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Webb Lecture Series scheduled March 12

News Release — 20 February 2009


Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, (817) 272-3317,

ARLINGTON - The 44th Walter Prescott Webb Lecture Series, "Crossing the Atlantic: Travel and Travel Writing in Modern Times," is scheduled for Thursday, March 12, in the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. at The University of Texas in Arlington. The lectures will explore travel and travel writing of Germans and Americans who crossed the Atlantic during the 19th and early 20 th centuries. The sessions are free and open to the public. The 7:30 p.m. lecture is in the Rosebud Theatre; all others are in the Rio Grande Ballroom.

Professor Dieter K. Buse of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, opens the series at 9:30 a.m. with his talk "Social Crossings: German Leftists View Amerika and Reflect Themselves." At 11 a.m., Professor Andrew Lees of Rutgers University will discuss "Between Modernity and Antimodernity: From Enthusiasm to Anxiety in German Perceptions of American Big Cities." Professor Thomas Adam of UT Arlington follows at 1:30 p.m. with a discussion of "Travel, Gender, and Identity: George and Anna Ticknor's Travel Journals."  

Professor Nils H. Roemer of the University of Texas at Dallas presents the keynote lecture, "Mapping Modernity: Jews and Other German Travelers," at 7:30 p.m. Roemer's keynote address is part of the Mustaque Ahmed Festival of Ideas, a program designed to encourage engagement between audiences and presenters at selected UT Arlington events and to encourage greater participation in the Fort Worth-Dallas area.

The annual lecture series also includes an essay competition. The authors of the winning essays are Professor Whitney Walton of Purdue University and Jim Ross-Nazzal of Houston Community College Southeast. These essays will be included in a forthcoming volume of the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series published by Texas A&M University. The book also will contain essays by the lecturers and an introduction by Frank Trommler, author and member of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

The lectures are partially sponsored by the Festival of Ideas program developed by alumnus Mustaque Ahmed to encourage engagement between the community and the University. Contact Joyce S. Goldberg, chairwoman of the Webb Lectures committee, at (817) 272-2863 or for more information.


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