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Eastern European politics is focus of two campus talks

by Deanne Puca

Nov. 11, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Andrew Roberts, Northwestern University.
KALAMAZOO--Eastern European politics is the focus of two presentations Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 15-16, on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Dr. Andrew Roberts, associate professor of political science at Northwestern University, will speak on "Why Are Citizens Nostalgic for Communist Popular Culture?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Putney Auditorium of the Fetzer Center. He also will speak on the topic "Do Citizens Rule in Postcommunist Europe and Should They?" at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the political science library, Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The talks are part of the Department of Political Science's annual Klein Lecture series, named in honor of the late Dr. George Klein, a longtime member of the political science department and an internationally known expert on Balkan politics and Eastern European politics.

Roberts studies the politics of the postcommunist region, the functioning of democracy, and the effects of political institutions. He is author of numerous scholarly articles and three books: "The Quality of Democracy in Eastern Europe," "From Good King Wenceslas to the Good Soldier Svejk" and "The Thinking Student's Guide to College." He holds a doctoral degree in politics from Princeton University.

For more information, contact Susan Hoffmann, director of the Institute of Government and Politics, at (269) 387-5692 or