Thursday, April 18, 2013

UNO Center Austria Hosts Two Lunchtime Talks Next Week

Lunchtime Talks focus on press photography post World War II and human rights and the environment

The University of New Orleans Center Austria hosts two lunchtime talks early next week. One highlights press photography and Austrian-American Relations following World War II. The other centers around human rights and the environment.

Okamoto's Vienna

On Monday, Austrian researcher Margarethe Szeless zeroes in on the work of Yoichi Okamoto, first White House photographer of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Okamoto started his career as a war correspondent in Austria during WWII and from 1948 to 1954 led the Pictorial Section of the United States Information Services (USIS) in Vienna.

Szeless is a Botstiber Research Fellow and lecturer on the history and theory of photography at the Institute of Art History at the University of Vienna. Her lecture will "shed light on a hitherto unknown chapter of Austrian-American relations in press photography," reads a teaser for her talk. "The USIS photographers flooded Austrian newspapers with high quality photos and picture stories free of charge. The reputation of Okamoto's influence on Austrian press photography is legendary, but has never been documented by scholars."

"Okamoto's Vienna: Austrian-American Relations in Press Photography after WWII" is a lunchtime talk that takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Liberal Arts Lounge in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 197.

Human Rights and the Environment

The following day, Katja Bratrschovsky will give a lunchtime talk on human rights and the environment. Bratrschovsky is the 2012-2013 Louis B. Sohn Fellow in Human Rights and the Environment at the Center for International Environmental Law. She also serves as Harvard University's Sheldon Water Diplomacy Fellow on Middle East Water issues.

An environmental lawyer for the Environmental Law Institute and consultant for the World Bank in Washington, DC, Bratrschovsky holds an LL. M. degree from Harvard Law School, a Masters in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from the University of Vienna.

During her time at the Kennedy School, Bratrschovsky served as a Research Fellow for the Harvard Water Federalism Project. Her research and work experience include positions as a research and teaching assistant at the Public Law Institute of the University of Vienna, a legal and policy advisor at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture/Forestry/Environment/Water Management, the Federal Chancellery, and the European Commission in Brussels.

Environmental, natural resource, energy and water issues have been the central areas of focus of Bratrschovsky's professional career, said Gertrude Gertraud Griessner, coordinator for Center Austria.

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