Noiembrie 2009

“The End and the Beginning:

The Revolutions of 1989 and the Resurgence of History”

(Day 1 – November 9, 2009 – University of Maryland)


Margaret Brent Room

Stamp Union Building

College Park, MD 20742

8:30 – 9:00 Opening Ceremony

            Dr. C. D. Mote (President of the University of Maryland)

            H.E. Adrian Vieriţă (Ambassador of Romania to the U.S.A.)

            Senator Jim Rosapepe (Former U.S.A. Ambassador to Romania)

9:15 – 11:15 1989 and the Legitimacy Crisis of Socialism 

                     Discussant: Charles Gati (John Hopkins University)

 Agnes Heller (The New School)                         

   “Twenty Years After”

 Bradley Abrams (Czechoslovak Studies Association)

   “Consumption and Political Legitimization in East-Central Europe: The Czechoslovak Case”

 Catalin Avramescu (University of Bucharest)

   “Communism and the Experience of Light: Electrification and Legitimization in Romania before 1989”

 Ioan T. Morar (journalist)

   “Romanian Media: From Party Loudspeaker to the Voice of the Oligarchs”

  11:30 – 12:30 Keynote lecture – Vladimir Tismaneanu (University of Maryland) and Bogdan Cristian Iacob (Central European University):

  “Communism and Nationalism in Romania Before and After 1989”

  2:00 – 4:00 Intellectuals, Human Rights, and the Grammar of Dissent

                   Discussant: Mills Kelly (George Mason University)

 Noemi Marin (Florida Atlantic University)

“1989 or the Return of Rhetoric: Totalitarian Discourse and Its Impact on Communist Romania

 Jeffrey Herf (University of Maryland)

“An Insufficiently Noted Precursor of 1989: Comments on the Historical Significance of the Battle of the Euromissiles of 1979 to 1983”

 Iulia Motoc (New York University)               

   “The Struggle for Human Rights and the Demise of Communism”

 Nick Miller (Boise State University)

   “Was There a Serbian Havel?”


 6.30 pm – Romanian Ambassador’s Residence

(admission by invitation only)

 1989 and Radio Free Europe: Broadcasting Freedom

A. Ross Johnson (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)

       “What We Did and Why.  Radio Free Europe Broadcasts in 1989”

 Emil Hurezeanu (journalist)

      “Radio Free Europe and the End of Ceausescu’s Regime”

 Discussant: Vladimir Tismaneanu (University of Maryland)


 “The End and the Beginning: The Revolutions of 1989 and the Resurgence of History”

(Day 2 – November 10, 2009 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)



Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20004-3027



8:45 – 9:00 Opening at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

            Lee Hamilton (President & Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)

            Mircea Mihăieş (Vice-President, Romanian Cultural Institute)

 9:00 – 11:00 1989: Hopes, Illusions, Disenchantment

                              Discussant: Charles King (Georgetown University)

Vladislav Zubok (Temple University)

    “Gorbachev and the Road to 1989”

Tom Gallagher (University of Bradford)                              

    “Incredible Voyage:  Romania’s Communist Speculators Adapt and Survive After 1989”

Thomas Blanton (George Washington University)                     

    “Civil Society and 1989 in East Europe”

 Konrad Jarausch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

     “Germany 1989: A New Kind of Revolution?”

 11:15 – 12:15 Keynote lecture – Gale Stokes (Rice University)

       “1989 and the Return to History”

2:00 – 4:00 The Return of History

                   Discussant: Lavinia Stan (St. Francis Xavier University)

 James McAdams (University of Notre Dame)

  “Transitional Justice and the Politicization of Memory in Post-1989 Europe”

 Karol Sołtan (University of Maryland)

  “1989 and a Moderate Spirit for a New Modernity”

 Cornel Ban (Brown University)

  “The “Long March” of European Social-Democracy: From Bad Godesberg to Wall Street (via the Berlin Wall)”

 Victor Zaslavsky (LUISS)

“The Long Death of the Italian Communist Party”

 4:15 – 5:15 Closing remarks – Horia-Roman Patapievici (President, Romanian Cultural Institute)




26 November 2009, Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva, Switzerland: “The Revolutions of 1989 and Their Legacies”, Vladimir Tismaneanu, Professor of Politics, University of Maryland (College Park), USA and Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania. The conference will take place at Auditorium Jacques-Freymond, at 18:30, within the framework of the annual lecture series co-organised by the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’histoire du temps présent and the Graduate Institute.

Octombrie 2009

22-24 octombrie: Princeton University, Conferinta despre anul revolutionar 1989 (“The Global 1989: A New Generation”) . Participa Adam Michnik, Stephen Kotkin, Jan T. Gross, Breyten Breytenbach, Istvan Rev, Kaus Leggewie, Vladimir Tismaneanu, Stanley D. Katz, Martin Butora, Caterina Preda, Paul Berman, Mark Kramer si multi altii, profesori, jurnalisti, doctoranzi, participanti la evenimentele care au marcat decisiv istoria contemporana.

Martie 2009

Institutul Cultural Român organizează luni, 23 martie 2009, ora 18.00, în colaborare cu Institutul Cultural Polonez, Ambasada Republicii Polone, Facultatea de Ştiinţe Politice şi Administrative (Universitatea Bucureşti) şi Editura Curtea Veche lansarea primului volum al trilogiei filosofului polonez Leszek KołakowskiPrincipalele curente ale marxismului. Fondatorii. Cu această ocazie, la sediul ICR (Aleea Alexandru 38) va avea loc o dezbatere în cadrul căreia vor lua cuvântul Vladimir Tismăneanu, profesor, Universitatea din Maryland, S.U.A., preşedintele Comisiei Prezidenţiale Consultative pentru Analiza Dictaturii Comuniste din România, Horia-Roman Patapievici, preşedintele Institutului Cultural Român şi Catălin Avramescu, profesor, Facultatea de Ştiinţe Politice şi Administrative, Universitatea din Bucureşti. La eveniment vor participa Ambasadorul Republicii Polone, E.S. Wojciech Zajączkowski, şi Jarosłav Godun, directorul Institutul Cultural Polonez.

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