Social Divisions and Questions of Identity in Germany and the United States

March 19-24, 2023

Consequences for Politics and Society

An Exchange Outside of the Metropolitan Areas

The project “Social Divisions and Questions of Identity in Germany and the United States” seeks to establish new connections within and between diverse communities by bringing individuals together for an honest exchange of the issues. Sixteen participants from the United States and Germany will meet in Memmingen, Bavaria, to address common challenges of diverse communities, including questions of identity and the polarization of societies, with the goal to seek compromise and consensus in overcoming the existing divide. The core group of participants engaged in intensive discussions with each other as well as a broader community of experts and stakeholders.

This project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany, funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

Organizations with which the project participants will engage:

  • Memmingen Rathaus (City Hall)
  • Stadtjugendring (Youth City Council)
  • Inklusionsfachstelle (Inclusion Action Plan)
  • Stolpersteine Discussion
  • Discussion on the "Role of Local Communities" with the Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Koordinierungsstelle Integration Memmingen (Coordinating Office for Integration)
  • Frauennetzwerk Memmingen
  • Meeting with Memmingen Mayor Jan Rothenbacher