Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt
(Dept of History)
Modern European and French History; History and Memory; Holocaust History; History and Legacy of Nazi Art Looting
News: DU History Professor and CJS faculty Prof. Elizabeth Karlsgodt is the author of
Defending National Treasures: French Art and Heritage under Vichy
(Stanford University Press, 2011). She is currently writing a book with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities on the recovery of art looted by the Nazis, comparing restitution practices in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.Read about Prof. Beth Karlsgodt's research and insights regarding Nazi art looting, the subject of her new book and recent articles:
*US News and World Report: The Real 'Monuments Men' (and Women)
*DU Magazine: History professor tells the real story behind Clooney's 'Monuments Men'
*Beth Karlsgodt's blog entries about her recent travel to Nazi camps in Europe.
This Winter, Prof. Karlsgodt reached out to Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society Director Jeanne Abrams to integrate the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Archives into her course, European Culture in the World Wars. Prof. Karlsgodt's students worked with archivist Thyria Wilson to examine documents and materials in the Lowenstein Collection to enhance their knowledge of European culture before and during WWII. Using primary resources of Holocaust survivor and Denver theater pioneer, Henry Lowenstein, the students worked on research projects as part of their final papers. Additionally, the class attended an exhibition of Maria Lowenstein's works of art at the Niza Knoll gallery in Denver, as well as attended Henry Lowenstein's talk at the gallery, in which he described his mother's experiences from the Bolshevik Revolution, during both world wars, and into the Cold War.
Learn with Prof. Karlsgodt at the AHSS Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture: The Real Monuments Men and Women: Art Restitution Successes and Challenges. Reception at 5:30, Alumni Award Presentation at 6:30, Lecture begins at 6:45, followed by book signing.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 5:30-8:00pm. Register here!
Beth Karlsgodt recently gave a lecture for the Humanities Institute discussing the historical roots of today's disputes by examining shifts in cultural property norms since the Nazi plunder of European art during World War II. This recent history elucidates current social and political trends, including an acute and transnational concern for heritage, variously defined, in our globalizing era.
Read Beth Karlsgodt's blog entries about her recent travel to Nazi camps in Europe.
Education: PhD, New York University