Kinder Institute: Americans and the German University System

Munchen Karlsplatz, Germany, nineteenth century

Kinder Institute: “Americans and the German University System in the 19th Century”


The Kinder Institute at the University of Missouri, a JMC partner program, will be hosting a lecture examining the German influence on the American university system during the nineteenth century.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, new American universities were created—and existing American universities reshaped—along German lines. As part of a celebration of retiring MU Curators’ Distinguished Professor of History Jonathan Sperber, Vanderbilt University Distinguished Chair and Professor of History David Blackbourn will give a keynote lecture that examines why such shaping and reshaping took place and what the results of it were.

Friday, September 6, 2019 • 3:30 PM
Jesse Hall, Room 410 • University of Missouri

Free and open to the public

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David BlackbournDavid Blackbourn is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair and Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of seven books on a wide range of subjects within the field of German history since the eighteenth century. Professor Blackbourn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, President of the Friends of the German Historical Institute Washington, and a member of the editorial board of the journal Past and Present.

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The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri is an interdisciplinary, signature academic center on the Columbia campus, jointly operated by faculty from the Political Science and History Departments, in cooperation with other scholars across campus. It is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement on the subjects of American political thought, history, and institutions, with a particular emphasis on the ideas and events of the American Founding and their continued global impact and relevance today. It was created in 2015 by a generous gift from the Kinder Foundation, a family philanthropic foundation started by Rich and Nancy Kinder of Houston, Texas.

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