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New M.A. Program -
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Starting in October 2018, the HCA offers a newly designed, four-semester Master in American Studies (MAS) program. Applications will be accepted from May 16 to June 30, 2018.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

6:15 PM

Pennington Award 2018
"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Prophetic Witness, Fifty Years Later"

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Princeton University

Monday, June 25, 2018

6:15 PM

"Ralph Waldo Emerson's Legacies in American Naturalistic Aesthetic Philosophy"

Robert Cummings Neville, Boston University

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

6:15 PM

HCA Book Launch:
"Die Zukunft der transatlantischen Gemeinschaft: Externe und interne Herausforderungen"

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"Zerstörerische Retter? Ein finsteres Panorama über die Zukunft der transatlantischen Gemeinschaft" – Review of Die Zukunft der transatlantischen Gemeinschaft: Externe und interne Herausforderungen, ed. by Florian Böller et al. (FAZ, May 22, 2018)

"Zehn Fragen und Antworten zu den Konflikten in der Welt: Der Amerika-Experte Martin Thunert vom renommierten Heidelberg Center for American Studies analysiert für die Heilbronner Stimme die globalen Krisenherde" (Heilbronner Stimme, May 14, 2018)

"Ausstieg aus dem Iran-Deal: Wie geht es nun weiter?" — Interview with Martin Thunert (, May 9, 2018)

"Datenskandal um Facebook und Cambridge Analytica: Die Datenhelfer von Donald Trump"
Radio interview with Martin Thunert (SWR2, March 21, 2018)

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The Heidelberg Center for American Studies

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The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) is a central research and teaching institution of Heidelberg University. Financially, it is a public-private partnership, attracting about two-thirds of its budget from private donors. Founded in 2003, the HCA’s purpose is to provide and impart the knowledge needed to understand the politics, culture, economy and society of the United States of America. The Center also facilitates a dialogue between academia and the public and contributes to the creation and strengthening of transatlantic networks. [more...]

Mission  |  History  |  Organization  |  Benefactors  |  Our Premises

An Institute for Higher Education

Graduates of our study programs profit from their interdisciplinary and intercultural education and are well qualified to work as experts on the United States. American Studies at the HCA are characterized by both sound knowledge about the United States and alternate viewpoints: "Inside knowledge with an outside perspective!”

A Center for Interdisciplinary Research

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At the HCA, the America-related research of six university faculties and ten disciplines converges, offering a range of expertise that is unique in the academic world. The inter-action between the disciplines makes it possible to teach American Studies with a cross-disciplinary perspective and therefore to do justice to the complexity of the object of research – the United States. By creating a number of in-house academic positions and a center for visiting scholars, the HCA is positioning itself as a internationally renowned center for interdisciplinary research. [more...]

Main Research Areas  |  Publications  |  Visiting Scholars  |  Spring Academy

A Forum for Public Debate

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As a forum for public debate, the HCA facilitates a lively dialogue between the academia and the public and presents current research in the field of American Studies through lectures, panel discussion, exhibitions, and, most notably, through its Baden-Württemberg Seminar: Each spring and fall, the HCA invites distinguished scholars, public policy experts, journalists, writers, and artists to present their current work, discuss issues of transatlantic interest or read from their writings at selected institutions throughout the state of Baden-Württemberg. [more...]

Baden-Württemberg Seminar  |  Calendar  |  Event Retrospect


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