Panelists:

Prof. Dr. Michael Hochgeschwender, Professor of North American Cultural History, Empirical Cultural Research and Cultural Anthropology at the Amerika Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.

Jonah Otto, MPA, Research & Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Augsburg. Doctoral research on the impact of transatlantic relations on university performance.

Moderator:  Dr. Meike Zwingenberger, Executive Director of Amerikahaus München – the Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations.

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The Biden Administration has taken over the executive branch of the U.S. government on 20th January 2021.  Its challenges are many, and the hurdles are high.  How is the U.S. proceeding on its “Build Back Better” slogan at this point?

What can we expect during the first 100 days, then afterwards?  This discussion will focus on what has been achieved and the key events during the first 35 days of this span and then what the perceived outlook is for the next 65 days.  What are the priorities?

And what are the expected impacts on the transatlantic relations that are so important to all of us?

Prof. Dr. Michael Hochgeschwender is Professor of North American Cultural History, Empirical Cultural Research and Cultural Anthropology at the Amerika Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. He has written on the antebellum and American Civil War eras as well as Westernization and the cultural history of the Cold War, religion and ethics in American history, and gender history. His latest book is on the American Revolution: Die Amerikanische Revolution: Geburt einer Nation, 1763 – 1815 (2016).

Jonah Otto, MPA, is a Research & Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Augsburg, teaching international policy, strategic management, and economic development. His doctoral research concerns the impact of transatlantic relations on university performance. Previously, he served as an Assistant Director of International Programs at Indiana University, where he also earned his Master of Public Affairs. His prior experience also includes a fellowship with the U.S. Dept. of State in Edinburgh where he performed political and media analysis of the Scottish independence referendum.

Dr. Meike Zwingenberger has been the Executive Director of Amerikahaus München – the Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations – since 2013. Previously she served as Executive Director of the Bavarian American Academy and as a lecturer at the Universities of Munich and Wuerzburg.  Dr. Zwingenberger also worked for different publishing companies in Munich. She has a PhD in US-American History from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. During her PhD studies, she performed research at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), at Harvard University, and at the University of California, Berkeley. She has co-organized numerous conferences on transatlantic relations and co-published books on scientific cultures and cultural relations between the US and Germany.

Amerikahaus Munich is the largest institution concerned with transatlantic relations in Germany, providing annually more than 300 book presentations and exhibitions, theater performances, and concerts, lectures and discussions, conferences, and workshops.