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40th Anniversary of the ACG Fellowships

2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of the American Council on Germany’s Fellowships Program. With over 1100 participants, the fellowships have become a cornerstone of the ACG. The foundation of the ACG’s Fellowships was built in the White House Rose Garden, when ACG founding Chairman John J. McCloy was honored by German Federal Walter Scheel on his 80th birthday. With President Gerald R. Ford and Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger looking on, President Scheel paid tribute to Mr. McCloy’s work as a soldier, statesman, lawyer, banker, and former U.S. High Commissioner for Germany by awarding a generous grant that would become the John J. McCloy Fund of the American Council on Germany. The Fund’s purpose was “to further exchanges between the United States and…

Borderland – Undocumented Migrants In The United States

Eleven million people live as undocumented migrants in the United States, constantly afraid of deportation. By working off the books and off-hours, they allow the middle class to maintain their American way of life. Until the 19th century, the United States accepted European refugees and economic migrants with open arms, the Statue of Liberty symbolically inviting the "tired, [...] poor, [...] huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” But since the late 19th century, immigration to the U.S. has become increasingly tied to economic interests rather than humanitarian values. The line between desired and undesired migrants has shifted throughout history according to prejudices and economic needs, excluding Chinese (1882), homosexuals (1917), Japanese (1907), Mexicans (1929), and so forth. “Whenever restrictions are severe, you automatically get undocumented...

ACG President on NPR

On April 27, ACG President Steven E. Sokol had an “exit interview” on a local NPR station in Pittsburgh as he transitions from his former position as President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Steven E. Sokol talks about his work – past and present – to widen worldviews by “shining a spotlight” on international affairs. You can listen to the interview here.

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