February 10, 2010

Rüttgers Delegation visits German Historical Institute

February 10, 2010

During his official visit to the United States, Jürgen Rüttgers, Minister President of the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, and his delegation braved a snowstorm to visit the German Historical Institute on February 10, 2010. Rüttgers and his delegation - composed of government officials, academics, businessmen, and journalists - engaged in a wide-ranging conversation with GHI Director Hartmut Berghoff and GHI academic staff. The discussion addressed a broad spectrum of topics, including: the role of the GHI; the teaching of the German language and German history in U.S. secondary and higher education; differences between German and American academic culture; the role of historical research in public debates; and German-American relations. Rüttgers, who was familiar with the work of the GHI from his time as Federal Minister of Education and Research (1994-1998), commended the Institute for its contribution to intellectual exchange and cooperation between German and American scholars as well as its outreach to the larger American public.

Ulrich Gamerdinger (GABC), Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Minister President Jürgen Rüttgers.

Ulrich Gamerdinger (GABC), Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Minister President Jürgen Rüttgers.

Jürgen Rüttgers giving the delegations mini bus a push in front of the GHI.

Jürgen Rüttgers giving the delegations mini bus a push in front of the GHI.