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March 2013

NC German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series
Workshop looks at Green politics in Germany

In March 1983, the West German Greens became the first new party to enter the Bundestag since the early days of the Federal Republic. This workshop, which will take place on the thirtieth anniversary of the Greens’ March 1983 entrance into the West German parliament, will use that occasion as an opportunity to raise new questions about the democratic visions and achievements of the Greens and their predecessors in the New Social Movements. For more information, please visit website.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Duke University, The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies

4:30 pm: Graduate Reading Seminar with Belinda Davis (Rutgers University)

7:00 pm: Keynote address by Andrei S. Markovits (University of Michigan) - "Reflections on the German Left thirty years beyond the Greens' Entrance into the Budestag'

Friday, March 1, 2013 | UNC Chapel Hill, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

9 am - 4 pm: Panel presentations on "New Social Movements, Public Participation, and the Emergence of Green Politics" and "Out of the Streets and into the Bundestag: Participatory Democracy in Parliament"

4:30 pm: Roundtable on "The Green Challenge: Constructing Participatory Democracy for Post-Industrial Society"

The NCGS Series is sponsored by Carolina Seminars; Duke University: Center for European Studies, Department of Germanic Languages & Literature, Department of History; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Center for European Studies, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures, Department of History, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies.

"The US in World Affairs" Lecture Series
Warren Kimball examines nuclear weapons and the cold war

Lecture: Nuclear Weapons, Roosevelt, Churchill, and the Transition to the Cold War World

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 5 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall, Rm 569

Prof. Warren Kimball (Rutgers University) is the author of Forged in War: Roosevelt, Churchill, and the Second World War (1997), The Juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as Wartime Statesman (1991), and books on the Morgenthau Plan for Germany and the origins of Lend-Lease.

“The U.S. in World Affairs: The Cold War and Beyond” lecture series is organized by the Department of History, in co-operation with the Center for European Studies and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian & Eastern European Studies at UNC.

World View 2013 Spring Seminar for K-14 Teachers
Seminar highlights Europe and the European Union

Seminar Theme: Europe in Crisis? Dispelling Myths About the European Union

March 20 - 21, 2013 | The Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC at Chapel Hill

The World View Regional Seminar changes regional focus each year and reflects the destinations of World View's international study visit. This year, the seminar will focus on Europe and the European Union and will consist of 1.5 days of plenary lectures and concurrent sessions on the politics, history, and the economies of Europe. UNC-Chapel Hill professors will cover such timely topics as the development of the EU, ethnic conflict in the Balkans, the politics of Muslim immigration, and the European economic crisis, among others. Concurrent sessions will also highlight the teaching resources and strategies available to K-14 educators to integrate this region into their curriculum.

Reserve your seat for the seminar today by completing this form. The registration fee is $175. For more information please call (919)-962-9264 or visit

"History of Military, War and Society" Seminar Series 
Kristin Neuschel explores military revolution and cultural history

Lecture: War during the Military Revolution: Cultural History and the Longue Durée

Friday, March 22, 2013 | 4 - 6 pm | Duke University, East Campus, Carr Building, Boyd Seminar Room

Kristen B. Neuschel is Associate Professor of History at Duke University and currently serves as Director of the Thompson Writing Program. The notion of an early modern military revolution has undergone significant revision in recent years. Nevertheless, many scholars agree that conditions and circumstances of warfare, if not wholly new in the sixteenth century, were novel enough by themselves to produce new strains in the body politic, strains that became acute when overlayed with religious and constitutional crisis, such as in France. Neuschel argues, in contrast, that certain aspects of warfare and politics in the sixteenth century can best be understood as part of much longer term and more gradual changes in the culture of violence and in warrior identity, datable in their origins to ca. 1300 and even earlier.

For more information see the website: A pre-circulated paper is available one week in advance at This seminar is co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

NC German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series
Molly Knight lectures on volatile masculinities

Lecture: Volatile Masculinities in German and American Pop Literatures

Sunday, March 24, 2013 | 5 - 7 pm | UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall, Incubator Room

Molly Knight is Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Wake Forest University. From the 1960s to the present day, one viewpoint has occupied the center of the Pop movement and controlled Pop texts' portrayals of cultural upheaval and disillusionment: the disturbed and damaged young man who ultimately enacts violence on himself or others in the process of self-discovery. This presentation will examine the "angry young man" as protagonist in German and American Pop fiction of the 1990s, in particular the early works of Swiss author Christian Kracht and American author Bret Easton Ellis. While both Kracht and Ellis are typically associated with Pop's emphasis on surface and superficiality, this lecture argues that in fact this surface is constructed as a means of containing a chaotic and potentially destructive emotional force, which becomes a pervasive metaphor for contemporary masculinity, and thus the Pop novels in question systematically reinforce a pessimistic notion of what it means to be a man - and indeed, a human being - in the late 20th century.

For more information see:

Sponsored by Carolina Seminars; the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies; the Duke and UNC Centers for European Studies; the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities; and the Duke and UNC Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History.

"The US in World Affairs" Lecture Series
Alfred McCoy discusses the epistemology of empire

Lecture: Epistemology of Empire: Asian wars, Information Regimes, and the Future of US Global Power

Monday, March 25, 2013 | 5 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall, Rm 569

Prof. Alfred McCoy (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the past forty years, his writing about Southeast Asia has focused on two topics--the political history of the modern Philippines and the politics of opium in the Golden Triangle.

“The U.S. in World Affairs: The Cold War and Beyond” lecture series is organized by the Department of History, in co-operation with the Center for European Studies and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian & Eastern European Studies.

Public Lecture
Muriel Blaive talks about the body politics of childbirth in Czechoslovakia and the US

Lecture: The Body Politics of Childbirth: Czechoslovakia and the United States from 1948 to the Present

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | 12:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall, Rm 468

Dr. Muriel Blaive is director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres in Vienna, Austria. Previously she had been Assistant Professor in the History of Communism at Charles University, Prague. She received her PhD in History and Civilizations from École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.

Dr. Blaive has written extensively on memories of the Holocaust, the Beneš decrees, and the Communist experience in Czechoslovakia more generally, and is a founding member of Dějiny-Teorie-Kritika, one the Czech Republic's leading journals of history.  Her talk will draw from her work within the international research network, “Physical Violence in Late State Socialism.”

The event is part of the Czech Speaker Series and is sponsored by the Center for European Studies, the Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the History Department.

Public Lecture
John Pucher promotes safe cycling and walking in healthy cities

Lecture: Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable and Healthy Cities: Lessons from Europe and North America

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | 4pm | UNC Chapel Hill, Genomics Building, Rm G-200

John Pucher is a professor in the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. For over three decades, Pucher has examined differences in travel behavior, and transport systems and policies in Europe, Canada, the US, and Australia. During his presentation, Prof Pucher will discuss the programs and policies needed to make cycling and walking safe and convenient; the means by which Dutch, Danish, and German cities get virtually everyone on bikes for a wide range of purposes; and what North Carolina communities can do to increase walking and cycling.