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Dr. Marin Speaks at Harvard's Davis Center

In April 2014, Noemi Marin, Professor of Communication in FAU's School of Communication and Multimedia Studies presented a lecture at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies entitled Rhetoric and Intellectuals in the East European Upheavals of 1989: A Look Back after 25 Years.

Berlin, 1989

The fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989

About her lecture, Professor Marin wrote:

One of the responsibilities of rhetoric is to engage with history, examining the shaping and reshaping of political communities through discourse that uncovers “the various worlds, by ‘playing’ with our ‘orders’” at stake (Grassi, 1987, 76). Communist discourse in Eastern Europe unveils one such relationship between rhetoric and history. Taking 1989 as the pivotal moment for historical changes in public discourse, this lecture examines the role of public intellectuals in the revolutions of 1989 throughout Eastern Europe in order to assess their legacy in post-communist public sphere (After the Fall,Marin 2007; The Rhetorics of 1989, Ornatowski and Marin, Eds. 2014).

The lecture was part of the Davis Center's Cold War Studies Seminar, which features scholars who have been working in the newly-opened archives of East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Intended to shed new light on events from the Cold War era, the seminar encourages the use of archival evidence to test theories of domestic and international politics. It is sponsored by the Project on Cold War Studies.

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