Center for Global Studies launches spring brown bag lecture series

February 08, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Center for Global Studies will continue to host the Brown Bag Lecture Series this spring. The lectures take place from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on select Wednesdays in 157 Burrowes Building.

The lectures will highlight faculty and graduate research in global fields. All are welcome to attend and enjoy light refreshments of cookies, tea, and coffee.

The first lecture will be given by Ran Zwingberg, assistant professor of Asian studies, history and Jewish studies, on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Zwingberg's research focuses on modern Japanese and European History, with a specialization in memory and intellectual history. Based on his first book, "Hiroshima: The origins of Global Memory Culture," and recent research, Zwingberg's lecture will examine the connections between the medical reactions to the Holocaust and Hiroshima and Nagasaki events, and the politics of memory in both contexts. Zwingberg focuses on the concept of the ‘survivor’ and how the survivor's development impacts the discourse of the Holocaust and other traumas. The formation of the universal and expansive category of "Survivorhood" comes from the collection of histories of Hiroshima and the Holocaust, as well as, from scholarship surrounding PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

For a complete listing of more Brown Bag Lecture Series events, as well as all Center for Global Studies’ events, visit

For more information, contact Sarah Lyall-Combs at 814-867-4697 or

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Last Updated February 09, 2018