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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all events at the Center for Austrian Studies for spring semester will be held remotely.
Spring 2021 Public Programming
All events are listed in Central Standard Time
Wednesday, February 3. Lecture. “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 11. Lecture. “Europe’s Battery: The Alps in the Fossil Fuel Age.” Marc Landry, Department of History, University of New Orleans. 2:30, Zoom (link forthcoming). Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies and HIST 1365, “Global Tourism and the Environment.”
Thursday, February 18. Lecture. “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 (register at: 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.
Tuesday, March 9. Lecture. “Polyphemus’ Supper: Surviving War in 17th-Century Europe.” Tryntje Helfferich, Department of History, The Ohio State University. 4:00, Zoom (link forthcoming). Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies.
Monday, March 15. Lecture. “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 (register at: 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 30. A 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. 7:00pm, Zoom (link forthcoming). Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies and the Anselm House.
Tuesday, April 13. Lecture. “Vanishing Vienna: Reflections on Absence after Genocide.” Frances Tanzer, Rose Professor of Holocaust Studies and Modern Jewish History, Clark University. 3:30, Zoom (link forthcoming). Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies and the Department of History.