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Celebrating István Deák: Historian, Teacher, Provocateur
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Please join Columbia University’s Department of History, the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, and the Harriman Institute for a conference in honor of István Deák (1926-2023).

Botstiber Institute recently sponsored a special issue of the Journal of Austrian-American History (May 2023) dedicated to Deák. Titled “How East Central Europe Changed: The István Deák School of History,” this issue is fully open source and available online.


Friday, October 6, 2023

9:30am | Opening Remarks

  • Valentina Izmirlieva, Director, Harriman Institute
  • Kevin J. McNamara, Managing Director, Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies
  • Pablo Piccato, Chair, Department of History
  • Adam Tooze, Director, European Institute


10:00 – 11:30am | István the Teacher

Chair: Eagle Glassheim (University of British Columbia)

  • Jennifer Foray (Purdue University)
  • Paul Hanebrink (Rutgers University)
  • Marsha Rozenblit (University of Maryland)
  • Daniel Unowsky (University of Memphis)


11:30am – 1:00pm | István and Hungary: Then and Now

Chair: Attila Pók (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

  • Csaba Békés (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)
  • Charles Gati (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Laszlo Karsai (University of Szeged, Hungary)
  • Judit Molnár (University of Szeged, Hungary)
  • Peter Pastor (Montclair State University)


2:30 – 4:00pm | István and East Central European History

Chair: Dominique Reill (University of Miami)

  • Gábor Egry (Institute of Political History, Budapest)
  • Robert Nemes (Colgate University)
  • Rebekah A. Klein-Pejšová (Purdue University)
  • Natasha Wheatley (Princeton University)


4:30 – 5:30pm | Keynote

Pieter Judson (European University Institute)