1989: Year of Revolutions

1989 changed everything.  It opened the door to German re-unification, the European Union, the enlargement of NATO, globalization, two decades of a U.S. superpower, political realignments in Latin America and Africa, and the rise of Asia. This series will explore the impact and global legacies of the Cold War thirty years after the iron curtain fell.

Pop-Up Course Offering!
1989: A Year to Change the World. Students in the Pop-Up Course will attend 10 of the events listed below (December 5th event must be one of them), write reflections as part of moderated discussions online, and complete a final paper. For more information, contact slund@pitt.edu.


September 17| 4:30pm | WWPH 4130
Art in Smog - Understanding 1989 Through Art
Short film screenings and discussions by Professor Kun Qian and Filmmaker Lydia Chen

October 2 |6-9 p.m.|323 Alumni Hall
FILM SHOWING:  “Good Bye, Lenin!” with ROUNDTABLE
In cooperation with the Department of German (German Campus Weeks)

October 8|1:30-3 p.m. |DL 211
CONVERSATIONS ON EUROPE VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE: Germany Since 1989: Do Differences Persist?
Co-hosted with Department of German/German Campus Weeks

October 10 |4-5:30 p.m.|4120 Posvar
INTERVIEW with Magdalena Edyta Stawkowski (North Carolina State) About the Consequences of Decades of Nuclear Testing in Kazakhstan
REEES Nuclear Fallout Series event

October 15|12:30-2 p.m.|4130 Posvar
JMEUCE LECTURE: Memory of 1989 and European Identity by Maria Todorova, University of Illinois

October 17|4-5:30 p.m.|4217 Posvar
INTERVIEW with Anindita Banerjee (Cornell) Regarding the Imagination of the Nuclear in Soviet and Post-Soviet Science Fiction
REEES Nuclear Fallout Series event

October 23|2-3:30 p.m.|4130 Posvar
Africa and the Cold War

John Stoner, Department of History and University Center for International Studies

October 30|4 p.m.|Humanities Center
GERMAN CAMPUS WEEKS LECTURE: “Reconstructions, Utopia, Nation. Architecture as a Tool of Identity-Constructions in Germany Since 1989”
Philipp Oswalt, University of Kassel
In cooperation with the Department of German (German Campus Weeks)

November 4|4 p.m.|4130 Posvar
1989 and All That: Transnational Political Upheaval and the Origins of Global Studies
William Brustein, West Virginia University

November 7|4-5:30 p.m.|4130 Posvar
INTERVIEW with Ed Geist (RAND) regarding American and Soviet Political and Cultural Contexts of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) Strategies.
REEES Nuclear Fallout Series event

November 14 |5:30-8:30 p.m.|125 Frick Fine Arts
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: Women of the Gulag with Marianna Yarovskaya
REEES Nuclear Fallout Series event

November 20 | TBD|Simmons A, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Exceptionalism and the New Mainstream: Explaining Orbán’s Illiberal Regime in Hungary
Dr. Stefano Bottoni, University of Florence, Italy

December 5 |3-5 p.m.|540 WPU
Eyewitnesses to History – Remembering 1989 roundtable

CO-SPONSORS: African Studies Program | Asian Studies Center | European Studies Center | Global Studies Center |
Center for Latin American Studies | Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies