Cold War Spaces: A Weekly Lunchtime Discussion Series Presented by the Wende Museum

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In these times of pandemic-induced confinement, the Wende Museum presents a new series of interviews and mini-lectures reflecting on Cold War spaces. How does space impact the way we live and experience our environment? What did private space really mean under socialism? What was the function of public space between state planning and private appropriation? Who was sent to the secluded spaces of prisons, mental institutions, and gulags? What imaginary spaces were created by art, science fiction, and utopian dreaming? And how did all these spaces change after the fall of the Berlin Wall? This interview and lecture series will explore the many possible answers. Held weekly on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. PST for thirty minutes via Zoom.

Watch Past Programs

 

The first Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming, and Susan E. Reid, a Professor of Transnational and Modern European History at the Department of History, Durham University, as well as Visiting Professor of Cultural and Visual History at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University. 

Free. RSVP Here.  

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 12 p.m. PST

The second Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming, and Vladimir Kulić, Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, College of Design.

Free. RSVP Here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 12 p.m. PST

The third Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Dagmar Hovestädt, journalist and Spokesperson for the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Berlin, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

Free. RSVP Here.

 

Shadow Space: Soviet Secret Cities in Transition: A Conversation with Xenia Vytuleva-Herz and Joes Segal
Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12 p.m. PST

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The fourth Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Xenia Vytuleva-Herz, architecture historian, curator, and post-doc researcher in the Philosophy Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming. 

Free. RSVP Here.

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 12 p.m. PST

The fifth Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Ole Bouman, Founding Director of Design Society, Shenzhen (China) and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

Free. RSVP Here.

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 12 p.m. PST

 

The sixth Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Annette Vowinckel, Research Fellow and Head of the Department of Contemporary History of Media and Information Society at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (Germany), and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming. 

Free. RSVP Here. 

 

Wednesday, June 10, 12 p.m. PST

 

The seventh Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Asif Siddiqi, Professor of History and Director of the O’Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism, Fordham University, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

Free. RSVP Here. 

 

 

The eighth Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Samuel Huneke, Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

Free. RSVP Here. 

 

Special thanks to Susan Horowitz and Rick Feldman for generously supporting discussions at the Wende Museum and our current virtual programs