Center for German and European Studies

German-History Lecture Series


Mar 14
Speaker Paul Betts (Oxford University)

Eastern Europe and Decolonization during the Cold War

IES’ Center for German and European Studies (CGES) was pleased to welcome Paul Betts, Professor of Modern European History at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, for a lecture entitled “Red Globalism: The ‘Other’ Europe, Decolonization and African Heritage.” The contents of his lecture comprise part of a four-year project spearheaded by Betts and nine other scholars that focuses on how the fields of anthropology, architecture, and art helped to connect socialist countries in different regions of the world.

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Dec 01
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Prof. Jonathan Wiesen (Southern Illinois University)

The Perception by Nazi Germany of Racial Violence in the US

To conclude its German History Lecture Series for the fall semester, the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at IES welcomed Jonathan Wiesen, Chair of the Department of History at Southern Illinois University. 

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Nov 18
Paul Nolte and Jeroen Dewulf

Paul Nolte (Freie Universität Berlin) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

The Rise of Populism in Europe and the United States

IES welcomed Paul Nolte, Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin and current Visiting Professor at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, for a lecture on the new wave of populism that is currently sweeping Europe and the United States.

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Nov 03
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Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt University)

Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture: Music and Work

For 2016's Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture, IES hosted Celia Applegate of Vanderbilt University at the Bancroft Hotel, where she gave a talk on music’s vital role in shaping the German nation.

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Oct 20
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Rita Chin (Univ. of Michigan) and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

The Absent Presence of Race in Postwar Germany

IES was pleased to have Prof. Rita Chin of the University of Michigan present on the historical, political, and cultural contexts surrounding the reason why the term Rasse, or race, has been so controversial in German political discourse, unlike in the United States where it is still frequently used.

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Sep 27
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Nicholas Stargardt (Univ. of Oxford) and Akasemi Newsome (IES)

What Were They Fighting For? German Soldiers in World War II

IES welcomed Nicholas Stargardt, Professor of Modern European History at Oxford University. His book, entitled The German War, incorporates a number of primary sources, including diaries, in order to to explore the various motives for fighting for Germany in the Second World War.

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Nov 12
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Professor Zatlin speaking in the Bancroft Hotel

Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture: Music and Work

This year’s Feldman Lecture speaker was Jonathan Zatlin, Associate Professor of History at Boston University and former PhD student of Professor Feldman. His lecture, entitled “The Ruse of Retirement: Eichmann, Theresienstadt, and the Elderly,” highlighted the ways in which Eichmann used retirement to take advantage of elderly Jewish populations during the Nazi regime.

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