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Bakken Trio to open our Spring Schedule

We'll celebrate surviving January by joining forces with the Institute for Advanced Studies to present Schoenberg's Transfigured Night. The Bakken Trio and Friends will perform a sextet version of this justly famous work. The performance, followed by a discussion, will take place in Northrop Auditorium on February 5th @ 4:00 p.m. See the IAS website <> for more information.

Here's a sample of the piece for you to enjoy until you can see it live!

John Deak, Kimberly Zarecor lectures available on YouTube

For those of you who couldn't come to John Deak's provocative lecture on the end of the Habsburg Monarchy, you can see it here:

John is rethinking the "sick man" model of the late Habsburg state--we think you'll really enjoy this video.

Kimberly Zarecor is grappling with the meaning of the post-socialist city, specifically Ostrava, Czech Republic. Her lecture will take you through the architectural and industrial legacy of this mill town. See it here:

The 30th Annual Kann Lecture will focus on Ottoman-Habsburg conflict

This year's Kann lecture features our own emeritus professor of History, James Tracy. Professor Tracy is a world-renowned expert on early modern Europe, and will bring a lifetime of expertise to what promises to be an engaging evening. We hope you can join us for the capstone event of the Fall. For more information on the Kann lecture series, go here:

Tracy Kann poster

The latest Austrian Studies Newsmagazine is here!

The Fall issue features an introduction to our incoming director Howard Louthan, an essay on the World War I "Memory Blitz" in Austria, an interview with Austrian Cultural Forum NY director Christine Moser, a review of the Salzburg Festspiele, and more.

If you are not already on the ASN mailing list and would like to receive a copy, send your snail mail info. to, and we'll get it to you right away.

You can find a PDF of the latest and all back issues here :

We Have Winners!

CAS Book Prize: Dominique Kirchner Reill, Nationalists Who Feared the Nation (Stanford University Press, 2012).

cover for Nationalists Who Feared the Nation



"Dominique Kirchner Reill’s Nationalists Who Feared the Nation manages the exceedingly difficult feat of challenging existing paradigms of the most studied theme in Habsburg history: nationalism... The book is striking for the originality of its sources, the clarity of its argument, and its elegant and lucid prose."





Honorable mention: Thomas Ort, Art and Life in Modernist Prague (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013).

CAS Dissertation Prize: Anita Kurimay, “Sex in the ‘Pearl of the Danube’: The History of Queer Life, Love, and Its Regulation in Budapest, 1873-1941.” History, Rutgers University, 2012.

Honorable Mention: Svetlana Frunchak, “The Making of Soviet Chernivitsi: National Re-unification, Historical Memory, and the Fate of Jewish Chernowitz in Post-War Ukraine.” History, University of Toronto, 2013.

Congratulations to the winners and to the runners up. Also many thanks to dissertation prize judges Nancy Wingfield (chair), Jill Massino, and Naomi Hume, and book prize judges Scott Spector (Chair), Deborah Coen, and Marguerite Ragnow.

For more information on these excellent pieces of scholarship read the encomia here.

Well, now that we have posted our current winners you can get a sense of how vital our support for scholarship is. We would like to do more, and that's where you come in. We could use your financial assistance and vision to expand our support for scholars from every career stage. Please contact Eva Widder <>. She'd love to listen to your plans for involvement with this and other projects!

Dean appoints new CAS faculty director

College of Liberal Arts Interim Dean Raymond Duvall has appointed Howard Louthan, professor of history at the University of Florida, as the next permanent faculty director of the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his appointment as CAS director, Louthan will be a full professor in the university’s Department of History. (more)

"Laughter in the Dark" video link

"Laughter in the Dark: Newly Discovered Songs and Sketches from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto, 1941-44" was a CAS event held April 4, 2014, at Lloyd Ultan Hall on the U of M campus. Theatre scholar Lisa Peschel gave a talk on cabaret and performance written and performed by prisoners in the Ghetto. This was interspersed with actual material performed by actors Ryan Lindberg and Emily Zimmer, with musical accompaniment by Peter Vitale. Vitale was also music director and Hayley Finn was director. The European Studies Consortium, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Center foir Jewish Studies were cosponsors. You can watch a video of the event by clicking on this link.

Broadcasts of "Food, Fuel, and Climate Change"

Upcoming public television broadcasts of the documentary based upon the Center's 2008 public forum (principal cosponsor: Horst M. Rechelbacher Foundation) will occur on the statewide MN Channel, with affiliates in the Twin Cities, Duluth/Superior, Appleton, Austin/Rochester, Bemidji/Brainerd, and Fargo/Moorhead. You can now find the dates of upcoming broadcasts online.

The program is also archived at the Minnesota Video Vault. You may watch the program on your computer at your convenience.



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