Monika Scheele Knight

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Political education

My twitter handle:

@gedankentraeger

My website/blog:

http://gedankentraeger.de/

My topics:

My languages:

German English

My city:

Berlin

My country:

Germany

My bio:

I have studied Comparative Literature, Theater and North American Studies in Mainz, Montpellier, New York, and Berlin. After graduating with a Master's Degree in April of 1998 at the Free University of Berlin, I moved to the U.S. and worked as a program manager for a tour operator specialized in educational travel.

In 2002, my eighteen-month old son John developed severe epilepsy. He was eventually also diagnosed with a metabolic disorder and autism. My experiences of raising a chronically ill and severely disabled child brought me to work in the field of disability rights. From 2008 to 2016, I was a patient representative in several sub-commities of Germany's Federal Joint Commity, the highest decision-making body of the joint self-government of physicians, dentists, hospitals and health insurance funds in Germany.

Currently I present talks on Germany and on the European Union to educational travelers from the U.S. and Canada. Since May of 2014, I work as a private contractor for the German legislature's Public Relations Department.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

  • Öffentlichkeitsarbeit (Vorträge, Bürgergespräche, Moderation)

    Deutscher Bundestag
    Infomobil in Berlin-Zehlendorf, Oktober 2017
    Tag der Deutschen Einheit in Mainz, Oktober 2017
    Ferientour in St. Peter-Ording, August 2017
    Wanderausstellung in Xanten, Mai 2017
    Infomobil in Lingen und Cloppenburg, April 2017
    Wanderausstellung in Münster, April 2017
    Wanderausstellung in Straubing, März 2017
    Wanderausstellung in Hofheim/ Unterfranken, Dezember 2016
    Wanderausstellung in Lebach, November 2016
    Berufsbildende Schule in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, November 2016
    Wanderausstellung in Schweinfurt, Oktober 2016
    Infomobil in Stendal, Gifhorn, Lehrte & Wunstorf, Oktober 2016
    Tag der Deutschen Einheit in Dresden, Oktober 2016
    Ferientour im Pfälzer Wald, August/September 2016
    Infomobil in Bruchsal & Schwäbisch Hall, Juni 2016
    Wanderausstellung in Berlin, Mai 2016
    Thüringen-Ausstellung in Erfurt, Februar/März 2016
    Wanderausstellung in Aachen, Oktober/November 2015
    Buchmesse in Frankfurt, Oktober 2015
    Tag der Deutschen Einheit in Berlin, Oktober 2015
    Wanderausstellung in Buchholz in der Nordheide, September 2015
    Infomobil in Potsdam, September 2015
    Ferientour in Binz & Sassnitz, August 2015
    Wanderausstellung in Kempen, November 2014
    Infomobil in Pulsnitz & Sebnitz, Juli 2014

  • Talk: Contemporary Germany

    AHI Travel: 500 Years Reformation. In the Footsteps of Luther. May & June 2017
    International Study Tours: Opera And Classical Music. April 2007; May, September & October 2008; October 2012
    AHI Travel: Berlin Insider's Perspective. May, June & July 2012
    International Study Tours: Heartland Of Classical Music. April 2007; May & September 2008; May 2009
    Road Scholar: Unified Berlin. June & September 2008

    This talk is in: English
  • Talk: A Tale of Two Cities – The History of the Berlin Wall

    AHI Travel: 500 Years Reformation. In the Footsteps of Luther, May & June 2017
    International Study Tours: Opera And Classical Music. April 2007; May, September & October 2008; October 2012
    AHI Travel: Berlin Insider's Perspective. May, June & July 2012
    International Study Tours: Heartland Of Classical Music. April 2007; May & September 2008; May 2009
    Road Scholar: Unified Berlin. June & September 2008

    This talk is in: English
  • Talk: The European Union and its current challenges

    AHI Travel: Cruise the Rhine River, July 2017
    AHI Travel: Grand Danube Passage, September 2016

    This talk is in: English
  • Vortrag: Das unerfüllte Versprechen – Auf dem Weg zur Inklusion in Deutschland

    Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. Warendorf, 24. November 2015.

    This talk is in: German
  • Talk: Urban Planning – The Socially Integrative City Program

    International Study Tours: Opera And Classical Music. May, September & October 2008; October 2012
    International Study Tours: Heartland Of Classical Music. May & September 2008; May 2009
    Road Scholar: Unified Berlin. June & September 2008

    This talk is in: English
  • Vortrag: Zwischen Symbol und Syndrom – Über die Entwicklung von Autismusdarstellungen

    akku e.V. im Osthaus-Museum Hagen, 18. August 2011

    This talk is in: German