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FSU lecture to explore Germany’s refugee challenge

Anke Culver of the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany.

The Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy presents “Germany’s Refugee Challenge,” a lecture by Anke Culver of the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany.

The lecture will examine the challenges Germany has faced and what the country has been able to do to assimilate refugees and help ease their living conditions in a foreign culture and environment. Culver will emphasize how important cultural understanding and interpretation are in this situation. Culver takes a brief look at the Schengen Agreement, a 1985 treaty to abolish internal border checks, to provide a clearer understanding of the refugee challenges and the influence of new populist parties within the European Union.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center, 636 W. Call St.

Culver has taught international marketing, management and consumer behavior at various institutions in the United States, among them her alma mater Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, Northern Illinois University and Loyola University in Chicago. 

For the past 16 years, after retiring from Loyola, she has delivered lectures and seminars on globalization and cultural differences in marketing and consumer behavior at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany, and the Nordakademie in Elmshorn, Germany.

The lecture is sponsored by the college’s Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at FSU).