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Letter from Lithuania: Adam Michnik “Vilnius and Warsaw – Our Common Cause

The following is a speech by Adam Michnik — Polish intellectual, a 1984 New School honorary degree recipient, and editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza – addressing the Lithuanian Parliament in Vilnius in the context of the war in Ukraine Mrs. President, Mrs. Chair of the Parliament, Mr. Prime Minister, I am moved and embarrassed by this honor bestowed […]

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Race and Sexuality In South Africa

TCDS and Gender & Sexuality Studies (GSS) are proud to announce a lecture titled “Race and Sexuality in South Africa: The Power of Representation” by long time TCDS collaborator, South African Political Scientist, and Feminist Scholar, Shireen Hassim, Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The lecture will take […]

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TCDS Open House: Wroclaw Information Session & Reception- April 1, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm

We invite TCDS friends and alumni, as well as all potential Democracy & Diversity Institute participants, to join us for pierogi and wine Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30pm, in the Wolff Conference Room, for our bi-annual Open House and Reception. Potential participants will learn about our upcoming D&D Institute in Wroclaw, hear about exciting future […]

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Applications and Full Program Information Now Available for 24th Annual Democracy & Diversity Institute, Wroclaw, Poland, July 12-28, 2015!

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) is pleased to announce its 24th annualDemocracy & Diversity Institute to be held at The New School summer campus in Wrocław, Poland from July 12 to 28, 2015. Over the years the D&D Institute has gathered an exceptional international reputation as a major transatlantic bridge that brings Americans […]

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TCDS Announces 24th Annual Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, July 12-28, 2015!

  TCDS is pleased to announce its 24th annual Democracy & Diversity Graduate Institute to be held at The New School summer campus in Wroclaw, Poland from July 12-28, 2015. Widely admired as an intimate international forum for lively but rigorous debate on critical issues of democratic life, the D&D Institute brings an interdisciplinary, comparative, […]

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Democracy & Diversity Institute, Johannesburg 2015 Guest Speaker William Gumede Featured on Public Seminar!

On January 15th, 2015, William Gumede, a writer, activist, and public intellectual in South Africa, as well as Associate Professor in the School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand, and chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation, gave a talk to students at TCDS’s 13th annual Democracy & Diversity Institute in South Africa.  Gumede is […]

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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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