McLaughlin Lunch Talk series resumes with discussion on Germany’s quest for stability

McLaughlin College at York University

McLaughlin College will resume its popular Lunch Talk series on Jan. 13 with a presentation by Benjamin Lowinsky.

mclaughlin collegeThe York U professor, cross appointed between the Department of Social Science and the Writing Department, will discuss “Germany’s Promising yet Elusive Quest for Stability, Social Harmony and Integration, Security and Peace” in the McLaughlin College Senior Common Room from noon to 1:30pm.

Lowinsky is a Fellow of McLaughlin College and a longtime faculty member in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) where he teaches history, social and political thought, and writing.

His research and scholarship reflect a diversity of topics pertaining to, among other things: American-German relations; American foreign policy and the Cold War; educational policy and practice; digital technology and the metamorphosis of our institutions and values; and recent political, economic and social developments in Germany.

Lowinsky – who is fluent in German and has lived, worked and studied in Germany – has first-hand knowledge of and access to many facets of German life, politics, culture and history.

His experiences in, observations of, and personal connections to Germany add a dimension of personal history and reality to Germany’s quest for a more meaningful role in the European and world order following the Second World War.

Yet, while the prospects for Germany’s success in its quest for stability, social harmony and integration, security and peace appear promising, they are also elusive due to a host of forces connected to the country’s past and to conditions that may be well beyond its control.

It is within this historic clash taking place that Germany’s future takes shape, profoundly affecting its domestic and international conditions and priorities.

All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, contact Vicky Carnevale at ext. 33824 or

The event is hosted by the Office of the Master, McLaughlin College.