BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of the AFVM consists of artists and academics, lawyers and entrepreneurs. Dedicated to building the relationship between Vienna and Chicago, these individuals are eager to promote Viennese culture at home and abroad.
Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History Dean of the College , University of Chicago
The longest serving Dean in the history of the University of Chicago, John Boyer has spent his academic career at the University. Under Mr. Boyer’s leadership the College at the University has become one of the finest undergraduate institutions in the country. In addition to leading the college, Mr. Boyer is a leading scholar of modern Europe especially on the states, the peoples, and the societies of Central Europe since 1700. His special teaching interests are German history from 1740 to 1918; the history of the Hapsburg Empire between 1648 and 1918, and the history of Austria from 1918 to the present; religion and politics in modern European history; and the history of European universities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Each fall he accompanies leads groups of students to Vienna for a month long trip that explores the history of the region. Wien Museum Director Matti Bunzl was one of his students.
Partner, Kirkland and Ellis, LLP
Keith S. Crow is a partner based in the Kirkland and Ellis’ Chicago office. He represents clients in a wide range of U.S. and cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures and spin-offs. In addition to transactional matters, he counsels public companies on corporate governance, public disclosure and other issues. He has significant experience with companies in distress situations and bankruptcy. He graduated from Yale University in 1983 and studied law at the University of Chicago.
Keith has been a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School for a number of years, where he teaches a course on business planning. He is also on the board of the American Friends of Versailles, lending his international cultural experience to the AFVM.
Of Counsel, Kirkland and Ellis, LLP
Mr. Fraumann graduated from the University of Michigan in 1970 and from Harvard Law School in 1973. He is a senior partner with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago specializing in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities law. He joined Kirkland in 1973, spent three years on active duty as a Lieutenant U.S.N.R. (1974-1977), and rejoined Kirkland. His other activities include Chair of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Trustee of the United Stated Rugby Football Foundation, and member of the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities’ Board of Visitors since 1999.
Executive Director, 3Arts
Esther Grisham Grimm is the executive director of 3Arts, a grant-making organization that supports Chicago performing, teaching, and visual artists. Her lifelong career in the arts encompasses museum education at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT and The Art Institute of Chicago; arts education and youth development at Marwen; and philanthropy. A former art writer and editor for magazines, catalogues, and book projects, Esther is the author of six children’s activities books on ancient and living cultures. She serves on the national board of the Alliance of Artists Communities and is a co-chair of the Individual Artist Support Committee of Grantmakers in the Arts.
Ms. Grimm is a second generation Austrian and regularly returns to Vienna to visit family and friends.
Program Coordinator and Deputy Director, Goethe-Institut
Irmi Maunu-Kocian was born in Vienna. While still at university in the mid-1980s, Irmi Maunu-Kocian moved to the United States, where she began working for the Goethe-Institut, a non-profit German cultural association that promotes the study of the German language abroad while encouraging cross-cultural exchange. After initial positions as program coordinator in San Francisco and Director of Administration in Los Angeles, she has now been in Chicago for almost four years as Program Coordinator and Deputy Director for the Goethe-Institut. Ms. Maunu-Kocian is passionate about arts, culture and the humanities and excited to spread Viennese culture in the United States.
Associate Professor of German, DePaul University
Dr. Anna Souchuk is both Associate Professor of German and German Program Director in DePaul's Department of Modern Languages. She received her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Yale University in 2008, with a dissertation on constructions of place in the novels of Elfriede Jelinek, Josef Haslinger, and Robert Menasse. Since then, her research has concentrated largely on the collected works of Josef Haslinger and his depictions of families in relation to Austrian Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung (coming to terms with the past), though Dr. Souchuk has also written on other Austrian writers and artists, such as Linda Stift and the filmmaker Markus Schleinzer. She regularly brings DePaul students to Vienna to experience Austrian culture and contributions to the humanities.