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Hans Winkler

Ambassador Hans Winkler, former Austrian ambassador and State Secretary in the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, spoke on “Coming to Terms with Austria’s Past – The Role of the United States” at the Fifth Annual Botstiber Lecture on Austrian-American Affairs at the Embassy of Austria, Washington, D.C. on May 31, 2013. Hear the Lecture

 

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.


Upcoming

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.

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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.”

Professor Kurt Ellenberger (College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University) will be hosted by Graz University.  He will lead a course called “Music, Culture, and Aesthetics” including music aesthetics and culture studies with a targeted focus on the contrast between European jazz pedagogy and American jazz pedagogy.

Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professors


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For more information, contact:

Valerie Arapis, Deputy Administrator

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation

200 E. State Street

Suite 306-A

Media, Pennsylvania 19063

varapis@botstiber.org

 

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–Photo by Karl Schrammel

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