Promises of 1968: Crisis, Illusion, and Utopia

November 07, 2008 // 8:00am5:30pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
History and Public Policy Program

A two-day conference co-sponsored by the Cold War International History Project, the University of Maryland, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Embassy of Romania in Washington D.C., and Georgetown University.

The first day (6 November) will take place at the Romanian Embassy in Washington and the second day (7 November) will take place in the Wilson Center's 6th Floor Flom Auditorium.

Email to RSVP for 6 November at the Embassy of Romania, and use this link to RSVP for 7 November at the Wilson Center.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Martin Palous, (Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations) Charles Maier. (Harvard University) and Vladimir Tismaneanu, (Wilson Center Fellow).

Also on the program are His Excellency Adrian Vierita, Romanian Ambassador to the U.S., Horia-Roman Patapievici, President of the Romanian Cultural Institute, Christian Ostermann, Director of the Cold War International History Project, Vladimir Tismaneanu, Wilson Center Fellow, Dick Howard, (SUNY Stony Brook) Jeffrey Isaac, (Indiana University) Jan-Werner Muller, (Princeton University) Tereza Brandusa Palade, (The National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest) Charles King, (Georgetown University) Jiri Pehe, (New York University in Prague) Bradley Abrams, (Columbia University) Jeffrey Herf, (University of Maryland) Catalin Avramescu, (University of Bucharest) Karol Soltan, (University of Maryland) Charles Gati, (Johns Hopkins SAIS) Mark Kramer, (Harvard University) Agnes Heller, (New School University) Nicholas J. Miller, (Boise State University) Cristian Vasile, (The Romanian Academy) John Lampe, (University of Maryland) Paul Berman, (New York University) Victor Zaslavsky, (Free International University for Social Sciences-Rome) Aurelian Craiutu, (Indiana University) Irena Grudzinska-Gross, (Princeton University) and Bogdan Iacob (Central European University).

The conference will include discussions of the crisis of 'really existing socialism' and the failure of 'socialism with a human face,' and post-Marxist utopia and the rediscovery of radicalism. The second day will conclude with a dinner buffet.

Click here for the conference program.

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