Vilem Precan, Mark Kramer, and Thomas S. Blanton will discuss the interaction between US public opinion, and the Carter administration's response to Charta 77, a grass-roots group of Czechs who were united in their desire to see the Czech government grant its citizens the human rights that were guaranteed by the Helsinki Final Act, the Czech constitution, and other agreements which Czechoslovakia had signed.
Featuring Vilem Precan, chairman of the board of the Czechoslovak Documentation Center, whose book on the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, written using Czech archival materials, infuriated the Soviet government, and led to his exile in Germany.
Mark Kramer, director of the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies and a Senior Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. He has worked extensively in newly opened archives in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Germany, and Poland. Dr. Kramer is also the author of numerous books and articles on Cold War history.
And Thomas S. Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Blanton served as the Archive's first Director of Planning & Research beginning in 1986, became Deputy Director in 1989, and Executive Director in 1992. His books include White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan-Bush White House Tried to Destroy. Blanton co-authored The Chronology, on the Iran-contra affair, and served as a contributing author to three editions of the ACLU's authoritative guide, Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws, and to the Brookings Institution study Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940.