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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Understanding the Cold War and Its Aftermath

September 6, 2014

In collaboration with Burning Coal Theatre Company

The Cold War’s abrupt end left observers pondering the meaning of this nearly fifty-year era in world history. Those in the Eastern Bloc especially were forced to contend with the dizzying onset of capitalist markets and Western culture, and the resurfacing of old ethnic hatreds.  This seminar will examine life for Eastern and Central Europeans during the Cold War—from their aesthetic choices to their political realities—and the unique challenges posed by the collapse of the communist system. Three lectures and a panel discussion will provide historical and cultural context for Burning Coal Theatre’s production of acclaimed British playwright (and seminar speaker) David Edgar’s Iron Curtain trilogy of plays. Attendees will have the option to purchase reduced price tickets for all three plays.

Topics & Speakers

The East-West Conflict Yesterday and Today
Klaus W. Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Peace, War and Defense 

Listening across the Iron Curtain
Andrea F. Bohlman, Assistant Professor of Music

Imagining the New World Order in Eastern Europe
David Edgar, Playwright

Understanding the Cold War
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time & Cost
9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 6, 2014 at The Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh. The tuition is $125 ($110 by August 29). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by August 29). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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