NAU’s Martin-Springer Institute hosts scholars from around the nation

The Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University will host several events featuring panel discussions and guest speakers over the next two weeks. 

Bananas, Pickles, Deutschmark & Euros: 25 Years of the “New” Germany

Guest speaker Volker Benkert from ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies will present “The Implosion and the Afterlife of Communist East Germany” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Grand Canyon room of the University Union. The talk will include satire and musical performances by Global Cabaret. The presentation is free and open to the public. For information, contact Bjorn Krondorfer or Marilya Veteto Reese.

“Colonial Conquest in the American West and Nazi East” Symposium

The symposium kicks off with the “Manifest Destiny and Living Space” panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the Cline Library Assembly Hall. The panel features Maureen Hlebert of the University of Calgary, Donald Fixico of Arizona State University and Edward Westermann of Texas A&M University, San Antonio. The discussion is free and open to the public. For details, click here.

Roundtable discussions will be held Monday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Grand Canyon Room of the University Union. Topics include war, genocide, attrition in the Nazi East and American West and European perspectives. For a full schedule, click here. The roundtable discssions are free and open to NAU faculty, staff and students. If interested in attending, contact Bjorn Krondorfer.

The symposium is supported by a grant from the German Academic Exchange Services, DAAD.

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