FILM SCREENING | LATE BLOSSOM BLUES

When 81 year-old Leo „Bud“ Welch from the Mississippi backwoods skyrocketed to global Blues & Gospel stardom after releasing his debut record in 2014, it took the music world by surprise: Where has this guy been the last 60 years? Why has nobody ever heard of him before? When he started playing 10-15 shows every month all over North America and even in Europe and Africa, more questions arose: How is this possible for a guy his age? Who makes all this happen? Answers are given in Late Blossom Blues, a feature-length Documentary about Leo "Bud" Welch and his very late rise to fame. It’s the quintessential Blues story – a story about poverty and exploitation, about The Lord & The Devil, and of course a story about life that reminds us that it’s never too late to live your dream. Late Blossom Blues follows Leo and his ex-soldier manager as they balance the tight rope between business and geriatrics, between jetlag and soundcheck. It also paints a heartwarming portrait of Leo’s small hometown Bruce, MS where Leo’s daily life is still untouched by his late global popularity. Documenting the most exciting times in the life of one of the last real Bluesmen, Late Blossom Blues is a film of historic dimension for all music-lovers – a moving account of a hard-working man, who, despite all the adversaries, never wavered from his passion and waited more than 70 years to finally live his dream.

When: Monday, April 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

 

Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer (Director & Producer): Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer is the man who came up with the idea for this movie. He is the driving force behind this project and is director and producer of the movie. He has 17 years of experience in music, event and multimedia work and has founded four companies on the way. However, Late Blossom Blues is his first real movie project. Wolfgang has discovered, supported and promoted many award-winning artists in his home country Austria and currently works as freelance curator and artistic director of a big open air festival called LINZFEST. Wolfgang was the first to invite Leo “Bud” Welch to Europe to play on 2014′s LINZFEST. Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Film & TV-Production and in Business Administration and has done minor work as actor, location scout and consultant on local film productions. Wolfgang lives and works in Vienna.

Stefan Wolner (Co-Director & Co-Producer): Stefan Wolner has been making movies since his early teenage years. He worked at ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Company) as director and was part of many successful projects there. He realized many short movies, advertisement and industrial movies and has won several international awards. Since 2012, Stefan also worked as production & unit manager, e.g. for the six-episodes TV-series ‘Wagner vs. Verdi’, for the nature documentary “The Triumph of the Tomato” and for ORF’s children’s programme. Stefan holds a degree in Media Design and a Master’s Degree in Film- and TV Production. Stefan lives and works in Vienna/Austria.

Exhibition | Getting Things Done: EVOLUTION OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN VORARLBERG

Over the last half century, the Austrian State of Vorarlberg has developed an international reputation for its radical yet sensitive and considered approach to architecture, design and building. A combination of innovative architects and clients, liberal building and planning regulations, an aspiring regional government and open-minded public has paved the way for a built environment and culture with design quality at its heart. Ecological sensitivity, the value placed on traditional and innovative crafts and skills, investment in young designers, and good understanding of local materials and landscape all contribute to the Vorarlberg phenomenon. On the basis of some striking examples, Wolfgang Fiel, Lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and Co-director of the Institute for Cultural Policy in Vienna, attempts to trace the evolution of this development from its roots in the late 50´s of the last century to the current day. The exhibition is brought to University of Maryland by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington and The Kibel Gallery.

Lecture & Exhibition Opening
When:
 Monday, April 3, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Where: University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Architecture Building, 3835 Campus Drive, MD 20742
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. 

Exhibition | April 3 - 21, 2017

CONCERT | DOROTHY KHADEM-MISSAGH

CONCERT | Dorothy Khadem-Missagh
April 7, 2017 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian pianist Dorothy Khadem-Missagh leads a promising and aspiring musical career. At the International Beethoven Competition Bonn 2015 she has been awarded the chamber music prize and the “Beethoven-Haus Preis” by the renowned members of the jury. She performs on international stages and renowned festivals such as the “Wiener Konzerthaus”, the “Styriarte Graz”, the “Festival Allegro Vivo”, the “Mosel Musik Festivals in Trier”, the Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival and the Kyoto International Festival. In 2016 she was invited by Musikverein Vienna to play her solo recital debut in the concert series “Tasten.Lauf”.

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

LECTURE | KURT BEDNAR: PAPERWAR BETWEEN THE US AND AUSTRIA-HUNGARY 1917-1918

LECTURE | Kurt Bednar: Paperwar between the US and Austria-Hungary 1917-1918
April 5, 2017 | 7:30 pm

On December 7, 1917 the United States declared war on Austria-Hungary. It is to discuss what caused this drastic step. In any case, there were hardly any direct fights between American and Austrian soldiers (Yes, an Austrian mortar hit Hemingway in Northern Italy). It was more in the diplomatic field that the struggle lingered on. The recognition of an independent Czechoslovakia helped to disintegrate the old monarchy. The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 with its non-transparent procedures and often one-sided propositions finished it off. In-depth research in Vienna and in the US (Library of Congress, National Archives, libraries at top universities - Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale) supports that conflict among the nationalities was encouraged from outside. At the end, a rather bizarre construction named Mid-European Union was thought to fill the vacuum in Central and Eastern Europe. The US and her fresh troops entering at a late stage finally decided the Great War. Lacking international experience and knowledge of European and global affairs the US did a lot to gather data und prepare for the event in Paris. All good will was no match to the old intrigues of Europe.

Kurt Bednar: Born in 1950 in Vienna, Austria, Kurt Bednar graduated from Albertus Magnus private gymnasium Vienna in 1969 and from the University of Vienna (faculty of law) in 1974. His work life has carried him through employments with the government and the chamber of commerce as well as entrepreneurial positions in fields like databases, data protection and company pensions. He graduated from the University of Vienna a second time in 2012 (faculty of philosophy, department of history). Since then he has been involved in history projects dealing with emigration from Austria-Hungary to the US as well as the struggle between the US and Austria-Hungary in 1917/1918 (“Paper War”).

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

Following up on Kurt Bednars lecture ''Paperwar between the US and Austria-Hungary 1917-1918'' on April 5th 2017, it’s our pleasure to publish the text of the lecture for those of you who hadn’t a chance to be present that evening.

 

THEATRE | Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible

THEATRE | Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible
March 20, 2017 | 7:30pm

Three outstanding pioneers represent the achievements of women in the fields of science and technology: The double Nobel Price winner and discoverer of radioactivity Marie Curie (1867-1934), the Austrian-Swedish nuclear physicist Lise Meitner (1878-1968) and the Viennese Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) with the invention of frequency hopping. Incidents of their lives, achievements and impediments as well as the contents of their research and the passion for their work are in the centre of the theatre play „Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible“, produced by the Viennese association portraittheaterIllustrated with music and videos, the performance shows within 95 minutes an entertaining portrait of extraordinary women in history. The theatre performancedirected by Sandra Schüddekopf, with Anita Zieher impersonating the three women was a great success in Austria and had already been invited to Belgium, Germany, Iran, Poland, Switzerland and Romania.

When: Monday, March 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

FILM SCREENING | ''One of us''

FILM SCREENING | ''One of Us''
March 15, 2017 | 7:30pm

"One of Us" tells the story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943), who as a conscientious objector refused to serve in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II and was sentenced to death and executed in 1943. The film deals with new findings on Jägerstätter, including the court room protocol and numerous original letters and notes. The film focuses on the reasons why Jägerstätter refused service, his grappling with his decision and the role of his wife, Franziska. "One of Us" also builds a bridge into present day and discusses the significance of Jägerstätter for today’s generation. The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with the author of the documentary Peter Schierl and its director Lothar Riedl.    

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

THEATRE | ILLEGAL HELPERS

THEATRE | ILLEGAL HELPERS
March 8, 2017 | 7:30pm

Come witness an emotionally powerful documentary play by prize-winning playwright, Maxi Obexer. It examines the plight of the Illegal Helpers who provide aid and shelter to migrants flooding Europe, even though assisting them is against the law. This play sheds a powerful light, and provides keen insight - on the contemporary tragedy that threatens to engulf Western Europe. Presented by Scena TheatreIllegal Helpers takes a sharp, poignant look at those who help and those who callously sit by doing nothing.

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

LITERATURE FESTIVAL | ZEITGEIST DC

LITERATURE FESTIVAL | ZEITGEIST DC                                                                                                       March 6, 2017 | 6:00 pm

The Zeitgeist DC literature festival makes the richness of German-language literature accessible to English speakers by presenting the latest works of the literary scenes of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. This year's theme, Queer as Volk, will highlight new works in German that deal with themes of queerness and identity. 

Among the authors is Fabian Hischmann from Germany with his debut novel Am Ende schmeißen wir mit Gold ("In the end we throw with gold") and Zora del Buono from Switzerland with her novels Canitz’ Verlangen ("Desire") and Gotthard. 

The writer and journalist Jürgen Bauer wrote Austria's contribution Das Fenster zur Welt ("The Window to the World"to the literature festival. In his debut novel, Jürgen Bauer describes the clash of two generations who together face the mistakes they have made. With his delicate language and subtle humor he addresses the question of beauty and transience of a moment. 

Reading & Discussion
When: Monday, March 6, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Where: Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITION | Christoph Palaschke FACES 2.0

EXHIBITION | Christoph Palaschke FACES 2.0
March 1 – April 30, 2017

The ACFDC presents the Austrian artist Christoph Palaschke's first solo show FACES 2.0 in the US. The exhibition gives an indication of the work of the artist in the field of portrait painting in the last 15 years. With exhibits ranging from abstraction of the spatula technique and photorealist portraits in coal and acrylic, abstract and reduced portraits to shadow portraits from his latest series Face to Face the show represents well-balanced overview of the artist's oeuvre.

Christoph Palaschke was born in Vienna in 1974. He spent his early childhood in Carinthia and now lives and works in Vienna. His first presentations and prominent exhibitions happened between 1999 and 2001. In 2003 he moved into his new atelier at the "Wiener Heumarkt". Coming from abstract painting his first portraits originated from around 2004. At the same time he had his first prominent exhibition in the Viennese "Museumsquartier" ("Shift of Paradigms"). Several exhibitions in the Ukraine and a two-year exhibition tour in Egypt followed which made Palaschke's work known throughout the whole country. Palaschke was the first Austrian artist who was able to present his exhibition in the famous Alexandrian Library at the Egyptian Mediterranean Sea. Since 2005 Palaschke is present with a permanent exhibition in the VIP-Lounges at the Vienna International Airport. Steady challenge is more important than daily routine. Constant development is far more important than self-satisfied stagnation.

Exhibition Opening
When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

CONCERT | DANIEL GUTMANN

CONCERT | DANIEL GUTMANN                                                                                                                        February 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Daniel Gutmann is a young singer and musician from Austria. The upcoming bass-baritone is currently a vocal student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2017, Daniel Gutmann will be on tour with his solo program in the United States (New York, Washington D.C.) and Singapore. Further concerts with the COMPANY OF MUSIC and the music theater group ANIMATO will take place in Austria and Germany. Daniel Gutmann will be accompanied by New York-based pianist Peter Walther. Together they will perform songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. Come and join us at the ACFDC for an amazing night of classical music!

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

EVENT | THE BLUE DANUBE RELOADED

EVENT | THE BLUE DANUBE RELOADED
January 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm

In the cold winter months of the year 1866/67 Johann Strauss II composed the world-famous Blue Danube waltz – the melody to which couples around the world swing into the New Year. In 2017 The Blue Danube celebrates its 150th anniversary, if that's not a reason to celebrate! Therefore, join the ACFDC at the special "The Blue Danube Reloaded" event.

The ACFDC organized a short film competition to bring the classical waltz into the age of multimedia and film, the best five submissions will be awarded at this event. In addition, Pianist Burnett Thompson will perform waltzes by Wayne Shorter, Richard Rodgers, Scott Joplin, Frederic Chopin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, himself, and finally his own transcription of Johann Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz. 

Since attending the Hochschule für Musik (Music University Vienna), Mr. Thompson has been a leader in the Washington music community. His activities range from chamber music with members of the National Symphony Orchestra to musical scores for silent film, numerous acclaimed recordings, performances with traditional Chinese musicians throughout China and the U.S., and his own teaching studio. He is the director of concert programming for Castleton in Performance, Hill Center Concert Series, Jazz on Jackson Place at the White House Historical Association and Piano Jazz at the Arts Club. At the Austrian Cultural Forum, Mr. Thompson has presented the Christmas in Vienna concert, the music of pianist/composer Friedrich Gulda, and a poetry/music collaboration with Viennese actor Felix Kurmayer. He stands out for his wide range of repertoire from Bach to Bebop, and an extensive knowledge of Chinese traditional music. 

Let us surprise you, what else we have up our sleeve for this special evening!

CONCERT | KOMPOST 3

CONCERT | KOMPOST 3
January 18, 2017 | 7:30 pm


In 2009 four young artists Martin Eberle, Benny OmerzellManu Mayr and Lukas König started making music in an apartment in Vienna – now they are one of the most exciting young formations of the Austrian jazz and improve scene. Kompost 3 gives concerts all over Europe, in Mexico and the United States. The band participates at a wide range of festivals and in 2014 they won the international Bremen Jazz Award and the BAWAG P.S.K. Next Generation Award. Come and join us at the ACFDC for an amazing jazz night!

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITION | "DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS - ONE ARTLOVE"

EXHIBITION | “DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS – ONE ARTLOVE” 
January 17 – February 17, 2017

The exhibition “different dimensions - one artlove” will present four different takes on painting. Painting as a medium of freedom and concentration shows itself from its variable and curious side. From figuration to abstraction this show proves once again that art transcends its boundaries connecting beauty, craftsmanship and conceptual ideas. 
The individual artists all present their own disposition to the medium: 
Suzy Kopf (Baltimore/USA), Daniel Domig (Vienna/Austria), Champneys Tayler (Washington DC/USA) and Markus Kircher (Salzburg/Austria), who also curats the show.

Exhibition Opening
When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion | Austrian Studies Today

Panel Discussion | Austrian Studies Today
December 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The 25th volume of the annual publication series Contemporary Austrian Studies (CAS), entitled Austrian Studies Today, was published recently by UNO Press/innsbruck university press, reflecting a unique transatlantic university partnership. This anniversary edition contains “updates” of articles by authors who had contributed essays to the main topics covered in the previous 24 volumes (such as “The Kreisky Era”/1994 or “Religion in Austria”/2005). The essays of this volume in toto therefore provide an excellent survey of Austrian Studies in the social sciences to this day and age. Co-edited by Günter Bischof (UNO) and Anton Pelinka, Fritz Plasser and Ferdinand Karlhofer (Innsbruck), CAS is published jointly by the Center Austria at the University of New Orleans and the Department of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck.

Panelists:
Günter Bischof, Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies, The University of New Orleans
Steven Beller, Independent Scholar
James Shedel, Department of History, Georgetown University

When: Monday, December 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and opened to the public. 

A reception with wine and cheese takes place after the Panel Discussion.

Festival Film | Neu

Festival Film | Neu: November 3 - 6, 2016

The festival Film | Neu is Washingtons leading German-language film event which presents the newest trends and movies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This year for the first time, the category New Short Films shows awarded, new short films from the three German-speaking countries.

Austria's Contribution | New Short Films & Film Screening: Chucks
November 5, 2016 | 2:00 pm (New Short Films) & 8:45 pm (Chucks)

The ACFDC contributes with a selection of diverse short movies in the category New Short Films. These include the films "Domino" (Anna Vasof), "Babash" (Lisa Truttmann and Behrouz Rae), "Triste Déserts -  A Robot's Tale" (Stephanie Winter) and "Uncanny Valley" (Paul Wenninger). In addition to the new short films, the film "Chucks" is screened. The movie is based on the successful novel by Cornelia Travnicek and takes place on the streets of Vienna. 

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 2:00 pm (New Short Films) & 8:45 pm (Chucks)
Where: Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20004 (Metro Center)
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at Landmark's E Street Cinema's box office or online using the following link: http://bit.ly/2elr4aa
A reception with Austrian treats takes place at Landmark’s E Street Cinema before the 8:45 pm screening of "Chucks".

Further information about the Festival Film | Neuhttp://bit.ly/1sNqtBZ

Kids Euro Fesitval 2016

Kids Euro Festival 2016
October 26
– November 6, 2016

There are 28 countries in the European Union with so many interesting cultures. Are you ready to broaden your horizons on European culture? Are you ready to experience culture through arts? Are you ready to experience Europe in the nation's capital? Come and enjoy the Kids Euro Festival – full of great events ranging from dance to sports, and from animation to theatre. The October 26 to November 6 festival is a fantastic way for the kids to learn about different cultures, for free! As part of the European Union, the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC on behalf of Austria also participates at the festival by screening the film “Brothers of the Wind”. The film is a powerful tale of hope and discovery. A legacy epic and a new frontier in wild drama.

Austria's Contribution: Film Screening | Brothers of the Wind
November 3, 2016 | 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

As part of the European Union, the ACFDC also participates at the festival and invites you for the screening of the film “Brothers of the Wind”. The movie is a powerful tale of hope and discovery. A legacy epic and a new frontier in wild drama.

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public for both screenings.
Reserve your ticket for the 10:00 am event at: http://bit.ly/2dqqDci
Reserve your ticket for the 2:00 pm event at: http://bit.ly/2dO7To8.

Further information about the Kids Euro Festival: http://bit.ly/1Mzx1hz

Reading & Discussion | August Schmölzer: The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree

Reading & Discussion | August Schmölzer: The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree
October 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The ACFDC proudly presents the Austrian actor and author August Schmölzer who reads from and discusses his first novel The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree.

The book centers on Josef, a lonely gravedigger, who comes back to the mountain town of his childhood after many years. During his youth, the war had led him to the neighboring town by the sea, where he worked as a war photographer. Since then, he has been haunted by the look of a little boy, Michael, who got shot in front of his eyes. On his way back home, Josef suddenly starts to talk with Michael. Through their continuous dialogue, Josef passes in review the story of his life. Progressively, he liberates himself from the past and finds the courage to start new again. Opening his heart to Ragusa, his old flame, Josef finally accesses to inner peace and happiness at the end of his life.

August Schmölzer was born in 1958 in Austria. He is known as an actor for his roles in Schindler’s List and also in many other movies and TV films such as The Chinese Man based on the novel by H. Mankell. The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree is the first novel of August Schmölzer. His writing style is vigorous and varied like the landscape of his home country.

When: Friday, October 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at: http://bit.ly/2duirZM

Further Event:
When:
 Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 2:00 pm
Where: University of Virginia, New Cabell Hall 236, 1605 Jefferson Park Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22904
For further information please contact Mr. Asher D. Biemann, Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia: ab5j@eservices.virginia.edu

Credits: Photo A. Deutschmann

Concert | Duo Aliada

Concert | Duo Aliada
October 18, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The name “Aliada” means alliance and Duo Aliada is exactly that: an unlikely alliance between saxophone and accordion, one the audience won’t soon forget. The Wiener Musikverein said it best, Duo Aliada consists of two “outstandingly talented and creative musicians”, namely saxophonist Michał Knot and accordionist Bogdan Laketic. Since their foundation in 2013, the duo has quickly caught the attention of the classical music world, which resulted in securing a busy concert schedule for this season with more than 60 performances on five different continents, many in illustrious concert venues such as the Wiener Musikverein.

It all began with their staggering success at the 12th annual Fidelio Wettbewerb where Duo Aliada unanimously won Grand Prix. In 2015, The duo recorded their debut studio album “New colours of the past” with ARS Produktion and it has been received with tremendous critical acclaim. They were also selected for the international program “The New Austrian Sound Of Music 2016-17”, a prestigious sponsorship platform funded by the Austrian Government. Duo Aliada have been regularly featured on popular radio broadcasts such as ORF1, SWR2, BR Klassik, and Radio Klassik and they couldn’t be more excited to continue sharing their unique music with audiences all around the world.

The event is presented in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Ottawa.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at: http://bit.ly/2d8DfXV

Credits: Siavash Talebi

Lecture & Discussion | Wendelin Ettmayer: The European Union Post-Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities

Lecture & Discussion | Wendelin Ettmayer: The European Union Post-Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities
October 12, 2016 | 4:30 pm

A Discussion with Wendelin Ettmayer (Former Austrian Ambassador to Finland, Canada, and the European Council in Strasbourg)

The history of European integration since the Second World War is truly remarkable: Western Europe enjoyed two generations of peace and prosperity – an unprecedented achievement in 2,000 years of European history. With the establishment of the Council of Europe in 1949, the protection of Human Rights, pluralistic democracy and the rule of law became generally recognized principles. Old, hereditary enemies have become friends; centuries of confrontation were replaced by cooperation. What, then, accounts for the explosive rise of ultra-national parties, political disunity with respect to refugee absorption, and populist break-away decisions such as Brexit? Is the European Union going to survive? And, if yes, in what form? Ambassador Ettmayer will address these questions from historical and diplomatic perspectives, discussing their implications for the future of the European Union.

Find the paper "The European Union: Quo Vadis?" by Mr. Ettmayer at: http://bit.ly/2dGthON

Find Mr. Ettmayer's newest article on "Revolution in Non-Military Affairs" at: http://bit.ly/2f4WG7w
Current events are listed on Mr. Ettmayer's website at: http://bit.ly/2dFTIFs

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 4:30 pm
Where: University of Virginia, Hotel A (Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation), Conference Room, 1605 Jefferson Park Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22904
For further information please contact Mr. Asher D. Biemann, Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia: ab5j@eservices.virginia.edu

Credits: Parlamentsdirektion / Carina Ott

Lecture | Steven Beller: 2016 – 1916 – 1866: The Austro-Prussian Conflict and its Consequences for Europe, then and now

Lecture | Steven Beller: 2016 – 1916 – 1866: The Austro-Prussian Conflict and its Consequences for Europe, then and now
October 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Amidst the ongoing centenary commemorations of the First World War it is worth considering more the 150th anniversary of another, related conflict. The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 brought to an end the "struggle for mastery in Germany" between Prussia and Austria. But it also heralded a glorification of the concept of the nation-state in contrast to the defeated supra/multi-national "imperial" model of the Habsburg Monarchy. Subsequent history has shown, however, that the nation-state model proved a disastrous mistake in Central Europe, and the European Union is in many respects the heir to the Habsburg imperial model. The talk will discuss how the dialectic between nation, state, empire and now Union developed, and look at the lessons of this for today's Europe.

Steven Beller has written widely on Austrian, Jewish and Central European history. His books include Vienna and the Jews, 1867-1938: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 1989); Herzl (Halban, 1991); Francis Joseph (Longman, 1996); A Concise History of Austria (Cambridge, 2006); Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008; 2nd ed. 2015) and Democracy: All That Matters (Hodder, 2013). He also edited and introduced the anthology Rethinking Vienna 1900 (Berghahn, 2001). He is currently an independent scholar resident in Washington DC.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at: http://bit.ly/2czls9m 
The event is followed by a reception with Austrian refreshments.

Credits: Steven Beller