28 June 1989: (In)famous speech by Milosevic on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo Polje
In conversation: Ivan Vejvoda, IWM Permanent Fellow, and Vuk Velebit, political analyst (Talas.rs) and civic activist
11:30 – 12:15 Poland
24 August 1989: First non-communist government since 1948 elected in Eastern Europe
In conversation: Andrzej Waśkiewicz, Head of the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, and Aleksandra Głos, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
13:30 – 14:15 USSR/ Ukraine
8 September 1989: The Rukh Constituent Congress – a Precursor to the Collapse of the Soviet Union
In conversation: Volodymyr Kulyk, National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, and Kateryna Ruban, PhD candidate in History, New York University
30 September 1989: Genscher’s Balcony speech at the West-German Embassy in Prague
In conversation: Ralf Beste, German Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and Dagmar Rychnovská, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (IHS)
15:30 – 16:15 Bulgaria
10 November 1989: Todor Zhivkov ousted and replaced by Petar (Petur) Mladenov
In conversation: Georgi Pirinski, former vice-premier and former foreign minister of Bulgaria, and Jana Tsoneva, PhD student in Sociology at Central European University (CEU).
20 November 1989: Civic Forum rally in Czechoslovakia, estimate of 500.000 protesters
In conversation: Philipp Ther, Professor of Eastern European History, University of Vienna, and Jennifer Bergerova, BISLA/Bratislava.
17:30 – 18:15 Romania
25 December 1989: Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu sentenced to death and executed
In conversation: Victor Neumann, Professor of History and Theory of History, West University of Timișoara, and Raluca Alexandrescu, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania.
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