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Democracy Then and Now

25 Years of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies: From Krakow to Wroclaw… Not so long ago it seemed as though the peaceful transformation of autoritarian systems into democratic ones would sharply distinguish the politics of our times from those of the past. And it was those developments in 1989 that inspired the New School […]

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The Shrinking of Democracy: An Unconference at the 25th Anniversary Democracy & Diversity Institute, Wroclaw Poland, July 16-17, 2016

TCDS and the NSSR Europe Collective are happy to announce Shrinking of Democracy: An un-Conference at the 25th Anniversary Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland.  Please join us July 16-17, 2016 for a conference examining troubling anti-democratic trends in Europe and throughout the world.  We are proud to announce two very exciting panels with keynote […]

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VIDEO: Asylum or Fortress? The Immigration Crisis and the Illusion of European Solidarity

We are happy to share a recording from a thought-provoking conversation with esteemed author Peter Zilahy on “Asylum or Fortress? The Immigration Crisis and the Illusion of European Solidarity” from April 12, 2016. Peter Zilahy is one of Hungary’s most exciting, diverse writers. His dictionary novel, The Last Window Giraffe has been translated into 22 languages. […]

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New School and International Student Application Deadline EXTENDED for 25th Anniversary Democracy & Diversity Institute!

Due to overwhelming demand we have decided to extend the application deadline for this summer’s 25th Anniversary Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland to Monday, April 11th for New School Students and April 22nd for all other applicants! Applications as well as Full Program Information including course descriptions are available on our website.  Please email us at tcds@newschool.edu for any questions about […]

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Video: Elzbieta Matynia – Unseen Alums with Indelible Memories

We want to share with you a speech by TCDS’ director Elzbieta Matynia, made as a contribution to the New School Minute, in which she chose to present our Democracy & Diversity Institutes and honor our alums from 25 years of institutes in Krakow, Wroclaw, Cape Town and Johannesburg.  

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Asylum or Fortress? The Immigration Crisis and the Illusion of European Solidarity

TCDS is happy to present Asylum or Fortress? The Immigration Crisis and the Illusion of European Solidarity, a conversation with esteemed Hungarian writer and performer Peter Zilahy!  Please join us Tuesday, April 12th, from 7:30-9pm at The New School, Wolff Conference Room, 6 E 16th st., Rm 1103.  We hope to see you there! Peter Zilahy is […]

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VIDEO: Leonardo Sakamoto – What I Learned Being Cursed Online

We are happy to share a recording from last week’s talk “What I Learned Being Cursed Online” held by the Brazilian journalist Leonardo Sakamoto. Leonardo Sakamoto is one of the leading voices for human rights in the country and an internationally recognized voice in the struggle against contemporary slavery. He has a PhD in Political Science […]

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Letter from Poland: Committee in Defense of Democracy – We, The People in Polish (One country’s response to a right-wing takeover)

By Leszek Budrewicz The Committee in Defense of Democracy (Komitet Obrony Demokracji, or KOD) appeared to start suddenly out of thin air. It is now the biggest mass mobilization of Polish citizens since the days of Solidarity twenty-five years ago. Although on the one hand this was clearly a response to the electoral victory in […]

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TCDS Open House Featuring Brazilian Journalist Leonardo Sakamoto!

Join us on Tuesday, March 8th, for a conversation ‘What I Learned Being Cursed Online’ with New School Visiting Scholar and Brazilian journalist Leonardo Sakamoto, one of the main voices for human rights in the country and internationally recognized voice in the struggle against contemporary slavery. Immediately following Sakamoto’s talk we will have our bi-annual TCDS Open House! […]

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Applications and Full Program Information Now Available for the 25th Anniversary Democracy & Diversity Institute, Wroclaw, Poland, July 5-21, 2016!

25th Anniversary Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute Wrocław [Vrots-love], Poland July 5-21, 2016 In Unsettling Times: An Effort in Understanding The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) is proud to announce the startling fact that its upcoming Democracy & Diversity Institute will mark its 25th anniversary. This year’s Institute, themed In Unsettling Times: An Effort in Understanding, will […]

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