September 2021

Juliane Borosch is reading an article by Joel Brammeier on CityLab titled “The Great Lakes Region Is Not a ‘Climate Haven’” ( In this commentary/call to action the author provides an important perspective and interesting reminder, that, while the Great Lakes region was not ravaged by uncontrollable fires this summer like many other parts of the US, it still has a lot of problems of its own to tackle. The proclaimed savior water also brings floods and pollution with it, that need to be addressed. Yet, there is hope, as the region does harbor lots of environmental and economic potential – if only it is paired with equity in the process. Something to think about for sure….

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Prof. Dr. Josef Raab passed away on November 10, 2019 after a long battle against terminal illness. / © L. Raab

Thank you,

to our colleague, advisor, and mentor Josef Raab, who sadly passed away last weekend after a long and brave battle against terminal illness. Josef Raab was the chair of American Literary and Media Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He paved the way for the discipline of Inter-American Studies, significantly shaping its core debates. As a champion and supporter of the Ruhr Center for American Studies, he was also a pivotal figure for the establishment of our City Scripts research group. Josef Raab was a fighter of the good fight, never shy of supporting his students and of positively endorsing as well as tackling his colleagues. He never eschewed an argument he believed in. While he had to take a step back from in-person participation in recent months due to his illness, he was with us in thought and during our research. We lose a professor and mentor, who has accompanied and supported some of us since our bachelor’s degree, a colleague, who challenged us in academic discussions, and most of all a sincere and warm human soul.

All that is left for us to say now is, thank you and safe travels.