CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Jan. 24, 2001
Cornell University professor to speak at UI about transitions
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Why did some former communist countries
make a peaceful transition to democracy while, for other countries, the end
of communism meant warfare and new forms of authoritarianism? Valerie Bunce,
professor of government at Cornell University, will address this question
in two public events at the University of Iowa.
Bunce will speak on "Building Democracy: Lessons from
the Postcommunist Experience," Thursday, Feb. 1 in the Senate Chamber of the
Old Capitol from 7:30-9 p.m. She will also give a research presentation Friday,
Feb. 2 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Schaeffer Hall Commons Room (Room 302). The
topic is "Peaceful versus Violent State Dissolution: The Soviet Union and
Czechoslovakia versus Yugoslavia."
Both speaking events are free and open to the public.
Bunce's visit is sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Russian, East
European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and the University of Iowa department
of political science. Bunce is visiting the UI as part of the Ida Cordelia
Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorship Program.
Bunce is a renowned scholar of comparative politics
and one of the most prominent figures in the interdisciplinary study of communist
and post-communist systems. She received her Ph.D. from the University of
Michigan in 1976 and was influential in the first cohort of scholars that
moved beyond simple models of totalitarianism and the analytical method of
In recent years she has played a prominent role in
redefining research paradigms and agendas in the wake of communism's collapse.
She has been elected president of the American Association for the Advancement
of Slavic Studies, which is the leading organization dedicated to the advancement
of knowledge about Russia, Central Eurasia, and Eastern and Central Europe.
Bunce has published more than 50 articles and two books, the most recent of
which is "Subversive Institutions: The Design and Destruction of Socialism
and the State" (Cambridge 1999).
For special accommodations or more information on
her public lectures, contact the UI department of political science at (319)
335-2358 or CREEES at (319) 335-3584.
The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships
Program was established in 1978-79 with the income from a bequest to the University
by the late Ida Cordelia Beam of Vinton.