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22 December 2019
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The NTB Conferences on DVD 20 June 2020
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, 59 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: New titlesBogdan Aurescu – The National Interest and the Topicality of Sovereignty. Romania’s Foreign Policy and the Paradigm of the WinnerCristian Badilita - Mircea Eliade’s GlassesVladimir Belis - Half a Century of Serving Forensic MedicineGigi Caciuleanu - L'Om Gigi: Lines_Tracks_Signs_MeaningsDorin Chirtoaca – The Romanian People. Past, Present and FutureNeagu Djuvara - Actor and Poetry PerformerNora Iuga – Mister Beligan Is to Blame for My Becoming a PoetRadu Penciulescu – The Long Path of the Text towards the StageGheorghe Piperea – About Judicial TalibanismIrinel Popescu – The Organ Transplantation – an Adventure of the Human SpiritAlexander Rodewald – The Genetic Origin of the Romanian PeopleAlex Stefanescu – Who Needs Literature Today?Matei Visniec – Theatre and Journalism. Mutual InfluencesDan Voinea – The Legal Truth about the Miner Strike of 13-15 June 1990Dan Voinea – The Legal Truth about December 1989 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 Badilita – 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 Maries – In Search of the Truth Alex Leo Serban – And Yet, Why Do We Watch Movies? Andrei Serban – About Chekhov or Who else wants to go to Moscow? Alexandru Tocilescu – About Theatre and Its Matters Dorana Cosoveanu - 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 WaitingRadu Beligan – My Professors Cristian Tudor Popescu – The Sticker ManRobert Turcescu – The Burial of a Myth: Farewell, Free Press!Ion Vianu - Antigone, a Dissident Andrei Plesu – About the HeartDoina Jela – Deceptive MemoryNeagu Djuvara – A Brief Experience with Western Intelligence ServicesConstantin Ticu Dumitrescu – The Securitate Leaking, an Imperative for DemocracyVladimir Tismaneanu – The Revolutionary Year 1956Mihai Razvan Ungureanu – Romanian Ethics and Public Sense 200 Years AgoAdrian Vasilescu – Religion and the StarVarujan Vosganian – Elites and Counter-Elites in Transitional RomaniaRadu Beligan - Radu Beligan 90Emil Hurezeanu - Romania in Europe and Europe in RomaniaAna Blandiana – The Romanian Fun Making, from Defense to SuicideHerta Müller – Always the Same Snow and Always the Same UncleTheodor Paleologu – The Topicality of Political TheologySorin Alexandrescu – Visual Culture, Pros and ConsSolomon Marcus – A Peak of Romanian Culture: Traian LalescuHoria-Roman Patapievici – About Wasted Opportunities in HistoryCristian Badilita – 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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Marius Oprea: In search of the lost people. The archeology of the victims of communism in Romania 02 February 2020
On Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, from 11.00 am, at the NTB Black Box Hall, Marius Oprea will hold a conference on the topic In search of the lost people. The archeology of the victims of communism in Romania. About the Conference The conference presents, starting from the illustration of particular cases, the activity of searching and finding the remains of those killed without trial by the Securitate in brief executions, as well as of those who died after starvation and torture in the prisons and work camps of the communist regime. This pioneering activity, started by Marius Oprea and his team of archaeologists at the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania, created by him in 2005, has led to the burial of over one hundred victims of the regime, some of whom have been returned to families, and others are still waiting for their identification, through DNA tests. Beyond the scientific character or the historical investigation, there is a profound human and Christian meaning, by finding the dead thrown into the common graves, where they were thrown unknowingly and without a cross, and their reburialaccording to ritual. In his lecture, Marius Oprea presents the most impressive moments of the 42 archaeological campaigns carried out during the last 14 years, to identify these people, our lost people, who rise from their graves to show us the true image of communism - the one of death. Marius Oprea About Marius OpreaMarius Oprea (b. 1964 in Târgoviște) studied history at the Bucharest University and is the author of a PhD thesis on the Role and Evolution of the Securitate (1948-1964). He was an advisor to Senator Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, being involved in the elaboration of the SecuritateUncovering Law, and then he was part of the team of advisers of President Emil Constantinescu and Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, on political analysis issues, fighting against corruption and national security. He worked as a journalist for the Cuvântul magazine and was a correspondent for the Free Europe radio station in Bucharest. He created, in December 2005, the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes, which he led until 2010 and where, at present, he works as the head of the Special Investigation Department.He is the author of numerous articles on the history of the Securitate, but he began by publishing a history of the old Romanian books (Walking on Typography Street, 1996). His articles on the political police in Romania, published in the press, broadcast on the Free Europe radio station, included in the collections of studies and academic publications, were followed by the volume The Platitude of Evil. A History of the Securitate in Documents, 1949-1989 (Polirom, 2002), awarded by the Romanian Publishers Association as the best history book of the year. In the same year, at the same publishing house, he coordinated the volume of The Party's Securitate Members. The PCR Staff as Political Police and published (in collaboration with Stejărel Olaru) A Day That Cannot Be Forgotten. 15 November, Braşov. In 2006, he published at the Humanitas Publishing House the volume of essays Zorba and the Cathedral. 59 Stories from the Border, followed, in the same year, at Polirom Publishing House, by The Face of Death: a Dialogue with Vladimir Bukovsky about the Nature of Communism. In 2008, Humanitas Publishing House released under his signature Zahei's True Journey. V. Voiculescu and the Mystery of the Burning Pyre, and Polirom Publishing House, the monograph The Bastion of Cruelty. A History of Securitate(1948-1964). In 2009, the volume of stories Six Ways of Dying follows, and in 2012, in the National Journal, the True Face of Traian Basescu. He has written four poetry volumes, Trampoline Solo (1999, Paralela 45 Publishing House), America! America! (2008, the Cartea Românească Publishing House), Encounter with the Apostle and Recipe for Happiness (published in 2012 and 2015 at the Grinta Publishing House). He also published TheArab Mafia in Romania. From Ceaușescu to Iliescu (2016, Corint Publishing House), Heirs to the Securitate (2018, second editionrevised and enlarged, Polirom Publishing House) and the novels The Herd of the Silent Shepherd (2016, Polirom Publishing House) and TheUnmatched History of the Romanian Eastern Empire (2017, Polirom Publishing House).He produced, together with Nicolae Mărgineanu, two documentary films, Execution and Four Ways of Dying, reflecting his concern for identifying the remains of those killed by the Security. He made himself known to the wide audience by the actions of unveiling the repressive communist apparatus and his work has been widely shown, the protagonist of the documentary Le chasseur from Securitate, directed by Mirel Bran and Jonas Mercier, and the book La tortura del silenzio. Storia di Marius Oprea, cacciatore dei criminali di regime, written by Guido Barella (2014, Edizioni San Paolo), published in translation in Spain and Romania (at Corint Publishing House). Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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