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Dorothee Schwarz

Dorothee Schwarz (* 1976) began her studies in her hometown at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, earning a Master’s degree in American Studies, Telecommunications, and Film Studies (Magister). During that time, she was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study in the United States (Ohio University, Athens/OH). In 2002 she returned to her Alma Mater to pursue a Master of Arts in journalism, which she earned in 2004.

She works as a freelance journalist, director and author since 1998, e.g. for ZDF, SWR/Nachtkultur, Capital, Business Punk, Docland, or Studio Hamburg. She focuses on topics like arts and culture, education, or innovation as well as sound-directing and scripting documentaries. In addition to her work, she has always been active in the arts and realizes the impact the arts can have on one’s personal growth. Her engagement in that area has thus extended to a professional status, with engagements as stage director, singer, and instrumentalist.

In The same WORD, I combine my work as an author and journalist with my passion for the arts and a convinction, that an open, democratic society, which is based on mutual respect and tolerance, is the only desirable social system. My biggest hope for this project is, to inspire people through arts and education to realize and value similarities between people of different religious traditions. I want to help to awaken or foster their curiosity and increase their acceptance of “the Other” by starting a real dialogue and by communicating with an open mind.