September 15th, 2014

CSGG: 9/15 – Public Forum: “A Transatlantic Town Hall: Regional Security Cooperation, Energy Policy, and Trade”

Monday, September 15 at 3:00 PM
Seegers Union, Muhlenberg College

Press conference to follow.
Contact: Andrew Loeb Shoenig, AShoenig -at-

Featured Discussants:

  • U.S. Congressman Charles W. Dent
    Co-Chair, The Congressional Study Group on Germany
  • The Hon. Peer Steinbrück MdB (SPD), German Parliament
    Chairman, German-U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • The Hon. Reinhard Bütikofer MEP (The Greens), European Parliament
    Member, Delegation for Relations with the United States

Welcoming Remarks: Mr. Peyton Randolph Helm, President, Muhlenberg College
Moderator: Dr. Christopher Borick, Professor of Political Science, Muhlenberg College

U.S. Congressman Charles W. Dent

Charlie Dent was first sworn in to the United States House of Representatives in January 2005. He represents Pennsylvania’s 15th District, which includes all or parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Congressman Dent currently serves on two House committees: Appropriations and Ethics.

Born May 24, 1960, Charlie is a life-long Lehigh Valley resident. He was raised in Allentown by his parents, Marjorie and the late Walter R. “Pete” Dent, a Bethlehem Steel employee. Charlie and his wife Pamela live in Allentown with their three children, Kathryn, William, and Jack. Mr. Dent is a 1978 graduate of William Allen High School. He earned a degree in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Lehigh University in 1993. Before entering public service, Mr. Dent worked as a development officer for Lehigh University, an industrial electronics salesman, and an aide to then-Representative Don Ritter. He served eight years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and six years in the State Senate.

Peer Steinbrück MdB (SPD)

Peer Steinbrück currently serves as Chairman of the German-US Parliamentary Friendship Group. He has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 2009. From 2005 to 2009, Steinbrück was the Federal Minister for Finance.

On the state level in North Rhine-Westphalia, he served as the Minister President, Finance Minister, and Minister for Economic Affairs and Small Business, Technology, and Transportation. Before joining the North Rhine-Westphalia administration, Steinbrück was the Minister for Economics, Technology, and Transportation in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein from 1990 to 1992.

Steinbrück is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a substitute member of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union.

Reinhard Bütikofer MEP (The Greens)

Reinhard Bütikofer is Co-Chair of the European Green Party (EGP) and a Member of the European Parliament for the German Greens. He is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as the Subcommittee on Security and Defense. He sits on the Delegation for Relations with the United States as well as the Delegation for Relations with China.

From 2002 until 2008 Mr. Bütikofer was the national party chairman of the German Green Party. He was secretary general from 1998 until 2002. Prior to that he was the state chairman of the Green Party in Baden-Württemberg. He served as a member of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament from 1988 until 1996. His career with the Green Party began when he was elected to the city council of Heidelberg in 1984.