Inglorious Comparisons | Roundtable

February 23, 2017 (Thursday) / 5:00 pm6:30 pm

World Forum, Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk

Inglorious Comparisons | Roundtable

On the Uses and Abuses of Historical Analogy

Presented by Penn's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

In the pages of newspapers of record in the United States and Europe, historical comparisons to current political events are flying thick and fast. The European history of the early twentieth century – in particular the rise of European fascism – has become an omnipresent simile.

Penn's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures invites you to a series of discussions on February 23, March 16, and March 17, which are intended to test the merit of such inglorious comparisons and of historical analogy more broadly.

February 23, 5:00p
World Forum, Perry World House
Susan Buck-Morss, Distinguished Professor of Political Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center; Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College; Jonathan Steinberg, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History, Penn; Frank Trommler, Professor Emeritus of German, Penn

March 16, 3:00–5:00p
Henry Charles Lea Library, Van Pelt Library
EXHIBIT: The German Historical Novel of the 1930s
Curated by Simon Richter, Professor of German, Penn, and the students of Writing in Dark Times

March 16, 5:00p
Kislak Center, 6th floor, Van Pelt Library
LECTURE: Eric Rentschler, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

March 17, 11:00a–2:00p
Global Policy Lab, Perry World House
COLLOQUY: Graduate Student Lunch Symposium

March 17, 3:00
World Forum, Perry World House
LECTURE: Adrian Daub
, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies, Stanford University