Febraury 5, 2013

Center Austria Launches Spring Lecture Series

Center AustriaThomas Vieregge, U.S. correspondent of the Austrian daily "Die Presse" visited the University of New Orleans last week to deliver a talk for Center Austria.

Center Austria is the place at the University of New Orleans where intellectual conversation happens week after week, according to Günter Bischof, Marshall Plan professor history and director of the center.

Launched in 1997 as a research and discourse hub for Austrian and European Studies at UNO and in New Orleans, Center Austria promotes the communication and extension of Austrian and Central European culture through scholarly and artistic activities and academic partnerships. Center Austria’s mission is to strengthen relationships and direct international student and faculty mobility between the University of New Orleans and universities in Austria, University leaders say. The center is an outgrowth of the University’s Institute for the Study of Comparative Public Policy and builds its strength on more than three decades of cooperation with the University of Innsbruck and a sister-city agreement between the cities of Innsbruck, Austria and New Orleans, as well as a new partnership agreement with the University of Graz, Austria.
 
This week Bischof launched through Center Austria an ambitious spring lecture series that brings to the University leading thinkers from around the world to discuss world issues and their impacts on European and U.S. national affairs. All members of the UNO community and the public are invited to attend these free talks.
 

The calendar of events is as follows:

Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Center Austria Lunch Talk, UNO Liberal Arts Building Lounge
Thomas Vieregge, U.S. Correspondent, Die Presse, Washington, D.C.
The Times of Obama from A European Perspective
 
Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Center Austria Lunch Talk, UNO Liberal Arts Building Lounge
Gűnter Bischof, Director, CenterAustria, UNO
From Cold War Mediator to Bad Boy of Europe: Austrian and the U.S. in the Transatlantic Arena (1990-2010)
 
Feb. 20, 5 p.m., UNO Earl K. Long Library, Room 407
Dr. Anton Pelinka, Central European University, Budapest
Obama's Victory - Lessons for Europe
 
Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Center Austria and Austrian Students Program Special Lecture, Dr. Molden’s HIST
2991 Class on “European Fascism”
Dr. Anton Pelinka, Central European University, Budapest
Dollfuß - Schuschnigg: The Lesser Evil? Austrofascism in a Comparative Perspective
 
February – Black History Month
Feb. 25, 4 p.m., UNO Liberal Arts Building Lounge
Dr. Nikki Brown
Exhibit with Introductory Talk:
“After Katrina: A Visual History of African-American Men, 2010-2012”
 
Feb. 26, 4 p.m., UNO Robert E. Nims Theater
Central European Film Series: White Ribbon (2009), Dir. Michael Haneke
 
March 5, 4 p.m., UNO Robert E. Nims Theater
Central European Film Series: Love (1971), Dir. Károly Makk
 
March 6, 4 p.m., UNO Earl K. Long Library, Room 407
Annual Lecture of the Marshall Plan Chair in Austrian and European Studies
Dr. Berthold Molden, Marshall Plan Chair 2012-2013, Department of History
Can Anticommunism Be Neutral? Austria's Media during the Cold War
 
Mar. 7, 4 p.m., UNO Robert E. Nims Theater
Central European Film Series: The Lives of Others (2006), dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
 
March 14-15, Renaissance Arts Hotel, 700 Tchoupitoulas St.
UNO CenterAustria – University of Innsbruck Annual Symposium
The Life and Work of Gűnther Anders: Émigré, Iconoclast, Philosopher, Literateur
 
March 19, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Center Austria, A Lunch Talk, Liberal Arts Building Lounge
Dr. David Mayer, University of Leipzig & CenterAustria Visiting Research Fellow
Debates, Intellectuals and Activists: Current Perspectives on the Transnational History of 20th Century Marxism
 
April 4, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum
Center Austria – National World War II Museum Panel Presentation
James Weingartner, Nicole-Melanie Goll, Georg Hoffmann, Tyler Bridges
The Lynching of Allied Airmen in the Third Reich during the Final Months of WWII
 
April 11, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Liberal Arts Building Lounge
Oral History Workshop led by UNO history professors Connie Atkinson, Berthold Molden, Georg Hoffmann, Nicole-Melanie Goll, Seth Paridon
 
April 17, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
CenterAustria Fellows Present Their Research
Mag. Theresa Maierhofer, City of Innsbruck/Land Tirol Nick Mueller Fellow 2012-13
Trust: A Phenomenological Study of Educational Learning Experiences --What Does It Mean to Learn? What Experiences Do Children Undergo at School?
Mag. Dominik Hofmann-Wellenhof, Austrian Ministry of Science Fellow 2012-13
Frederic Morton & Ruth Klűger: Analyzing the Lives of Austrian Émigré Writers
 
April 22, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Center Austria Lunch Talk, UNO Liberal Arts Building Lounge
Margarethe Szeless, Botstiber Research Fellow & University of Vienna
Okamoto´s Vienna. Austrian-American Relations in Press Photography after WWII
 
April 25, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Center Austria Lunch Talk, AD 101
Josef Leidenfrost, Ombudsman, Austrian Ministry of Science
Austrian (and European) Higher Education in Transition: Is the Bologna Process a Blessing or a Bane?