Dr. David Barclay awarded Federal Cross of Merit
On Tuesday, Dr. David Barclay was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse) for his outstanding efforts to promote German-American relations. Consul General Dr. Christian Brecht presented the award on behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck in an intimate ceremony at the Consulate General in Chicago. Enlarge image Consul General Brecht pins the Cross on Dr. Barclay (© germany.info/chicago)
Dr. Barclay received his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University in 1975, and has taught the subject at Kalamazoo College since 1974. He specializes in German history of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly that of Prussia and the Federal Republic. He has published numerous works on the subject and received many scholarships and awards to further his study. Since 2006, Dr. Barclay has served as the Executive Director of the German Studies Association, the premier association of scholars focused on the history, culture, literature, political science, and economics of the German-speaking countries.
The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) was created in 1951 and is the highest honor that the Federal Republic of Germany bestows upon recipients for services in political, economic, social, and spiritual matters.
Enlarge image (l. to r.) Dr. Gerald Kleinfeld, Consul General Christian Brecht, Dr. David Barclay, Johanna Barclay, Prof. Tyler Carrington, Dr. Katja Fullard, Dr. Wolfgang Schlör, Prof. Sarah Hall, Dr. Laura Hastings (© germany.info/chicago)