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


10:00 – 11:30am | István the Teacher

Chair: Eagle Glassheim, University of British Columbia

  • Jennifer L. 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

Remarks and Introduction by Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor Emerita of History, Columbia University

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

Remarks and Introduction of Pieter Judson by Volker Berghahn, Seth Low Emeritus Professor of History, Columbia University

Pieter Judson, European University Institute


Opening Remarks & Panel I


Panel II


Panel III