Updated start time is 5:30 pm
The Modern Europe Colloquium presents Larry Wolff, the Julius Silver Professor of History, New York University, on “Habsburg Aftermath 1919: From Versailles to the Vienna Opera.”
This lecture will focus on the year 1919 and the end of the Habsburg monarchy, analyzed from the perspective of two recent books: “Woodrow Wilson and the Reimagining of Eastern Europe” (2020), and “The Shadow of the Empress: Fairy-Tale Opera and the End of the Habsburg Monarchy” (2023).
Location: HQ (Humanities Quadrangle), Rm 276, 320 York St.
The Modern Europe Colloquium is generously sponsored by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund; the European Studies Council of the Yale MacMillan Center
Bio: Larry Wolff is the Julius Silver Professor of History at New York University. He received his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. At NYU he has previously served as Executive Director of the Remarque Institute and as Co-Director of NYU Florence at Villa La Pietra. His research has focused on the relation between Eastern Europe and Western Europe, especially pursuing the argument that; Eastern Europe was “invented” in the eighteenth century by the philosophes and travelers of the Enlightenment. His newest book is The Shadow of the Empress: Fairy-Tale Opera and the End of the Habsburg Monarchy (2023). He is also the author of Woodrow Wilson and the Reimagining of Eastern Europe (2020) and Disunion within the Union: The Uniate Church and the Partitions of Poland (2019), The Singing Turk: Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon (2016), Paolina’s Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova’s Venice (2012), The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture (2010), Venice and the Slavs: The Discovery of Dalmatia in the Age of Enlightenment (2001), Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment (1994), The Vatican and Poland in the Age of the Partitions (1988), and Postcards from the End of the World: Child Abuse in Freud’s Vienna (1988). He writes frequently about opera, publishing essays and reviews in the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Hudson Review. He has received Fulbright, American Council of Learned Societies, and Guggenheim fellowships, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.