Friday, November 8, 2019

The Mayflower Hotel
State Ballroom

1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

By registration only. Register here.

9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.


  • Lee Edwards, Ph.D.

9:05 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Perspectives on 1989


  • H.E. Joachim Gauck
  • Wei Jingsheng
  • A. Wess Mitchell, Ph.D.
  • Marion Smith (moderator)

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cold War Lessons for Hot Historical Times

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times” … 1989 was a year of hope and despair for the cause of liberty. Across Europe, peoples came together to assert their rights, brought an end to the single-party communist dictatorships that had long held them in bondage, and tore down the walls separating East from West. Across China, student-led protests called for increased freedom in and reform of the communist system, only to be met with violent repression at the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, and the subsequent official denial that the repression even occurred. This conversation will illuminate the enduring legacies of Berlin and Beijing.



  • Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
  • Sven F. Kraemer
  • Roger Robinson
  • Aaron Rhodes, Ph.D.
  • Murray Bessette, Ph.D. (moderator)

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Truth, Lies, and Videotape: Historical Truth and the Quest for Justice

As Solzhenitsyn said, “Violence has no way to conceal itself except by lies; and lies have no way to maintain themselves except through violence.” Russia and China are revisionist powers not only because they seek to revise the international system, but also because they seek a revision of history itself, they deny the truth even when captured on video. The postcommunist societies of Europe, however, understand the danger of this self-inflicted amnesia: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeated it.” This panel explores the different degrees to which and ways in which the governments and peoples of Russia, China, Germany, and Eastern Europe have sought to come to terms with their histories.


  • Hope M. Harrison, Ph.D.
  • Mark Kramer
  • David Satter
  • Robert Suettinger
  • Peter Rollberg, Ph.D. (moderator)
Gala Dinner & Presentation of the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom
Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Attendance by ticket only.
Black Tie Optional
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Dinner Program