When Early German Settlers met Native Americans

Please join us for Prof. Katie Faull’s lecture, Stories of the Susquehanna, on Monday, March 28, 2016, 3:30-4:30pm, in Bullock Science Center/Teasley Lecture Hall (open to the public).

Prof. Faull has received several large NEH grants to translate and digitize documents from the Moravian archives in Bethlehem, PA. The Moravian community was founded by 18th-century German-speaking immigrants who in turn descended from Protestant communities in today’s Czech Republic.

The Stories of the Susquehanna project examines how these early settlers interacted with Native American communities, with the environment in the upper branches of the Susquehanna river, and forms a showcase project for digital undergraduate research. The lecture is open to the public, please direct any questions to ggraml@agnesscott.edu.

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Women’s Leadership in a German/European Context

How do German companies address questions of gender discrimination? What are the policies and rules related to “equal opportunity” work places? And what’s the state of affairs when it comes to women in leading positions in the public and private sectors? We tried to find answers to these questions during a meeting with the European Academy for Women in Politics and Economy in Berlin and a meeting with the Office for Gender Mainstreaming of the city of Dresden. Aside from learning about the specific programs that these offices and departments offer, we also gained insights into the respective cultural norms underlying the discussions about gender equality. For instance, the EAF works with companies to ensure that qualified women will hear about and take advantage of their support programs after parental leave, which can be up to two and a half years in Germany. The EAF also coaches women in how to stay in touch with their employer to facilitate re-entry after the leave. Furthermore, EAF promotes a more sustainable definition of careers that includes a rethinking of male work schedules in order to achieve a better work-life balance for families. Continue reading Women’s Leadership in a German/European Context

Vienna’s Solar City Map

Imagine this: You live in greater Atlanta area and are interested in solar energy. You would like to know quickly what potential for electricity production the roof of your house or your apartment building has? Where do you go to find that information in 2 minutes? Right, nowhere…

In Vienna it takes you less than 2 minutes. The city just published its “Solarkataster,” an electronic map of the city where you can either zoom in on your location or type in your address. The website will then provide you not only with data about the sun’s angle and strength at particular days and times, but it will also tell you the potential for electricity production on your roof and calculate possible investments in solar energy. The website is based on overflights of the city with a laser-sensor conducted in 2007.

That was one year before Obama was elected president in the USA. Here we are still talking about whether or not solar energy is a feasible and valid energy source.

This is a screenshot from the website: