Talk at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest Thursday, Oct 7 2021 

I’m happy to deliver this talk on the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Indian Residential Schools for the students and faculty in political science, at the University of Bucharest. All welcome tomorrow morning at 11 am, October 8, in Calea Plevnei 59. Thank you to Caterina Preda and Alexandra Iancu for organizing this event.

Talk at Faculty of History, University of Bucharest Thursday, Oct 7 2021 

On October 4 in Amfiteatrul Iorga at the faculty of History of the University of Bucharest I delivered a talk on transitional justice as a field. Big classroom, a good crowd! The talk was registered and is available on the FB website of the faculty.

Conference in Constanta Thursday, Oct 7 2021 

Happy to deliver a talk, in Romanian, on transitional justice as a field to the students of Ovidius University in Constanta. On October 5, 2021. the prepared a lovely poster, and I got two small paintings by the talented Ada Codau as a gift.

Memory and Identity in Europe: Presence and Future Thursday, Sep 30 2021 

European Remembrance Symposium 2021

26–28 October 2021, Tallinn

The program is already available here. I am the only one presenting online.

Conference in Bucharest at Facultatea de Științe Politice Thursday, Sep 30 2021 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 AT 4:30 AM – 6:30 AM EDT

Prof. Lavinia Stan – Școlile rezidențiale aborigene si Comisia pentru Adevăr a Canadei

Calea Plevnei 59, 010223 București, România

New book series Saturday, Sep 4 2021 

Court cases Friday, Sep 3 2021 

Having just finished my tenth expert opinion for a court case, I am reminded of the importance of reaching outside the university and engaging in other type of work. During the last twenty years, I’ve been involved as an expert in ten court cases — some of them dealt with asylum and deportation, others with corruption of judiciary, and still others with property abusively confiscated by the communist regime. The cases were heard in courts in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and some of the cases brought some others academics as expert witnesses. This is a work I very much enjoy, and find useful and rewarding.

Keynote address to Kapalo conference Wednesday, Sep 1 2021 

A big thank you to Dr. James Kapalo for uploading my keynote address to his conference, as well as a number of other outputs resulted from his big European grant, at this address: It was a pleasure to take part in that project, even in a small capacity.

Churches, Memory and Justice in Post-Communism Monday, Aug 30 2021 

I’m happy to see that the second edited book part of a just completed SSHRC project has been published. When thinking of the starting point of that grant, and the long summer I spent to write that application alone, it feels like a completely different life. This was a challenging project, maybe more than others I’ve been associated with. I often felt alone when seeking collaborators, gathering information, finding a press willing to take on such a project, writing the book proposal, and rethinking chapters and ideas.

But I’m happy we were able to bring this project to completion. This is also the end of my collaboration with the co-editor – after 35 years together, 29 years of marriage, and almost 23 years of common research. In 1998, I was invited to write a chapter on religion and politics for an edited book, and in turn I invited Lucian Turcescu as co-author. Since then, through thick and thin, we co-authored numerous books, chapters, articles, conference presentations, book proposals and grant application. I’ve been the lead in all of these, and in all SSHRC projects submitted in his or my name. Even his most recent conference presentation, delivered in Greece in February 2020, was initially an invitation addressed to me. We part ways this year, looking for a brighter future!

Congratulations to all contributors for a job well done! The book reads well and looks good.

Sustainable Governance Indicators Monday, Aug 30 2021 

After a one-year hiatus, when it decided to focus on the impact of covid, Bertelsmann Stiftung announced its intention to go back to computing the monumental in-depth Sustainable Governance Indicators. Some of them inform the Corruption Perception Index. I’m very proud to continue my collaboration with them; I’m just a small cog in this team, bringing German and other scholars together. There’s a lot of work behind the scenes for these reports, which contain a wealth of information not easily accesed from other sources.Sweden comes on top in each category! Canada under Trudeau is middle of the pack. And Romania somewhere down the list…

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