Around Webster: Hirsh’s Cold War keynote; Fehrest-Avanloo’s Goethe scholarship; Johnson Cano live album

| December 19, 2014

Recent accolades and professional accomplishments by Webster University community members include:

Hirsh delivers the keynote.

Hirsh Delivers ICD Keynote on End of Cold War, Berlin Wall, 25 Years Later

Webster Vienna director Arthur Hirsh gave the keynote speech in Berlin at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy’s Annual Conference entitled, “A World without Walls.” The conference marked the historic occasion of the 25 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

Hirsh, who has an extensive academic and professional career in European Studies, delivered his talk, “The End of History Re-Visited.” He addressed the competing theses put forward by Francis Fukuyama and Samuel Huntington about the consequences of the end of the Cold War, and discussed his personal observations about the Berlin Wall and the Cold War and its consequences for us today.

You can see the full speech at the conference website.

In addition, Hirsh had the honor of joining the ICD Advisory Board and the ICD Council for Cultural Diplomacy Studies.

Read more at Webster Vienna.

International Languages and Cultures


German TA Fehrest-Avanloo Awarded Goethe-Institut Scholarship

Nasli Fehrest-Avanloo, German teaching assistant (TA) in the Department of International Languages and Cultures, was awarded a scholarship to attend an enriching seminar in Chicago. The seminar, organized by the Goethe-Institut, aimed at presenting new methods in teaching German as a foreign language with a specific focus on “cooperative language teaching with the think-pair-share method.”

The Goethe-Institut, the largest and most influential German nonprofit association worldwide, worked with the DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service) to make scholarship options for this seminar possible. Fehrest-Avanloo was not only able to attend the seminar but also qualified to receive funds for the travel, the stay, and the costs of the seminar itself.

“Being a teacher for German and English has always been my dream,” she said. “I would not call this a ‘job,’ but it is my ‘passion.’ I feel honored that both the Goethe-Institut and the DAAD are giving me the chance to attend this seminar.”

Christopher Cano and Department of Music alumna Jennifer Johnson Cano.

Johnson Cano Produces Live Album

Webster alumna Jennifer Johnson Cano and her husband, Chris Cano, have produced their own live recital album. “Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival” is 100 percent live — no patch sessions and no studio magic — includes the music of Canteloube, Dvořák, Falla, Gurney, Britten, Howells, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, Rachmanninoff and Niles.

It is available on and iTunes.

A mezzo-soprano, last year Johnson Cano performed in St. Louis’ Sheldon Concert Hall as a benefit preview for her recital at Carnegie Hall.

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