The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) a grant of $86,611 to run a summer seminar, “Eastern Europe in European History,” to provide background on the subject for K-12 teachers and graduate students who plan on entering the field of education.
Larry Wolff, director of CEMS and a professor in the Department of History, will direct the seminar, which will run the first three weeks of July 2013.
Seminar content will address modern European history, from the 18th century to the present, focusing on the ways in which Eastern Europe is often left out of conventional presentations and narratives, while exploring the ways in which Eastern Europe might better be included, both intellectually and pedagogically. The purpose of the seminar will thus be to arrive at a more comprehensive conception of European history, East and West. It aims to offer a portrait that reflects today’s Europe, with the expanded European Union of 27 countries, rather than the divided Europe of the Cold War period when Western Europe was always assumed to have priority over Eastern Europe—both in contemporary politics and in European history. Among planned topics for class sessions are “The 19th Century: East and West in the Age of Nationalism”; “Woodrow Wilson and the Paris Peace Conference”; “Communism and Eastern Europe”; and “Europe after the Cold War and EU Enlargement.”
The seminar will also include guest lectures by Stefanos Geroulanos, an assistant professor in the Department of History (“20th-Century European Intellectual History, East and West”), Michael Beckerman, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music and chair of the Department of Music (Czech music), and Emily Greble, an assistant professor of history at the City College of New York (the city of Sarajevo).
For more information, go to: http://cems.as.nyu.edu/page/neh2013.