The Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Romanian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project began, in 2007, a series of conferences in Washington D.C. focused on providing, by means of reflection on watershed moments of post-1945 history, an overview of the global dynamics characteristic for the 20th century and its lessons and impact upon the 21st. In the previous years, the central topics were centered on the Sovietization of Eastern Europe, the promises of 1968, the meanings of 1989, and on the process of overcoming a traumatic past in post-authoritarian societies.

This year's conference entitled Ideological Storms: Intellectuals and the Totalitarian Temptation will take place on 14-15 November 2011.

14 November: Woodrow Wilson Center
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15 November: OFF-SITE at the Embassy of Romania
1607 23rd Street, NW, Washington DC 20008
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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. The aim is to create a forum that will discuss the political passions, radicalism, utopian ideals, and their catastrophic consequences in the twentieth century’s experiments in massive social engineering which will attempt to chart the map of and explain what Hannah Arendt called “the ideological storms” of a century second to none in terms of violence, hubris, ruthlessness and human sacrifices.

Conference speakers include:
Adrian Vierită, Ambassador of Romania to the US; Horia-Roman Patapievici, President, Romanian Cultural Institute; Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland; Dennis Deletant, Georgetown University; Constantin Iordachi, Central European University; Vladimir Petrovic, Institute of Contemporary History in Belgrade; Michal Kopecek, The Institute of Contemporary History, Prague; Cristian Vasile, “Nicolae Iorga” History Institute, Romanian Academy; Dick Howard, SUNY; Michael Scammell, Columbia University; Jan Werner Mueller, Princeton University; Richard Wolin, City University of New York; Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California Irvine.