Past Events

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book

September 08, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, Peter Finn and Petra Couvée bring readers intimately close to the charming, passionate, and complex artist that was Boris Pasternak. First to obtain CIA files providing concrete proof of the agency’s involvement, the authors give us a literary thriller that takes us back to a fascinating period of the Cold War—to a time when literature had the power to stir the world.
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Mexico

September 08, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Mexico Institute
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute hosted Enrique Jacob Rocha, the first director of Mexico's new National Entrepreneurship Institute (INADEM), to discuss the state of innovation and entrepreneurship in Mexico as well as the activities being undertaken by the government to foment them. His presentation was followed by commentary from Alberto Saracho, Executive Director of Fundación Idea.

DC Chinese Film Festival featuring COP SHOP II (差馆II)

September 05, 2014 // 12:00pm3:30pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
We are delighted to invite you to a film screening at the Wilson Center for the upcoming 2014 DC Chinese Film Festival.

From Free Europe to Free Poland: Free Europe Committee in the Cold War

September 05, 2014 // 9:00amSeptember 06, 2014 // 6:00pm
Cold War International History Project
A symposium and workshop, to be held in Gdansk in September 2014, will assemble senior and junior European and American scholars working on Western policy toward Eastern Europe during the Cold War, individual Free Europe Committee projects, and reactions and countermeasures of the Communist regimes. The Gdansk meeting will aim to catalog and synthesize existing research and stimulate additional collaborative scholarship on the impact of a major Cold War instrument of American soft power.

The National Plan for Civil Earth Observations

September 04, 2014 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
This briefing will highlight the key components of the National Plan for Civil Earth Observations, outline its impacts across Federal agencies involved in Earth observations, and review associated efforts to enable interagency coordination.

Scotland on the Eve of the Independence Referendum

September 03, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
On September 18th, Scottish voters will decide whether their country will be the first to secede from a Western-European state in recent history. After two years of campaigning it would seem that politicians, academics, and journalists would have a good understanding of the public sentiment. Using very recent data from the only large-scale, representative, and comprehensive attitudes surveys in Scotland, however, this talk will highlight where the general “wisdom” about Scots’ attitudes towards the referendum may be empirically wrong. The talk will also identify issues that may still move people, in either direction, before casting their vote.

A Report Launch: Mapping the Substantive Representation of Women in the Ugandan Parliament

September 03, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Global Women's Leadership Initiative
A Joint Study by the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany and Nkumba University with support from the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center assesses the gender imbalance in the Ugandan Parliament by examining the efficacy of the quota system and challenges involved with implementation.

Colombia: Hacia una nueva reforma tributaria

August 28, 2014 // 7:30am12:45pm
Latin American Program
Con el apoyo de la Tinker Foundation, el Woodrow Wilson Center asistirá al Debate de Coyuntura Económica y Social Fedesarrollo en Bogotá, Colombia.

North Korean War Orphans in Transnational Educational Exchange

August 27, 2014 // 2:00pm3:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
More than 100,000 children from both North and South Korea were orphaned during the Korean War. In 1953, the North Korean government dispatched 1,200 orphans to the People’s Republic of Poland to be educated at a boarding school transformed into an orphanage. The orphans were repatriated after six years, at the insistence of the North Korean government, as tensions between Pyongyang and its communist allies began to emerge. NKIDP Intern Intaek Hong examines the complicated process of how the orphans defined their identity based on their experience of interacting with their Polish teachers—who became like foster parents—and deploying their subjectivity in the process.

Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe

August 26, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
What should the European Union’s policy priorities be in the coming institutional cycle? How can the economic benefits of the European Union be determined? The Global Europe Program brings together experts from the European Parliament to present one of its most recent studies. ‘Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014-19,’ illustrates the work-in-progress results of a long-term project to identify and analyze the ‘cost of non-Europe’ in a number of policy fields. This concept is used to quantify the potential efficiency gained in today’s European economy by pursuing a given set of policy initiatives – from a wider and deeper digital single market and an integrated energy market to a genuine common defense policy.

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