Professor to speak about changes in Eastern Europe

Professor Ronald H. Linden will be speaking on Human Rights and Changes in Eastern Europe as part of the campus's Globalization and Sustainability Speaker Series.

The talk, entitled "1989: The Meaning and Consequences of the Year of the Fall,? will focus on changes in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism and the Soviet Untion.

The lecture will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center.

Ronald H. Linden is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. A Princeton Ph.D. (1976), he was Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at Pitt from 1984-89 and 1991-98. From 1989 to 1991 Dr. Linden served as Director of Research for Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany with responsibility for observing and analyzing the extraordinary changes in East Europe.

His most recent publications on the region include introductions for and editing of two Special Issues of Problems of Post- Communism, on ?The Meaning of 1989 and After,? (2009) and on ?The New Populism in Central and Southeast Europe? (2008). He is the author of ?EU Accession and the Role of International Actors,? in Sharon Wolchik and Jane Curry (eds.) Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, 2nd edition and ?The burden of belonging: Romanian and Bulgarian Foreign Policy in the New era,? Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (2009).

During 2009-2010 Dr. Linden was a Transatlantic Academy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, in Washington, where he was co-author and editor of the forthcoming volume, Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition.

Dr. Linden has received research grants from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and from the International Research and Exchanges Board. He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, a Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace under the Jennings Randolph Program on International Peace, and a Guest Scholar of the East European Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center.