Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Panel Discussion: "50 Years Since Prague Spring: Czechoslovak Dreams and Cold War Realities"

Tue, February 6, 2018 | GAR 4.100

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

This panel offers a retrospective examination of the 1968 Czechoslovak “Prague Spring”, or what the LBJ administration labeled the “Czechoslovak crisis.” Panelists Dr. Mary Neuburger and Dr. Jeremi Suri will offer insights into the 1968 reform movement and popular response in the context of internal Bloc transformation and the “global 1960s.” They will also discuss the implications of the Soviet (or Warsaw Pact) Invasion of Czechoslovakia and the US decision not to intervene for East-West Cold War engagement. 50 years after the event, both panelists will tap into the past due decades of scholarship to re-examine the regional and global importance of these events and their aftermath. Dr. Neuburger will also introduce a new open-access digital archive of LBJ documents related to the Prague Spring, which offers the potential for increased scholarly engagement with these questions.


Mary Neuburger
Professor of History, and Director, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
The University of Texas at Austin

Jeremi Suri
Professor of History, and Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. To RSVP to attend, please email:

Download the poster.
Poster image credits: Wikimedia Commons. Clockwise from top left: “Street Scene with Poster of 1968 Soviet Invasion - Prague - Czech Republic” (Detail), by Adam Jones, Ph.D.; “Čeština: Fotografie ze dne okupace Československa v roce 1968” by František Dostál; “1968, Bergen, Hordaland” by Eirik Sundvor, The Municipal Archives of Trondheim, Archive reference: Tor.H43.Bxx.F18055; “Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Czechoslovaks carry their national flag past a burning tank in Prague,” from "CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces: The Importance of Clandestine Reporting”; “Čeština: Fotografie ze dne okupace Československa v roce 1968” by František Dostál.

Sponsored by: Center for European Studies; International Relations and Global Studies; Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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