In a dynamic panel discussion this Friday, November 30 at the Wende Museum, John Connelly will explore what made East Germany unique among Communist nations. Its notable reputation for being particularly strict in its application of Communist orthodoxy, with a huge internal police force and a leadership that resisted reform, while Dagmar Hovestädt looks at the changing role of the Stasi Records Archive over time.
John Connelly is a professor of history and director of the Institute for East European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Captive University: The Sovietization of East German, Czech. He is currently working on a history of East Central Europe from 1784 to the present.
Dagmar Hovestädt has been the spokesperson of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (BStU) since 2011. She previously worked as a TV journalist, covering news and current affairs during the 1990s in Berlin and the 2000s in California. She is a Fulbright alumnae and a Burns fellow.
Friday, November 30, 2018
7 p.m.: Reception
8 p.m.: Discussion
This event is presented as part of Wende Conversations: A Discussion Series Supported by Susan Horowitz and Rick Feldman.