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April 2021

Nourishing the Volk: Nutrition, Health, and National Belonging in Germany’s Long Great War

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This event is organized by the NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series. For the most updated details and information on joining the event, please visit the NCGSWS website. The talk examines Germany’s “long” Great War (1914-1924) through the lenses of food, health, and gender. Whereas most scholars have focused on how hunger and deprivation in war-time Germany contributed to social unrest and female politicization, this research focuses instead on how male nutritional scientists forged relationships with female philanthropists, women’s…

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“We Must All Hang Together”: Transatlantic Relations in a New Era of Geopolitics

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." – Benjamin Franklin Ambassador Boris Ruge is Vice-Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. He has served in this position since August 2019. He previously served as Director Middle East/North Africa at the Foreign Office in Berlin, as German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and as Deputy Ambassador to the US. Having joined the Foreign Service in 1989, much of Ambassador Ruge’s career has been focused on security…

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La oss lage mat! Let’s cook Norwegian with Elisabeth and Victoria!

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn how to bake Norwegian meatballs during this exciting event! Our two hosts will walk us through how to make “Kjøttkaker,” traditional Norwegian meatballs. Bring yourself, your ingredients, and your stove! We will be showcasing the original version and a vegetarian version. Elisabeth & Victoria Bergquist are a fabulous cooking duo from Fredrikstad Norway. Elisabeth is a personal chef and Victoria is a web engineer with a passion for the kitchen. Please RSVP for this virtual event. This event is…

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Promoting Europe: From Films and Newsreels to Streaming Media 1945-2020

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

After Brexit and in the middle of pandemic borders being raised, this presentation offers a historic review of the moving images of the European Project. Even as the German troops were withdrawing from occupied countries, the resistance started to produce newsreels, and this postwar media generally presented Europe as a project of hope for the future. As the 50s began the European project gained momentum and the work of promoting Europe extended into short film, documentary and even feature film.…

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The Crises in the European Union and Germany, 2008–2020

April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Hartmut Kaelble is a Senior Professor of Social History and served for many years as the Director of the Department of Economic and Social History at Humboldt University, Berlin. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the Free University Berlin and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Paris I – Sorbonne. Much of Prof. Kaelble’s research has focused on the idea of a European identity as well as on transnational identities in the twentieth century. His many publications…

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Success and Challenges for the EU External Cultural Relations

April 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This panel will consider a key element in the EU’s external action in the field of cultural heritage over the past few years, namely the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in conflict and crisis. Our speakers will first consider the recent shift in thinking about heritage in conflicts and how this shift allowed the EU and its Member States to (re)claim a space in international relations. Whilst the EU has dealt with the fight against the trafficking of cultural…

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