November 2012 Archives

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Karl Ove Knausgaard read from his controversial work Min Kamp 1 (My Struggle-First Book) on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the University of Minnesota. The recording of this event is now available on the European Studies Consortium's new YouTube channel. You can see the video by clicking here.

Middlebury Summer Language Schools announces the continuation of the Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace. The fellowship will cover the full cost of one summer of language study (tuition, room, and board)--from the beginner to graduate level--in any of six languages, including Russian. The postmark deadline is January 14, 2013. See the website for application details.

Need-based Financial Aid Available to All Students - Nearly half of 2012 Language Schools students received financial aid. Learn more about financial aid and other scholarships and fellowships.

Kristallnacht in Civil War Spain
Tuesday, November 13
Room 1210 Heller Hall
4:00 p.m.

"Germany introduces forceful measures against the Hebrews.
A clear warning to international Jewry never again to make attempts on the lives of Germans."
- Ideal, Granada, November 13, 1938.

Thumbnail image for 3Robert-Capa-Alarma-antiaerea-en-las-calles-de-Bilbao-Guerra-civil-Espanola.jpgProfessor Baer will talk about the contrasting treatment given to the news of the German anti-Jewish pogroms on November 9 & 10, 1938 by the Francoist and Republican sides during the Spanish Civil War.

The Francoist press met the news with approval and glee, in contrast to the condemnations expressed in the Republican papers, which offered solidarity and support to the victims, even as the legitimate Spanish government approached it's own death agony.

The Spanish republicans soon recognized that their fate was intertwined with that of European Jews.

Professor Baer is the new director and Stephen C. Feinstein Chair of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He is a distinguished scholar of Holocaust memory and testimony, and comes to Minnesota after serving on the sociology faculty of the Ludwig Maximilians-Universität-München in Germany.

His books include Holocausto. Recuerdo y representación (Holocaust: Remembrance and Representation) and El testimonio audiovisual. Imagen y memoria del Holocausto (Audiovisual Testimony. Image and Memory of the Holocaust). In addition he has authored numerous articles addressing issues of genocide, memory, and Anti-Semitism. He is currently engaged in research focusing on the uses and abuses of Holocaust history and memory in the Spanish-speaking world as well as the trans-nationalization of memory.

Sponsored by: Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies,Department of History, European Studies Consortium, Institute for Global Studies and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Special Film Screening
Demande à ton Ombre
(Ask Your Shadow)
with film director Lamine Ammar-Khodja
Wednesday, November 7
4:30 p.m.

St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis
Tickets available by visiting:

Eight years after leaving native Algeria for France, Lamine Ammar-Khodja decides to end his exile on January 6, 2011, the day major riots break out in Algiers. Organized chronologically, the film is a first-person narrative dealing with the difficulties of getting back home. Because this journey isn't only a private matter, but also an opportunity to go back over Algeria's recent history, at a time when it could have taken another major turn.

Film discussion with director Lamine Ammar-Khodja and professor Patricia Lorcin, Department of History, University of Minnesota will follow the screening.

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