July 15-17, 2015: Visit of Professor Ling Chen from Hong Kong Baptist University
Between July 15 and July 17, Professor Ling Chen from Hong Kong Baptist University visited Freiberg and also attended the Intercultural Communication and Organizational Communication courses (and the Otto Awards night). She is a noted scholar in intercultural, organizational, interpersonal, etc. communication who has published numerous articles, etc. For further information see here.
April 2015: Doctoral candidate Angelina Boehnisch got Landesstipendium awarded
Angelina N.A. Boehnisch is since April, 2015 a doctoral candidate at the chair. Her dissertation topic is “Health communication management: the interface between culture and scientific communication in the management of Ebola in Liberia”. This research is being supported with funding from the Landesstipendien zur Graduiertenförderung under the auspices of the Studentenwerk Freiberg (BAföG Amt) in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Study and Research (GraFA). The approved sponsorship spans the period of 2015 – 2017 and is subject to extension based on the progress of work as per the research work plan.
July 8, 2014: Defense of doctoral thesis
On July, 8, 2014 Jana Helbig successfully defended her doctoral thesis on the internationalization of small and medium sized enterprises of the mechanical engineering sector in India.
June 25, 2014: Defense of doctoral thesis
On June 25, 2014 Stephanie Rohac successfully defended her doctoral thesis on “Individual Cultural Intelligence: A Comparison to Other Individual Models of Intercultural Success, Its Assessment, and Individual Cross-Cultural Metacognition in Learning and Training”.
December 10, 2012: Visit of the Consul for Public Affairs at the American Consulate General in Leipzig
On Monday, Dec 10, 2012, Ms Teta Moehs, Consul for Public Affairs at the American Consulate General in Leipzig, visited our course Cultural Studies of the USA to talk about the recent elections in the USA.
Consul Moehs explained the American electoral system, including the presidential elections. Presidential elections involve exhaustive primaries, conventions, and an electoral college. Political parties play a less dominant role in these elections than they do, for example, in Germany. Consul Moehs also explained what President Obama's re-election might mean to the USA and Germany.
The presentation ended with a lively question and answer session.
July 11, 2012: The 13th Otto Awards
On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, the 13th Otto Awards were held once again at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg during which eight student film productions were premiered. The entire college community participates in the event – the university's foundry institute even making the statues for the award ceremony. And the local community gets involved as well, including the local press and cable TV station.
A jury consisting of students and film experts selects the winners, and the awards are presented during the Otto Night. The Consulate General in Leipzig helped give the Otto Awards a professional touch by bringing American film experts to Freiberg. These have included Chris Pelzer who won an Academy Award in 1986 and Heather Metcalfe who has produced documentaries, for example, on women in Afghanistan. In addition to sharing their expertise with students in Freiberg, both have also participated in the film jury.
May 15, 2012: Defense of doctoral thesis
On May 15, 2012 Christiane Laumann, who works as an associate at Dresden International University, successfully defended her doctoral thesis on “International Face-Negotiations - Germany and South Korea”.
John Oetzel, a leading researcher in the field of face negotiations from New Zealand, was the second supervisor.
January 12, 2012: Visit of the Consul for Public Affairs at the American Consulate General in Leipzig
On Thursday, Jan.12, 2012, Ms Teta Moehs, new Consul for Public Affairs at the American Consulate General in Leipzig, paid a first visit to Freiberg.
Before her presentation Ms Moehs visited the Cathedral and saw some of its most valuable treasures in a special guided tour. During a short walk through the historic town centre, our guest got a first impression of Freiberg and its University Campus.
At the beginning of her talk, Ms Moehs briefly explained the main tasks and functions of the General Consulate in Leipzig. The topic of her lecture was “Immigration and Cultural Diversity in the US” which analyzed the topic from a historical perspective. The lecture was followed by a discussion with the audience about the impact of German and English immigrants on American culture. Afterwards, Ms. Moehs also talked with some of the students about the diplomatic service.
June 18, 2011: 3rd annual Night of Science and Business
Prof. Hinner gave a special short lecture on "How to make a movie" to interested guests of the 3. Nacht der Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft (Night of Science and Business) of the Bergakademie Freiberg. Prof. Hinner was supported by movie specialist Philipp Büttner. The short lecture was mainly based on our experience gained by our movie contest "Otto Awards".
May 13, 2011: Participation at an international conference
On Friday, May 13, 2011, Prof. Dr. Michael B. Hinner participated in an international conference in Oberwiesenthal entitled “EAP in Saxony and the Czech Republic: From Studying to Language Services.” During the morning session, Professor Hinner outlined the development in Freiberg from traditional Business English to the Program of Business and Intercultural Communication. The talk explained the reasons for the change and highlighted the benefits of such a curriculum change. Many of the conference attendees expressed great interest in the topic because they are confronted with similar problems in their home institutions. Later in the afternoon, Professor Hinner moderated the session on language services. The conference proved to be very fruitful because some contacts were established with colleagues from the Czech Republic that will be pursued further.
May 12, 2011: Visit of Katherine Brucker, Consul General of the United States of America
On Thursday, May 12, 2011, Katherine Brucker, Consul General of the United States of America, came down from Leipzig for a lecture in Professor Hinner’s Cultural Studies of the USA course. Ms. Brucker talked about the recent Congressional elections in the USA and what impact they had for the government of President Obama. This talk helped clarify some of the differences in the German and American governmental systems. The Consul General also talked about the next presidential elections and what role the Tea Party might play in it as well as the different perspectives of a number of political issues including, for example, the different interpretation of privacy. This led to a lively round of discussions with the students that went well beyond the originally planned ninety minutes. After her presentation, Ms. Brucker visited the Stadt- und Bergbaumuseum in Freiberg before heading back to Leipzig to her next appointment.
May 10, 2011: Visit of Academy-award winning producer Chris Pelzer
On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Chris Pelzer, Academy Award winner, visited the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and talked with more than 30 students about filmmaking. Chris Pelzer had agreed to come down to Freiberg, Saxony, after the American Consulate General in Leipzig had established the contact. For more than 10 years now, students of the TU Bergakademie have had the unique opportunity of participating in a special course focusing on filmmaking. The student participants who major in business, geosciences, and engineering not only learn how to make movies, but actually have to produce a short film by the end of the semester which are then presented to the public at the Otto Awards in July. So getting some helpful tips from an acknowledged expert was a very valuable experience. Chris Pelzer gave a lively talk on filmmaking that explained and showed how movies use visual images to convey their messages. The presentation included film clips spanning the decades from the silent movie era to the present to demonstrate how the medium works. Instead of the planned ninety minutes, the talk actually went into overtime because the students had so many questions. In the words of one of the students, “after all, how often do you get to meet and talk to a real live Oscar winner....”
February 10, 2011: Tag der Wissenschaften at High School Finsterwalde
On occasion of the "Tag der Wissenschaften," i.e. day of science, at the college preparatory Sängerstadt-Gymnasium in Finsterwalde, Brandenburg, Prof. Dr. Michael B. Hinner gave a talk on ethnocentrism, stereotyping, and prejudice. The audience of around 40 students also saw a short film on German and Polish stereotypes which students of the Bergakademie had created as a part of the student film project two years ago. The presentation explained what stereotypes are and how they can lead to various levels of prejudice. This is important because understanding is a first step towards overcoming stereotypes and prejudice.
(Copyright Foto: Ronny Schedifka, www.ronny-schedifka.jimdo.com)
January 25, 2011: Tag der Wissenschaften at High School BSZ Meißen: Presentation on the "Importance of Intercultural Competence in International Business Settings" and course guidance for studying in Freiberg
Jana Helbig was invited by the teachers of the BSZ Meißen to give a special lecture on intercultural communication and international business during a special day of science that the school organized for both local high schools in Meißen. The talk introduced the 12th and 13th graders to the concepts of culture and the cultural dimensions of Edward T. Hall and Geert Hofstede.
The students were especially interested in hearing practical examples how multinational companies may fail in foreign countries when not considering the cultural differences.
November 25, 2010 & January 6, 2011 as well as January 20, 2011 & January 27, 2011: Scientific Writing and Presenting in English Workshop for the Graduierten- und Forschungsakademie
Prof. Dr. Michael B. Hinner held a two-day workshop focusing on scientific writing and presenting in English. The special workshop, which was conducted entirely in English, addresses doctoral candidates who seek to improve their written and spoken English in an academic context. The first day focused on the grammar, style, and documentation of scientific papers as well as how to hold presentations in English. The workshop ended on the second day with each participant holding a short presentation in English which was videotaped and subsequently analyzed. Whenever it proved to be necessary, advice was given on how to improve the presentation.
October 9, 2010: Intercultural workshop for theof the UIZ
Jana Helbig was invited to hold a special intercultural workshop for the Sprachtutoren of the International Centre of the university. During the course, the basics of culture, the cultural dimensions of Hall and Hofstede, and limitations of cultural classifications were introduced. All participants actively shared and discussed their past experiences and gave practical examples. With this, the workshop was a complete success and perceived as a valuable and helpful exchange.
September 29, 2010: Presentation on the Importance of Intercultural Competence in International Business Settings
Jana Helbig was invited by the teachers of the BSZ Meißen to give a special lecture on intercultural communication and international business during a special "Projekttag" that the school organized. The talk introduced the 12th graders to the concepts of culture and the cultural dimensions of Edward T. Hall and Geert Hofstede. The students were especially interested in hearing practical examples how multinational companies may fail in foreign countries when not considering the cultural differences.
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June 16, 2010: Visit from the
Consul Seward of the Consulate General in Leipzig gave an interesting guest lecture on "From slavery to Obama."
June 10, 2009: Guest lecture of , Associate Professor Sequence Head, Video Production, Ohio University
Frederick Lewis, Associate Professor Sequence Head, Video Production, Ohio University, visited our Otto Awards film teams on June 10, 2010 for a special lecture on film making.
Professor Lewis has been a producer, writer, and director for nearly 25 years, having worked in commercial, cable, and public television, producing everything from public affairs programs and major college sports to documentaries and corporate video. His independent projects, which have aired on PBS stations across the country, have taken him to Greenland, Russia, Denmark, Ireland, Newfoundland, Argentina, and Chile (Cape Horn). He has also taught at Boston University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the International Film & TV Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Internationally he has been a visiting professor & curriculum consultant at Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire, UK, and the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. His areas of expertise include, for instance, narrative production, documentary studies/production, and scriptwriting.
Best of Otto Night am 24.11.2009 um 19:30 Uhr in der Alten Mensa
Am 24. November um 19:30 Uhr fand in der Alten Mensa die Best of Otto Night Part I statt, in welcher wir die besten Filme der letzten zehn Jahre noch einmal auf der Kinoleinwand aufgeführt haben. Der Eintritt war wie immer frei und wir durften mehr als 100 Gäste begrüßen so dass wir aufgrund Platzmangels sogar Besucher wegschicken mussten.
July 28, 2009: Intercultural Communication and Competence Workshop for the Graduierten- und Forschungsakademie
Another one day workshop for doctoral candidates of the university’s Graduierten- und Forschungsakademie focused on intercultural competence and communication. During the morning session, Professor Hinner talked about intercultural communication and competence. This theoretical basis was then given a practical application by Ms. Christiane Laumann during the afternoon session. Ms. Laumann presented the cultures of China, Korea, and Japan and explained where and how cultural differences and misunderstandings may arise between representatives from those Far Eastern cultures and Germans.
July 27, 2009: Academic Writing and Presenting in English Workshop for the Graduierten- und Forschungsakademie
At the end of July, Ms. Jana Helbig and Professor Hinner held a special one day workshop on academic writing and presenting in English for the doctoral candidates of the university’s Graduierten- und Forschungsakademie. During the morning session, Ms. Jana Helbig, a doctoral candidate at the chair, gave a presentation on academic writing in English. This talk has become quite popular among doctoral candidates because English has become the language of science – even in Germany. That is why the afternoon session focused on presenting in English. Professor Hinner gave some practical tips on how to prepare and hold professional presentations in English.
July 15, 2009: Visit of Consul for Political and Economic Affairs from the Consulate General in Leipzig
On July 15, Edith Backman, the Consul for Political and Economic Affairs at the Consulate General in Leipzig, talked with students of the Bergakademie about President Obama’s economic stimulus package. Consul Backman was accompanied by Ms. Mechthild Hölker who works in the consulate’s information resource center, and four student interns, three from the USA and one from Halle. The presentation included a lively discussion with the Freiberg students attending the course. After the presentation, the consul and her staff toured the university campus, and also briefly visited the town and the cathedral. It had been Consul Backman’s first visit to Freiberg. She promised to return.
July 8, 2009: 2009 Otto Awards
On Wednesday, July 8, it was once again time for the Otto Awards. This year’s Otto Awards were special for a number of reasons. First, it was the tenth anniversary of the Otto Awards. Second, it unveiled the newly created Otto statue which had been designed by a local artist and selected in a competition last year. The university’s Foundry Institute then turned the winning statue into the coveted silver-colored prize. Third, a record number of eleven films were submitted by student teams from virtually all university departments. And fourth, more than five hundred people squeezed into the Alte Mensa to see the premiere. Next year’s Otto Awards will start with special workshops already in the winter semester before the finished films are showcased in July 2010.
July 1, 2009: Visit of Performance Arts Professors from the USA
On July 1, three visiting American professors participated in the Cultural Studies of the USA course. Prof. Dr. Dorothy Maddison teaches voice at James Madison University in Virginia and had actually sung opera for the Mittelsächsische Theater in the early 1990s which is why she has been coming with colleagues and students to the theater in Freiberg for a number of years now. This year was the first time she and her colleagues Prof. Dr. Don Rierson, Director of Opera at James Madison University, and Prof. Dr. William Reber, Director and Conductor of Opera and Music Theatre at Arizona State University, had agreed to come and talk with the students of the Cultural Studies of the USA course about the performing arts in America. Being familiar with the large symphonic orchestras and opera companies in the United States, the three professors were able to provide an intimate look behind the scenes of the world of music. It was agreed to intensify the cooperation; including for the Otto Awards.
June 22, 2009: Workshop for the SFB 799
In June, Ms. Jana Helbig, Ms. Christiane Laumann, doctoral candidates at the chair, and Professor Hinner participated in a one day workshop that had been organized for the doctoral candidates of the SFB 799 special research project. During the morning session, Ms. Helbig focused on academic writing in English, and Professor Hinner discussed intercultural competence with the workshop participants. In the afternoon, Ms. Helbig gave a presentation on intercultural communication focusing specifically on India while Ms. Laumann talked about various cultural aspects of China, Korea, and Japan and how they influence people’s behavior, thinking, and communication. All told, about twenty doctoral candidates participated.
November 18, 2008: Visit of General Consul of the US Consulate General in Leipzig, Katherine Bruckner
Katherine Brucker, Consul General at the US Consulate General in Leipzig, came to Freiberg to talk about the recent US presidential elections. Ms. Brucker was given a tour of the cathedral in Freiberg by Herr Hübner and then shown around the Geological Institute at the TU Bergakademie by Prof. Dr. Schneider prior to her talk in the University Library. During the talk, the Consul General explained what the election of Barack Obama means to the United States and what tasks lie ahead for him as he prepares to assume the office of the president. The subsequent question and answer session demonstrated clearly that the topic holds great interests to many Germans as well.
November 3, 2008, and November 4, 2008: Prof. Hinner at "Geschwister Scholl Gymnasium"
Professor Hinner was invited by the English teachers of the local Geschwister Scholl Gymnasium to talk to their classes on the subject “Ethnocentrism, Stereotyping, and Prejudice.” The talk introduced the 11th and 12th graders to personal and group identity, ethnocentrism, the creation of stereotypes, potential dangers associated with stereotypes, and how they can evolve into prejudice as well as what can be done to overcome them. On the one hand, it became clear that stereotyping is actually a universal human characteristic which in and by itself is not perilous. But, on the other hand, it also became apparent how difficult it can be to actually overcome prejudices. The presentations were held in English which did not prevent the audience from asking many interesting questions – a clear indication that the topic is of great relevance to young people.
October 17, 2008: Intercultural Workshop at T-Systems MMS Dresden
This years third and final intercultural workshop at T-Systems Multimedia Solutions Dresden focused on culture shock and adapting to a new culture. Once again, students from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg supported the workshop. The workshop included a presentation by Professor Hinner on the causes and consequences of culture shock and how one might confront the issue and seek to overcome it. The presentation also dealt with diverse measures designed to assist cultural adaptation. During the second part of the workshop, the T-System employees and the Bergakademie students broke up into four workgroups which analyzed and then redesigned the companies' websites for Poland, Italy, the USA, and China. The goal was to adapt the corporate websites to the local culture so that theory is put to practice. Everyone considered the workshop to have been a great success.
July 9, 2008: Otto Awards 2008
The 9th Otto Night was, again, a highly valued event at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. About 500 people attended this year's 9th annual Otto Awards. They saw eight short films and enjoyed a live musical performance by members of one of the film teams. This year's films included the first silent movie and the first completely animated film in the history of the film festival. The audience award went to the veteran film team Timo Waurick and Philipp Büttner.
June 29, 2008: "KUNST trifft WISSENSCHAFT"
Prof. Hinner and Dr. Vetter theatre.a selection of awarded Otto movies at the
June 13, 2008: Intercultural Workshop at T-Systems MMS Dresden
Together with international students from the Bergakademie, T-Systems MMS Dresden held the second of three annual intercultural workshops. Because the first workshop proved to be so popular, T-System MMS Dresden decided to institutionalize the intercultural workshops. The company stated that the workshop has become necessary because the company's employees and its customers are becoming increasingly international. In order to counteract intercultural misunderstandings, T-Systems MMS Dresden decided to initiate a series of intercultural workshops with the Bergakademie. The workshop consists of two pars: A lecture by Prof. Hinner and role plays with international students from the Bergakademie.
June 4, 2008: Visit of Consul for Public Affairs Mark Wenig
Consul for Public Affairs Mark Wenig continued his engagement for the annual summer semester class on "Cultural Studies of the USA" launched by Prof. Dr. Michael Hinner, who holds the chair in Business English at the Technical University (TU) Bergakademie Freiberg. It was Wenig's 3rd lecture at the university in as many years, and this years' presentation focused on the 2008 presidential election campaign, which he reviewed for a group of 40 business students, high school students and their English teachers from two local gymnasiums. The session continued with a lively Q&A session. In addition, the Information Resource Center (IRC) director briefly outlined resources for information about the U.S. elections and presented brochures about U.S. politics and society, as well as the Werner Peters book, "Rätsel Amerika" (The American Riddle) to the institute's library.
January 25, 2008: Intercultural Workshop at T-Systems MMS Dresden
Together with international students from the Bergakademie, the first of three annual intercultural workshops at T-Systems MMS Dresden was held. The workshop consisted of two parts: A lecture by Prof. Hinner and a practical training with the Bergakademie students and employees of T-Systems. The theoretical topics of the lecture were applied in role plays to simulate intercultural encounters. T-Systems MMS Dresden offered this interactive workshop for the first time to its employees in Germany. According to T-Systems MMS Dresden, it was in particular the lively interaction with the Bergakademie students that made the workshop so valuable and enjoyable.
September 2007: Film Price
July 11, 2007: Otto Awards 2007
July 11, 2007.Visit of Consul for Public Affairs Mark Wenig
Consul for Public Affairs Mark Wenig continued his regular engagement for the annual summer semester class on U.S. cultural studies launched by Prof. Dr. Michael Hinner, who holds the chair of Business English at Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg. Focusing on the U.S. presidential elections 2008, Wenig outlined the electoral system and profiled the candidates. The session continued with Q&A on subjects such as campaign finance, the Electoral College, climate change and the environment. In addition, an Information Resource Center staffer outlined authoritative resources for information about the United States.