GRINNELL, IA – Twenty years after President Ronald Reagan’s challenge to “tear down this wall,” Grinnell College’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights will offer a symposium, Sept. 21-23, to discuss “Beyond the Cold War: The World Since 1989.”
“We are living in a completely different world since the Cold War, in terms of security, human rights and international relations,” said Sarah Purcell, director of the Rosenfield Program. “This symposium will bring together experts who have had first-hand involvement in and observation of the world’s challenges since the symbolic Berlin Wall came down.”
The symposium events, which are open to the public, include:
• Sept. 21, 4:15 p.m.: Soviet expert Stephen White will speak on “The Demise of the USSR: Looking Back and Looking Forward.” White is James Bryce Professor of Politics and senior research associate in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow.
• Sept. 21, 8 p.m.: Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb will discuss “National Security in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University
• Sept. 22, 4:15 p.m.: “Human Rights after the Cold War: From Kosovo to Abu Ghraib” will be the topic of a lecture by David Forsythe, Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska.
• Sept. 22, 8 p.m.: Foreign affairs adviser Janne Nolan will discuss “Nuclear Security and Military Change.” Nolan is a senior fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training and professor of international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
• Sept. 23, 11 a.m.: National Public Radio’s Dina Temple-Raston will offer commentary on “Behind the Scenes: Terrorism Cases After the Cold War.” Temple-Raston, who is NPR’s counterterrorism correspondent, is the author of “In Defense of Our America,” which reviews civil liberties in post-9/11 America, and “The Jihad Next Door” about America's first so-called "sleeper cell.”
• Sept. 23, 4:15 p.m.: Polish journalist Konstanty Gebert will question “Better to Die Standing? Thinking about Violence in the Transition from Communism in Poland and Yugoslavia.” Gebert is a columnist and reporter for Gazeta Wyborcza, considered one of Poland’s most influential newspapers.
• Sept. 23, 8 p.m.: Visiting artists Nadija Mustapic and Toni Mestrovic will discuss “Contemporary Croatian Art: Expressions of Transition.” Works by Mustapic will be part of a “Culturing Community” exhibition opening in Faulconer Gallery Sept. 24.
• Related events include a public lecture and discussion led by Ron Suny, professor of social and political history at the University of Michigan, on Mon., Sept. 27 at 4:15 p.m.; a public events concert by the Zedashe Ensemble on Tues., Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall of Bucksbaum Center for the Arts; and two art exhibitions, “Laughing Matters: Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev’s Thaw, 1956-1964,” open in Burling Gallery, Burling Library, through Nov. 19, and “Young Pioneers: Lithographs from the Johnson-Horrigan Collection,” open in the lower level of the John Chrystal Center during regular business hours through Dec. 10.
All symposium events will be held in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus, unless otherwise noted. For more information about the Rosenfield Program, contact Sarah Purcell,purcelsj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3091.