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Spezialist oder Generalist -
wen fordert und fördert der Wissenschaftsbetrieb?

(Specialist or Generalist - who is needed and nurtured by Scientific Society?)


Sixth US-Symposium
October 9th - 11th, 1998

Jointly organized and supported by the
Martin Berz, Michigan State University and
Boston Consulting Group(*)

Pictures taken at the meeting can be found here.

Schedule Events already confirmed

Friday, October 9
Morning Optional Program Visit of the Michigan Capitol and the Michigan Historical Museum
12:00 PM Executive Luncheon Organizers, Supporters and Speakers (Michigan Room, The Radisson Hotel)
1:30 PM Arrival of Participants The Radisson Hotel, Downtown Lansing
2:00 PM Welcoming Addresses Prof. Dr. Martin Berz, Department of Physics and Astronomy, MSU
    M. Peter McPherson, President, Michigan State University
    Dr. Gerhard Teufel, Generalsekretär der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
    Dr. Harald Borner, BCG
    The Honorable David Hollister, Mayor, City of Lansing
    The Honorable Bill Keith, State Representative
2:45 PM Opening Presentations Dr. Michael Vorwerk, Generalkonsul der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
"Historical and Current Connections between Michigan and Germany"
    Annabelle DeGouveia, Associate Director, Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation (CMSF) and Program Director, Garfield Weston Merit Scholarship for Colleges,
Franca Gucciardi, Associate Director, CMSF
"National Merit Foundations in North America"
    Presentation of Symposium Program
  Coffee Break
3:30 PM Introductory Presentations Prof. Dr. Christoph Wolff, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard
"Generalistischer Bildungsansatz an US-Universitäten"

Dr. Gerhard Teufel, Generalsekretär der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
"Das Bildungsideal der Studienstiftung - Theorie und Wirklichkeit"

5:00 PM Bus Transfer Michigan Princess
5:30 PM Cruise on Grand River Dinner
Live Music, Arlene McDaniel Jazz Quartett (Gene Rebeck, Bass, Randy Gellispie, Drums, Joe Lulloff, Reeds, Arlene McDaniel, Piano).
8:30 PM Open Bar Radisson Hotel
Saturday, October 10
8:00 AM Bus Transfer Michigan State University Campus
8:30 AM Breakfast MSU Union
9:00 AM Parallel Workshops
10:30 AM Coffee Break
Noon Presentation "Wilhelm und Alexander von Humboldt", BCG (MSU Union, Ballroom)
1:00 PM Lunch Break MSU Union, Sunroom/Ballroom
Afternoon Options
4:00 PM Bus Transfer Residence of Prof. Berz
4:30 PM Barbecue and Meeting with US Merit Scholars
Sunday, October 11
8:00 AM Checkout Radisson Hotel
8:30 AM Bus Transfer Michigan State University Campus
8:45 AM Breakfast Law School, MSU
9:15 AM Panel Discussion "Academic and Non-Academic Qualification in the United States" (Law School, MSU)

11:30 AM Closing and Farewell The Honorable Beth Schwarze, Council Member, East Lansing City Council
11:45 AM Buffet and Box Lunch
12:15 PM Optional Program Transfer to the Henry Ford Museum (Detroit), Greenfield Village and Detroit Metro Airport

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Syllabi of the workshops are available here.

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Accommodation for the participants has been arranged in the

Radisson Hotel Lansing
111 North Grand Ave
Lansing, MI 48933
Tel.: (517) 482-0188
Fax.: (517) 487-6646

For special dietary needs (including vegetarian food) please feel free to contact Jens Hoefkens to make arrangements

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Travel Information

The Travel Information Entry Form is here. If shuttle service to or from Detroit Metro Airport, Lansing Capital City Airport or the East Lansing Amtrak Station is needed, the relevant data have to be entered on that page. Note that a password may be required to access these (and other) pages. Contact for distribution of passwords.

Lansing and East Lansing are located in the heart of Michigan. They are easily accessible by plane, train, bus and car.

Plane: There will be shuttle buses from Detroit Metro Airport and Lansing Capital City Airport to the hotel. Usually connection flights from Detroit or Chicago to Lansing are available at no (or a low) extra cost and you should check with your travel agency. Connection flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing are available from United Airlines and from Cleveland by Continental. Spartan Travel, the official travel agency of MSU, is a good and experienced service.

Train: There is (infrequent) Amtrak service to East Lansing. To arrange pickup, please contact Jens Hoefkens.

Bus: There is a Greyhound station in downtown Lansing within walking distance to the hotel. When leaving the station start by going north on S Washington Ave towards E Lenawee St. After 200 meter S Washington Ave becomes Washington Square S. Turn right onto E Kalamazoo St and after another 200 meter turn left onto S Grand Ave.

Car: Lansing is located on I-96. To get to the hotel turn from I-96 to I-496 and exit at Pennsylvania Ave (7) towards Larch St/Cedar St. Turn right onto S Larch St and after about 0.5 kilometers turn left onto E Michigan Ave. Finally make a right turn onto N Grand Ave.

Two Mapquest maps of the Lansing Area can be found here and here.

The following links provide some information on touristic attractions in Michigan for those considering an extended visit.

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Shuttle Service


All participants arriving at Lansing Capital City Airport should use the courtesy phone provided in the baggage claim area of the airport to contact the Radisson Hotel and arrange for pick up by the Radisson Shuttle service. This phone call should be made before the actual baggage claim to allow the shuttle to get to the airport in time.

Participants arriving at Detroit Metro Airport will be picked up at the airport. All participants that have registered with the Travel Information Entry Form will receive an email with detailed information on the shuttles. A map of the airport terminals with the meeting points can be found here. The red dot marks the point where the shuttles will be. Note that they will be on the lower level of the terminal (close to the baggage claim areas). The green dot marks the Starbucks coffee shop where participants should meet while waiting for the shuttles. The shop is on the upper level of the terminal.


Bus shuttles will depart from the Michigan State University Campus on Sunday at 12:15 PM. All participants will be transfered to either Lansing Capital City Airport or Detroit Metro Airport directly. The approximate arrival times will be 12:45 PM and 2 PM respectively.

Buses for the Henry Ford Museum will also leave at 12:15 PM from the Michigan State University Campus and will arrive at the Museum at approximately 2 PM. The Museum closes at 5 PM which is when the Buses will leave to Detroit Metro Airport to arrive there at 5:20 PM. There will be two smaller shuttles leaving from the museum to Detroit Metro Airport and Lasning Airport at 4 PM. They will arrive at 4:20 PM and 5:45 PM respectively.

If individual travel plans conflict with these schedules, contact Jens Hoefkens (preferably before the meeting) to resolve any problems.

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Online Registration

The participants that have already received the username and the password for the Participant Pages can enter their travel information in the Travel Information Entry Form or join the discussions at the Discussion Board. Password authentication may not be necessary for all clients. Jens Hoefkens issues passwords if they are required.


Participants pay the first $100 of their travel expenses. Any further costs will be reimbursed after the meeting through Marius Böeger. The travel expenses are covered jointly by BCG, MSU and the Studienstiftung.

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Participants List

The participants of this meeting are now determined and a list of participants can be reached from here. A password may be required to access this (and other pages). Contact for distribution of passwords.

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Financial Support

Major financial support and organizational help for this meeting comes from the following sources: Financial support and other help is also greatly appreciated from:

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