New Presentations by Visegrád Scholarship at OSA in Hungary

  • 8 Jun 2024 6:25 AM
New Presentations by Visegrád Scholarship at OSA in Hungary
Invitation from the organisers: We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrád Scholarship at OSA. Join the event in the Archivum, or online following the link below! 

The presentation will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 11 in the Meeting Room of the Blinken OSA Archivum, and online.

The Zoom link of the meeting is:

Convergence and Cold War:  Strategic Consumerism at RFE/RL versus at the United States Information Agency by Austin Jersild, Professor of History, Old Dominion University

Western travel writers, journalists, and social scientists optimistically explored similarities and examples of “convergence” among modern industrial societies, while skeptics of reform in the socialist world and the Chinese viewed the matter very differently.

 Different views of convergence are explored through attention to a series of international relationships (US-Soviet, Sino-Soviet, East-South), culminating in 1959.  

The debate informed the contrasting approaches to the socialist world characteristic of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in the early 1950s, and the United States Information Agency (USIA) in the late 1950s.



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