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CAS 2014-15 Annual Report

The CAS Annual Report, which lists all of our 2014-15 activities in a nutshell, is here in a PDF version that you can read or download. Take ten minutes and discover just how much happened at the Center last year!

Michael Cherlin's enlightening talk available online

Bakken Trio and Friends (left to right): Helen Chang, Stephanie Arado, Sabina Thatcher, Rebecca Albers, Pitnarry Shin, Katja LinfieldSchoenberg's Transfigured Night was performed by The Bakken Trio and Friends on Thursday, February 5th, 4pm at Northrop, with a discussion of the piece and the poem that inspired it by Schoenberg expert Michael Cherlin of the U of M School of Music. This lovely performance and talk were co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies.

Recording from the talk now available on the IAS blog.
Click here for a sample of performance of Verklärte Nacht.

Kann Lecture now available on You Tube

You can see the video of Jim Tracy's lecture on the16th-century Habsburg-Ottoman border warshere.

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 steel mill town. See it here.

"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.

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)

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.