HCGA to Host "25 Years After Fall of the Iron Curtain" Conference

HCGA to Host 25 Years After Fall of the Iron Curtain Conference
During the weekend of October 3-5, the Hungarian Club of Georgia will partner with Agnes Scott College to bring a unique conference to the Atlanta area. On the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, the multimedia conference will look back on how communism was toppled in the region, what led to the events that tore open the Iron Curtain and what has happened in the region since that fateful time.

This conference and festival will provide the local Atlanta community with a great opportunity during this special anniversary year to learn about the events from experts and eyewitnesses, contemplate the future for this region and through the festival, experience the cultures of C/E Europe in our own backyard.

The Conference is sponsored by The Hungary Initiatives Foundation.

The draft agenda is attached below as well as the registration link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25-years-after-the-fall-of-the-iron-curtain-tickets-13396712929

DRAFT Agenda

Friday, October 3
6:00 PM                    
VIP RECEPTION

“A Witness to Change” Photo Exhibit Opens
Location: Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College

7:15 PM
Marion Smith,
Executive Director, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership, U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2008-2009)
Location: Frannie Graves Auditorium, Campbell Hall

Saturday, October 4
8:30 – 9:00 AM        
Registration


9:00 – 11:00 AM      
PANEL: People’s Revolutions in C/E Europe

Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, President Agnes Scott College, Daughter of 1956 Hungarian Freedom Fighters, Witness to 1989 Transition in Hungary
Edith K. Lauer, Chair Emeritus, Hungarian American Coalition, 1956 Hungarian Freedom Fighter, Witness to 1989 Transitions in Hungary and Romania
Marion Smith, Executive Director, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
Dr. Alasdair Young, Co-Director for the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies (TBC)
Location: Teasley Hall, Bullock Science Center
             
11:00 - 11:30 AM       BREAK
Location: Baker Atrium, Bullock Science Center

11:30 – 1:00 PM        
PHOTO EXHIBIT: “A Witness to Change”

Piroska Nagy, photographer and author, “The Years of Euphoria 1988-1990”                                
Location: Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College

1:00 – 3:00 PM          
PANEL: Is this Cold War 2?

Moderator: Stephen O’Connor, President, SAO International, was an early pioneer/entrepreneur after the fall of the Berlin Wall and is the former owner / publisher of the weekly newspapers; The Budapest, Warsaw, and Prague Business Journals from 1992-2005.
Sheila Tschinkel, Visiting Scholar in Economics, Emory University, Former Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, U.S. Treasury Department Economic Advisor for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 1997-2009
Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, CEO of The Carter Center, former Director of European and Canadian Affairs, National Security Council, White House (TBC)
Location: Teasley Hall, Bullock Science Center

3:00 – 3:30 PM          
BREAK

Location: Baker Atrium, Bullock Science Center

3:30 – 5:30 PM          
MINI FILM FESTIVAL: Viewing the Transition through Film

Reka Pigniczky, award-winning Documentary Filmmaker, Witness Project, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
Location: Frannie Graves Auditorium, Campbell Hall
       
5:30 – 7:30 PM          
FILM - “Goodbye Lenin

Set in East Germany in 1989, this award winning film, is a humorous satire of one man’s attempt to make history and time stand still so he can protect his ill mother from the political upheaval of the times.
Location: Frannie Graves Auditorium, Campbell Hall

Sunday, October 5
2nd Atlanta Hungarian Festival (w/ regional C/E flavor):
Location: Woodruff Quadrangle, Agnes Scott College

11:00 AM         Festival Opening Ceremonies
12:00 AM         Music Performance
1:00 PM           Folkdance  
2:00 PM           Music Performance
3:00 PM           Folkdance
4:00 PM           Grand Finale – Music and Dance
Oral History Interviews will be running throughout the day

updated: 4 years ago