Schmaltz represents Northwestern in Germany

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Schmaltz represents Northwestern in Germany

January 3, 2011

 Dr. Eric Schmaltz
Dr. Eric Schmaltz

In December, Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history and co-executive director of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Masonic Institute for Citizenship Studies, presented an academic paper for a panel hosted by the German Cultural Forum of Eastern Europe in Potsdam, Germany.

During the event, To America: On the Emigration of German Settlers in Eastern Europe at the Turn of the Century, he read his paper, "The Germans from Russia in America: A Story of Retention and Transformation,” in German.

After returning from his trip to Germany, Schmaltz also was asked to introduce guest speaker Dale Eisler, Canadian Consul General in Denver, Colo., at the winter dinner of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.

Schmaltz already has plans next summer to return to Europe, traveling to France, Germany and Ukraine as part of an annual Germans from Russia tour group. Immediately following the journey, he will spend additional time in Switzerland to discuss possible cooperative projects on federalism and citizenship engagement topics with the Institute of Federalism in Fribourg and the Center for Direct Democracy based at the University of Zurich.

Dr. Mario Carvajal, an Institute member and former Costa Rican Ambassador to the European Union, also will be joining in these preliminary deliberations.

Schmaltz wishes to thank the German Cultural Forum for graciously covering his travel and lodging expenses. He also enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Dr. Alexander Rupp, the director of the National Association of Germans from Russia in Berlin, an organization devoted to the integration and promotion of thousands of ethnic Germans who in recent years have emigrated from the former Soviet Union to their ancestral homeland of Germany.