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General Information

The team of the Global Citizenship Alliance (Alliance) added a new location for convening their participants – Potsdam is the capital of Brandenburg, Germany, and is located right outside Berlin – approximately a 20-30 minute train ride away. It is a city the size of Salzburg, surrounded by the waters of the Havel river and very rich in history. Situated in former East Germany, it combines baroque grandeur and its more recent past. One of its legacies is Prussia’s Frederick the Great and his beautiful palace Sanssouci with its famous gardens, but it is also famous for its film studios located in Potsdam Babelsberg, which were the rival of Hollywood in the early days of movie history and where today many famous movie directors shoot their films – e.g. Spielberg (Bridge of Spies) and Tarantino. In addition, Potsdam is also a city of science with a lot of world class research institutions based there, like the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research. We are positive that the participants this summer will be enchanted by the beauty and historic splendor of the location. Participants will be housed in the Mercure Hotel Potsdam City across the street from the Old Market on the banks of the Havel river, right by the boat docks.

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News and Views

Alliance Alumna Gives Commencement Speech at University of Hawai'i

In 2014 Annabelle Le Jeune came to our Program as a participant with a group of 50 Miami Dade College students. Last year, she returned to work with us as an Intern on our student programs. It truly was a pleasure to welcome her back. Here's what she said about her commencement speech:" "It took nearly 24 years, but at the end of 2017 I finally weaved my own story together and shared it in front of thousands of people—something I’ve never done before. I was nervous, I was excited, and most of all, honored. This 7-minute speech was composed of lifelong confusion, challenges, worldly opportunities, and the little things. If you know you know. I’m still overwhelmed by all the feedback, and still so happy to have represented my Fall class of 2017 at UH Manoa."

How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford

"In recent months, as women have spoken out about harassment - at media companies and technology start-ups, in the entertainment industry and on Capital Hill - they have spurred quick action, with accused men toppling from lofty positions, corporations pledging change and lawmakers promising new protections. But much less attention has been focused on the plight of blue-collar workers, like those on Ford's factory floors. After the #MeToo movement opened a global floodgate of accounts of mistreatment, a former Chicago worker proposed a new campaign: "#WhatAboutUs." NY Times