After Communism: Achievement and Disillusionment since 1989 | Feb 26-27 | Columbia University

As part of the Festival “Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe”, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, in association with the Polish Cultural Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute New York,
and Austrian Cultural Forum invite you to the Symposium

After Communism:
Achievement and Disillusionment since 1989

February 26-27, 2010 | Columbia University

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York is pleased to invite you to this multi-day symposium that will bring together leading public intellectuals, scholars, politicians, dissidents and writers from both sides of the Atlantic to assess the global meaning of the 1989 revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe and the world.


FRIDAY, February 26

2:00 What Was Communism and Why Did It End?
Adam Michnik, Archie Brown, Vlad Muresan
Moderator: Mircea Mihaies

3:45 What is Post-Communism and When Does It End?
Katherine Verdery, Paul Dragos Aligica, Slawomir Sierakowski
Moderator: Monika Fabijanska

5:30 The End of History?
Alfred Gusenbauer, Michael Scammell, Stephen Sestanovich
Moderator: Andreas Stadler

7:15 Film: 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST
(Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania 2006)
Introduced by A.O. Scott

SATURDAY, February 27

2:00 The Legacy of Dissent
Erhard Busek, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Ira Katznelson
Moderator: Catharine Nepomnyashchy

3:45 Unfulfilled Promises? Democracy & Disillusionment
Angelo Mitchievici, Elzbieta Matynia, Timothy Frye
Moderator: Corina Suteu

5:30 Creating a Narrative About the Communist Past
Benjamin Barber, Stephen Kotkin, Vladimir Tismaneanu

Moderator: Timothy Frye

The detailed symposium agenda is available at

FRI-SAT, February 26-27. Panels: 2-7 pm
FRI, February 26, 7:15: Screening of “12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST”
HARRIMAN INSTITUTE at Columbia University
Faculty House, President’s Room, 64 Morningside Drive, Columbia University
FREE ADMISSION. Registration required
ONLINE or at

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