european studies

Francesca Royster: Music, Identity and Soul

by Phillip Witteveen March 4, 2013

Francesca Royster, author of Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era, was a featured guest on WBEZ Chicago’s ongoing series for Black History Month. She, along with Richard Steele, discussed the era of soul music, a “coming of age through music.” “Music has always been a space to open up imagination and imagine new identities. But it’s also a kind of snap shot of a cultural movement, that moment after the civil rights movement, and the generation after that — where ideas about blackness and sexuality opened up,” Royster said during her appearance on […]

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Mai’a K. Davis Cross Wins UACES Award for ‘Security Integration in Europe’

by Phillip Witteveen September 19, 2012

We are proud to announce that Mai’a K. Davis Cross is the winner of tthe 2012  Best Book Prize from the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. The  UACES Award is given annually to the publication that has “made the most substantial and original contribution to knowledge in the area of contemporary European Studies”. Security Integration in Europe: How Knowledge-based Networks are Transforming the European Union  follows five case studies in examination of an international community within the governments of the European Union,  and their collaboration on security policy that “supersedes national governments” to protect common borders.

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As a new production opens at BAM, delve deeper into ‘Einstein on the Beach’ with Kalb’s ‘Great Lengths’

by Shaun Manning September 10, 2012

Following successful engagements in Ann Arbor and London, Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach begins a ten-day run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 14, representing what will likely be the final performances of the five-hour opera. “When Einstein was first performed [in 1976], nobody had seen anything like it; the idea of an abstract opera, in which the music underpinned a series of slowly moving stage pictures was entirely new,” the Guardian newspaper observed in its review of the Barbican performances. Looking forward to the BAM run, the New York Times examines the history of the opera […]

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Guest blog: Daniel Stein on Louis Armstrong earning a place on Time Magazine’s list of the 20 most influential Americans

by Emily July 30, 2012

Daniel Stein, author of Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz, guest blogs about Time Magazine’s selection of Louis Armstrong as one of the twenty most influential Americans of all time and about an upcoming talk on Armstrong’s 1965 tour to East Germany. A few days ago (July 24), Time Magazine announced its selection of the twenty most influential Americans of all time. Among Time’s “trailblazers, visionaries and cultural ambassadors who defined a nation” are U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, inventors and scientists like Alexander G. Bell, Thomas Edison, the […]

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Christian S. Davis offers a past and present look at military actions abroad

by Emily February 23, 2012

Guest blogger Christian S. Davis is the author of Colonialism, Antisemitism, and Germans of Jewish Descent in Imperial Germany, available now from the University of Michigan Press. In his book, Davis explores the relationship between the colonial and antisemitic movements of modern Germany from 1871 to 1918. Here, he discusses the unease he felt when comparing his research to current events that were unfolding as he was writing. The spring of 2004 was a disheartening time to read a newspaper or to watch the news on TV; beginning in April, revelations concerning the torture of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military […]

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