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Doc Films: 12:08 East of Bucharest, November 7

12:08 East of Bucharest

Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006 • It’s December 22nd. 16 years have passed since the Romanian Revolution. In this absurdist comedy (set by director Corneliu Porumoiu in his own provincial hometown of Vaslui), an old retiree is getting ready to spend another Christmas by himself, while a nearby history teacher struggles with debts. The owner of the local TV station decides to put them both on the air and finally address the question: “Was there a revolution in our town or not?”

This screening is part of “With Immediate Effect”: The Events of 1989 Revisited event series. All events are free and open to the public.
The series is cosponsored by the International House Global Voices Program, Doc Films, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.
Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.

Time: 4:30pm, Saturday, November 7. Run-time: 89 minutes

Location: Max Palevsky Cinema
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th St

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs: “The Legacy of 1989,” November 2


Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University
J.D. Bindenagel, Vice President for Community, Government, and International Affairs, DePaul University
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Associate Professor of International Security Studies, United States Military Academy
Moderated by Martha Merritt, Associate Dean of the College, University of Chicago

The fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago sent shock waves around the globe. The ensuing rapid power shift resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union, gave rise to new democracies in Eastern Europe, and helped end the Cold War superpower conflict that had governed international relations for nearly half a century. Join us for a conversation about how current leaders in the affected regions view the world in the aftermath of the extraordinary events of 1989, as well as a discussion on what lessons of the legacy of 1989 might offer to current policymakers.

Archie Brown is an emeritus professor of politics at Oxford University and an emeritus fellow of St. Antony’s College. An expert on the Gorbachev era and on the evolution of Communism worldwide, his latest book, The Rise and Fall of Communism, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

J.D. Bindenagel is the vice president for community, government, and international affairs at DePaul University. At the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, he was U.S. deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, East Germany, and helped negotiate the reunification of Germany.

Kori Shake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of international security studies at the United States Military Academy. An expert on U.S. national security and European politics, she was senior policy adviser to the McCain-Palin campaign during the 2008 presidential election, responsible for policy development and outreach in the areas of foreign and defense policy.

Martha Merritt (moderator) is a specialist on the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia and Estonia. She was on the faculty at the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Notre Dame before joining the University of Chicago in 2006.

This program is supported by


The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60605
Business Attire Required

5:30 p.m. Cash bar reception
6:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
7:15 p.m. Program adjournment and book signing

Young Professional Members $10
Members $20
Nonmembers $30
President’s Circle, Corporate Members, and Student Members complimentary

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