The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies
Dietrich Botstiber witnessed the most unsettling times in modern Austrian history. In his memoirs, he describes the difficult social and economic conditions in Austria from the time of the breakup of the Dual Hapsburg Empire to the 1938 Anschluss. He left Austria for the United States in 1938. He was grateful to become an American but at the same time Botstiber believed that Americans did not fully appreciate the Austrian predicament leading up to World War II. One of Botstiber’s objectives in establishing his Foundation was to “promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria.”
To that end, the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) supports projects that implement Botstiber’s mission. BIAAS and the Austrian-American Educational Commission jointly sponsor two Fulbright-Botstiber visiting professorships, one in Austria and the other in the United States. BIAAS offers an annual fellowship in Austrian-American Studies, and it provides grants for work, and sponsors programs, in the fields of history, politics, economics, law and cultural studies.
The Sixth Annual Botstiber Lecture on Austrian-American Affairs
Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Embassy of Austria, 3542 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008.
Admission is FREE
The Botstiber Institute for Austrian American Studies will sponsor a panel discussion entitled “Espionage and intelligence in the 21st Century: How did we get here and where do we go from here? – An Austrian American Discussion.” The event will be held at the Austrian Embassy, Washington, D.C., on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Panelists will include Siegfried Beer (moderator), Guenter Bischof, James Carafano, Audrey Kurth-Cronin, John Irvin and Timothy Naftali. Admission is free, but reservations are required by contacting the Austrian Cultural Forum.
- Siegfried Beer, Director of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian American Studies, is a professor of late modern and contemporary history at the University of Graz and the director of the Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda & Security Studies.
- Guenter Bischof, an Austrian-American historian, is a Marshall Plan professor of history at the University of New Orleans where he specializes in 20th century diplomatic history.
- James Carafano is the director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies and the deputy director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation.
- Audrey Kurth-Cronin is a Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and a Senior Research Associate at the Changing Character of War Program and Center for International Studies at Oxford University.
- John Irvin is a former Central Intelligence Agency Clandestine Service Officer and current Vice Chairman of NOIR for USA, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to education and promote NOIR concepts and ideas to improve US national security by fixing the problem of inside spies.
- Timothy Naftali, director of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives at New York University, previously taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Hawaii and Yale where he focused on the history of counterterrorism and the Cold War.
Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professors
The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation and the Austrian-American Educational Commission jointly established two Fulbright-Bostiber Visiting Professors of Austrian-American Studies.
During the 2013-2014 program year Professor Heidemare Uhl (Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History at the Austrian Academy of Sciences) will be hosted by The Europe Center at Stanford University. At Stanford, Professor Uhl will engage in a comparative analysis of the Austrian and U.S. memory of the Holocaust. She will also lead a course titled “The Holocaust in Recent European Memory: Conflicts-Commemorations-Challenges.”
Learn more about:
- Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professors of Austrian-American Studies in Austria and the United States
- The Botstiber Fellowship
- BIAAS Grants for the Study of Austrian-American History
- BIAAS Programs
For more information, contact:
Valerie Arapis, Deputy Administrator
The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation
200 E. State Street
Media, Pennsylvania 19063