Mircea Dumitru: On the Fear of Truth: Disquietudes of a Confused Era

18 February 2018

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The NTB Conferences on DVD 30 June 2018
Launched almost eight decades ago by Ion Marin Sadoveanu, the National Theatre Conferences have returned to the stage of the Black Box Hall since 2006 with the lectures of prominent personalities of Romanian culture on the most diverse and exciting topics. Gathered in a collection of DVDs aiming at keeping these testimonials of wisdom, culture and civilisation, 32 of the conferences from the previous seasons can be purchased at the box office or in the lobbies of the halls before or after the shows. The collection of DVDs, accompanied by brochures containing the texts of the conferences, comprise the following titles: N. C. Munteanu – Me and My Dog, the Securitate Basarab Nicolescu – Does the Universe Make Sense? The Contemporary Dialogue Between Science and Religion Ion Pop – From the Avangarde to the Rearguard Cristian Bădiliță – Why We Need a New Translation of the Septuagint and of the New Testament Ilina Gregori – When Was the 19th Century? Eminescu and Modernity Teodor Marieș – In Search of the Truth Alex Leo Șerban – And Yet, Why Do We Watch Movies? Andrei Șerban – About Chekhov or Who else wants to go to Moscow? Alexandru Tocilescu – About Theatre and Its Matters Dorana Coşoveanu - At that time when the paintings were shot Bujor Nedelcovici – Writers and the Exile His Royal Excellency Prince Radu – The Wise Ruling Neagu Djuvara – The 77 Years War (1914-1991) Mircea Dinescu – The Curse of Being a Parody Writer Nicolae Manolescu – Do We Not Have Playwrights? Lucia Hossu Longin – The Exercise of Memory Dan C. Mihailescu – Who Is the Neo-Interwar Generation and What Does It Want Octavian Paler – With Melancholy, about the Barbarians Stelian Tanase – The Panait Istrati Case Theodor Baconsky – Orthodoxy and United Europe Adrian Cioroianu – Romanian Communism between Hope and Traps Ileana Malancioiu – The Tragic Guilt Ion Caramitru – The Limits of Waiting Radu Beligan – My Professors Cristian Tudor Popescu – The Sticker Man Robert Turcescu – The Burial of a Myth: Farewell, Free Press! Ion Vianu - Antigone, a Dissident Andrei Pleşu – About the Heart Doina Jela – Deceptive Memory Neagu Djuvara – A Brief Experience with Western Intelligence Services Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu – The Securitate Leaking, an Imperative for Democracy Vladimir Tismăneanu – The Revolutionary Year 1956 Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu – Romanian Ethics and Public Sense 200 Years Ago Adrian Vasilescu – Religion and the Star Varujan Vosganian – Elites and Counter-Elites in Transitional Romania Radu Beligan - Radu Beligan 90 Emil Hurezeanu - Romania in Europe and Europe in Romania Ana Blandiana – The Romanian Fun Making, from Defense to Suicide Herta Müller – Always the Same Snow and Always the Same Uncle Theodor Paleologu – The Topicality of Political Theology Sorin Alexandrescu – Visual Culture, Pros and Cons Solomon Marcus – A Peak of Romanian Culture: Traian Lalescu Horia-Roman Patapievici – About Wasted Opportunities in History Cristian Bădiliţă – Judas and Mary Magdalene Between Damnation and Exoneration The series of conferences shall continue in this season as well, on each Sunday, once every two weeks, with new spiritual challenges, discussion topics and lectures. The price of a DVD is 25 RON!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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Armand Goșu: What Does Putin Want? The Agenda of the Kremlin Leader for the New Mandate 27 May 2018
On Sunday, 27th May 2018, from 11.00 a.m., in the Small Hall of NTB, Mr. Armand Goșu shall hold the conference What Does Putin Want? The Agenda of the Kremlin Leader for the New Mandate. About the Conference Vladimir Putin has just inaugurated his fourth mandate of president of the Russian Federation on 7th May, after he won detachedly, since the first tour, the elections of 18th March, setting a new record regarding the number of earned votes. There are two decades since Putin has been evolving on the first stage, in the limelight. During this time, he has produced hundreds of records and given thousands of hours of interviews. Despite this fact, Putin remains a mystery to many. The scrutiny of Russia’s future remains an extreme sport. Armand Goșu does not belong to the category of those who pretend to know what Russia shall look like in a year or two. He aims at outlining the future of Russia, starting from the analysis of its recent past and especially of the present. Therefore, in order to understand tomorrow’s Russia, we must investigate the current one, with its domestic policy, the political regime, the party system, the ideology, the demographic crisis and economic stabilisation. Russia’s radiography shall not exclude its foreign policy and an itemisation of the strategic objectives and tactic means of Kremlin. Depending on the answer to these and other questions, the lecturer, together with the present audience, shall outline President Putin’s agenda for this fourth presidential mandate, of 6 years. About Armand Goșu Historian and journalist, specialised in the Euro-Asian region, he teaches courses on Russia and the USSR at the Bucharest University, covering two centuries and a half of history of a fascinating cultural and civilization area, lesser known in Romania, despite the proximity. He is an associate researcher at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. (German Foreign Policy Council), Berlin. At the core of his concerns lies Russia, the relations between Romania and the Russian Federation, the Romania’s eastern policy in the 20th century, the evolutions of the former Soviet republics. After graduating from the Historical Faculty of Bucharest, he has worked in research at the „Nicolae Iorga” Historical Institute, then at the Romanian Institute of Recent History. He holds a PhD in the history of foreign policy of the Russian Empire, during the anti-Napoleonic wars, defended in Moscow, in 1998. Journalist of necessity, in order to survive in the period of the doctorate in Russia, Armand Goșu became a correspondent at BBC radio, in the Moscow office. Gradually, due to exercising journalism, his interest shifts from the 18th-19th centuries towards the last years of the USSR and the developments of domestic policy in the Russian Federation, in the years 1990 and 2000. He continues in the press, being deputy editor-in-chief (2005-2010) and editor-in-chief (2012-2014) of the Revista 22 weekly magazine, edited by the Group for Social Dialogue. For two years (2010-2011), he has been an advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Teodor Baconschi for the former Soviet area. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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