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Have You Herd? June 2009 Salute


Dr. Dave Rausch

It seems that Dr. Dave Rausch has been brushing up on his German language skills.

Rausch, associate professor of political science at West Texas A&M University, is the recipient of a 2009 Fulbright German Studies Seminar. He left June 5 for a two-week seminar on “German’s Future: New Parties—New Solutions?” Rausch applied for the opportunity in fall 2008 and received word in late January that he is one of 14 scholars from across the United States selected to participate.

The seminar is conducted by the Fulbright Commission, and the 14 participants will spend the first week studying in Berlin and finish up in the German city of Frankfurt am Main.

“I like studying European politics,” Rausch said. “Germany has a very interesting election system, and I think the seminar will give me better insight on teaching my students about comparative legislative systems.”

Seminar participants will be immersed in two weeks of intense, very specific study on Germany’s new social and cultural trends, including German politics and the development of new political parties in the 2009 election campaign. During the seminar, attendees will examine Germany’s political culture and how it compares to the political system found in the United States. Politics won’t be the only topic covered, though. Rausch also will learn about German education and immigration as well as the country’s energy policies.

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