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Mar 17, 2017

Looking for Solutions – Forging Peace

Talking about peace: Jan Koehler (at right) speaks to Kanybek Abduvasitovich Isakov, the rector of Osh State University in southern Kyrgyzstan, about ethnic tensions in the region.

In the politically fragile republics of the northern Caucasus, scholars from Freie Universität have initiated an extensive teaching project on conflict studies.

In the north of the Caucasus region, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, geography gets tricky. Georgia borders southern Russian republics with complicated names there, and in between lie autonomous regions such as Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Adjara, remnants of complex conflicts following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

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Poetic Magician of Modernity

A poetic masterwork: In his Metamorphoses, Ovid recounts how the love-crazed Jupiter, father of the gods, transformed himself into a bull and abducted the beautiful princess Europa. Venetian painting from the 18th century.

Roman poet Ovid died 2,000 years ago. Now Melanie Möller, a scholar of Latin, is coordinating an anniversary program featuring discussions, presentations, and readings.

There is probably no other author whose work covers as broad a literary range as that of the Roman poet Ovid. Born in Abruzzo in the year 43 B.C., he disappeared under mysterious circumstances 2,000 years ago. Before his death, he worked in almost every form of poetry, from love elegy to erotic didactic poetry, from elegiac letter to beauty recipe, from assiduous verse epic to tragedy and even curse poem.

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Fighting Drug-resistant Bacteria

Unchecked on a massive scale: Pathogens spread quickly on poultry farms. Currently medications can only be administered to larger groups of animals. This non-targeted use promotes the rise of germs resistant to multiple drugs.

Researchers from Freie Universität Berlin hope to curb the spread of multidrug-resistant pathogens in animal husbandry.

When the very first antibiotic – penicillin – was developed, in the mid-20th century, there were great expectations. The new active ingredient was able to kill off dangerous bacteria, unlocking possibilities of therapy for diseases that had previously been difficult to treat.

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