Opening Week

OPENING WEEK: 07.10. - 15.10.2021

First-semester students at Leuphana begin their studies with the Opening Week. The Opening Week is both a practical workshop and a forum for ideas. During the Opening Week you will gain a first impression of the way in which scientific work, social practice and responsibility as well as general educational goals are combined at the college. The focus is on you for seven days: you own the campus. We look forward to generating the Opening Week 2021 together with you.

Opening Week Final with Konstantin Kuhle

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To the results of the project groups

New Deal

Can a new social contract reply to the major problems of these days? The pandemic and its scars have intensified multiple crises and ask for innovative ideas about the future. In the 1930ies, US president Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented the NEW DEAL as a response to the severe problems of those days: large-scale social and economic reforms helped to endure the economic crisis. Does the post corona era call for a new social contract? An arrangement that focuses on social justice, on sustainable development; one that indicates the challenges of data society and the future of democracy. Who would discuss and decide about this NEW DEAL? Governments or Citizens?  

The Opening Week 2021 entitled „NEW DEAL” focuses on this area of tension. You as first-semester students are cordially invited to take a close look at the world society of tomorrow. More than 30 project topics will be analysed: How can we deal with climate change in a democratic way? What social problems and potentials emerge from the increasing availability of data? How can we support a better sharing of care work? Which role do social movements play in context of a NEW DEAL? Can the Green Deal of the European Union stand future problems?

Information on the project topics of the Opening Week can be found here.

Program

Programmübersicht der Opening Week 2021 ©Leuphana
Program overview of the Opening Week 2021

A detailed overview of the programme can be found here.

Opening Week-Newspaper

Startwochenzeitung ©Leuphana
"Startwochenzeitung"

The Opening Weekly newspaper appears during the opening week from Monday to Friday as a supplement in the Lüneburg "Landeszeitung". It reports on guests and events of the Opening Week and brings further articles on the topic of this year's Opening Week "New Deal". The Opening Week newspaper is created by students as part of a seminar in complementary studies.

Here you can find the newspaper editions for download:

Edition of Monday, 11 October

Edition of Tuesday, 12 October

Edition of Wednesday, 13 October

Edition of Thursday, 14 October

Edition of Friday, 15 October

Blog

Anna Böhme shares inspiration about life in Lüneburg and reports on (social) projects on her blog whatslueneburg. For the Opening Week 2021, Anna publishes a daily blog post on the Opening Week website to give first semester students tips and tricks for arriving in Lüneburg. 

Anna Böhme ©Anna Böhme
I'm Anna and about 2.5 years ago I was at the same point as many of you right now. Even though I didn't start out as a student in Lüneburg, the city was almost completely new to me. On the way to discovering it, my Instagram blog whatslueneburg was born. And look - in the meantime, I seem to be able to give "newcomers" as well as familiar faces tips for a "warm welcome" in Lüneburg. I'm happy if you feel like discovering the city from the perspective of a - let's say "prospective" - local. I'll tell you: Lüneburg can do a lot, your time here will be pretty good!

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Guests

The Opening Week will be framed by special guest speakers and initiators. A modular program enables you to engage in exchange with international guests from politics, science and social practice and to work in student project groups at the same time - on site on campus.

Konstantin Kuhle ©Konstantin Kuhle
Konstantin Kuhle, Member of the German Bundestag and Member of the FDP Federal Executive Committee
Marina Weisband ©Tibor Bozi
Marina Weisband, psychologist and democracy activist
Helmut Walser Smith ©Helmut Vilnius
Helmut Walser Smith, historian
Bernd Ulrich ©Anne Hufnagel
Bernd Ulrich, deputy editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit
Claudia Kemfert ©Peter Himsel
Claudia Kemfert, head of the department Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research
Francesca Bria ©Ajuntamento of Barcelona
Francesca Bria, Digital and Innovation Policy Expert
Nari Kahle ©Paul Meixner
Nari Kahle, author of the book " Mobilität in Bewegung"
Maja Göpel ©Jelka von Lange
Maja Göpel, Political economist and transformation researcher
Grace Blakeley ©Grace Blakeley
Grace Blakeley, economics and politics commentator
Karamba Diaby ©Niklas Gerlach
Karamba Diaby, Member of the Bundestag and Integration Commissioner of the SPD Bundestag Group
Achim Hensen ©Achim Hensen
Achim Hensen, Co-Founder at Purpose Foundation and Purpose Ventures

You can find more information about the guests here.

Contact

Direction: Sven Prien-Ribcke
Mail: openingweek@leuphana.de