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A Letter from New York: An Excerpt from “An Uncanny Era: Conversations between Václav Havel and Adam Michnik” by Elzbieta Matynia

  Havel, Michnik and the Making of 1989[i]   THE PATH OF FRIENDSHIP It was a perfect summer day in August 1978, almost exactly ten years after the armies of five Warsaw Pact countries had invaded Czechoslovakia to suppress the democratic aspirations of the Prague Spring. In the mountains between Poland and Czechoslovakia, a mountain […]

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VIDEO: An Uncanny Era of Post-revolution (1989-2014)

On November 10, 2014, TCDS, partnering with the Polish Cultural Institute, hosted An Uncanny Era of Post-revolution (1989-2014) at The New School. Second in the series of events marking the 25th anniversary of the dismantling of Communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, An Uncanny Era was the launch of two books and a three-way discussion between Elzbieta Matynia, Professor […]

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TCDS Open House: Johannesburg & Wroclaw Information Session and Reception, Thursday, Nov. 13th

TCDS invites friends and alumni, as well as all potential Democracy & Diversity Institute participants, to join us for pierogi and wine next Thursday , November 13th in the New School’s famous Orozco Room, which is home to the frescoes donated to the New School by José Clemente Orozco, a leading member of the Mexican muralist […]

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An Uncanny Era of Post-revolution (1989-2014)

Next in the series of events hosted by TCDS to mark the 25th anniversary of the dismantling of Communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, will be the launch of two books and a three-way discussion between Elzbieta Matynia, Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies at NSSR, who will be presenting her new book An Uncanny Era: […]

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The Bullet and The Ballot Box: A Conversation With Aditya Adhikari

We are happy to announce the first in a series of events hosted by TCDS that will mark the 25th anniversary of the dismantling of the Communist system in Eastern and Central Europe.  Organized together with the India-China Institute, The Bullet and the Ballot Box celebrates the new book with the same title by Aditya Adhikari, recently […]

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Course List and Applications Now Available for 13th Democracy & Diversity Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa!

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies of The New School for Social Research in New York is pleased to announce the 13th Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this January 8-24, 2015.  Organized by TCDS and our new partner, the University of the Witwatersrand, we will again welcome up to […]

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Announcing the 13th Democracy & Diversity Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa–January 2015

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies of The New School for Social Research in New York is pleased to announce the 13th Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this January.  Organized by TCDS and our new partner, the University of the Witwatersrand, we will again welcome up to […]

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Elzbieta Matynia participates in 10th Annual PEN World Voices Festival

As winter slowly turned to spring late this April through early May, over 150 writers from around the world gathered in New York for the 10th annual PEN World Voices Festival in International Literature.  The festival, created in 2004 by Salman Rushdie, then PEN America president, seeks to offer “first hand cultural and political experience from […]

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This Wednesday! A Conversation with Krzysztof Czyzewski & TCDS Open House

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) and the Public Seminar (P.S.) invite you for a meeting with Krzysztof Czyzewski, a practitioner of ideas, and the Director of the Borderland Center of Arts, Cultures, and Nations in Sejny, Poland.   Krzysztof, a long-time collaborator of TCDS, is one of this year’s laureates of the Dan David […]

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Letter from The New School for Social Research: Elzbieta Matynia Remembers Jonathan Schell

Long before I had any idea who Jonathan Schell was, I got a brief note from Chuck Tilly asking me to write a review essay for the Sociological Forum. The book to be reviewed was Adam Michnik’s Letters from Prison, just published by the California University Press. In 1985 I already knew Michnik, and the […]

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