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A Long Period of Healing – The Role of Religion in the Transition from Communism to Democracy

Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik, former advisor to Vaclav Havel and Pope John Paul II, reflects on the transition from communism to democracy and the important role of churches and faith-based communities in the process. Could the experiences of Central and Eastern Europe be useful for "creating a biosphere of democracy" in other parts of the world?

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Tuesday
Oct. 20, 2015
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

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6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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A Long Period of Healing – The Role of Religion in the Transition from Communism to Democracy

Alexander Solzhenitsyn once answered the question of what would follow communism: a very, very long period of healing.  Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik, former advisor to Vaclav Havel and Pope John Paul II, reflects on the transition from communism to democracy and the important role of churches and faith-based communities in the process. Could the experiences of Central and Eastern Europe be useful for "creating a biosphere of democracy" in other parts of the world?

Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik is a Czech sociologist and theologian. He was an active participant in underground church activities throughout the communist period, in the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in 1989 and in the following "healing process" in post-communist countries. He was an adviser to Vaclav Havel and Pope John Paul II.

Speaker

Tomas Halik

Professor of Sociology at Charles University, Prague; President of the Czech Christian Academy
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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. It does this through scholars-in-residence, seminars, policy study groups, media commentary, international conferences and publications. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The program investigates European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including globalization, digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance, and relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.  Read more

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