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FAU’s Peace Studies Program Conference Revisits the Fall of Communism in Eastern and Central Europe

BOCA RATON, FL (October 22,  2009)  – The Peace Studies Program in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, along with the Peace Studies Student Association, will commemorate the 20 th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of communism in Eastern and Central Europe with the conference  “1989 Revisited: Lessons from Two Decades of Democratic Transition in Eastern and Central Europe.” The conference will take place from Wednesday, October 28 through Friday, October 30, and is free and open to the public. All events take place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, and a full schedule can be found at

Highlights of the conference include keynote addresses by Klaus Ranner, consul General of Germany in Miami, who will be speaking on “The Legacy of 1989;” Cezar Ornatowski, San Diego State University, with “Visions of 1989: Lessons of Two Decades of Democratic Transformation in Eastern and Central Europe;” and Noemi Marin, director of peace studies at FAU, with “1989 Revisited: Totalitarian, Authoritarian and Democratic Vocabularies.” Visiting scholars, FAU faculty and graduate students will also present and be part of research and eyewitness panels. All lectures and panels will take place in the Student Union Building.

There will also be film screenings and discussions of the films “Good-Bye Lenin,” “Silent Country,” “East of Bucharest,” “The Scar” and “The Lives of Others,” which will take place in the DeSantis Center of the College of Business building, as well as an interactive exhibit titled “1989 Exhibit: A Walk through Public Memory in Eastern and Central Europe.” The exhibit, which features artifacts from Communist times, will be located in the S.E. Wimberley Library’s Jaffe Center for Book Arts.

 The conference is sponsored by the Schmidt Family Foundation; David and Karen Gury; the Peace Studies Student Association; The DeSantis Center for Motion Picture Industry Studies; FAU’s Jaffe Center for Book Arts; and FAU’s Office of International Programs. For more information about the conference and film series, contact Noemi Marin at

- FAU –

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