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Spring 2023

  • Thursday January 19, 5pm, Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ambassador of Ireland) presents “Ireland: The Global Island and A Gateway to Europe” in the Central Library main floor study room.
  • Thursday January 26, 4pm, Lucia Allais presents “Sandbagged Monuments: An International History” in the Alumni Hall reading room.
  • Wednesday February 8, 12pm, Udi Greenberg - More info to come!
  • Wednesday February 22, 12pm, Ben Raskoff - More info to come!
  • Wednesday March 29, 12pm, Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer - More info to come!
  • Friday April 14, 12pm, Lauren Stokes - More info to come!

Fall 2022

  • Wednesday Septemer 14, 12:05 - 1pm, Caroline Jessen (Leibniz Institute for Jewish History & Culture) presents "Why Does It Matter Where Literary Texts Are Coming From? New Directions in Provenance Research in Literary Studies" in Wilson 115. Lunch will be provided!
  • Friday October 7, 12:05 - 1pm, Jesse Spohnholz (Professor of History, Washington State University) presents "A Reformation of Refugees: Dutch Protestant Escapees to the Holy Roman Empire, 1550–1600" in Wilson 115. Lunch will be provided!
  • Tuesday November 8, 12 - 1pm, Amelia Glaser (Professor and Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies, UC San Diego) presents her tranlations of contemporary Ukrainian poetry in EBI 100 MPR .
  • Wednesday, November 9, 4pm, War in Ukraine, NATO, and the Future of Europe: A Conversation with the Ambassador of Finland and the former State Department Spokesperson in the Common Room of the Central Library. Watch a recording of this event here.
  • Thursday November 10, 3:15pm, Jorge Pérez (Peter T. Flawn Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin) presents " Insta-flix Celebrity and Fashion: A Brave New Convergent World?" as part of the ongoing Conversations in Film and Media lecture series in Wilson 115

Past Events


  • Thursday, February 24, Kristin Romberg (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) presents "The Days of Soviet Propaganda" on Russian avant-garde art. Register in advance for this virtual event here .
  • Wednesday, March 2, 4:30pm, Emily Levine (Stanford University), Allies and Rivals: German-American Exchange and the Rise of the Modern Research University (Univ. of Chicago Press 2021) – an interview with David Blackbourn. Register in advance for this virtual event here .
  • Monday, April 4, Katharina Pistor on inequality and the law. Co-sponspored by Vanderbilt Law School. Details to follow.
  • Thursday, April 14, 4:15 pm, Alexander Schmidt (DAAD Professor, Vanderbilt University), Friedrich Schiller’s Philosophical History. Details to follow.
  • Thursday, June 8 - Friday, June 9, Ari Joskowicz, Kateřina Čapková, Martin Fotta, and Helena Sadílková facilitate and organize the workshop "Romani History – Methods, Sources, Ethics" , presented by the Prague Forum for Romani Histories at the Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences in cooperation with Vanderbilt University, Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Seminar of Romani Studies at Charles University.


  • Friday, February 5th , 12pm CST; a conversation with Dominique Reill, Associate Professor of Modern European History at University of Miami, on her new book  The Fiume Crisis: Life in the Wake of the Habsburg Empire. If you would like to participate, please register here .
  • Friday, March 12th , 12pm CST; a conversation with Ritchie Robertson, Professor of the German Language & Literature, Fellow of The Queen's College at University of Oxford, on his new book The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790 . If you would like to participate, please register here
  • Friday, April 9th , 12pm CST; a conversation with  Astrid Eckert , Associate Professor of History at Emory University, on her new book  West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands. If you would like to participate, please register  here.
  • Friday, April 16th , 12pm CST; a conversation with Avi Lifschitz, Associate Professor of European History at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, on his new book Frederick the Great's Philosophical Writings . If you would like to participate, please register here .
  • Monday, April 19th , 10am CST; a conversation with Elena Marushiakova & Vesselin Popov of St. Andrews University about their new sourcebook,  Roma Voices in History . If you would like to participate, please register here .
  • Monday, April 26th , 10am CST; Amnesia: 40 Years' Debate on African Cultural Heritage in European Museums, a talk by Bénédicte Savoy, Professor of Art History, Technische Universität Berlin. If you would like to participate, please register here
  • September 14 , 12:30 – 1:30 pm: The German Federal Election 2021: Who Will Follow Merkel? Round table with Eva Hausteiner (Univ. of Greifswald), Tarik Abou-Chadi (Oxford University) and Torben Lütjen (Univ. Kiel). (Virtual; RSVP here)
  • September 30 , 4:00 pm, Judith Surkis (Rutgers University), The Intimate Life of International Law: Children and Development After Decolonization. (In-person; Buttrick Hall 202)
  • October 6 , 12:30pm: Norbert Otto Eke (Univ. of Paderborn) Das Politische im deutschen Gegenwartstheater. (Virtual; RSVP here)
  • November 8th1:30pm CST: A Roomful of Books: Goethe's Library & Its Uses with Stefan Hoppner (University of Freiburg). (Virtual; follow link to join)