UNC Now Accepting Applications for 2013 International Teacher’s Summer Seminar

“East-Central Europe, 1989: The History and Philosophy of the Peaceful Revolutions.”

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Christiane Olivo

The University of Northern Colorado, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, is offering K-12 teachers an intensive four-week graduate-level summer seminar in Berlin, Germany. and Prague, Czech Republic.

The peaceful revolutions and fall of communism are still considered to be among the most important events of the 20th century. The Seminar "East-Central Europe, 1989: The History and Philosophy of the Peaceful Revolutions" is open to teachers of all disciplines.

The Seminar takes place from June 23-July 20, 2013, in Berlin and Prague, two key cities which were at the very center of political opposition movements under communism and developments that led to the fall of communism in the region. Additional activities including a day trip to nearby Leipzig, museum and city tours, and guest lecturers including dissidents and topic scholars round out the seminar.

"The study of dissidence in East-Central Europe provides insight into the reasons that communism ultimately fell and the ‘power of the powerless' to undermine totalitarian rule," said Christiane Olivo, seminar director and UNC Associate Professor of Political Science & International Affairs.

While some scholars believe that the political philosophies of those dissidents are not relevant outside of Soviet totalitarianism, the participants in this NEH Summer Seminar will examine whether they have a place in addressing the problems facing modern large-scale liberal democracies.

Olivo, a sought after, subject-matter expert in Eastern German studies, has published a book and numerous articles and case studies on the philosophical ideas of East German dissidents before, during and after the fall of communism.

Completed applications should be postmarked no later than March 4, 2013. A total of 16 applicants, including two graduate students, from across the United States will be selected to participate.

For Seminar details and application requirements please visit the website:

Contact info:
Christiane Olivo, Political Science & International Affairs
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 130
Greeley, CO 80639
Email: NEH.seminar@unco.edu