Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop: “The Friendship Train Derailed? Soviet-Czechoslovak Tourism, 1955-1969,” December 1

Rachel Applebaum presenting.

“The Friendship Train Derailed? Soviet-Czechoslovak Tourism, 1955-1969.”

For a copy of the paper, please email Rachel: rapple [at]

Refreshments available beginning at 4:00pm.

Time: 4:30 to 6:00pm, December 1. Location: Social Sciences 224 (1126 E. 59th St.).

“With Immediate Effect” The Events of 1989 Revisited: Film Screening of “After the Velvet Revolution,” November 6

Tom Weidlinger, 1993, 58 mins
This documentary features interviews with seven Czechoslovak ctizens in 1990 and 1991, and again a year or two later to see how they fared after the end of Communism. The film effectively uses the individual stories to give some background on 1968, the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, and the economic consequences of the transition. Because the film was made so soon after the transition, it emphasizes uncertainty. A sense of bewilderment or even betrayal is conveyed by the fact that most of the individuals in the film experienced the idealism and hope of the Velvet Revolution only to find the gritty reality of transition more difficult than they had expected. As Vaclav Havel put it in one of the many pieces of historic footage included in the film, people felt “ambushed by freedom.”

Time: 7pm, November 6.

Location: International House, Coulter Lounge (1414 E. 59th St).

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