Pitt marks ‘1989: Year of Revolutions’ with lectures, interviews, films

Germans at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Pitt’s “1989: Year of Revolutions” series marks a year that brought global change and opened the door for German re-unification, the European Union, the enlargement of NATO, political realignments in Latin America and Africa, and the rise of Asia.

The series includes lectures, interviews, film screenings, and roundtables with regional and global focuses. In addition to programming that began Oct. 23, the series includes a pop-up course offering “1989: A Year to Change the World.” Enrolled students are required to attend 10 of the related events, write reflections, and complete a final paper.

Activities include:

  • Nov. 7: Interview with Ed Geist (Rand Corp.) regarding American and Soviet Political and Cultural Contexts of Mutual Assured Destruction Strategies. 4-5:30 p.m., 4130 Posvar Hall

  • Nov. 14: Film screening and discussion: “Women of the Gulag” with Marianna Yarovskaya, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 125 Frick Fine Arts building

  • Nov. 20: “Exceptionalism and the New Mainstream: Explaining Orbán’s Illiberal Regime in Hungary” by Stefano Bottoni, University of Florence, Italy, 4:30 p.m., Simmons A, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Dec. 5: Eyewitnesses to History — Remembering 1989 roundtable, 3-5 p.m., 540 William Pitt Union

“The 1989: Year of Revolutions” programming is sponsored by Pitt’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; European Studies Center; Asian Studies Center; Global Studies Center; and African Studies Program, with support from the University Center for International Studies.