Europe: Past & Future

At a glance

What: Classes, lectures, and other ideas exploring the long history of Europe as well as its present and future

When: Spring 2019

Questions: Contact Jessica Courtier or call 608-890-3626

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Europe: Past & Future

The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which set the diplomatic terms for ending World War I and sought to balance the concerns of individual nations with international issues: war crimes reparations, national boundaries, trade, the formation of the League of Nations, and much more.

The issues Europe faces today are different in details but not necessarily in kind: tradition and cultural change; humanitarian crises and immigration; entwined economic systems.

This anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the deep history of Europe as well as issues in the present.

Check out the classes and events in this series:


Street Life in Paris: The Pulse of the City

Drawing on pictorial and textual examples from the French Revolution to today’s street culture, learn about the many facets of Parisian streets as sites of revolutionary protests, flourishing café culture, urban development, artistic inspiration, and creative experiments.

Wed, May 8, 7-8:30pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St.

Free; registration requested but not required: email


Europe: Past & Future CLASSES


Tuesday Morning Booktalks

Join other book lovers at the downtown Madison Public Library for exciting discussions of world literature. Extensive handouts provided.

Program and registration details