Scholarly Events

Since its inception, the Center for Austrian Studies has offered a regular series of presentations by scholars in a wide variety of disciplines: the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, business, and medicine. CAS seminars range from descriptions of academic works-in-progress to presentations about more general subjects including reports of current events in Austria and Central Europe. The lectures are free; students, staff, and the public are cordially invited to attend.

Spring 2021 Public Programming

All events are listed in Central Standard Time

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events at the Center for Austrian Studies for the spring semester will be held remotely.

Wednesday, February 3Lecture. “Central European Porcelain Between Mercantilism and the ‘Free’ Market.” Suzanne L. Marchand, Department of History, Louisiana State University. 4:30, Zoom (https://z.umn.edu/Marchand)Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies and the Center for German & European Studies.

Thursday, February 11Lecture. “Europe’s Battery: The Alps in the Fossil Fuel Age.” Marc Landry, Department of History, University of New Orleans. 2:30, Zoom (https://z.umn.edu/Landry)Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies and HIST 1365, “Global Tourism and the Environment.”

Thursday, February 18Lecture. “Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth.” Magda Teter, Department of History and Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies, Fordham University. 4:00, Zoom (https://z.umn.edu/MagdaTeter). Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies. Cosponsored by: Department of History, Center for Austrian Studies, Medieval Studies, Jewish Community Relations Council: Minnesota & the Dakotas.

Friday, February 19. Roundtable Discussion. Join the editors and contributors to the Journal of Austrian Studies special issue on Czernowitz as they discuss the city’s enduring historical, literary, and cultural significance. Editors: Leslie Morris, University of Minnesota; Joseph Moser, Westchester University. Contributors: Amy Colin, Andrei Corbea-Hoisie, Laura Detre, and Meyer Weinshel. 10:00 am Zoom (Register Here). Presented by the Journal of Austrian Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, and the Center for Jewish Studies. 

Thursday, March 4. Lecture. “What is the Role of Yiddish in Holocaust Education?” Meyer Weinshel, CHGS Education Coordinator and a Ph.D. candidate in Germanic studies at the University of Minnesota. 6:00, Zoom (https://z.umn.edu/Weinshel). Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Center for Austrian Studies.

Tuesday, March 9Lecture. “Polyphemus’ Supper: Surviving War in 17th-Century Europe.” Tryntje Helfferich, Department of History, The Ohio State University. 4:00, Zoom (https://z.umn.edu/Helfferich)Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies.

Monday, March 15Lecture. “A Czernowitzer Challah: Jews and the Austro-Hungarian Empire around 1900.” Scott Spector, Rudolf Mrázek Collegiate Professor of History and German Studies, University of Michigan. 4:00, Zoom (https://z.umn.edu/ScottSpector)Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies. Cosponsored by: Center for Austrian Studies, Department of German, Nordic, Scandinavian & Dutch, and the Center for German & European Studies.

Tuesday, March 30A Group Discussion of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Poetry. “Poetry of the Soul: Ephemerality and Eternality.” Ross Etherton, Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch, University of Minnesota and Travis R. Pickell, Associate Director of University Engagement, Anselm House. 7:00 pmZoom (https://z.umn.edu/Rilke). Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies and the Anselm House. 

Tuesday, April 13Lecture. “Vanishing Vienna: Reflections on Absence after Genocide.” Frances Tanzer, Rose Professor of Holocaust Studies and Modern Jewish History, Clark University. 3:30, Zoom (https://z.umn.edu/Tanzer)Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Department of History.