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February 2 | Cousins and Strangers: America, Britain and Europe in a New Century

Introduction: Robert Brown
President, Boston University

Chris Patten
Chancellor, Oxford University

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February 13 | Citizen Vaclav Havel Goes on Vacation

Film Screening and discussion with

Jan Novak
Author and filmmaker


March 14 | Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century

Mark Leonard
Director of Foreign Policy, Center for European Reform

Moderator: Vivien Schmidt
Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Boston University

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March 30 | Islam and the Discourses of Toleration

Opening Remarks: Augustus Richard Norton
Professor of International Relations, Boston University

Keynote Speech: Europe and the Muslim World
Olivier Roy
Senior Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); Director of Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Panel Discussion
Hussain Haqqani
Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Robert Hefner
Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
Augustus Richard Norton
Professor of Anthropology and International Relations, Boston University
Emran Qureshi
Wertheim Fellow, Labor and Work Life Program, Harvard Law School



April 4 | The EU-US-China Triangle

Angelos Pangratis
Deputy Head of Delegation at the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States, in Washington, DC

Shelley Hawks
Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, Boston University
Yuan-yuan Shen
Research Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment China Project; Lecturer, Department of Economics, Brandeis University; Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University School of Law

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April 19 | Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century

Volker Rühe
Defense Minister of Germany (1992-1998);
Member of German Bundestag (1975-2005)

Respondent: Thomas Berger
Professor of International Relations, Boston University

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April 25 | The Borderland Foundation: A Living Experiment in Cross-Cultural Relations

Krzysztof Czyzewski
Chairman, Borderland Foundation, Sejny, Poland



September 11 | US-Russian Relations in the New Global Context

Andrew Kuchins
Senior Associate and Director, Russian and Eurasian Program,
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Lilia Shevtsova
Senior Associate, Carnegie Moscow Center,
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


September 26 | Whose God Is It? Religion in Europe and the US

Jane Kramer
European Correspondent, The New Yorker
Jan Ross
Staff Writer, Die Zeit

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September 28 | There Is No Me without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Africa’s Children

Melissa Faye Greene
Author of Praying for Sheetrock, The Temple Bombing, and Last Man Out

Melissa Fay Greene recounts the odyssey of Haregewoin Teferra, a middle-class Ethiopian woman who began caring for AIDS orphans, running an unofficial orphanage and day school, following the untimely deaths of her husband and daughter. Greene, who had adopted two Ethiopian children before meeting Teferra, juggles political history, medical reportage, and personal memoir. She succinctly intersperses the history of Ethiopia, the history of AIDS, and the complex path of medication (a super highway in the West, a trail in Africa), and rescues Haregewoin from undeserved oblivion as well as from undeserved accusations of child selling. There Is No Me without You is the story of Haregewoin and her sixty children. It is a story of struggle and despair, but also of hope and renewed happiness of children welcomed by adoptive parents in Ethiopia, America, and around the world.



October 12 | Poetry and Nations

A poetry reading and conversation with:

Julia Hartwig
Polish poet, author, essayist, and translator
Rosanna Warren
Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities, University Professor
and Professor of English and Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures,
Boston University

Moderator: Irena Grudzinska Gross


October 17 | German-Polish Relations in Today’s Europe

Janusz Reiter
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United States
Klaus Scharioth
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States
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October 24 | The Renewal of Jewish Life in Europe

Antony Lerman
Executive Director, Institute for Jewish Policy Research, London


October 26 | Religion in the New Europe

Peter Berger
University Professor and Professor of Sociology and Theology, Boston University; Director, Institute on Culture and World Affairs, Boston University
José Casanova
Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research
Nilüfer Göle
Professor of Sociology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris

Moderator: Krzysztof Michalski
Rector, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna;
Professor of Philosophy, Boston University



November 2 | Quo Vadis Poetry: A Conversation with Andrei Codrescu

Andrei Codrescu

Moderator: Irena Grudzinska Gross


November 6, 2006 | My Nobel Laureates: Presentation on the lives of poets Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska

Jerzy Illg
Editor-in-Chief, ZNAK Publishing House


November 15 | How to Bring Europe Back to Its Citizens

Michael Mertes
State Secretary, Commissioner for Federal, European and Foreign Affairs, State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Moderator: Krzysztof Michalski
Rector, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna;
Professor of Philosophy, Boston University


November 30 | Central-Eastern Europe, the European Union, and the United States

Martin Bútora
Sociologist, author, and senior civil servant;
former Ambassador of Slovakia to the United States

Moderator: Chandler Rosenberger
Lecturer in International Relations, Boston University; Fellow, Center for International Relations, Boston University


December 4 | Post-Totalitarian Societies: the Case of Albania

Fatos Lubonja
Editor and publisher of Pepjekja (“Endeavor”), Albania’s leading critical social/political journal, writer and former political prisoner

Respondent: Michael Kaufman
Author and former New York Times reporter, foreign correspondent,
columnist, and editor


December 10 | Dashed Hopes: Human Rights in the Former Soviet Union

A community-wide Public Event in Observance
of International Human Rights Day

Screening of Babitsky’s War

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Jack Matlock
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union under President Ronald Reagan

Panel Discussion
Nikolai Butkevich
Researcher, Union of Councils for Jews in the former Soviet Union
Nozima Kamalova
Legal Aid Society in Uzbekistan Scholar at Risk Program, Harvard University
Tatiana Lokshina
DEMOS Center, Moscow
Alexander Verkhovsky
Human Rights Activist

In cooperation with:
American Jewish Committee
Amnesty International USA
Anti-Defamation League
Boston University Institute for Human Sciences
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University
Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College
Facing History and Ourselves
Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies
International Committee for the Children of Chechnya
Jewish Community Relations Council
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Physicians for Human Rights
Sakharov Human Rights Program, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Sponsored by:
The Reebok Foundation

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December 16 | Peace Studies and Peace Education Workshop

Hossain B. Danesh
Professor Emeritus of Conflict Resolution and Psychiatry, University of Ottawa; President Emeritus, Landegg International University, Switzerland; and Founder and President, International Education for Peace Institute, Switzerland and Canada
Gabriella Etmektsoglou
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Human Sciences, Boston University
Rev. Raymond G. Helmick, SJ
Professor Emeritus of International Conflict Resolution, Boston College;
Senior Associate, Program for Preventive Diplomacy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.
Tony Jenkins
Co-Director, Director of Administration and Research,
Peace Education Center, Teachers College of Columbia University;
General Coordinator, International Institute on Peace Education
Fatos Lubonja
Editor-in-Chief of Pepjekja (“Endeavor”), Albania ‘s leading critical social/political journal; writer, and former political prisoner
Adam Martin
PhD candidate, Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality,
University of California, Irvine
Jonathan Schell
Peace and Disarmament Correspondent, the Nation;
Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute
Rosemarie Stallworth-Clark
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Georgia Southern University; President, American Educational Research Association Peace Education Special Interest Group
Nigel Young
Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies and Sociology, Colgate University;
Editor in Chief of the Routledge International Encyclopedia on World Peace

Sponsored by the Biosophical Institute