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"Maybe Esther": Storytelling and the Unpredictability of the Past

by Abigail Mullin

On October 21, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, were pleased to host the Third Annual Bucerius Lecture, sponsored by by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. This year’s lecture featured a conversation with Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, and Sven Spieker, professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Douglas Hyde's American Journey

On Thursday, October 17, the Irish Studies Program was pleased to mark the release of Douglas Hyde: My American Journey, with a visit from the editors of Douglas Hyde's newly published diary and travelogue. Hyde, who would become Ireland’s first president (1938-45), spent eight months traveling across the United States from 1905 to 1906 to raise funds for the Gaelic League. First published in Irish in 1937, the comprehensive new edition and translation of Hyde’s writings sheds light on his work and on the Irish diaspora at the turn of the 20th century.

On the Concept of "Leistung" in 19th Century Germany

by Abigail Mullin

On October 15th, the Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, and the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington were pleased to welcome Dr. Nina Verheyen from Germany’s Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI). Introduced by Professor Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Verheyen discussed the concept of “Leistung” and work performance in 19th century Germany.

New Investigations on Boris Pasternak and the Doctor Zhivago Saga

by Rikke From and Greyson Young

On Thursday, October 3, IES and ISEES were pleased to welcome Professor Paolo Mancosu for a lecture based on his breakthrough study of Russian Nobel laureate Boris Pasternak. Mancosu’s lecture, titled “Moscow Has Ears Everywhere: Olga Ivinskaya and the loss of Pasternak’s 'Will',” centered on Soviet resistance to Pasternak for engaging with Western writers and publishers in order to secure the publication of his 1955 novel Doctor Zhivago, which was primarily distributed in Western Europe.

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