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Herbert Quelle

German government senior diplomat Herbert Quelle will visit Ohio University on Wednesday, Sept. 30, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany and discuss the current refugee crisis in Europe.

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German diplomat to visit OHIO for ‘25 Years of German Unity’ event

Consul General Herbert Quelle to discuss 25 years of reunification, current refugee crisis in Europe


German government senior diplomat Herbert Quelle will visit Ohio University on Wednesday, Sept. 30, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany and discuss the current refugee crisis in Europe.

Quelle, who serves as the Consul General at the German Consulate Office in Chicago, will be on campus to take part in the “25 Years of German Unity” event, which will be held in the Friends of the Library Room on the third floor of Alden Library from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Hosted by OHIO’s Global Leadership Center (GLC) and open to the public, the event will also feature speakers such as Leipzig University Professor Crister Garrett, OHIO master’s degree student Rene Grzona (who is from Germany) and GLC Interim Director Brook Hailu Beshah. Garrett, Grzona and Beshah will all speak during the noon to 1 p.m. portion of the event. A light lunch will then be held from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Quelle will provide the keynote speech for the event, “The 25th Anniversary of German Reunification and The Refugee Crisis in Europe,” beginning at 1:30 p.m. 

Over the course of a diplomatic career spanning 35 years, Consul General Quelle has experienced firsthand the many changes to diplomacy in our lifetime, not least of which is the rapid increase in the speed of communication. Serving in Los Angeles, South Africa, Cuba, Poland, the United Kingdom and as ambassador to Azerbaijan, Quelle has proudly represented his country and its interests while retaining the critical capacity to engage with differing opinions. After one year at the German Consulate General in Boston in charge of academic affairs, he became Consul General in Chicago in July 2014.

During the event at OHIO, Quelle will share his unique insight on the impact of the reunification in Germany and around the world, and will also discuss the current refugee crisis in Europe.

After the keynote speech, a panel discussion will be held featuring Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at OHIO, and Professor Berhard Debatin, director of tutorial studies for journalism in the Honors Tutorial College at OHIO. Debatin and Stewart both have a long history of working in Germany.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, OHIO will continue its celebration of “25 Years of German Unity” with a German Coffee Corner held in the Front Room in the Baker University Center from 9 a.m. until noon. During the Coffee Corner, faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to take part in open discussions with German students and faculty members at OHIO.

All of the German Unity events at OHIO on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Global Leadership Center at OHIO by calling 740-597-2794 or e-mailing glc@ohio.edu or beshah@ohio.edu.

This article was provided by Ohio University’s Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.