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Stalinism in Eastern Europe

Monday, November 26th, 2007

The Romanian Embassy and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invite you to a scholarly conference on Stalinism in Eastern Europe to be held November 29-30. The first day’s events will be at the Romanian Embassy (Sheridan Circle–a short walk from the Dupont Circle Metro) and the second at the WWIC (Federal Triangle Metro). This conference brings some of the most important scholars in Romanian and East European studies together in one place. You should feel free to attend either day or both.

The schedule for the event follows below.

Stalinism Revisited – the Establishment of Communist Regimes in East-Central Europe and the Dynamics of the Soviet Bloc (29-30th November, 2007 – Washington D.C., USA)

Conference Program:

29th November, 2007 –Embassy of Romania to United States of America (Washington D.C.)

9.00 am – 9.30 am
Welcome Address – Daniela Gitman = Chargé d’Affairs a.i, Embassy of Romania to United States

- Horia-Roman Patapievici = President of the Romanian Cultural Institute

Romanian Cinema in D.C.

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

The Washington Post ran a very laudatory extended review of current Romanian cinema in yesterday’s edition. Among the many films praised by Philip Kennicott was 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. This film, about a young woman’s harrowing experiences with an illegal abortion during the last throes of the Communist regime is described as the best film ever to deal with the sensitive and controversial issue of abortion.

Kennicott writes:

[The film] puts an abortion on screen–not just the extortionate brutality of the back-alley abortionist and the emotional exposure of young women with nowhere to turn, but the process, the tubes, the spread legs, the waiting, the aftermath. Watching it will leave you furious not with the characters for their moral choices, but with the poverty of American artistic life. This is a film we could never make, because we refuse to look at reality. Mungiu [the director] has courage, and the results are a film expansive enough to contain the emotional and intellectual confusion that haunts the issue.

I’d say that is (a) a pretty ringing endorsement of Romanian cinema and (b) a powerful indictment of American cinema.

A number of the films described in the piece will be shown around town in the coming weeks. I’ve also procured a copy of 12:08 East of Bucharest (mentioned favorably in the review) and it is in the JC Library media collection (not on reserve).

An alternative for Thursday, November 15…

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invites you to attend the 2007 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture by Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus), “Democracy as a Challenge.” The event will take place on 15 November 2007 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Flom Auditorium at the Wilson Center. A full reception will follow at 6:00 p.m. (more…)

Spring Break in East Central Europe

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

The Center for Global Education has now posted up the basics about the spring break trip to Prague and Dresden that I’ll be running next semester. They don’t have a cost posted, but if I had to guess, I’d say it would be somewhere in the vicinity of $2,500, plus or minus $500. How’s that for a big range? I really don’t know what the final cost will be, since I have no input on that, so I’m really just speculating here.

I hope you’ll consider going along.

Remembering Roy Rosenzweig

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Here is a link to my first attempt to put into words Roy’s impact on my life.

Online Interview with Dr. Rosenzweig

Friday, October 12th, 2007

This is a great online interview with our dear professor, Roy Rosenzweig. He discusses digital history and its impact on the historical field.

Rubin Lecture at Catholic University – A Discussion of the medieval cult of the Virgin and the Jews.

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Dear all,

My professor, Dr. Collins, sent out this information to our class. The lecture looks very interesting, particularly if one’s interest is in the history of the Jews.

Here is the info:

Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies

The Catholic University of America – Public Lecture

Miri Rubin-University of London

“Mary and the Jews”

Friday, October 12th, 2007, 5:15 p.m.

322C Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C

“Light Refreshments to follow. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. For further information, please, call Lani Mullaney at (202) 319-5794.”

(The information is from a .pdf file. I was not able to figure out how to post this file directly onto the blog, but the relevant information is all there for anyone who is interested in attending.)


Terrific Historical Photographs of the Czech Lands

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

For those interested in visual history in Central Europe, I recommend the following site:

The families of two very early photographers in Tabor have gathered thousands of images and have created a wonderful site full of photographs dating back to the dawn of photography. So go visit the studios of Josef Sechtl and Jan Vosecek.

Good article @ in relation to the perception of national identity in America.

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Here is the link:


Lithuania catch your interest?

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Change to the Wilson Center Program:

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

Now:  Wednesday, September 26, 2007 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, in the 6th Floor Auditorium

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