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Apr 29, 2011 6:00 PM

The Wisdom of Crowds: What Egypt 2011 Can Tell Us About Central Europe 1989

Paul Wilson delivering The Keynote Address of The Twelfth Annual Czech Studies Workshop. Admission free and open to the general public.

Paul Wilson is a freelance writer, editor, radio producer and translator. He lived in Czechoslovakia from 1967 to 1977, when he was expelled by the Communist authorities. Since then, he has contributed essays, articles and reviews to many North American and European publications; written and produced major documentary series for CBC radio; and translated many important works of Czech fiction and non-fiction into English, including books by Josef Škvorecký, Ivan Klíma, Bohumil Hrabal, and Václav Havel. A collection of his own essays on Czech culture and politics will be published later this year by Torst, in Prague.

In his keynote address for this year’s Czech Studies Workshop, Mr. 
Wilson will reflect on the Central European revolutions of 1989 in light of recent events in the Arab world, especially the Egyptian revolution of 2011.  While noting many superficial similarities between these two great waves of revolution, he will point to fundamental differences between them—differences that may lead us both to temper our expectations of the present transformations in the Middle East and to appreciate in new ways the unique circumstances and outcomes of the transitions that ended Communist rule in Central Europe.

The keynote address is free and open to the general public, and will be followed by a question and answer session with Mr. Wilson.

Presented by the Harriman Institute of Columbia University and the Czech Center New York.


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Apr 29, 2011 6:00 PM


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