The University of Innsbruck and Center Austria organized the annual UNO – Innsbruck Symposium on the topic of “Enduring Cultures: Indigenous Responses to Changing Environments in the 21st Century.” Speakers from North America and Europe met for a very engaging dialogue on the challenges indigenous peoples are facing from neoliberalist capitalism encroaching on their tribal lands in search of natural resources and in the process endangering their ways of life and traditional cultures.

From left to right: Klaus Frantz (Innsbruck, conference director), Gertraud Griessner (CenterAustria), Anna Stammler-Gossman (Arctic Center, University of Lapland, Finland), Guenter Bischof (CenterAustria), Liisa Holmberg (Sami Education Institute, Inari, Finland), Hugh Beach (Uppsala University, Sweden), Jay Johnson (University of Kansas), Bruce Forbes (Arctic Center, University of Lapland, Finland), Dick Winchell (Eastern Washington University), Dorothy Hallock (Tribal Planning Consultant, Tempe, AZ)

From left to right: Klaus Frantz (Innsbruck, conference director), Gertraud Griessner (CenterAustria), Anna Stammler-Gossman (Arctic Center, University of Lapland, Finland), Guenter Bischof (CenterAustria), Liisa Holmberg (Sami Education Institute, Inari, Finland), Hugh Beach (Uppsala University, Sweden), Jay Johnson (University of Kansas), Bruce Forbes (Arctic Center, University of Lapland, Finland), Dick Winchell (Eastern Washington University), Dorothy Hallock (Tribal Planning Consultant, Tempe, AZ)

Lecture

Presented by CenterAustria and the Department of History.

Günter Bischof is the director ofCenterAustria and the author of a recent book of essaysRelationships/Beziehungsgeschichten: Austria and the United States in the Twentieth Century(TRANSATLANTICA 4) (2014) and co-editor with Stefan Karner and Barbara Stelzl-Marx of The Vienna Summit and Its Importance in International History (The Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series, ed. Mark Kramer) (2014).

He is partnering with the Boltzmann Institute for the Study of the Consequences of War on a vast international collaborative research project on the end of the Cold War “Eastern Europe and the USSR in Transition: The End of an Era (in three volumes)”, in which this lecture will appear as a chapter. In 2014 it will be 25 years ago that the dramatic events and “silent revolutions” of 1989 happened and the end of communism in Eastern Europe unfolded.

Austrian Broadcasting on Austrian History

At the end of the year 2013 and with a view towards the great historical memory year 2014 (the outbreak of World War I in July/August 1914), the Austrian Broadcasting corporation asked some 15 prominent Austrian historians (UNO CenterAustria’s director included) to suggest the 10 most important events in World History and the 5 most important events in Austrian History in the Twentieth Century. For the results, see http://www.orf.at/stories/2211176/2211173

Turnip Harvest

CenterAustria does a service project harvesting turnips for donation to the Second Harvesters Food Bank, feeding the hungry of New Orleans (on Cajun farmer Jimmy Boulet’s turnip farm in Lafourche Parish with Dr. Hadley and Dr. Bischof as well as student Markus Habermann, who took the pictures).