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Speaking of Politics

By Dan Hamilton | Published: November 5, 2018

The mission of Concordia Language Villages is to inspire courageous global citizens. Courageous global citizens act on their beliefs. That is why we encourage everyone who is eligible to vote in U.S. elections tomorrow.

 At the Villages, language opens the door to learning about political as well as cultural and social issues relevant to the countries where people speak the language. Whether through simulations, role plays or our Global Summit held at International Day each summer, villagers and staff engage with the critical concerns that transcend borders in our present day.

Our staff bring tremendous experience to bear when they engage on contemporary issues in the Villages. They are well traveled and well read. They are researchers, scholars and teachers. They are curious about the world, and have taken the time to become knowledgeable about cultures different than their own. And they are ready to share their expertise with those who are aspiring to follow in their footsteps.

Dan Hamilton, Dean of Waldsee, the German Language Village, is a regular commentator on international affairs for U.S. and world media. He is a leading expert on transatlantic relations and has authored hundreds of publications on issues ranging from global economics to national security.  He also served as a senior diplomat in the U.S. Department of State with Secretaries Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright. He puts his language and cultural skills to good use regularly by interpreting German developments for U.S. audiences, and U.S. developments for German audiences.

Here’s his latest piece in the San Francisco Chronicle on the legacy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has often been inspiring as a courageous global leader: Angela Merkel's departure will be profound for Europe, the world

And here is today’s interview with him auf deutsch in Germany’s Mitteldeutsche Zeitung on what the U.S. elections may mean for Germany: Vor den Wahlen US-Professor Dan Hamilton: „Trump schürt Ängste“

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