Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in the Cold War: A Conference

Friday, March 24, 2017
9:30am - 5:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

The European Institute's Cultural Initiative and the Harriman Instiute present Professors A. Ross Johnson, Kenneth Osgood, Csaba Békés, Victoria de Grazia, and Greg Tomlin in conversation with RFE/RL fellows with keynote addresses and papers on propaganda and programming, Central Intelligence Agency involvement with cultural diplomacy, "Truth Dollar" funding, orchestras, books and balloons, race, gender, and religion on Cold War radio. Click here to RSVP!


9:45-10am: Opening Remarks by Victoria Phillips

10:00am-10:45am: Conference Keynote

“Managing Influence Projects: Lessons from Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty” 

A. Ross Johnson, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution; Adviser to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Project, Hoover Archives; former Director, Radio Free Europe

11:00am-12:00pm: THEORY IN ACTION: Psychological Warfare, Intellectual Backlash, and Funding for Propaganda in the Cold War

Commentator: Greg Tomlin, Branch Chief at Joint Staff, The Pentagon, author, Murrow’s Cold War: Public Diplomacy for the Kennedy Administration
Fatima Dar Psychological Warfare and Soft Power: A State of Total War
Adriana Popa “Radio Free Europe: Intellectual Backlash”
Monique Kil “A Penny for Every Word: Radio Free Europe’s Call for ‘Truth Dollars’

12:00pm-1:00pm: SOFT POWER?: Race, Religion, Gender 

Commentator: Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, author, Irresistible Empire: America’s Advance Through Twentieth-Century Europe
Lotte Houwink ten Cate Making Waves: Radio Free Europe and the Changing American Racial Order
David Noell Broadcasting Against Persecution: How American Cold War Broadcasters Used the Communist Quarrel with Religion to Define Religious Freedom
Thalia Wells Ertman “Every Courageous and Incisive Measure”: The Participation of Jewish and African-American Women’s Groups in the Crusade for Freedom’s Fight Against Communism

1pm-2pm: Luncheon Keynote

Kenneth Osgood, Professor of History, Colorado School of Mines, author, Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad

2pm-3pm: “Radio Free Europe in the Twenty-First Century”

Thomas Kent, President and Chief Executive Officer of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

3:15-4:15pm: RFE FALLOUT: Orchestras, Television, and Balloons

Commentator: Greg TomlinBranch Chief at Joint Staff, The Pentagon, author, Murrow’s Cold War: Public Diplomacy for the Kennedy Administration
Giancarlo Milea The Philharmonia Hungarica: Pride or Propaganda?  1957-1959
Tinatin Japaridze
 MIND THE GAP: Rebuilding the U.S.-Russian Space Bridge in the Post-Cold War Era
Sarah Roth Radiowaves and Weather Balloons: How Radio Free Europe’s Domination of the Airwaves and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

4:15-5:00pm: Closing Remarks

Csaba Békés