Events

Diplomatic Secrecy in the 19th Century

December 08, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Diplomatic Secrecy in the 19th Century will explore the earliest available examples of both America's open and secret diplomacy, as well as how the ad-hoc system used in the 19th Century formed the basis for the formalized system which was developed in later years.

Embracing Democracy in the Western Balkans

December 07, 2011 // 1:00pm2:00pm
"Embracing Democracy in the Western Balkans" explores the complex and challenging facets of state-building and nation-building in weak states with little democratic experience and daunting socio-economic problems.
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Is American History "Exceptional?" A Global Perspective

December 05, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Following World War II, the dominant narrative of U.S. history posited "American exceptionalism." That assumption shaped historical scholarship and Cold War policy. More recently a neo-conservative belief in exceptionalism has affected international and domestic history. A global perspective reveals that our history is not "exceptional," only distinctive. Every major moment in American history--Revolution, Civil War, Progressivism, and the New Deal, for example--is part of a larger transnational history.
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The Price of Freedom and Democracy: Defiant Bahrainis and the Arab Spring

December 01, 2011 // 2:00pm6:00pm
Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights receives the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.
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Could the War in Vietnam Have Ended Earlier?

November 28, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
The Vietnam War cost the lives of more than 58,000 Americans (and millions of Vietnamese) and convulsed U.S. politics and culture in the 1960s. Could it have ended years earlier, and with a far smaller toll?

British Plans and Attempts at Subversion in Romania, 1939-44

November 22, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Dennis Deletant, Visiting Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University and formerly professor of Romanian studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College in London charts the operations in Romania between 1939 and 23 August 1944, the date of King Michael’s coup against Antonescu.
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Black Leaders and Leadership

November 21, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
“Black Leaders and Leadership” is a presentation based on the ten-year oral history project co-directed by Julian Bond and Phyllis Leffler. It relates the views of fifty Black leaders on such topics as family, education, and the inspiration of the Civil Rights movement.

Peasants Under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962—On Creating Communist Authority in Everyday Life

November 16, 2011 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Gail Kligman, professor of sociology at UCLA and director of UCLA's Center for European and Eurasian Studies will discuss her latest book entitled Peasants Under Siege which explores the collectivization campaign in Romania (1949-1962) and its far-reaching effects.

Offsite Event: Ideological Storms: Intellectuals and the Totalitarian Temptation

November 15, 2011 // 9:00am4:30pm
The conference will provide an overview of the main issues raised by the temptation of the extremes in the 20th century and their weight upon the contemporary world. This conference will be held off-site at the Embassy of Romania.
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Reassessing Walter Lippmann

November 14, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Professor of International Relations Ronald Steel speaks about the career and legacy of renowned journalist Walter Lippman.

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