Dissent, Conscience and the Wall 1989-2014 – Pre-1989 Tolerance of Dissent and Freedom of Conscience on Either Side of the Iron Curtain
29 November 2014
The first in a series of three symposia examining developments in freedom of conscience and dissent in public in Europe before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Keynote speaker: Edward Lucas, senior editor at The Economist.
Edward Lucas, is a senior editor at The Economist. An expert in energy, intelligence and cyber-security issues, he covered Central and Eastern Europe for more than 20 years, witnessing the final years of the last Cold War; the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet empire; Boris Yeltsin’s downfall and Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. As a foreign correspondent he has lived in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Moscow and the Baltic States. He speaks five languages besides English: German, Russian, Polish, Czech and Lithuanian. From 1992 to 1994, he was managing editor of The Baltic Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Tallinn. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. The New Cold War (2008) was his first book; Deception, about east-west espionage, was published in 2011; The Snowden Operation was published as an e-book in 2014.
A video of this paper is available here.
Alvaro Perez is a native of Spain, currently studying for his Master’s degree in history and critical thinking at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, in London.
Gianluca Costamagna is from Italy and studies medicine at the University of Pavia.
Ulrich Nagel is from Germany, and is pursuing his PhD in early modern history at the University of Bonn.
Panel 2 (philosophical)
Andrei-Tudor Man is a native of Romania, and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in philosophy at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.
Clara Watson is from England, where she is reading for a Master’s degree in bioethics and medical law at St. Mary’s University.
Gustel Warnberg is from Sweden, and is studying for one year at Queen Mary University of London, as part of his Bachelor programme in historical sciences at Uppsala University.
Nathan Pinkoski is Canadian, and completing his D.Phil at the University of Oxford.
Panel 3 (Cultural)
Gaia Coltorti joins us from Italy. She is a published novelist and recently graduated from La Sapienza University, Rome, with a Bachelors degree in English language and literature, with minors in Russia.
Maja Fabijanic is from Croatia, where she studies molecular biology at the University of Zagreb.
Alina Strelkovskaia is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in the theory and practice of contemporary art.
This series has been organised by the Thomas More Institute in partnership with the European University Colleges Association and is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.