World-renowned German historian Richard J. Evans to speak at UR

March 22, 2018

Richard J. Evans, widely considered one of the world's greatest living historians of modern Germany, is giving two upcoming lectures at the University of Richmond.

Evans, who is Regius Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cambridge, is currently serving as the Department of History’s Douglas Southall Freeman Professor. He is visiting this semester and teaching a course on the rise and fall of Nazi Germany.

The Freeman lectures include:

  • April 5, 7:30 p.m.: Art and Architecture in Nazi Germany: From ‘Degenerate Art’ to Fascist Modernism
  • April 12, 7:30 p.m.: Looted Art and Restitution: From Napoleon to the Nazis

Both lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Carole Weinstein International Center Commons.

“These two lectures discuss the attitudes of the Nazis towards art and culture, from the notorious ‘degenerate art’ exhibition held in Munich in 1937 to the widespread looting and spoliation of artworks by the Nazis before and during the war," said Evans. “The consequences of Nazi behavior in the cultural sphere are still with us today and can be seen from movies such as "The Woman in Gold" to restituted German Expressionist works currently exhibited in the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts.”

Evans’s three-volume history “The Third Reich Trilogy,” which covers the rise and collapse of Nazi Germany, has been noted as a "masterpiece of historical scholarship.” A February 2017 article in Slate highlighted Evans’s scholarship calling him “the pre-eminent historian of 20th-century Germany.”

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