major political issues end up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Since the 1960s, the highest American court has been widely regarded as a protector of democracy. However, institutional problems uncovered over time have negatively affected public perception of the court. Dramatic changes to its composition as well as the political turbulence of recent years has many citizens questioning the validity of the court as the impact of landmark decisions can have generational implications on American life. This presentation highlights the responsibility of the Supreme Court as one of three pillars of U.S. democracy, current cases on the docket and possible reform to the institution.
The Divided States of America? – An Analysis of the Political Development in the U.S.
The American people are deeply divided. Throughout American history, the nation has addressed disunity, however, an increased tense political and social climate in recent years is visible to the American public as well as international partners abroad. This division is not simply between political factions, but on issues ranging from the role of government, migration, racial equality, gender identity and more. Has America been this divided before? Will President Biden be able to unify the country as he promised at his inauguration speech? We will address these questions and explore ideas for reform that could bring the country back together.