idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

Nachrichten, Termine, Experten

Grafik: idw-Logo
Science Video Project

idw-News App:


Google Play Store



04/24/2023 - 04/24/2023 | Essen

Book Presentation with Deborah Cohen

Deborah Cohen presents her book "Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: American Foreign Correspondents, Interwar Geopolitics and the History of Private Life"

This talk is about a group of American reporters who became some of the most celebrated foreign correspondents of the interwar era: John Gunther, Dorothy Thompson, H.R. Knickerbocker and Vincent Sheean. Between the 1920s and 1940s, they reported from hot spots across the globe, chasing two main stories: first, the rise of fascism and the coming of the Second World War; second, the challenge that anti-colonial nationalists posed to the European empires. Amid their reporting in Europe and Asia, they’d discover another story, too – this one about the relationship between inner lives and geopolitics.

DEBORAH COHEN is the Richard W. Leopold Professor of History at Northwestern University (USA). Her interests run the methodological gamut, from social science-inspired comparative history to biography. Trained as a modern Europeanist (with specialties in Germany and Great Britain) she has recently published on Anglo-Argentines and the history of family capitalism and on American foreign correspondents. Although her subjects have varied, a few thematic interests run through: state and society, the public histories of private lives, and material culture. Her book „Last Call at the Hotel Imperial“ is published by Random House (2022).

Information on participating / attending:
Participate on Zoom by registering via e-mail to by 21 April 2023


04/24/2023 18:00 - 04/24/2023

Registration deadline:


Event venue:

Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI)
Goethestr. 31
45128 Essen

Target group:

Scientists and scholars, all interested persons

Email address:



Subject areas:

Cultural sciences, History / archaeology

Types of events:

Presentation / colloquium / lecture




Miriam Wienhold



Event is free:


Language of the text:


URL of this event:

attachment icon Cover Last Call


Search / advanced search of the idw archives
Combination of search terms

You can combine search terms with and, or and/or not, e.g. Philo not logy.


You can use brackets to separate combinations from each other, e.g. (Philo not logy) or (Psycho and logy).


Coherent groups of words will be located as complete phrases if you put them into quotation marks, e.g. “Federal Republic of Germany”.

Selection criteria

You can also use the advanced search without entering search terms. It will then follow the criteria you have selected (e.g. country or subject area).

If you have not selected any criteria in a given category, the entire category will be searched (e.g. all subject areas or all countries).