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Director

Executive Manager

Communications & Administrative Specialist

Director

Joseph F. Patrouch

Wirth Institute Director Joseph F. Patrouch

In these trying and tumultuous times, I am pleased to report that the Wirth Institute continues to
support programs and undertake activities relating to central Europe. Although we had to close the
doors of our office to the public back in March, we are organizing numerous online activities such as our
new curated “Composers of Central Europe” series and a series of short presentations by alumni of our
visiting doctoral researcher program called “WAN Central European Talks.” For community members
who are missing access to libraries, we have started a book delivery service we have titled the “Mobile
Central European Library.” Watch for announcements about upcoming online concerts, podcasts, and
more.

Unfortunately, many of our planned programs have had to be cancelled or postponed. We will not be hosting a new cohort of central European doctoral scholars in Academic Year, 2020-21, for example, and the start of the Edmonton stay of our new Faculty of Arts Hungarian Visiting Professor has been postponed until Fall, 2021. The faculty exchange programs with the University of Innsbruck in Austria and the University of Silesia in Poland have similarly been postponed, as have the study trips of Alberta music students to Austria under the Strauss Award and Schubert Institute programs. We very much hope that all these programs will be able to start again in 2021.

Plans continue for our annual programs such as the Toby and Saul Reichert Holocaust Lecture and the Central European Art History Lecture, and we definitely will hold our annual “Silent Night” Christmas concert in some form or another. This is the twentieth anniversary of that popular event!

We will miss everyone who attends our monthly “Central European Cafes”. These have been suspended until circumstances permit us to hold public events on campus once again. Our workshops, conferences, and alumni meetings planned for Budapest, Zagreb, and Wroclaw have all been postponed as well, in the hope of healthier times. Many of these planned events discuss the challenging situation of marginalized and minority communities in central Europe and Canada, important themes in the contemporary world which the Wirth Institute will continue to explore.

From all of us here at the Wirth Institute, we hope that everyone interested in our activities stays healthy and in touch. We look forward to being able to see you all in person sometime in the not-too-distant future!

About the Wirth Institute

Founded in 1998 as the Canadian Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies, the subsequently renamed Wirth Institute is an institution with a fascinating mix of academic disciplines tied to it. These include Art & Design, Drama, Economics, English and Film Studies, History & Classics, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies, to name only a sampling of the departments and programs in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Arts which houses the institute. We also work with colleagues in the university’s Augustana and St. Jean Faculties as well as in Faculties such as Native Studies and Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport. This variety allows for a diverse mix of programs.

I invite all scholars and students interested in Central Europe to imagine ways the Wirth Institute can help with your ideas for conferences, publications, virtual seminars, exchanges, and more.

The Wirth Institute benefits from the ongoing support of the governments of Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Our current class of Wirth visiting scholars are from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Profiles of the current scholars are available elsewhere on our institute’s website. The Institute is also pleased to be affiliated with various local scholars working on topics relating to Central Europe through the Institute’s Research Associate program. Visiting Professors from Austria and Hungary currently based in the Department of Music and the Department of Drama also have ties to the Institute.

Due to the generosity of Manfred and Alfred Wirth and many others, the fields of Central European, Habsburg, and Austrian studies are thriving in Edmonton and elsewhere across Canada. I am honoured and pleased to be able to participate in the varied activities of this dynamic institution. I look forward to working with interested colleagues from around the world. Together our interest in the societies, histories, and cultures of these lands bring us together. The Wirth Institute stands ready to assist this process in any way we can.

If you have ideas about programs on which the Institute could collaborate, or if you would like further information about our activities, I invite you to email me at patrouch@ualberta.ca.

Dr. Joseph F. Patrouch,
Professor and Director

Links:

http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/historyandclassics/JosephPatrouch.cfm
https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/about/people-collection/joseph-patrouch

Contact

300-B, Arts & Convocation Hall
780-492-4326
patrouch@ualberta.ca

Office hours

Please note that due to the current Covid-19 public health emergency, the Arts & Convocation Building is currently not accessible to the public. Wirth Institute staff are working remotely during regular office hours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact Dr. Patrouch by phone or e-mail.

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Executive Manager

Sylwia Chrobak

Sylwia Chrobak, Wirth Institute Executive Manager

Contact

300-C, Arts & Convocation Hall
780-492-2716
sylvia.chrobak@ualberta.ca

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Communications & Administrative Specialist

Rychele Wright

Rychele Wright, Wirth Institute Communications Specialist

Contact

300 Arts & Convocation Hall
780-492-1444
rawright@ualberta.ca

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