Symposium Schedule

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. (No registration required.)

Wednesday, October 5
Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St.

3:30–4:30 p.m. — Lecture by Frank Trommler, University of Pennsylvania: “Cultural Diplomacy and Military Aggression in the Third Reich”

7:00–8:00 p.m. — Author Michelle Hoover reads from her novel Bottomland, which tells the story of the German-Iowan Hess family as they negotiate anti-German sentiment following World War I.

Thursday, October 6
Old Capitol, University of Iowa

4:30–4:45 p.m. — Welcoming Remarks

  • H. Glenn Penny, Department of History, University of Iowa
  • P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Iowa
  • Herbert Quelle, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chicago

4:45-5:45 p.m. — Keynote Address, Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Frank Trommler, University of Pennsylvania: “Ethnic History, Transnational History: Illuminating the Quandary of German-Americans in the Period of World War I”

Recital Hall, Voxman Music Building, 93 E. Burlington St.
7:30 p.m. — Historic 1898 Davenport Sängerfest Concert, with Kantorei/University Choir Männerchor and the UI Chamber Orchestra

Friday, October 7
Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, 123 S. Linn St.

9:00-10:15 a.m. — Lecture by Kathleen N. Conzen, University of Chicago: “The German-Luxembourg Colonization of Iowa: Exploring a 19th-Century Migration System”

10:15-10:30 a.m. — Coffee break

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — UI Student Research Panel, followed by commentary by Professor Dr. Heike Bungert, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

  • Marie Synofzick: “Amana Colonies: GerMania in the American Midwest”
  • Ryan Ballard: “The Rise and Fall of German-America in Davenport, Iowa”
  • William J. Simpson: “Haven in the Heartland: The Scattergood Refugee Hostel”

12:00-1:30 p.m. — Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m. — Panel

  • Bradley Naranch, University of Montana: “How the American Midwest Made German History: Unintentional Agency, Collateral Causality, and the German Migrant”
  • Alison Efford, Marquette University: “Germania in Iowa: Victor and Victim”

3:00-3:30 p.m. — Coffee break

Choral Room, Voxman Music Building, 93 E. Burlington St.
3:30-4:45 p.m. — Lecture by Kelsey Kramer McGinnis, University of Iowa: “The Purest Pieces of Home: German POWs Making German Music in Iowa,” followed by a concert performed by the UI School of Music

Saturday, October 8
International Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre

9:00-10:15 a.m. — Lecture by Walter D. Kamphoefner, Texas A&M University: “The Quest of the Historical Jürnjakob: Mecklenburg’s/Germany’s Favorite Son in Iowa”

10:15-10:30 a.m. — Coffee break

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Panel

  • Jana Weiß, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster: “‘Perfection in Brewing Is Reached in America’: German-American Brewers in the Global Midwest”
  • Bethany Wiggin, University of Pennsylvania: “Philadelphia, Germanopolis, Amana, Ecotopia: Locating a Global Utopian Imaginary”
  • Andrew Zimmerman, George Washington University: “From Timbuctoo to Tabor: John Brown in German Iowa”

12:30-2:00 p.m. — Lunch

2:00-4:30 p.m. —  Panel

  • Tobias Brinkmann, Pennsylvania State University: “Small Town Stopover: Jewish Immigrants from Central Europe in the Rural Midwest 1850–80”
  • Kit Belgum, University of Texas at Austin: “German and Jewish: Civic Connections in Nineteenth-Century Iowa”
  • Jeannette Gabriel, University of Iowa: “We Were German Too: Finding Jewish Women’s Voices in Iowa’s German Past”

4:30-5:30 p.m. — Closing discussion