Klaus Tappe

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Below, you'll find the program for GAHFI's

2001 Conference at Wayne State University.


The Foundation endeavors to contribute, in a unique way, to the
preservation and development of German American culture.

6th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GERMAN-AMERICAN BOOKFAIR/CONFERENCE: "DETROIT 300" at Wayne State University November 2-3, 2001 - This coming Friday and Saturday!


8:00 A.M.- Begin Registration & Exhibits-Mathaei Student Center
8:45-9:00 a.m.-Pre-Conference Choral Concert-Walled Lake Central H.S.

9-10:30 a.m.- Opening General Session-Main Ballroom
Theme:"Preparing 'Detroit 300' for Globalization: A New International Education"
Chair: Dr. Jack Kay, Provost, Wayne State University
Keynote Remarks: Eugene Carl Strobel, Ph.D., Founder & President, GAHFI
Welcoming Remarks: Erwin Reid, Ph.D., President, Wayne State University
Keynote Address:? Panelists: Exchange Students: WSU Junior Year in Munich, Germany Program; Oakland University/Oldenburg University, Germany, et al
Summation: Mark Ferguson, Ph.D., Director, WSU/JYMP

10:45 a.m.-12 noon
- Concurrent Sessions - Student Center
A.Students/Educators/Executives Roundtables- Rooms?
German-American Culture-Based International Education&Career Opportunities
Co-Chairs: Karl Wagner, Macomb Community College/Prof. John Hubbard, EMU
Table Captains: Mark Ferguson, Ph.D., WSU; Elke Kramer, Director, Corporation Programs, University of Detroit/Mercy; Klaus Tappe, German Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University/President AATG-MI; John Weisgerber, Detroit, Vice-President First Union Securities; George Schneider, Professor Emeritus/Exchange Programs Consultant, Lawrence Technological University; Profs. Chris Clason & Ingrid Rieger, Oakland University; Ingrid Justice, Ph.D., UofM-Dearborn; and others.

B. A "Grimm" Reality: German Fairy Tales in America
Chair Guy Stern, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of German Studies, WSU
Discussants: Prof. Donald Haase, Ph.D., Chair, German & Slavic Studies; Prof. Barbara Mabee, Ph.D., Chair, Modern Languages, Oakland University

12:15-2:30 p.m.
-General Luncheon Session-Main Ballroom
Theme: "Detroit 300" Tributes
Chair: Eugene Carl Strobel, Ph.D., Founder & President, GAHFI
Musical Tributes: Walled Lake Central High School "Germany/Austria Touring" Choir, Mary Rashid, Director; Die Gedanken sind frei, Prof.Charlie Barber

Special Greetings: Dr. Erwin Reid, President, WSU.

Awards Presentations:
"2nd Annual Jerry Linenger Student of the Year Award"
Annual Teacher of the Year Award to Barbara Weidendorf, West Bloomfield H.S.
Presented by Klaus Tappe, President, American Association of Teachers of German, Michigan Chapter
Student Contest Awards
Presented by Maria Schneider, M.A., Education Director, GAHFI "Detroit 300" Historian Award to Karl Mark Pall, Macomb Community College
Presented by Karl Wagner, Senior Vice-President, MCC

A Luncheon Dialogue
Principal Discussant: Hans Juergen Massaquoi, Sr., Editor & Author Introduced by Prof. Alfred Cobb, Ph.D., WSU
"Growing Up Black in Nazi-Germany: His Autobiography, Our Legacy" Dialog Panel
Co-Chairs: Neal Shine, Prof. of Journalism, Oakland University
Guy Stern, Distinguished Professor of German Studies, WSU
Sophia Ellis, German Service Cross Recipient/ German Language Teacher, M.L. King H.S., Detroit
Student Panelists: M.L. King H.S., et al

2:45-4:00 p.m.
-Cross-Cultural Workshop: A Response to Globalization-Room ?
Chair: Prof. Susan Wendt-Hildebrandt, Chair, Modern Languages & Literatures, University of Windsor, Canada
Co-Presenters: Mark Ferguson, Ph.D., Instructor, WSU;
Mathias Winter, Consultant, Dresden, Germany
Visit to Book Fair/ Student Exhibits/ Authors Signings

6:00 p.m.
-Banquet Receptions
Founders Reception-Student Center Ballroom- Cash Bar
Patrons Reception-Lounge--Sponsor, Dr. Jack Kay, Associate Provost, Office of Global Education, WSU

7:00 p.m.
-Founders Banquet: "German-American Hall of Fame & Museum of Michigan"
Banquet Chair: Margret S. Donofrio, Chair, GAHFI

8:00 p.m.
Chair: Eugene Miller, Chairman, President&CEO, Comerica, Inc.
Remarks: "So, what is a museum? And why?"
Sandra Segeser Clark, Director, Michigan Historical Center

Annual Award Presentations
Walter P. Reuther Award to Mort Crim, Broadcaster, Author, Lecturer
Presented by Elisabeth Reuther-Dickmeyer
Carl Schurz Award to Hans Juergen Massaquoi, Sr., Author&Journalist
Presented by Neal Shine, Former Publisher, Detroit Free Press
Gutenberg Award to Prof. Jack Moeller, Text Book Author, Oakland University
Presented by Prof. Barbara Mabee, Chair, Modern Languages, OU
Special Remarks by Mort Crim: A Tribute to Heinz Prechter, President World Heritage Fund/ASC-Prechter Holdings

Hall of Fame Nominations by Eugene Carl Strobel, Founding President, GAHFI
Art & Design - Julius Melchers/Albert Kahn
Business & Industry-John Jacob Astor/Richard Dauch
Civic Development-Frederick Mathaei/Alfred Taubman
Educator-Harold Basilius/Dieter Haenike
Arts & Entertainment-Edward Herrmann/Tim Allen Dick
Outstanding Family-The Stroh Family/The Hertel Family
Government & Public Service-Gerhard Mennen Williams/Mariann Mahaffey
Humanitarianism-Mon. Clement Kern/Walter P. Reuther
Letters & Journalism-August Marxhausen/Mort Crim
Business/Philanthropy-Mathilda Rausch Dodge Wilson/Karla Scherer
Science & Technology-Robert Pauli Scherer/Jerry Linenger
Institution-Harmonie Club/Nordamerikanische Wochenpost
Honorary-John Russel/Neil Shine

Musical Entertainment-"Songs of the Heart"
Director: Dr. William Kupsky
Robin Bubindunst, Soprano
Victoria Kimler, Soprano
Brian Pfalsgraff, Tenor
Wilfried Mozer, Bass/Baritone
William Kupsky & George Beverst, Accompanists
9:30 p.m.--Afterglow


8:00 a.m.-Resumption of Registration & Exhibits-Student Center
8:00-9:00 a.m.-Continental Breakfast-Ballroom, Student Center

9:15-10:30 a.m. & 10:45-12:00 noon
-Concurrent Sessions-Student Center
A.Special Teachers Workshop: Mark Ferguson & Colleagues

B.Heimatlos III: German Refugees, Detainees & The Feingold Initiative
Chair: Walter Scherer, Esq., Past President, German American Lawyers Association
Panelists: AnnaMaria Gerhardt, President, Carpathia Club/Detroit; Elizabeth Walter, Autobiographer, Chicago; Prof. Charles Barber, Wisconsin

C.Workshop: Teaching German Language & Culture via Local German American History
Co-Chairs: Robert Selig, History Writer, German Life Magazine
Klaus Tappe, President, AATG-Mi Chapter
Presenters: Maria Schneider, Education Director, GAHFI; AnnMarie Fuhrig, Illinois Education Department; Karl Mark Pall, Historian, Macomb C.C.; Renate Neidhardt Green, Sterling Heights; James Landis, Rochester Hills, Mi; Robert RohrKemper & Wilhelm Walter, Family Historians

12:15 p.m.
-Luncheon Forum-Beyond "Detroit 300": Where Do We Go From Here?
Chair: Eugene Carl Strobel
Speaker: Hon. Dennis Hertel, Esq., Former Member, U.S. Congress

1:30 p.m.-Exhibits Exploration**************4:00
-Exhibits Close

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Klaus Tappe
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