Symposium Program

Sunday, April 15
  • 9:00–9:30: Opening Remarks: Bruno Chaouat and Bernard Levinson

Nazi Germany and the Humanities in International Perspective

  • 9:30–10:15:  Alan Steinweis, Director, Center for Holocaust Studies (University of Vermont) “New Perspectives on the Third Reich and Its Impact upon the Humanities” 
  • 10:15–11:00:  Stephen H. Norwood, Professor of United States History and Judaic Studies (University of Oklahoma)“Appeasing Nazis: American Universities and the Hitler Regime, 1933–1939
  • 11:00–11:15:  Break11:15–12:00:  Robert Ericksen, Kurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust Studies (Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle) “Göttingen: A ‘Political University’ in the Mirror of Denazification”
  • 12:00–1:00:  Lunch Break

 Disciplinary History

  • 1:00–1:45:  Johannes Renger, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations (Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany)“German Assyriology 1933-1945: A discipline in troubled waters between emigration and compliance with the regime”
  • 1:45–2:30:  Anders Gerdmar, Associate Professor of Theology (Uppsala University, Sweden)
    “Theology in German Academia Under the Swastika—The Case of Tübingen”
  •  2:30–2:45:  Break
  • 2:45–3:30:  Suzanne L. Marchand, Professor of History (Louisiana State University)
    On Nazism and the Ancient World
  • 3:30-4:15:  Eric Weitz, Professor of History, Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts (University of Minnesota) "The Complicity of the Academic Professions with the Third Reich"
  •  4:15–5:00: Franklin Adler, Theodore Mitau Chair, Department of Political Science (Macalester College) "The Italian Fascist Racial Laws of 1938 and the Expulsion of Jewish Professors."

Community Forum

  • 7:30–9:00:  Alvin Rosenfeld, Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies; Director, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, (Indiana University)
    “Is There an Anti–Jewish Bias in Today’s University?” 

Monday, April 16

Broader Implications

  • 9:00–9:45:  Michael Cherlin, Professor, School of Music (UofM)
  • “Schoenberg, Creation, and Catastrophe”
  • 9:45–10:15:  Emmanuel Faye, Associate Professor, (Paris-Ouest-Nanterre La Défense) 
    "National Socialism and Totalitarianism in the Interpretations of Hannah Arendt and Aurel Kolnai" 
  • 10:15–10:30 Break 
  • 10:45–11:30:  Oren Gross, Irving Younger Professor of Law; Director, Institute for International Legal & Security Studies (UofM) “The Political Theology of Carl Schmitt”
  • 11:30–12:15:  Panel Discussion: Results and Issues