Guest Lecture: Emily Levine: Art, Money, and Ideas in Weimar Germany

Jan 30, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Guest Lecture: Emily Levine: Art, Money, and Ideas in Weimar Germany photo

Emily J. Levine, Ph.D., discusses her new book, Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School (University of Chicago Press, 2013). The recent discovery of a new trove of Nazi-looted art in Germany has awoken us to the world of culture and ideas that was lost when Hitler came to power. Levine's book tells the forgotten story of Hamburg’s emergence as a center of that early 20th century intellectual world. In Germany’s commercial city, a trio of German-Jewish scholars unexpectedly created an innovative school of art history, philosophy, and cultural history. Dreamland of Humanists opens a window to an influential prewar German-Jewish scholarly circle that transformed how we think about art and culture today.

Emily J. Levine is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research centers on the intersection of German Jews, European culture, and intellectual history. She has spoken at the Warburg Institute in London, the Center for Jewish History in New York, and the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem, among other venues. Dr. Levine received a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and was an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Yale and an Alexander von Humboldt fellow in Berlin. She lives in Durham with her husband.

A book signing with Dr. Levine and public reception will follow the lecture. A special thanks to the UNCG Department of History for co-sponsoring this event.

Photo: Chia Messina Photography.

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