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WHO WE ARE The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) promotes an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including the lands of the former Habsburg empire, by awarding grants and fellowships, organizing lectures and conferences, and publishing the [...]

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New Podcast! Designing His Life: Victor Papanek — with Alison J. Clarke

Dr. Alison J. Clarke discusses her new book, "Victor Papanek: Designer for the Real World," a biography of social design's Austrian-American trailblazer. V Victor Papanek wrote "Design for the Real World," a book that augured the ascent of socially and ecologically sustainable design movements many years later. Published in 1971, the impact and relevance of his book persists globally.

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New Podcast! Designing His Life: Victor Papanek — with Alison J. Clarke2021-05-18T19:07:33+00:00

Transatlantic Journeys in Musical Practice with Christiane Tewinkel

Dr. Christiane Tewinkel discusses her musicology research as related to Theodor Leschetizky and his American students. Born in Galicia in 1830, Theodor Leschetizky, a pianist and composer himself, became internationally famous as a piano teacher with over 1,000 students. Of these, 350-400 were American. Although Leschetizky had enormous influence during his time, his personal records had never been studied. That is, until now. Christiane Tewinkel traveled to the Leschetizky Association in New York to see their special collection for herself. Her findings are fascinating, revealing so much about a man, his "Method," students, transatlantic relations, musicology, and more.

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Transatlantic Journeys in Musical Practice with Christiane Tewinkel2021-05-18T19:09:05+00:00

A Sense of Belonging: The Camphill Movement and its Origins–Part II

In this second podcast of a two part-series, Dr. Katherine Sorrels elaborates on specific elements of the Camphill Movement:  anthroposophy, counterculture, approaches to disability, Karl Koenig's relationship with Hans Asperger, and more.

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A Sense of Belonging: The Camphill Movement and its Origins–Part II2021-02-23T15:56:19+00:00

A Sense of Belonging: The Camphill Movement and its Origins

In this first podcast of a two part-series, Dr. Katherine Sorrels explains the Camphill Movement as it exists today and as it was founded 80+ years ago.

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A Sense of Belonging: The Camphill Movement and its Origins2020-12-15T16:21:20+00:00

The Crisis Specialist: Clemens von Pirquet

Clemens von Pirquet, an Austrian pediatrician and scientist, held a prominent role in the international post-WWI humanitarian relief efforts during Austria’s hunger crisis. Pirquet directed his unique, scientific-based system of nutrition (no cocoa here, please) with the support of the American Relief Administration. As a result of this transatlantic partnership, hundreds of thousands of Austrian children were saved from starvation.

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The Crisis Specialist: Clemens von Pirquet2021-06-18T14:37:48+00:00

Vic Huber Interview

Austrian author Theodora Bauer discusses her writing process and research for her 2017 novel, Chikago. Published in German, Chikago chronicles the immigration journey of three young people, Feri, Katica, and Anica, from Burgenland to Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Vic Huber Interview2019-12-03T15:39:23+00:00

Kurt Bednar Interview

Austrian author Theodora Bauer discusses her writing process and research for her 2017 novel, Chikago. Published in German, Chikago chronicles the immigration journey of three young people, Feri, Katica, and Anica, from Burgenland to Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Kurt Bednar Interview2019-11-25T16:18:39+00:00

Marion Romberg Interview

Austrian author Theodora Bauer discusses her writing process and research for her 2017 novel, Chikago. Published in German, Chikago chronicles the immigration journey of three young people, Feri, Katica, and Anica, from Burgenland to Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Marion Romberg Interview2019-11-26T17:54:28+00:00

Willam O’Reilly Interview

Austrian author Theodora Bauer discusses her writing process and research for her 2017 novel, Chikago. Published in German, Chikago chronicles the immigration journey of three young people, Feri, Katica, and Anica, from Burgenland to Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Willam O’Reilly Interview2019-11-11T17:06:37+00:00