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1989: Assessing the Collapse of Communism Twenty Years Later

A symposium

Friday, November 06, 2009
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
UCLA Faculty Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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1989 was a momentous year in the history of Europe and the world. The collapse of communist rule in Eastern Europe set the stage for unprecedented post-socialist “transitions” in the region and for post-Cold War geo-political changes as well. In recognition of the extraordinary events symbolized by the fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago, this symposium aims to reflect thoughtfully on the important political, economic and socio-cultural changes that have ensued.

8:00-9:00       Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15       Welcome - Susan McClary, Associate Vice-Provost, UCLA International Institute

9:15-9:30       Opening Remarks - Gail Kligman, Director, Center for European and Eurasian Studies

9:30-11:30     Session 1 - Post-socialist Transformations I                       

Speakers: Ivan Berend (UCLA, History), Eva Fodor (Central European University, Sociology), Jan Kubik (Rutgers University, Political Science)

11:30-11:45   Break 

11:45-1:15     Lunch (Light refreshments will be served.)
Download a campus map of nearby food courts. UCLA-Lot2-food-FacultyCenter.pdf

1:15-2:00       Session 2 - NATO Expansion                        

Speaker: General Wesley Clark (former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe)

2:15-3:45       Session 3 - Post-socialist Transformations II                        

Speakers:  Adrian Favell (UCLA, Sociology), Wade Jacoby (Brigham Young University, Political Science)

3:45-4:00      Break

4:00-5:00       Keynote Speaker – Kenneth Jowitt (Hoover Institution, Pres and Maurine Hotchkis Senior Fellow; UCB, Robson Professor of Political Science, Emeritus)

5:00-6:30       Reception 

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Burkle Center for International Relations


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