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March 8, 2007

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Author, Scholar Markovits To Discuss 'Why Europe Dislikes America' March 23

Andrei Markovits, a specialist in the politics of Western and Central Europe and, in particular, Germany and Austria, will speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, in Room 40 of Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus. His lecture, "Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America," will be based on his new book of the same name.

Markovits is the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan. He completed all of his post-secondary education at Columbia University, acquiring five degrees, including a doctorate in political science. He is the author and editor of numerous books, scholarly articles, conference papers, book reviews and newspaper contributions. In addition to anti-Americanism in Europe, Markovits's research interests and areas of publication include German and European trade unions; German and European social democracy and social movements; German-Jewish relations; Germany's role in the new Europe; and the comparative sociology of modern sports cultures.

"Markovits is the special kind of scholar whose work is accessible to academics and non-academics alike," said Jae-Jae Spoon, assistant professor in the UI Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and event co-organizer with Katina Lillios, associate professor of anthropology and director of the European Studies Group.

His latest book, "Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America," demonstrates how European hostilities towards the United States have preceded the policies of George W. Bush by decades, if not centuries. Markovits shows how these aversions reach beyond the confines of politics into aspects of everyday life. In addition, he argues that this anti-Americanism has led to the development of a new kind of anti-Semitism. 

"This book addresses one of the most important issues in contemporary European politics," Spoon said.

For more information or special accommodations, contact Spoon at 319-335-0901 or or Katina Lillios at 319-335-3023 or

Markovits' visit is sponsored by the European Studies Group and International Programs and is co-sponsored by the UI Departments of Anthropology, Communication Studies, French and Italian, German, and History, the Political Science Bose Lecture Series and the Graduate Association of Political Science.

The European Studies Group coordinates research projects, lectures and panel discussions, a multidisciplinary curriculum, and other events focusing on European issues. The group seeks to understand all aspects of Europe through trans-historical, trans-national and multi-disciplinary teaching, research and exchange of ideas.

For more information on the European Studies Group, visit:

The European Studies Group is part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Jae-Jae Spoon, 319-335-0901, or Katina Lillios, 319-335-3023,; Writer: Kelli Andresen.