Plan to attend ‘1989: YEAR OF REVOLUTIONS’ special events

The year 1989 brought global change and opened the door for German re-unification, the European Union, the enlargement of NATO, political realignments in Latin America and Africa, and the rise of Asia.

The University of Pittsburgh’s 1989: Year of Revolutions series explores the impact and global legacies of the Cold War 30 years after the iron curtain fell. The series includes lectures, interviews, film screenings, and roundtables with regional and global focuses.

In addition to programming, the series includes a pop-up course offering 1989: A Year to Change the World. Enrolled students are required to attend 10 of the related events, write reflections, and complete a final paper.

The 1989: Year of Revolutions programming is sponsored by Pitt’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; European Studies Center; Asian Studies Center; Global Studies Center; and African Studies Program, with support from the University Center for International Studies.

October 23: Africa and the Cold War 
2 - 3:30 p.m., 4130 Posvar
John Stoner, Department of History and University Center for International Studies

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

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

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

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

November 20: Exceptionalism and the New Mainstream: Explaining Orbán’s Illiberal Regime in Hungary
4:30 p.m., Simmons A, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Stefano Bottoni, University of Florence, Italy

December 5: Eyewitnesses to History – Remembering 1989 roundtable
3 – 5 p.m., 540 William Pitt Union