Schedule

This schedule will be updated periodically.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Press Conference
 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 
Victims of Communism Memorial
New Jersey and Massachusetts Avenues NW
Premiere Film Screening of Women of the Gulag
 
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
This new documentary features the personal stories of six women who were political prisoners in Stalin’s Gulag. The premiere will be followed by a discussion with film director, Marianna Yarovskaya, and executive producer, Dr. Paul Gregory.
 
Landmark E Street Cinema
Corner of E and 11th Streets NW
Capitol View Rooftop Reception
 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
(By invitation or sponsorship only)
 
Remarks by:
  • Her Excellency Senator Anna Maria Anders, State Secretary, Plenipotentiary of the Prime Minister of Poland for International Dialogue
  • Senator Jaroslav Kubera, Vice-Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
 
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
300 New Jersey Avenue NW

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Reflections on a Ravaged Century Conference, Day 1
Co-Sponsored by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
 
Featuring Congressional remarks and panel discussions dedicated to an examination of the connections between Marxist ideology and the political, economic, cultural, and foreign policy practices of the Soviet Union. Specifically, panels will discuss: how Marx’s ideas are reflected in the revolutionary practice of the Bolsheviks and the establishment of the Soviet Union; the failure of Marxism as economic theory and the collapse of the Soviet Union; Soviet totalitarianism’s war against the intermediary institutions and voluntary associations that compose civil society; and Soviet imperialism, the Captive Nations, and the Cold War. (Open to the public, registration required)
 
Library of Congress, Members' Room
10 First Street SE
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Bolshevik Revolution and the Establishment of the Soviet Union
  • Dr. Richard Pipes, renowned Russian Revolution historian (video introduction)
  • Dr. Paul Hollander, preeminent American scholar on communism
  • Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian pro-democracy activist
  • Dr. A. James McAdams, University of Notre Dame
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Keynote Remarks
  • Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Failure of Marxism and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • Dr. Paul R. Gregory, Hoover Fellow
  • Dr. Alan Charles Kors, scholar of European intellectual history
  • Dr. Russell Roberts, Hoover Fellow and EconTalk podcast
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch
Lunch will be provided.
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Soviet Totalitarianism, the Captive Mind, and Uncivil Society
  • Dr. F. Flagg Taylor, IV, Skidmore College (moderator)
  • Hon. Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Hon. Dr. Martin Palouš, former Czech Ambassador to the United States
  • Joshua Rubenstein, scholar of Soviet literature and politics
  • Hon. Natan Sharansky, Israeli statesman and former Soviet political prisoner
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Congressional Remarks
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Soviet Imperialism, the Captive Nations, and Global Revolution
  • Peter M. Robinson, Hoover Fellow and author of Reagan's "Tear down this wall" speech (moderator)
  • Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Harvard Business School
  • Dr. John Earl Haynes, leading expert on American communism
  • Mark Kramer, Harvard Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • The Honorable Emanuelis Zingeris, Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Sacred Music Concert
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 
Choir from the Synodal Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign in New York
 
Organized in New York in 1952 by the renowned Russian-American composer Boris M. Ledkovsky, the choir of the Synodal Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign is a professional ensemble dedicated to the outstanding traditional performance of Russian Orthodox liturgical music.
 
Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Washington DC
2815 36th Street NW

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Reflections on a Ravaged Century Conference, Day 2
Co-Sponsored by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
 
Featuring Congressional remarks and panel discussions dedicated to an examination of the interrelatedness of Truth, Memory, and Justice in rendering an account of and coming to terms with the crimes of communist regimes. Specifically, panels will discuss: the scope of Soviet subversive activities abroad, the scale of communism’s crimes at home, and the ideological hurdles that must be overcome in writing a true account of both; the importance of memory to reconciliation and justice and the danger of current attempts to whitewash the history of the Soviet era; and whether the legacy of the Soviet Union can be overcome and the Russian people finally be free. (Open to the public, registration required)
 
Library of Congress, Members' Room
10 First Street SE
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Truth Without Ideology: Accounting Communism’s Crimes
  • Dr. Murray Bessette, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (moderator)
  • Dr. Frank Dikötter, Hoover Fellow and University of Hong Kong
  • H.E. Dr. Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuanian statesman and scholar
  • Dr. Harvey Klehr, leading expert on American communism
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Congressional Remarks
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Memory Without Myth: History, Warts and All
  • Dr. Jonathan Brent, Bard College and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
  • Peter Pomerantsev, Soviet-born British journalist, author, and TV producer
  • David Satter, Hudson Institute
  • Elena Zhemkova, Memorial Society
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch
Lunch will be provided.
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Congressional Remarks
  • His Excellency Doctor Václav Klaus
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Justice Waits for Russia: Can the Russian People Be Free?
  • Andrew Nagorski, Journalist and former Moscow bureau chief of Newsweek (moderator)
  • Dr. Mark Galeotti, Institute of International Relations Prague
  • Paul A. Goble, The Institute of World Politics
  • Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian pro-democracy activist
  • Dr. Arkady Ostrovsky, The Economist
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Congressional Remarks
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Centennial Commemoration Reception
 
6:00 p.m.
 
Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
General Reception in the East Hall
VIP Reception in The Columbus Club
 
Centennial Commemoration Dinner and Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Ceremony
 
7:00 p.m.
 
Featuring remarks by Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom laureates Natan Sharansky, politician and former Soviet political prisoner, and leaders of Memorial Society, a Russian historical, educational, human rights, and charitable organization. Also featuring a keynote speech by Niall Ferguson, economic historian and award-winning author.
 
Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Dinner in the Main Hall