Central Europe: Transition and Transformation Symposium – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Central Europe: Transition and Transformation Symposium

The Partnership for Global Education (PGE), a cooperative venture between Union College and Hobart and William Smith, presents “Central Europe: Transition and Transformation” April 2-4. The symposium is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Partial support for this project has been provided by the U.S. State Department through a grant from the Cooperative Grants Program of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

The first event is a reception and photography exhibit opening at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Gallery and Atrium. Photographer Stephen Spinder will speak briefly about his work. Following at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room, Consul Thomas Wuelfing will present the opening keynote address, titled “Germany’s Role in the New Central Europe.”

The rest of the symposium schedule is below. Events are in the Sanford Room, unless otherwise specified.

Saturday, April 3
8 a.m. Continental breakfast, outside of Sanford Room

8:30 a.m. Introduction: Central Europe in Comparative Perspective: the origins and development of the program
Thomas D’Agostino and Charles Temple

9 a.m. Ethnicity in Central Europe
Seminar with Levente Salat

10:15 a.m. The Scars of Berlin: Potsdamer Platz and historical memory
Seminar with Eric Klaus

11 a.m. Central European Literature: irony as a way of life, or explaining what the human creature is like to the Yeti
Seminar with David Weiss

Noon Luncheon, Comstock Dining Room, for pre-registrants only.
Meal tickets may be purchased at a nominal cost from the PGE if space is available; contact ext. 3307 for more information.
Keynote: Ambassador Gabor Horvath, Hungarian Consul in New York Hungary’s Post-1989 Experience in Light of EU Ascendancy

1:30 p.m. Transition and Transformation: polarities of national experience and everything in between
Roundtable with David Ost, Robert Hislope, Tomas Dvorak, Irina Kantor and Ambassador Gabor Horvath

3:15 p.m. Central Europe in Comparative Perspective: a professor’s view
Roundtable with Robert Hislope, Eshragh Motahar, Levente Salat, Irina Kantor and Donato Tangredi

4:30 p.m. Central Europe in Comparative Perspective: a student’s view
Roundtable with 2002 and 2003 program participants

5:30 p.m. Dinner, Common Room, for pre-registrants only.
Meal tickets may be purchased at a nominal cost from the PGE if space is available; contact ext. 3307 for more information.

7 p.m. Tanchaz! Central Europe Dance Hall Live, Cellar Pub.
Életfa Hungarian Folk Ensemble present folk songs and dances from Hungary and Romania, followed by a dance workshop

Sunday, April 4
8 a.m. Continental breakfast, outside of Sanford Room

8:30 a.m. Central Europe in Comparative Perspective: the American-German cross-cultural process
Seminar with Donato Tangredi

9:45 a.m. Central European Transformation: an economist’s view of the process
Seminar with Tomas Dvorak