Europe seems beset by the prospect of crisis. And yet its institutions continue to function. The continent remains a zone of economic privilege, a status that exacts other kinds of cost, humanitarian and social. Established political processes continue to operate as usual. At the same time, we witness the rise of protest reactionary and progressive. Our speakers asked what ideals ought to claim the commitment of Europeans today, in a situation combining cynicism and struggle, threat and stability.

Thursday, 27 March

18:30 Introduction: What Europe? Ideals to Fight for Today
Roger Berkowitz (Hannah Arendt Center, Bard College New York)

18:45 Keynote Introduction
Dr. Gabriele Freitag, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde

19:00: Opening Keynote: Ukraine: Soviet Past, European Future?
Timothy Snyder (Yale University)

Friday, 28 March

10:30-12:00 Opening Panel
Where is democracy to be found in Europe today?
Ivan Krastev (Centre for Liberal Strategies)
Eirini Avramopoulou (ICI Berlin)
Ulrike Winkelmann (taz Berlin)

14:00-16:00 Panel
Is there a European Idea?
Patrick Bahners (F.A.Z.)
Roger Berkowitz (Hannah Arendt Center, Bard College New York)
Walter Russell Mead (Bard College New York)

16:30-18:00 Panel
What use are Europe’s heritages in looking to the future?
Peter Baehr (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
Agata Lisiak (Bard College Berlin)
Rob Riemen (Nexus Institute, the Netherlands)

18:15 Closing Remarks
Catherine Toal (Bard College Berlin)

In English

Roger Berkowitz
Dr. Gabriele Freitag
Ivan Krastev
Eirini Avramopoulou
Ulrike Winkelmann
Patrick Bahners
Walter Russell Mead
Peter Baehr
et al

Organized by

The conference was a cooperation between Bard College Berlin, a Liberal Arts University, the ICI Berlin, the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College New York, and the German Association for East European Research (DGO).

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