GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Discussion of history, current events and the mission of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies will lead a video chat Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time (2 p.m. Central European Time).

Leading the discussion will be Maj. Christopher Springer, a senior strategist for the Marshall Center. Viewers will be able to see and hear Major Springer answer their questions live for about 30 minutes. Users will be able to type their questions into an accompanying chat window. Major Springer will then read the questions and answer them. The chat will be conducted in English.

Major Springer will answer questions about current courses, seminars, what's in the future for the Marshall Center, alumni issues, the magazine per Concordiam and more.

"This is an exciting opportunity to hear about what's happening at the Marshall Center as well as hear about current issues from someone right at the tip of that spear,' said Yvonne Levardi, chief of public affairs for the Marshall Center. "New programs, seminars and other events at the Marshall Center are starting, and there are probably alumni, potential students and others with plenty of questions. This video chat is another opportunity to connect with our audience and gain feedback. We're looking forward to it."

She added that this may be a good opportunity for the center's 7,000-plus alumni to "catch up" with the Marshall Center.

The address for the chat is: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/marshall-center-live. The channel will not be activated until about five minutes before the start of the chat.  (Note: The appearance of advertisements before, during or after the chat does not imply endorsement by the federal government)

For more information, call the Marshall Center public affairs staff at (49) 8821 750-2469 or email the staff at gcmcpao at marshallcenter.org.