Virtual Launch: Trauma of Communism


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8:30 a.m. EST
3:30 p.m. EET

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies will host a launch of the new publication “The Trauma of Communism,” edited by Notre Dame professors Clemens Sedmak and A. James McAdams, and published by the Ukrainian Catholic University Press, with a virtual panel and discussion.

This publication is the result of a long-standing collaboration between six universities from Central and Eastern Europe and, through the Nanovic Institute, the University of Notre Dame. The “Catholic Universities Partnership” was established in 2003 to support universities in post-communist countries in their effort to navigate the commitment to faith and academic excellence. Inspired by a 2021 CUP conference and significantly inflected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, “The Trauma of Communism” collects stories and personal accounts about those traumatizing decades from scholars and colleagues in Czechia, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

Free and open to all. Registration required.

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Magdalena Charzyńska-Wójcik
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department
of the History of English and Translation Studies
John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)
Affiliated Scholar 2022-23, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Andrea Feldman
Associate Professor
Department of Natural History, Geography and History
Faculty of Teacher Education
University of Zagreb (Croatia)

A. James McAdams (co-editor)
William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs
Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies (2002-18)
University of Notre Dame

Volodymyr Turchynovskyy
Dean of Social Sciences Faculty and
Director of the International Institute for Ethics and Contemporary Issues
Ukrainian Catholic University

Moderated by Clemens Sedmak (co-editor)
Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies and 
Professor of Social Ethics, Keough School of Global Affairs
University of Notre Dame