A Symposium Examining 25 Years of Human Experience after the Fall of the Iron Curtain

The Event which Inspired the 2014-15 IWU University Theme “Walls and Bridges”

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hansen Student Center

1:00 p.m. Opening Address by HRH Prince Georg von Habsburg-Lothringen

“Remembering the Past and Envisioning the Future: A European Perspective on the Fall of the Iron Curtain”

 1:45 p.m. Question and Answer Session


2:30 p.m. Featured Speaker Panel

Dr. Darina Malova, Comenius University, Slovakia

Dr. Peter Barta, University of Surrey, UK and Texas Tech University

3:30 p.m. Discussion


4:00 p.m. Public Reception


Monday, October 6, 2014

12:10 p.m. Faculty Non-Org

Davidson Room, Memorial Center

“The European Crisis,” featuring HRH Prince Georg von Habsburg-Lothringen, Dr. Darina Malova, and Dr. Peter Barta, followed by discussion.


4:00 p.m. Mini-workshop for Students

Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center

“Human Rights Seen from a Multidisciplinary Perspective”
 Dr. Darina Malova


7:00 p.m. International Film Series

Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library

Featured Screening
Everything is Illuminated
by Liev Schreiber, director; 2005, USA

Film introduced by Professor Sonja Fritzsche
Discussion to follow


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

4:00 p.m. Faculty Panel

Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center

“The Fall of the Iron Curtain and its World Effect: Changes in Lived Experiences from Africa and Asia to Central America”

Panel moderated by Professor Kathleen Montgomery, and featuring Professors Thomas Lutze, Diego Mendez-Carbajo, William Munro, Kristine Nielsen, and Michael Weis


5:00 p.m. Discussion

Concluding Remarks for the Symposium by HRH Prince Georg von Habsburg-Lothringen

Followed by Discussion for Future Directions and Possible Collaboration


This symposium was made possible by an IWU Mellon Grant for “Re-Centering the Humanities.” This symposium is sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies Team, the Western European Studies Team, and funds from the IWU Isaac Funk Endowed Professorship.

For questions, please contact the Co-Directors of the International Studies Program at IWU, Professors Marina Balina (mbalina@iwu.edu) or Scott Sheridan (sheridan@iwu.edu).


African Studies Week (November 3 - November 9, 2014)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

4:00 p.m. African Studies Colloquium: Lance Larkin

Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library

“Art, Xenophobia, and Social Change: Examining the Intersection of Zimbabwean Stone Sculpture and South African Art Activism” by Lance Larkin, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University

Sponsored by African Studies


Oxfam America Hunger Banquet®  

Thursday, November 6, 2014 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  

Davidson Room, Memorial Center 

Sample how the world eats and experience the effects of the inequality of food distribution and consumption first-hand. 

Banquet Flyer  

Sponsored by Development Studies.
A Walls and Bridges event.


Latin American Studies Colloquium

Monday, November 17, 2014 

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  

Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library

Dr. Arturo Marquez, Assistant Professor, The Romance Languages Department, Kalamazoo College, presents:

"Against the Bad Education: Pedro Lemebel, Student Movement and Sexual Rights in Contemporary Chile"

Sponsored by Latin American Studies, International Studies; The Hispanic Studies Department; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and Center for Human Rights

Colloquium Flyer