What: Urban Islands in Peasant Seas, Imposing national identity on cities in Europe from 1900-1950
Who: Historian and scholar Pieter Lagrou
When: Thursday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mary Irwin Theatre, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna
The end of the Second World War witnessed massive border changes across Central and Eastern Europe.
Sixteen scholars from around the world will share their ground-breaking research at UBC’s Okanagan campus this week as part of the European Cities and Regions in Transition After the Second World War Symposium.
Historian and scholar Pieter Lagrou, who will be giving the keynote address at the Mary Irwin Theatre, will take the community back in time to examine the roots of ethnic cleansing in the nation-building that swept through Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, which set Northern, Central and Eastern Europe on a different path.
With cultural diversity under attack today in both Europe and the United States, Lagrou will explain how religious and linguistic diversity were once in the DNA of Europe’s cities.
This event is free, however registration is required: pieterlagroukeynote.eventbrite.com
Lagrou’s visit is sponsored by UBC’s Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences; Urban Studies; History and Sociology; Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies; Reichwald Endowment Foundation; Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal; Office of the Vice President Research; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.