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2001 Archive Program

General Information and
Program Overview

 

European Studies Conference
2001


Fees:

All chairs and presenters of papers must pay the registration fee. Since this conference is self-supporting, we depend on that income to cover the cost of conference materials, the conference luncheon on Friday, refreshments during session breaks, and transportation between the UNO campus and our three designated conference hotels.

Location of Conference:

The conference will take place in Milo Bail Student Center meeting rooms on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. You will be able to sign in and then receive ESC materials with the final program in the Crimson Room. Refreshments will be served there also.

Shuttle Service:

Complementary shuttle service will be available on a regular schedule between the three conference hotels and the campus.

Thursday Reception and Dinner:

Participants in the European Studies Conference, the Central Slavic Conference, and the Third World Studies Conference will have the opportunity to attend a reception and no-host dinner at the W.H. Thompson Alumni House which is located on the West side of our campus.
The special guest of the evening will be Dr. Fatos Tarifa, the ambassador from Albania to the United States. A distinguished career sociologist and university professor, Dr. Tarifa has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Webster University (Leiden) and the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague) before he entered the diplomatic corps of his country in 1998. The ambassador's speech will follow the dinner.
Please note that the $25 cost of the dinner is not included in your registration fee.

Ethnic Dinner on Friday Evening:

Enjoying a Czech dinner at the Bohemian Café has become a well liked tradition for many conference participants. The cost of the dinner is again $16 this year. The choice of entrees includes Jägerschnitzel, roast loin of pork or roast chicken; a choice of vegetable (Sauerkraut, sweet and sour cabbage or vegetable of the day); rye bread, Czech dumplings, kolacki; and a choice of beverage of coffee or tea.
Please indicate your interest for this dinner on the registration form.

Program Overview

Thursday, 4 October

3:00 – 5:00 PM ………………….....Registration…………..………..Crimson Room

Reception and Dinner……………………………….W.T. Thompson Alumni House

Joint program of the European Studies Conference, Central Slavic Conference and the Third World Studies Conference.

5:30 PM………………………Reception
6:30 PM………………………Dinner
7:30 PM………………………”Making Sense of the Balkans: Past, Present , and Future,” Fatos Tarifa, Ambassador of Albania to the
United States

Friday, 5 October

8:00AM – 5:00PM……………….Registration……………………..Crimson Room

9:00AM – 10:15AM…………………………………………………… Session One

Contemporary Issues: European Union ………………………….Omaha Room
Chair:
Steve Mazorana, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
Papers:
1. “Eastern Expansion of NATO and the European Union,” Jerzy Hauptman, Park University, MO.
2. “The CEEC’s and their Quest for EU Membership: What Drives Public Support in Applicant Nations,” Mihnea Ion Nastase, Georgia State University.
3. “Harmonization, Coordination, Cooperation, or Competiotion: Which Best Describes
the European Union’s Approach to Tax Policy?,” Richard Emery, Linfield
University

Film and Art………………………………………………………….Council Room
Chair:
Barbara M. Fahy, Albright College. PA.
Papers:
1. “Parallel Lives: The Cinematic Careers of Leni Riefenstahl and Marlene Dietrich,” Allen Shepherd, Chadron State College.
2. “Hollywood’s Propaganda War: How Opera, Pasta, and Vino Transformed Old Enemies into New Friends,” Robert Fyne, Kean University
3. “Fictional Spaces for Dangerous Ladies in the Art of Alfred Robita,” Elizabeth K.
Menon, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Britain and Its Neighbors………………………………………Redick Room
Chair:
Timothy White, Xavier College, OH
Papers:
1. “Britain, the United States and the Organization of European Supranational Unification 1953-1957,” Wendell Mauter, Quincy University
2 “Matthew Stewart, Earl of Lennox, and the Scottish Border Wars, 1544-1548,” Daniel Trifan, Missouri Western State College.
3.“A Fifth Column for Britain: Dutch-British Relations and the Question of European in the 1950s,” Todd Alan Good, Bowling Green State University.

Philosophy………………………………………………………..Gallery Room
Chair:
Salvatore Fratanaro, Providence College, RI.
Papers:
1. “Individualism in the Writings of Aristotle, St. Thomas, William of Ockham and Thomas Hobbes,” David A. Freeman, Washburn University, KS.
2. “A Definitive Look at the ‘Adam Smith Problem,’’’ Wayne H. Oberle, St. Ambrose University, IA.
3. “Marx’s Theory of Knowledge,” William O’Meara, James Madison University.


10:15 – 10:30AM…………………..Break………………………..Crimson Room

10:30 – 11:45 AM………………………………………………………….Session Two

Saints and Mystics………………………………………………..Omaha Room
Chair:
TBA
Papers:
1. “A Contemporary Austrian Perspective on the Expulsion of Protestants from the State of Salzburg, 1731-1734,” Donald Ortner, Hampden-Sydney College, VA.
2. “Northern Saints as Model for Patriotism: the Catholic Reformation in 17th Century Flemish Art,” Barbara M. Fahy, Albright College, PA.
3. “The Mystical Element in Abraham Heschel’s Religious Thought: A Theological and Literary Analysis,” Salvatore N. Fratanaro, Providence College, RI.

Pursuit of Peace…………………………………………………..Council Room
Chair:
Jerzy Hauptman, Park University, MO.
Papers:
1. “Peaceful Secession: Czechoslovakia, Quebec, and Montenegro,” Stephen Mazurana, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
2. “The Pursuit of National Interests and Elusive Peace,” George Kaloudis, Rivier College, NH.

Academicians, Artists, and Writers………………………….Gallery Room
Chair:
William G. Shaffer, Illinois College
Papers:
1. “Reframing the Academic: Dagnan-Bouveret and the Academic Tradition,” Gabriel Weisberg, University of Minnesota.
2. “Confronting the Past: the Works of Artist Anselm Kiefer and Writer Patrick Suskind,” Michael Myers, Montana State University.
3. “Nicolo-Peccavi, or A Schlemiel Despite Himself,” Simon P. Sibelman, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Turkey and Cyprus……………………………………………..Redick Room
Chair:
Daniel Trifan, Missouri Western State College
Papers:
1. “From a Divided Island to a United Cyprus: Can the Two Communities Be Brought Together?” Murat Tanyel, Fred Van Geest and Jonathan Warner, Dordt College, IA.
2. “Turkey: Where Next?” Jonathan Warner, Dordt College, IA.

12:00 – 1:45 PM…………………....Conference Lunch…………………..Dodge Room

2:00 – 3:15 PM……………………………………………………………..Session Three

The Classical Women in Art: Goddess, Muse and Artist…………Omaha Room
Chair: Erwin F. Erhardt, Thomas More College, KY
Papers:
1. “Multifaceted Muses: Sexuality, Power and Wisdom in Art,” Virginia M. da Costa, West Chester University.
2. “The Goddesses Shed Light: Depiction of the Feela Psyche as Illustrated in Ancient Greek Art Through the Portrayal of the Greek Goddesses: Athena, Artemis, and Hera,” Stephanie Fineman, Villanova University.
3. “Edmonia Lewis: A Passionate Choice,” Barbara Beaucar, West Chester University.

Hitler and World War II……………………………………………Council Room
Chair:
Theodore R. Mosch, University of Tennessee-Martin
Papers:
1. “Hitler, Wagner, and the Dark Side of the Hero,” Tom Ventrasca, Park University, MO.
2. “Leyden University During the Nazi Occupation of Holland,” Peter Suzuki, University of Nebraska-Omaha.
3. “Hitler’s Waffen SS – the First European ‘EuroCorps’?” Michael Ziemann, Seattle Pacific University.

Pluralism and Political Philosophy……………………………..Gallery Room
Chair:
David Freeman, Washburn University, KS.
Papers:
1. “Prospects for Federalism in the European Union,” Timothy M. Kuehnlein, Jr., Western Michigan University.
2. “Political Pluralism and Minorities in Bulgaria,” Ali Eminov, Wayne State College, NE.
3. “John Gray and Value Pluralism,” Spencer Davis, Peru State College.

Societies in Transition……………………………………………..Redick Room
Chair:
Sufi Nazem, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Papers:
1. “Irony: Sitting in America Addressing Milosevich,” Bernard Bray, Talladega College.
2. “Demography and Migration in Ireland: Conforming to the European Pattern?” Timothy J. White, Xavier College, OH.
3. “Toward a New Spanish Society: Third World Immigration and its (Dis)Contents,” Dieudonne K. Afatsawo, Hampden-Sydney College, VA.


3:30 – 4:45 PM…………………………………………………………..Session Four

The Death of Art: Three European Perspectives………………Omaha Room
Chair: Marie Hooper, Oklahoma City University
Papers:
1. “Hegel on the “Death of Art,” Jeanne Schuler, Creighton University
2. “The Critique of Bourgeois Aesthetics: On the Beautiful and the Sublime,” Patrick Murray, Creighton University.
3. “Francis Bacon and the End of Beauty,” Richard White, Creighton University.

Literature…………………………………………………………Council Room
Chair:
Kevin Swafford, Bradley University
Papers:
1. “A Novelistic Biography of Picasso by Norman Mailer: Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man,” Norman Luna, University of Nebraska-Omaha.
2. “Francophone Literature: The Return to the Native Land,” Michel Rocchi, University of Puget Sound, WA.
3. “Darkest England: Social Theory and the Groteque in Late-Victorian Fiction,” Kevin Swafford, Bradley University.

France and Francophonie…………………………………….Gallery Room
Chair:
Simon P. Sibelman, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Papers:
1. “The Count of Chambrun, Franco-American Relations, and Pierre Laval,” William G. Shaffer, Illinois College.
2. “The French Municipal Elections of 2001: The Right Returns and the Left Turns Green,” Chris Pinet, Montana State University.
3. “Francophonie in a Globalizing World,” Jody Neathery-Castro and Mark O. Rousseau, University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Issues of European Politics and Economy…………………..Redick Room
Chair: Delmer Lonowski, South Dakota State University
Papers:
1. “Remembering Verdun,” Anthony De Luca, Emerson College, MA.
2. “US Military Railway Service in Europe During World War II,” Rudolph Daniels, Western Iowa Tech Community College.

7:30 PM…………………………………………………………………..Ethnic Dinner
Bohemian Cafe

Saturday, 6 October

8:00 – 10:00 AM…………………Registration……………………..Crimson Room

9:00 – 10:15 AM……………………………………………………………Session Five

Differences in Cultures and Financial Systems………………….Omaha Room
Chair:
Wayne H. Oberle, St. Ambrose University
Papers:
1. “Sub-Regionalism in Northern Europe,” Anne Myrjord, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
2. “An Investigation of the Effect of Alternative International Financial Performance Models on Statement Users’ Decisions,” Kurt H. Buerger, Angelo State University, TX and Linda M. Nichols, Texas Tech University.


Europe in 2001: Issues and Challenges I …………………Council Room
Chair:
Bernard Decker, University of Central Florida

Papers:
1. “The Nice Summit: A Realistic Recipe for the Next Enlargement of the Union, or A Sure Recipe for More Power Struggle to Come,” Jean-Pierre LaLande, Moravian College
2. “One Currency, One Language?” Carol del Vitto, University of Central Florida

Integration of Policy in the EU: Past, Present and Future……Redick Room
Chair:
Shane Fitzpatrick, Centenary College
Papers:
1. “The Relationship Between the EEC and Comecon: A Turning Point in the Cold War in Europe,” Robert H. Dodge, Washington and Jefferson College.
2. “Policy Integration in the EU: A Case Study in the Equine Industry,” Nicola East, Wilson College.
3. “The European Union and the Need for an Integrated Human Rights Policy,” Shane Fitzpatrick, Centenary College.

10:15 – 10:30 AM………………………Break………………………..Crimson Room

10:30 – 11:45 AM……………………………………………………………..Session Six

Languages and Learning……………………………………………Omaha Room
Chair: Kathleen Granrose, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Papers:
1. “Teaching Ethics with Scrooge,” Chris McCord, Kirkwood Community College
2. “Youth Language in Germany,” Leo Gruber, University of Nebraska-Omaha
3. “Language Learning in Spain: A Description of Current Practices and Comparison with Other EU Countries,” Michelle-Marie Dowell, Hampden-Sydney College, VA.

Europe in 2001: Issues and Challenges II…………………….Council Room
Chair:
Jean-Pierre LaLande, Moravian College
Papers:
1. “I Don’t Love My Fatherland; I Love My Wife: Discussions Surrounding the Issue of National Identity in Germany,” Bernard Decker, University of Central Florida
2. “Understanding Cultural Differences: An Approach to Prepare Students of Business
German for the Global Workplace,” Volker Langeheine, Michigan State University
3. “From Suspicion to Solidarity? Austria’s Changing European Role, Daniel C.
Villanueva, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Issues in Literature and Politics………………………………..Redick Room
Chair: Jody Neatherly-Castro, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Papers
1. “Anne Bronte’s Governess: A Unique Portrait of a Practical Life,” Kristin
LeVeness, Nassau Community College
2. “The Door Keeper Motif in Kafka’s Der Prozess,” Anthony Jung, University of
Nebraska at Omaha
4. “ World War II Britain’s Ministry of Information and the Dilemma of Pro-Soviet
Propaganda,” Erwin F. Erhardt, Thomas More College, KY

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