University of Northern Colorado Associate Professor Christiane Olivo recently received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service to conduct research in the European country beginning in January.
As part of her sabbatical this spring, Olivo will spend six weeks in Leipzig and Dresden for a new research project examining efforts to combat far-right political extremism and the neo-Nazi movement in eastern Germany.
"I will be looking at all sorts of different ways people are trying to combat these movements -- from small, local grassroots associations to programs by the federal government," Olivo said. For now, my project is called ‘Whose Civil Society? The Battle for Democracy in Eastern Germany.' "
Olivo, a faculty member in UNC's Department of Political Science & International Affairs, has previously received funding to teach overseas. Most recently, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded her a $109,000 grant to direct a Summer Seminar for School Teachers for four weeks from June 23-July 19. The name of the seminar was "East-Central Europe, 1989: The History and Philosophy of the Peaceful Revolutions" and took place in Berlin, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic.