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October 17, 2018: Design Thinking Workshop by LAS Alumna Theresa Weinstein

DT Workshop Team

We are always happy that our UCF Alumni let us know what they are doing and stay in contact with us. Recently, LAS Alumna Theresa Weinstein has returned to Freiburg to teach “Design Thinking” to LAS students. Her workshop was part of the October Intensive “Entrepreneurship” by Dr. Markus Strauch. Theresa was among the first LAS graduates. She majored in Life Sciences at UCF, continued with the HPI School of Design Thinking and is now doing her Master at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

Theresa was also among the first LAS students who took the “Entrepreneurship” course herself. Now she is back at UCF and contributes with her “Design Thinking Workshop”. The aim of the workshop was to create an idea in a team that can be developed into a business plan in the course of the seminar with the help of Design Thinking. In a systematic approach, the Design Thinking Process, students try to put themselves in the perspective of the user and to design the solution from his or her perspective. In order to achieve the most innovative solution possible, Design Thinking takes advantage of multidisciplinary teamwork and is thus a perfect tool for the LAS students. Apart from that is a very colorful and creative process, as you can see from the pictures.

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October 5, 2018: Upcoming Welcome Week 2018

LAS Welcome Bags

On Monday October 8, 2018 our LAS Welcome Weeks begins. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our new students. As you can see from our Welcome Week schedule, we have an exciting week ahead of us: we want to introduce you to the people and the structure of UCF and LAS, give you a study outline on your foundational year, and provide some general information such as the modalities of course registration and academic advising.

Besides that, the UCF Students Council has numerous fun activities planned so that you get to know each other and Freiburg.

Here you can already have a look at our Course Catalog, the Model Handbook or get first impressions of Freiburg. We look forward to next week!

 

 

October 2, 2018: Call for Applications – International Entrepreneurship Program with the Universities of Adelaide and Strasbourg, February 2-3, 2019

In February 2019, the Universities of Strasbourg and Freiburg are organizing a Winter School for students from Adelaide on "Crossing Borders: A New European Perspective" including topics such as European Studies, Human Rights, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy. 

The Winter School includes a weekend program on entrepreneurship that is open to students from Freiburg and Strasbourg. Adelaide has specifically asked that LAS students apply!

When? February 2-3, 2019
Where? ThincLab Châlons in the Champagne
Application deadline: October 14
Online application form available here.

For more information, please see the call for applications.

 

September 14, 2018: UCF Excursion: Re-Enchanting Greece?

Greece Panorama

Ancient Greeks lived in a landscape full of stories: where gods and heroes made the sun rise and plants grow, where rivers and winds had personalities, where mountains hid secret entrances to other worlds. Modern Greece, too, has its stories: of environmental challenges, of the tourism economy, of political renewal. Can we moderns learn from the ancients about a sustainable use of nature? What are the possibilities and the limits of modern scientific approaches to knowledge? Can we re-enchant the Greek landscape by understanding its deep history?

Recently LAS students explored the relations between humans and nature in both ancient and modern Greece by visiting archaeological sites, hiking the woods and hills, and speaking with on-site experts about themes ranging from ancient water management techniques to modern heritage site management, from ancient animal sacrifice to modern organic wine growing. The excursion ended with a look to the future of cultural story-telling at Elefsina, European Cultural Capital for 2021.

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Group Picture Greece Excursion Portrait Archaeological Site Plan

The excursion was organized by the LAS Coordinators for Culture & History and Earth & Environmental Sciences. Students from all LAS Majors and from the Faculty of Biology participated.

We thank Freunde der Universität Freiburg, Stiftung Humanismus Heute, and STURA for their kind support!

 

August 17, 2018: Announcement of two C.H. Beck Fellowships

Job Offers Beck Fellowships

UCF invites applications for two C.H. Beck Teaching Fellowships for the module Responsibility and Leadership II in the Bachelor program Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Each Fellowship is rewarded with € 2,500 for a 6 ECTS course to be taught in summer semester 2019.

With these fellowships, the C.H. Beck Foundation promotes the combination of practical and academic contents when teaching Responsibility and Leadership.

More information on the fellowships can be found here. The application deadline for this round is September 30, 2018.

 

 

August 9, 2018: Farewell Prof. Freitag and Welcome to UCF, PD Dr. Henschen

As of July 2018, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freitag transferred to the University of Mannheim where he now holds the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy. We congratulate Wolfgang Freitag and thank him for his outstanding work in the last five years here at UCF!

Together with Prof. Veronika Lipphardt and UCF staff he created and further developed the LAS Core curriculum that has become one of the distinctive features of the Freiburg LAS program. He taught and inspired many LAS students with courses on Theory of Knowledge or Knowledge in Context, especially in their first two years of study. From 2015 to 2018 Wolfgang Freitag was Dean of Studies and made great contributions to the overall integration and organization of the LAS Program. Beyond his LAS- and teaching-contributions, Prof. Freitag worked on various research projects, e.g. think: Language and Self-Consciousness or Mind the Meaning – The Philosophy of Psychological Expressivism.

Farewell Wolfgang Freitag

 

Farewell Party Prof. Wolfgang Freitag

UCF Urkunde Prof. Freitag

 

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PD Dr. Tobias Henschen

Until a new professor takes over the Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science, the LAS teaching duties will be covered by a substitute professor. With the beginning of winter semester 2018/19, we warmly welcome PD Dr. Tobias Henschen to UCF. PD Dr. Henschen did his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg, was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Philosophy Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and received his Habilitation at the University of Konstanz. His main research interests include general philosophy of science, philosophy of economics, and the philosophy of Kant and Heidegger. In this five-minute video, he provides an outline of his most recent research on macroeconomics. More information on PD Dr. Henschen is available here.

PD Dr. Tobias Henschen will be teaching in the majors Governance (Economic Crises: History, Causes and Consequences), Culture and History (History of Philosophy) and in the Core (Knowledge, Truth, and Inference). Tobias, welcome to UCF!

 

July 24, 2018: News from UCF Alumna Veronika

We are always happy to hear from our LAS graduates and what they are doing after LAS. Veronika Vazhnik majored in Earth and Environmental Sciences at UCF and graduated in 2016. After that, Veronika started her PhD studies in BioRenewable Systems at Penn State University's Agricultural and Biological Engineering department, supervised by Prof. Tom Richard.

Now, after passing her comprehensive exams, Veronika is writing her dissertation at the Idaho National Lab (INL). In her dissertation, she is developing a framework that can help farmers decide which crop to place where on the field based on the farmer’s priorities and based on sustainability assessment of the choices. Her scientific approach is transdisciplinary, including landscape ecology, sustainability science, agricultural engineering, economic theory, operations research; as well as talking to farmers about what matters to them on their farms.

Prof. Richard Lab

Prof. Richards Lab Team
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3D-printer Oak Ridge

3D Printer Oak Ridge

Table Rock Mountain

Table Rock Mountain,
View Grand Teton

Besides that, Veronika is doing a minor in operations research, which is a subfield of industrial engineering that develops mathematical tools for decision-making and optimization. She visits conferences, co-organizes a workshop in the Chesapeake Bay on how to overcome the water pollution challenge and organizes a team to take part in the EcoChallenge. We thank Veronika for her update and wish her all the best for her projects!

Veronika in HKG

                                                 Veronika during her LAS study abroad time in Hong Kong

 

July 11, 2018: Talk by Dr. Michael Lauk

Academia meets Industry Dr. Lauk

Next week Dr. Michael Lauk, Chief Executive Officer Neuroloop GmbH, Freiburg, will give his talk on "Starting without Ending: Insights into 20 years of founding and managing Life-Science Start-ups". The talk is part of the seminar series "Academia meets Industry", which aims at stimulating transdisciplinary discussions between university members and high profile managers.

When? Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 17.00 (s.t.)

Where? Lecture Hall 00 005, Institute of Physiology/Pharmacology,
            Hermann-Herder-Str. 7

 

 

Study Innovation Prize for the Teaching Project "Forschendes Lernen im Uniseum"

At the annual University of Freiburg Dies Universitatis, the Teaching Project "Forschendes Lernen im Uniseum" was awarded an innovation prize by the University of Freiburg Students' Union. The project combines research-oriented academic learning with practical aspects of museal exhibition work. It is carried in collaboration between the University's Uniseum, the History Department, and UCF. Specifically, the prize goes to the development of new exhibition modules for the Uniseum's "Kabinett des Staunens" (Cabinet of Amazement).

Press coverage is available at the Badische Zeitung.
Fotos are available at the Uni Freiburg Twitter feed.

 

June 15, 2018: UCF at the United Nations and the Int. Committee of the Red Cross

A group of 35 students from UCF, accompanied by Dr. Stoyan Panov, participated in a two-day visit to the UN Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland.

The UCF group visited the UN and met with an expert from the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The LAS students were given the opportunity to learn about the mandate and role of the UNCTAD as regards to global trade and development and the function of the UN in that area. They further had the chance to inquire of the pathway to work for the UN in a highly interactive Q&A format with the UN official and visited a plenary session of the 2018 International Labour Conference.

 

The next day the group visited the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights where they learned about the challenging role of the UNHRC in terms of promoting and protecting human rights in the world. The discussion was interactive and allowed to get inside information as to the role of human rights experts on various missions in problematic places around the world in the field of human rights.

Finally the students visited the International Committee of the Red Cross where they met with an ICRC operations coordinator for Africa and an associate from the ICRC Law and Policy Forum. The discussion centered on the function of the ICRC and oftentimes precarious and brave role of ICRC personnel in the midst of warzones, incorporating many practical examples and experiences from on-field operations of the ICRC.

 

June 6, 2018: Erasmus Prize Award Ceremony

For the first time, the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences 2018 was awarded to two Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates: Roosje van der Kamp from Amsterdam University College and Felisa Mesuere from UCF. Roosje van der Kamp connects in her Bachelor thesis "A Modern Disease: A Philosophical Inquiry into Kierkegaard’s Concept of Depression and the Age of Reflection" Kierkegaard’s critique of modernity to his concept of depression and places this in the context of modern discourses on depression. Felisa Mesuere combines in her Bachelor thesis "Playing with Morals – Gender Ambiguity in Monteverdi’s Oper L’Orfeo" approaches from history, music and gender studies in order to analyze gender ambiguity in Claudio Monteverdi’s early 17th-century opera L’Orfeo. For more information, please see the University of Freiburg press release.

This year we very honored that Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Jürgen Mittelstraß, director of the Konstanz Science Forum, gave the UCF Lecture 2018. We thank Prof. Mittelstraß for his inspring lecture on: "Fröhliche Wissenschaft? Wissenschaft und Universität zwischen Erkenntnis- und Verwertungsidealen".

UCF thanks all guests for being part of the 2018 award ceremony and the ongoing support!

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(Photos by Patrick Seeger and LAS student Tom Burggraf. Thank you very much!)

 

June 14, 2018: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Anne Harrington – "Rejected Miracles"

Lecture Prof. Anne HarringtonProf. Harrington's lecture "Rejected Miracles: Reflections on a medical archive at the boundary between skepticism and the supernatural" is about what must be the most unusual medical archive in the world. It is an archive of medical miracles – supernatural healings that don’t just ask you to take the patients' word for it, but that have been extensively vetted by medical authorities. The archive is not in some distant, exotic part of the world. It is just a short train or plane ride away from Freiburg, at the Catholic pilgrimage site in southern France called Lourdes.The lecture is part of the Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology" of the Chair in Science and Technology Studies.

When? Thursday, June 14, 2018, 16.00

Where? Veranstaltungssaal of the University Library, 1.OG

The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

May 29, 2018: STS@Freiburg Initiative in the Media

Currently, the extension of DNA-analysis in criminal investigations is discussed fervently in political arenas; this week, for example, at the Conference of Ministers of the Interior and the Conference of Ministers of Justice for an implementation on the national level in Germany. Bavaria passed a Police Task Act (PAG) in late May that allows police forces to analyse DNA for hair, eye and skin color as well as "biogeographical ancestry".

The initiative STS@Freiburg, including UCF professor Veronika Lipphardt, has been widely quoted and represented in international media – to name but a few:

In addition, in the context of the current international debate on race and racism as well as the opening of the exhibition "Rassismus. Die Erfindung der Menschenrassen" at the Deutsche Hygiene Museum Dresden, Prof. Lipphardt and the multidisciplinary initiative are again being heard by media and actively contributing to the debate:

 

Prof. Lipphardt STS@Freiburg

 

May 17, 2018: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Nancy Campbell

Lecture Prof. Campbell

Prof. Campbell’s lecture "Lively Selves or Risky Subjects: The Unsettled Life of a Technology of Solidarity" will examine the role of social movements and technology in responding to and treating the opioid epidemic in the United States. The lecture is part of the Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology" of the Chair in Science and Technology Studies.

When? Thursday, May 17, 2018, 16.00

Where? Veranstaltungssaal of the University Library, 1.OG

The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

 

May 3, 2018: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Dr. Susan Jones

Lecture Susan Jones

In her lecture "The Homelands of the Plague: Soviet Disease Ecology in Central ASIA; 1920s–1950s.", Prof. Susan Jones will analyze the development of an important Russian/Soviet school of "disease ecology" at the intersection of human medicine, veterinary medicine, and ecological fieldwork. The lecture is part of the Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology" of the Chair in Science and Technology Studies.

When? Thursday, May 3, 2018, 16.00

Where? Veranstaltungssaal of the University Library, 1.OG

The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

 

April 5, 2018: STS Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology"

The interrelationships between society, the environment, and biology are becoming ever more complex and important. Concepts such as disease, genes, ecologies, and biomedicine have taken on new meanings in politics, law, ethics, popular culture, and the sciences themselves. Navigating and understanding this changing landscape poses challenges that span academic disciplines.

STS Colloquium Summer 2018The Chair in Science and Technology Studies invites you to the Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology" this summer semester. All lectures  by world-renowned scholars in Science and Technology Studies, History of Science, and History of Medicine are open to the public and will be followed by discussion.

When? Thursday, April 19, 2018, 16.00  The first talk is by Jenny Reardon on "Just Genomes?"
Prof. Reardon will be speaking on governance, ethics, and justice after the Human Genome Project.

Where? All talks will take place in the Veranstaltungssaal of the University Library

You can find an up-to-date calendar of talks here.

 

 

March 19, 2018: Successful funding of the research project "Mind the Meaning"

Prof. Freitag

 

The Chair for Epistemology and Theory of Science has successfully applied for funding for the research project "Mind the Meaning – The Philosophy of Psychological Expressivism". The project, headed by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freitag, is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for Wissenschaftsförderung and will start in spring / summer 2018. For more information on the project, please see our research site or contact Dr. Marc Andree Weber.

 

 

 

March 14, 2018: Talk by Dr. Kirsten Lund-Jürgensen (Pfizer Inc.)

Academia meets Industry Lund-Jürgensen

 

Next week Dr. Kirsten Lund-Jürgensen, Executive Vice president and president of Pfizer Global Supply at Pfizer Inc., USA will give her talk on "Working in a Global Pharmaceutical Company: Expectations and Opportunities". The talk is part of the seminar series "Academia meets Industry", which aims at stimulating transdisciplinary discussions between university members and high profile managers.

When? Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 17.00 (s.t.)

Where? Lecture Hall Weismannhaus, Albertstr. 21 a

 

 

March 5, 2018: Announcement of two C.H. Beck Teaching Fellowships

Job Offers Beck Fellowships

 

UCF invites applications for two C.H. Beck Teaching Fellowships for the module Responsibility and Leadership II in the Bachelor program Liberal Arts and Sciences.

With these fellowships, the C.H. Beck Foundation promotes the combination of practical and academic contents when teaching Respnsibility and Leadership.

More information on the fellowships can be found here. The application deadline for this round is March 31, 2018.

 

 

 

February 28, 2018: Course Catalog for Summersemester 2018 is now online

UCF Course Catalog

 

 

We have finalized the Liberal Arts and Sciences Course Catalog for the Summer Semester 2018. The LAS Course Catalog includes detailed information (Instructor, Course Description, Dates and Times) on the upcoming Block and Semester long courses as well as on the Course Registration procedure. You can download the Course Catalog, as well as older Course Catalogs and other handbooks, here.

 

 

 

February 20, 2018: Deutschlandfunk Feature – "Von der DNA zum Verdächtigen"

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The public debate on Forensic DNA Phenotyping is ongoing in Germany. In this context, the multidisciplinary initiative STS@Freiburg that was co-initiated at the UCF Chair in Science and Technology Studies in November 2016 is being heard and consulted by media and decision-makers.

In their 45-minute feature from earlier this week, Deutschlandfunk covered recent developments and interviewed a number experts from throughout Europe – including UCF's Prof. Veronika Lipphardt. The audio is available here.

 

 

"Research Design Across Disciplines" – Conference (February 9/10, 2018)

In the LAS course Research Design Across Disciplines (RDAD), fourth-year students refine their academic skills, learn about the contexts of research, and develop research proposals of their own. The course ends with a self-organized conference at which the students present and discuss their proposals before embarking on their B.A. or B.Sc. theses.

The RDAD conference 2018 will take place on February 9th and 10th. It includes panel sessions on topics such as "Global Actors and their Foreign Policies", "Views on Humanity", "Improving Human-Environment Interactions", or "The Human Body between Health and Disease" as well as a Poster Session.

The full program is available here.

UCF Research Design Conference 2018

 

January 24, 2018: UCF at the European Court of Human Rights and Council of Europe

A group of 40 students from University College Freiburg, from the Faculty of Law-University of Freiburg and EUCOR partner University of Basel accompanied by Dr. Stoyan Panov (UCF) attended a hearing of the European Court of Human Rights on 24 January 2018. The group witnessed the Grand Chamber hearing of the highly politically contentious case of Navalnyy v. Russia in the European Court of Human Rights. The case concerned the numerous detentions of Mr. Alexey Navalnyy, his right to a fair trial, and the freedom of political assembly in Russia. After the hearings, the group met with a lawyer from the Registry of the Court who discussed what it is like to work at the Court.

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ECtHR building, Strasbourg

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Meeting with a lawyer from the ECtHR

In the afternoon, the group visited the Council of Europe and attended the hearing and Q&A session of the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Afterwards, Mr. Alun Drake from the Directorate of Communication of the Council of Europe met with the group and presented on the function of the Council of Europe followed up by a Q&A session on the current challenges that the Council of Europe is facing. The visit to the Grand Chamber's hearing of the ECtHR and the Council of Europe was particularly valuable for the participants in the Public International Law and International Law in Practice courses. 

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Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

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Council of Europe, Strasbourg

The excursion was possible thanks to kind support by Alumni Freiburg!

 

January 24, 2018: Job offers

UCF is seeking to hire:


More information is available under Job Offers. We are looking forward to your applications!

 

January 16, 2018: Finance and Banking – Expert Interview with Mr. Alan Gerry

Expert Interview Alan Gerry

The ongoing LAS Governance Course "Finance and Banking", taught by Dr. Gerhard Kempter, covers topics such as the global financial industry, bank regulation and management, and the power of money. In the context of this course and in order to provide first-hand insights, an expert interview via Skype will take place with the self-made billionaire Mr. Alan Gerry

This session is open to all who are interested in economics and finance. It will focus on topics such as financial regulation, risks, and crises, but also on cryptocurrencies and Donald Trump's tax reform.

When? On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 18:00 – 20:00

Where? Lecture Hall 1016 (Kollegiengebäude I, ground floor)

 

Alan Gerry

Mr. Alan Gerry 

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Key Dates 2018

For prospective LAS students, we would like to announce the following key dates for 2018:

1. LAS Open Days
In spring 2018, UCF will again open its doors for prospective students. The Open Days 2018 will take place on Friday, April 20 and on Friday, June 8. More information is available here.

2. Application Period
The application period for starting the LAS program in October 2018 is June 1 – July 15.

3. Interview Week
The LAS selection interviews will take place from in the week of July 30 – August 3. Please see our Application and Admissions page for more information; and please note that we will update our application guidelines early 2018.

Join us

 

 

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