Archive for August, 2007

East European Events at the Wilson Center

Friday, August 31st, 2007

The East European Studies program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, located in the Ronald Reagan Building (Federal Triangle Metro stop on the Orange Line) runs a regular series of talks on Eastern Europe. The upcoming events are listed below. These talks are a great way to get a feel for the link between the history and current affairs/public policy. We’re fortunate to live in the D.C. area where such experts come to discuss these matters in a public forum and I strongly urge you to attend at least one of these talks this year.

Institutionalized Ethnic Division in Bosnia: A Way Forward for Iraq?
Tuesday, September 11 2007, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Robert Benjamin, Regional Director of Central and East European Programs, National Democratic Institute; Nida Gelazis , Program Associate, EES; Lindsay Lloyd , Regional Program Director for Europe, International Republican Institute

Kosovo in the Balance: A Trial for Diplomacy
Wednesday, September 19 2007, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Borut Grgic , Director, ISS-Slovenia; Vladimir Matic , Clemson University; James O’Brien , The Albright Group; and others TBA

The Perception of the Holocaust and Soviet Crimes: Public Challenges and Experience in Lithuania

Wednesday, September 26 2007, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rolandas Racinskas , Executive Director of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania; Saulius Suziedelis , Professor of History, Millersville University

Welcome to the Blog

Thursday, August 30th, 2007


Welcome to the class blog for History 635. This is the place where you will interact with one another and write about the readings you do for the week. In that vein, remember that for each reading you write about, please tell us what the author(s) argument is, what evidence he/she uses to support that argument, and how well he/she pulls it off. It’s also helpful if you place the argument in the larger conversation historians are having about that particular subject.

For next week, please post about Brubaker’s book. You should also read one of the other books on the list for the week, all of which are available via the GMU or the WRLC library collections. If you like, feel free to post something about what else you read as well. But, when you are writing about Brubaker, be sure to make reference to the other book you read so that we see how the two might speak to one another.

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