Affiliated Coursework

  • HIS 335: War and Violence in Europe
  • HIS 360: The Holocaust
  • HIS 364: Early Modern German History, 1500-1800
  • HIS 367: Modern German History, 1800-2000
  • HIS 373: 19th Century Europe
  • HIS 394: Medieval Europe
  • HIS 400: Postwar: Europe since 1945



Saturday, October 15
Flint, Elks Lodge, 7177 E Maple Ave, Grand Blanc

(please contact the History Department to register)

 When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Theresa in October 1810, the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities in a big open field. The event—including a festival, horse races, and of course drinking—was such a hit, that it was held again in 1811. This was the birth of Oktoberfest, Germany’s most famous open air festival. The History Department cannot take you all to Oktoberfest in Munich, but we will bring a taste of Oktoberfest to Flint. This event will feature a thirty-piece German brass band, a dance floor, and a complimentary Bavarian dinner buffet.

Wyatt Movie Night: Ali: Feat Eats the Soul (1974)

Tuesday, November 1

In this classic film by one of West Germany’s most celebrated filmmakers, an almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them. This film deals with the question of how Germans treated immigrants and minorities in the decades after the Third Reich. It also makes clear, as anyone who has been to Germany realizes, that in the postwar era Germany has become an exceptionally diverse, multicultural country, a reality that distresses many ethnic Germans.

Krampus: The South German Christmas Devil

Tuesday, December 6

Krampus is a pagan beast found in the Alps who appears each year around St. Nick’s Day to terrorize bad children. The Krampus tradition is particularly strong in Austria’s remote mountain valleys. This character has gained more attention in the United States recently, but it has been stripped of nearly all of its history and connection to Austrian culture. Join us on St. Nick’s Day to hear Professor Molnar describe the murky origins, history, and cultural meaning of Krampus, the south German Christmas devil.