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Institute for International Liberal Education and Center for Civic Engagement Present

Friday, October 28, 2016
PIE 25th Anniversary Conference: Democracy at a Crossroads: Education, Politics, and Social Change
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrating 25 Years of Bard's Program in International Education
Twenty-five years ago, the Soviet Union collapsed and left 15 separate countries in its wake. Two years earlier the Berlin Wall fell, signifying the effective end of the Cold War. This period was filled with optimism about the prospect of democracy and a profoundly different international system. The proceeding quarter century has seen the realization of some optimistic predictions, but it has also witnessed triumphalism and many false assumptions about the prospects of democratic consolidation and enduring peace.

The conference presents the opportunity to reflect on regional and global transformations during the past quarter century and to ask several questions: Where do Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union stand today? What is the meaning of democracy at a time in which democratic principles are under siege across the globe? Where and how can international education respond to today's global challenges?

Join us as we consider our shared history and future and reflect on Bard's unique role in supporting democratic transition, education, and social change through the Program in International Education (PIE). This conference is free and open to the public.

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About the Program

Bard's Program in International Education (PIE) was launched twenty-five years ago in the wake of these tremendous transformations. Since 1991, PIE has brought over 400 students, representing 37 countries, to Bard for a year or semester of study. The program originally focused on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, then expanded to include students from Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, and the Middle East.

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Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Campus Center, Multipurpose Room