Paul Verhaeghen will lecture on "Omega Minor."

Verhaeghen is a Flemish author and professor of cognitive psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He will present the English translation (Dalkey Archive Press) of his successful novel “Omega Minor” (2004), winner of the Borderwijk Award for Prose and the Triennial Culture Award for Prose from the Flemish Government. In his lecture, he will focus on the holocaust.

This lecture is a cooperation between the Dutch Studies Program and the Foundation of Flemish Literature (VFL).

Ulrich Plass (Wesleyan University) will lecture on "Adorno’s American Experience: What’s metaphysics got to do with it?"

Adorno’s philosophy can be understood as an expression of and response to the existential experience of emigration and survival, of guilt and fear. In this lecture Ulrich Plass argues that Adorno’s American writings, especially his Minima Moralia, offer a philosophy of "damaged life" that must be viewed in relation to his later idea of "metaphysical experience," a concept with which Adorno hopes to reclaim for philosophical thought the possibility of happiness.

Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse will give a lecture on "How European is Europe?"

Pieterse, professor in sociology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, specialized in global sociology, globalization, development studies and intercultural studies.

This lecture is a cooperation between the Dutch Studies Program and the IES.

Selection of works: Ethnicities and global multiculture: Pants for an Octopus (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), Globalization or Empire? (Routledge, 2004), Globalization and Culture: Global Melange (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), White on Black: Images of Africa and blacks in western popular culture (Yale UP, 1992).