Scholars Gather to Discuss '100 Years of Communist Experiments'

A diverse and experienced group of scholars will explore the global impacts and future lessons of what The New York Times has called the "Red Century." The convener of the conference, 100 Years of Communist Experiments, is Professor Vladimir Tismaneanu of the Department of Government and Politics.

"Marking the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup and the start of World Communism, this conference is a timely investigation of what Hannah Arendt called the ongoing era of 'ideological storms,'" Tismaneanu said. 
 
This gathering will be the start of a new period of intense collaboration among a global network of scholars of Communism, connected through the University of Maryland's Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies.
 
For more information on the Center's mission and projects, and to register for the upcoming conference, please contact Jordan Luber at luber.jordan@gmail.com.

Speakers and Program

Day One: Thursday, Nov. 16

9:15-9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks: Goals of the Conference

Dean Gregory Ball, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Vladimir Tismaneanu

9:30-11 a.m. Panel One: Communism as a Fantasy of Salvation

Mark Kramer, Jeffrey Herf, Mykola Riabchuk, Vladimir Tismaneanu
Moderator—Vladimir Tismaneanu

11-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Panel Two: Economics

Steven Rosefielde, Serguey Braguinsky, Peter Rutland, Michael S. Bernstam, Paul D. Aligica
Moderator—Paul D. Aligica 

2-3:30 p.m. Panel Three: Politics

Leon Aron, Margaret A. Pearson, Venelin Ganev, Marius Stan
Moderator—Vladimir Tismaneanu

3:30-3:45 p.m. Coffee Break

3:45-5:15 p.m. Panel Four: Culture

Marci Shore, András Bozoki, Noemi Marin, Mircea Mihaies, Piotr H. Kosicki
Moderator—Noemi Marin

Day Two, Friday, Nov. 17

9-11:30 a.m. Conclusion: Does Communism Have a Future? 

Breakfast buffet: 9-10 a.m.

Roundtable debate and discussion: 10-11 a.m.

Closing remarks, looking ahead: 11-11:30 a.m.

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