Politicizing History: A Lesson From the Hungarian Revolution

Title of Lecture: Politicizing History: A Lesson From the Hungarian Revolution

Guest Speaker: Dr. Peter Hargitai of the Victims of Communism Memorial Fund
First Poet Laureate of Gulfport
Senior Lecturer, Retired
Department of English
Florida International University

Synopsis:
I will discuss the process of a democracy becoming "illeberal" by politicizing its past, and, in the case of Hungary, how the state of the art has become the art of the state. By way of illustration I will show a short 10-min trailer of "Daughter of the Revolution: A Documentary" followed by talking points that contrast academic "Armchair Marxism" with the realities of living under hard-line Communism, the role of the left and the right, and the dangers to a democracy without checks and balances. There's a Native American saying that could not be more timely for the country to unite: "The Eagle needs both wings to fly."

Monday, September 25 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

McMurran Hall ~ Rm 101

Group

Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

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