The EU is beset with problems ranging from immigration to debt to terrorism.

The Arizona Senior Academy’s Thursday (Aug. 30) lecture will offer a timely update on concerns facing the European Union in today’s era of trade wars, political divisiveness, immigration crises and terrorism threats.

The speaker is Albrecht Classen, University Distinguished Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona, who will speak on “The European Union at a Crossroads.”  Open to the public free of charge, the lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.

Classen will be visiting the Academy for the second time this year, having spoken in January about “Valuable Lessons from the Middle Ages.”  In the upcoming talk he will outline the history of the EU and discuss some the current problems it faces, addressing such questions as:  What will newer member states do?  Can the current situation be maintained or might the EU collapse?  Members of the audience will be invited to engage with the speaker.

At the UA, in addition to teaching popular classes on German and European literature and culture from 800 to 1650, Classen is undergraduate adviser in the Department of German Studies.  During summers he conducts a medieval travel course, leading students across Europe to visit monuments and view artifacts from the Middle Ages.

Albrecht Classsen

A native of Northern Hesse, Germany, Classen received his Ph.D. Degree from the University of Virginia in 1986.  He has studied at universities in Pennsylvania, Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Italy.  He has published more than 90 scholarly books and nine volumes of his own poetry, and has been honored with many awards.  These include the prestigious Order of Merit from the German government (2004), the UA’s Henry Koffler Research Award (2008), and the Carnegie Foundation Teaching Professor of the Year (2012).

He has served four terms as president of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association.  He is editor-in-chief of the Journal Mediaevistik, and of the Humanities Open Access journal.

Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer


The European Union at a Crossroads: Aug.2018
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