Speakers and Panelists
Bill Ashcroft is a professor at the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is a founding theorist of post-colonial studies, co-author of The Empire Writes Back, the first text to examine systematically and name this field of literary and cultural study. He is author and co-author of sixteen books, including four second editions, variously translated into five languages, and over 140 chapters and articles. He is on the editorial boards of ten international journals. He has been awarded a five year Australia Professorial Fellowship beginning in 2011 to work on a project entitled "Future Thinking: Utopianism in Post-colonial Literatures."
Brent Goff anchors the business news on Deutsche Welle-TV's live news program, Journal. Brent joined the business team at DW-TV in 2000. Prior to that he worked as a producer for CNN in Berlin and Washington. He has also reported for Time Magazine in Germany and can be heard on numerous German radio stations offering analysis of US media and American business and foreign policy.
taught Social History at the University of Bielefeld
(1973-1988) and History of the Industrial World at the Free University
of Berlin (1988-2009). He was a Permanent Fellow of the Berlin Institute
of Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) and president of the Social
Science Centre Berlin (WZB). He is Permanent Fellow of the Centre "Work
and Life Course in Global Historical Perspective" at the Humboldt
University Berlin and presently Visiting Professor of History at UCLA.
He has published widely in the field of modern history, particularly the
social, economic and cultural history of Germany and Europe as well as
comparative history of the 18th-20th centuries. His publications in
English include Facing Total War: German Society 1914-1918 (1984),
Industrial Culture and Bourgeois Society: Business, Labor, and
Bureaucracy in Modern Germany (1999) and Civil Society and Dictatorship
in Modern German History (2010).
John Christian Kornblum is an American diplomat and businessman. He entered the American Foreign Service in 1964. Over the next thirty five years he served in Europe and at the State Department in Washington. Since 2001, he has established himself as an investment banker and international business consultant. He lives in Berlin.
Hassan Mekouar is Professor of American Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University Mohammed V, Rabat. He was Dean of the same faculty and President of the University Mohamed I of Oujda in North East Morocco. With five or six published volumes, Hassan Mekouar is the most prolific Moroccan poet writing in English. The first volume of his trilogy The Future Remains was published in 1999, while the two other volumes came out respectively in 2000 and 2001. The Wings of the Walrus appeared in 2003 and in 2007 he published a double volume as Stories in (Very) Free Verse.
Svetlana Suveica is an associate professor in history at Moldova State University in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. She received her PhD from Al. I. Cuza University in Iasi, Romania in 1999, since then teaches courses in contemporary Romanian and East-European history and methodology, as well as MA courses in US history and society and US higher education at the American Studies Center in Moldova. The Center provides a unique interdisciplinary MA program in American studies. Dr. Suveica is a well-known researcher and her publications cover the debated topics in Bessarabian/Moldovan history. She is also involved in educational issues and took part in several international conferences dedicated to teaching and learning. Dr. Suveica is a former Fulbright senior fellow at Stanford University in California, USA (2009-2010).