THE CUNNING OF HISTORY:
The Politics of Today and the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the Past
PRESIDENT OF BARD COLLEGE AND
BOARD CHAIRMAN OF CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY
This talk focuses on the political history of Eastern and Central Europe since the end of the First World War. Using history as a guide, it looks at the post-Communist period and recent political developments. The question of democracy in its liberal and illiberal forms will be raised, as will the definition of the nation. The present may require us to reconsider our views about the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its demise.
The speaker for this event will be Leon Botstein. Besides serving as president of Bard College, Botstein is Board Chairman of the Central European University (CEU). Mr. Botstein has established internationally admired music festivals, has worked as the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and has formed partnerships between universities all over the globe. In 2018 Mr. Botstein began his tenure as artistic director of Campus Grafenegg in Austria.
Wine and cheese will be served after the talk.
This seminar is a part of the Austrian Lecture Series jointly organized by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, the Embassy of Austria, and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the U.S.-Austrian diplomatic relations, the Commemorative Year 2018 (including the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Austria) and the Austrian presidency of the European Union 2018.