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Weissman School of Arts and Sciences Professor Mitchell Cohen Speaks at International Convocation


NEW YORK, NY - December 2, 2014 - Mitchell Cohen, Professor of Political Science in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, was a featured speaker in November at an international convocation and celebration organized by the Central European Forum in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, on the 25th anniversary of the overthrow of communism in eastern and central Europe.

Dr. Cohen covered the events of 1981 in East Berlin and Budapest for Dissent Magazine, of which he is now Co-editor Emeritus. The Central European Forum is headed by former dissidents who led the struggle against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia with the late Vaclav Havel (who became president of the Czech Republic). In Bratislava, Dr. Cohen spoke on a panel entitled “Us and Them” and lectured to students at Comenius University, one of the oldest universities in Europe, on “The Value of Dissent and 1989.” He was also interviewed by SME, the leading Slovakian daily newspaper.

Dr. Cohen is a versatile specialist on political thought, the idea of social democracy, Middle Eastern and especially Israeli politics as well as European, particularly French, politics. He can comment on many different areas including political ideas, American politics, European and French politics and The Middle East and Israel today. Cohen won the prestigious 2010-11 Writing Fellowship of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Gradate Center for Research on the politics of composer Richard Wagner.


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