Schmaltz to present on German/Russian topic in Aline, Wichita in late April

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Schmaltz to present on German/Russian topic in Aline, Wichita in late April

Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz, associate history professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, will be at the Sod House Museum in Aline on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, to present “Germans from Russia in South America: New Research Frontiers.” Schmaltz is serving as scriptwriter and historical consultant for the upcoming Fargo, N.D.-based Prairie Public Broadcasting documentary film on the German-Russian experience in South America.

For this project, he traveled to Argentina with producers and a film crew in October 2013. He will present a brief history of the migrations, settlement patterns and contributions of German-Russians in Argentina and Brazil beginning in the late 19th century. Moreover, he will reflect on more recent developments affecting South America’s German-Russians and how this documentary project and other current outreach efforts taking place worldwide among them appear to be intimately connected with broader and quite dramatic early 21st century technological and research trends.  The film will premiere in summer 2015.

On the following day, Sunday, April 27, Schmaltz will speak to the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia’s Golden Wheat Chapter at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kan., from 1:30 to 3 p.m.  His presentation is titled “A Historic October 2013 Tour of German-Russian Settlements in Argentina.”

Schmaltz teaches Modern European and World History at Northwestern, publishing widely in the United States and abroad either online or in newsletters, local newspapers, interdisciplinary academic journals, as well as major international anthologies.  With Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science at Northwestern, he serves as co-executive director of the endowed Northwestern Oklahoma State University Institute for Citizenship Studies and as senior editor of its journal Civitas. He also is Heritage Review editor in Bismarck, N.D., and a member of the Board of Academic Advisers at the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University in Portland, Ore. 

In recent years, Schmaltz also presented an academic paper in German for a panel hosted by the German Cultural Forum of Eastern Europe in Potsdam, Germany, took an extensive tour of the former German settlements near Odessa, Ukraine, and spoke at the Workshop on the German Diaspora in Eastern and Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union sponsored by the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University in England.  His most recent articles have appeared in the Society for German American Studies Yearbook from the University of Kansas at Lawrence and the online journal of the Eurasian Studies Society of the United Kingdom.

In July, Schmaltz will be presenting on topics concerning German minorities in the former Soviet Union at international conferences in San Jose, Costa Rica and Spokane, Wash.

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