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February 26, 2010

1. WEST Newsletter

2. Kalevala Day Celebration

3. WENDE FLICKS: Der Tangospieler (The Tango Player)

4. 60th Anniversary Conference of the Department of Comparative Literature

5. Tocqueville International Conference

6. Euro-Mediterranean Multilateralism: Is Democracy Losing Ground?
7. The Historical Evolution of Climate Change Negotiations: Where have we been and where do we go from Copenhagen?

8. Recital by Carl Kanowsky

9. Molière’s L’Impromptu de Versailles and the Absolutist Phenomenon: Art as Power and Power as Art





1. WEST Newsletter

 The February 2010 WEST newsletter is now available on our website at!

2. Kalevala Day Celebration

In honor of the 175th Anniversary of the Finnish national epic, Kalevala, first published in
1835, there will a small celebration on campus on Sunday, February 28th.  Please see the
following details for more information about Kalevala Day:

Kalevala Day
Sunday, February 28, 2010, 4pm   5:30pm
Ballantine Hall 008 (Faculty and Staff Lounge)

Please join us in celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Finnish
national epic, the Kalevala, first published in 1835. The program will
include a poster exhibition, brief presentations on various aspects of
the Kalevala and a demonstration of Finnish kantele (psaltery) music.

Light snacks will also be served. All are welcome!

3. WENDE FLICKS: Der Tangospieler (The Tango Player)

This week the WENDE FLICKS Series presents a German film classic not to be missed. The Tango Player is a feature film based on the East German novel of the same name. A story about a politically repressed piano player, the film offers an intriguing and bitter critique of Soviet politics in the former Eastern Bloc. Join us as usual at 7pm on Sunday, February 28, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

As always, the screening and performance are open to the public and are completely FREE. The film is in German with English subtitles.

About the film: The Tango Player (Der Tangospieler) Germany, 1991, 96 min.

Director: Roland Gräf

Cast: Michael Gwisdek, Corinna Harfouch, Hermann Beyer, Peter Sodann, Jaecki Schwarz Cinematography: Peter Ziesche

Dr. Dallow has been released after 21 months in prison for playing piano in a “subversive” cabaret program. The Stasi wants him to become an informant, but he refuses and lives in increasing isolation. In August 1968, Soviet troops march into Czechoslovakia. Dallow stops resisting and accepts the university position he is offered. The Tango Player is based on the novel by (East) German author Christoph Hein, which broached two taboo topics for the first time: the Stasi and the Soviet repression of the Prague Spring in 1968. • 1991 German Film Award in Gold Golden Rosa Camuna, 1991 Bergamo Film Festival Nominated for the Golden Bear, 1991 Berlin Film Festival

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with special guests and experts in the fields of German culture and film and media studies. Nicholas Emmanuel Sveholm from the Department of History at Indiana University will be joined by: Prof. N. Ann Rider from the Departments of German and Women’s Studies at Indiana State University and Prof. Stephanie DeBoer from the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University.

4. 60th Anniversary Conference of the Department of Comparative Literature

Tribute to Matei Calinescu and Henry Remak

Saturday, February 27

9:00 AM, Lilly Library


5. Tocqueville International Conference


March 5, 2010

IU Memorial Union
Indiana University, Bloomington

All meetings are scheduled to take place in the IU Memorial Union, Walnut Room.

Afternoon: Arrival of participants at the Indiana University Memorial Union Hotel
6:30: Dinner (Finch’s Brasserie)

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010:
9:00-9:15: Mike McGinnis (IUB): Welcoming remarks: Tocqueville and the Workshop in Political Theory

Aurelian Craiutu (IUB): Opening remarks: The Tocqueville Program at Indiana University

9:15–10:45: Roundtable on the Liberty Fund critical bilingual edition of Democracy in America (ed. E. Nolla, trans. J. Schleifer, 2010)
MODERATOR: Christine D.  Henderson (Liberty Fund, Inc)
PANELISTS: Eduardo Nolla (Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Madrid), James T. Schleifer (College of New Rochelle), Christine D. Henderson: Editing, translating, and publishing Democracy in America

10:45–11: Break

11–12:30: Roundtable Discussion on Conversations with Tocqueville (Lexington Books, 2009)
MODERATOR: Filippo Sabetti (McGill University)
PANELISTS: Barbara Allen (Carleton College), Reiji Matsumoto (Waseda University, Tokyo), Filippo Sabetti (McGill University), Frederic Fransen (Founder, Donor Advising, Research, and Educational Services, LLC)

12:30-1:45: Lunch (for panelists): Tudor Room, IU Memorial Union

1:45–3:15: Roundtable Discussion on Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
MODERATOR: Russell Hanson (IUB)
PANELISTS: Aurelian Craiutu (IUB) and Jeremy Jennings (Queen Mary, University of London), Matthew Holbreich (University of Notre Dame)

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-5:00: Open discussion: Tocqueville studies today and the relevance of these three new books to future research on Tocqueville.
MODERATOR: Barbara Allen (Carleton College)

6:30: Dinner (Samira Restaurant)

Saturday, March 6, 2010:
Breakfast and departure at the participants’ convenience.


6. Euro-Mediterranean Multilateralism: Is Democracy Losing Ground?

Marti Grau
March 5, 2010 (12:00 – 1:00 PM)
CCD Conference Room
624 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Friday March 5 at 12:00: Marti Grau will speak on “Euro-Mediterranean Multilateralism: Is Democracy Losing Ground?”

In the past decades, the relations between European and Mediterranean countries have shifted from the logic of dominance and power politics to that of interdependence and cooperation. In 1995, the Barcelona Declaration sanctioned this fundamental change, and gave birth to an ambitious multilateral framework, the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Despite sluggish policy implementation, the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership managed to gain notable legitimacy as a space for dealing with a vast array of issues, structured in three “baskets”: political, economic and socio-cultural. Furthermore, the EU political agenda increasingly came to contemplate offers of “sectoral integration” to Mediterranean countries. In 2008, France President Sarkozy’s initiative of a Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) was put to work, providing Euro-Mediterranean relations with long-awaited momentum. But a key question emerged: with the UfM major overhaul, are democratic goals being kept in sight?

Martí Grau is a Visiting Scholar at SPEA-Indiana University and former Member of the European Parliament, where he served in the Foreign Affairs and Internal Market Committees, as well as in several parliamentary delegations for relations with foreign countries (including Canada, Japan, and the South Caucasus countries). He also was Member of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. A graduate of SAIS-Bologna, he has worked at the European Institute for the Mediterranean in Barcelona and taught European Politics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.


7. The Historical Evolution of Climate Change Negotiations: Where have we been and where do we go from Copenhagen?

Dr. Pamela Chasek

Government Department, Manhattan College

Executive Editor, Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Friday, March 5 – Noon to 1:30pm

Dogwood Room, IMU

Refreshments will be served


From meetings of scientists in the late 1980s to an unprecedented summit of heads of state and government in Copenhagen in 2009, the international climate change policy dialogue has come a long way. This presentation will trace the history of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its 1997 Kyoto Protocol through to the failed negotiations of a post-Kyoto agreement in Copenhagen. The presentation will conclude with a look ahead to see what the prospects are of any meaningful legally-binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or economic and political challenges have endangered the future of multilateral cooperation to mitigate climate change.

Sponsored by

SPEA Governance and Management Faculty

SPEA Doctoral Seminar

For more information about Dr. Chasek’s work please visit:

8. Recital by Carl Kanowsky

Saturday, 6 March, 1:00pm (ends no later than 1:50)
St. Thomas Lutheran Church
3800 E. Third Street (southwest corner of 3rd and Smith Sts.)

Hello! I’d like to invite you and your students to a recital I’m giving on 6 March here in Bloomington. I’ve chosen music which I hope will interest students and teachers of German. I’ve programmed a Liederabend (semi-seriously titled “Männerliebe und -leben”) featuring works by
Schubert, Schumann (both Clara and Robert), and composers of the Weimar-era Berlin cabaret scene, among others. The songs are set to texts by poets such as Brecht, Mayrhofer, Lenau, and from the Des Knaben Wunderhorn collection.

9. Molière’s L’Impromptu de Versailles and the Absolutist Phenomenon: Art as Power and Power as Art

The Department of French & Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series presents

Kemmie Mitzell

Friday, March 12, 2009

2:30-3:30 pm

Ballantine Hall 209

Through the scholarly research that has been conducted on the arts in seventeenth-century France, it has been clear for quite some time that there was a direct relationship between the blossoming of the arts and the sun-kissed reign of King Louis XIV.  Concerning the performing arts, much has already been said regarding Molière’s unique approach to the art of theatre.  Much has also already been said about Louis XIV’s illustrious image and unique rise to power – a phenomenon that is currently characterized by modern historians as absolutism.  Naturally, scholars have always been well aware of the unique bond that existed between these two men and that Molière’s success as a playwright and as an actor was due primarily to the support of the King.   What is surprising about the research conducted so far by these various scholars is that none of their theses extrapolate upon the idea that the very art Molière produced was itself an expression of absolutism because of this relationship.  The most striking of these examples is Molière’s little-known Impromptu de Versailles, and this study seeks to show and to prove how the content and structure of this play are direct expressions of absolutism.  After allowing the text to speak for itself through the direct citation and close analysis of key passages, a dialogue with the works of contemporary scholars will develop in which the analysis in question will attempt to propose the missing link between them all.  That missing link, that crowning jewel to this scholarly repertoire, is that absolutism was the driving force behind both the King’s political evolution and Molière’s artistic evolution – the courses of which were, therefore, intricately and inextricably linked.  

Karen E. “Kemmie” Mitzell is a second-year Masters student in French Literature.  A former actress herself and having studied acting in the United States and in Paris, her current research interest is in the history of French theatre with special emphasis on the 17th century. She graduated from Indiana University with a French BA in 2008. She is the recipient of the Grace P. Young Award for excellence in French and is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.





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