Tag | Letters from the Field
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Letter from Wroclaw: Hana Cervinkova remembers Fritz Stern: an American historian born in Breslau, Friend of the New School, moral conscience of postwar Germany, and Honorary Citizen of Wroclaw

Fritz Stern – German–American Historian, native of Wroclaw, died at 90 in New York   I was born into a world on the cusp of avoidable disaster…. (Fritz Stern, The Five Germanys I Have Known, 2006)   Remembrance by Hana Cervinkova   Professor Fritz Stern, one of the foremost historians of modern Europe, died on […]

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Letter From Europe: Elzbieta Matynia “NSSR Europe Courage in Public Scholarship Award”

Last July It was in late July of 2014, during the final two days of the 23rd annual Democracy & Diversity Institute, that a sizable group of the Institute’s alumni — representatives of a much larger NSSR/TCDS community now living and working in Europe — joined us in Wroclaw. They were an impressive and accomplished […]

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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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Letter from New York: Susan Yelavich on Design and Performative Democracy in Wrocław

Ring in 2014 with Małe Instrumenty: The Politics of Tiny Instruments in Poland. by Susan Yelavich This New Year, as we emerge from the season of sales and the scourge of shopping, Małe Instrumenty offers a different kind of gift: music played on toy pianos. Yes, Virginia, toy pianos. Toy pianos, children’s music boxes, and […]

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A Letter from Ukraine: Experience of Maidan

Experience of Maidan by Andriy Bondarenko Kyiv’s Maidan has really proved to be a lasting affair, strong enough to manifest the will of the majority of Ukraine’s population. Everyone could see the evidence of its ability to stand against police forces. Even during calm periods Maidan is still an impressive sight. For those of us […]

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A Letter from New York: Elzbieta Matynia introduces a very special poem by Gema Santamaría

Interview with an Expert on Violence by Elzbieta Matynia and Gema Santamaría In late September the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies arranged a talk by Anabel Hernández, a Mexican journalist and courageous writer whose book, Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers, has just been published in English by Verso. I had heard about Hernández and her work, […]

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A Letter from Russia: Notes on Movements and Protests

Prisoners and suspects Two years have passed since the unexpected appearance of a protest movement in Russia. Today the movement has declined. White ribbons, a symbol of the democratic movement, are out of fashion. And most of 28 participants of the peaceful oppositional meeting of the 6th of May 2012 that were arrested during the […]

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in July 2012 | Credit: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

A Letter from Nairobi: Dlamini Zuma’s Footsteps in the Long Walk to Continental Unity

By Moses Karanja South Africa’s Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 63, became the first female head of the African Union (AU) Commission, a post poised to test her leadership abilities to the limit, but also to potentially make her the ablest successor to President Jacob Zuma.  In the apt words of one government official, “Ms Dlamini-Zuma’s job […]

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A Letter from Poland/Eastern Europe: Performing Human Rights – Pussy Riot vs. the Pseudo Religious, Homophobic, Misogynists of Eastern Europe

by Tomasz Kitlinski, a TCDS alum Originally published in Deliberately Considered on September 17, 2012 The Pussy Riot trial will go down in the history of injustices as the Oscar Wilde trial of the 21st century. Against the evil powers that be, the Moscow artists acknowledged their inspirers, fellow outcasts: Socrates (this connection to the martyr of philosophy […]

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Miloslav (Milan) Petrusek (1936 – 2012)

In Memoriam – Milan Petrusek New York, August 30, 2012 Miloslav Petrusek, a sociologist from Prague who, after the 1968 Prague Spring, was gradually marginalized as a member of Czechoslovak academia and eventually banned from teaching at Charles University altogether, died last week in Prague. A brilliant scholar and teacher, he had shared the ethos […]

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