Carleton Connects: David Tompkins on Syria

8 March 2017

This program took place on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Syrian civil war has become the deadliest conflict in the 21st century, and has contributed over 10 million to the record-breaking global total of over 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. This presentation will seek to contextualize the crisis and describe its consequences for the United States and Europe.


David Tompkins specializes in the history of modern Central Europe, and is particularly interested in the relationship between culture and politics. His book Composing the Party Line: Music and Politics in Early Cold War Poland and East Germany appeared with Purdue University Press in 2013, and he has published articles in German HistoryThe Polish Review, and many edited volumes. His current project examines images of the other in the Soviet bloc. At Carleton, David offers a wide range of courses on the history of modern Europe, including seminars on music and politics, visual images and socialism, dictatorships, and the Holocaust.

David has been teaching at Carleton since 2008 where he is an associate professor of history and director of European studies.


Carleton Connects: David Tompkins on Syrian Refugees, the US, and Europe