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Goodbye Lenin Program

Václav Havel Institute


Goodbye Lenin Program 2022

The 2022 edition of the Goodbye Lenin seminar, directed at young students and university graduates, was organized by CADAL and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Ten invited lecturers participated in the series, including Cuban natives María Matienzo and Kirenia Núñez.

The seminar was conducted over six two-lecture sessions from November 7-18 at the Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA). The participating lecturers were Fernando Ruiz, Sussane Käss, Pablo De Vita, Ricardo López Göttig, Ignacio Hutin, María Matienzo, Kirenia Núñez, Agustín Menéndez, Omer Freixa, and Jorge Sigal.

Fernando Ruiz

On Monday, November 7, Fernando Ruiz presented “Journalism and Dissidence in Communist Dictatorships”.

Susanne Käss y Pablo de Vita

On Wednesday, November 9, Susanne Käss spoke on “Germany 33 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall”, followed by Pablo Devita's “Perspectives on the Wall”.

Ricardo López Göttig

On Friday, November 11, Ricardo López Göttig analyzed “The Construction of Socialism in Central and Eastern Europe”, and afterwards addressed “The Collapse of True Socialism: Iron and Velvet Transitions”.

Ignacio Hutin

On Monday, November 14, Ignacio Hutin lectured about “Transitions in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Ex-Soviet Republics”.

María Matienzo y Kirenia Níñez

On Wednesday the 16th, María Matienzo and Kirenia Níñez spoke on “Political Prisoners and Freedom of Expression in Cuba”.

Agustín Menéndez

Agustín Menéndez completed the fifth day of the seminar with a presentation about “North Korea: Perfect Totalitarianism”.

Omer Freixa

On Friday the 18th, the final day of the seminar began with Omer Freixa´s lecture on “Africa During and After the Cold War”.

Jorge Sigal

The seminar culminated with the presentation “Confessions of an Ex-Communist” by Jorge Sigal.

Pablo De Vita
Sound and Image Designer (UBA). Completed graduate studies in Cultural Management, Heritage, and Sustainable Tourism (Instituto Ortega y Gasset, Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Slavic Studies Fellow at Charles University (Prague). A critic at the newspaper La Nación, he is a member of the Editorial Council of the magazine Criterio and has contributed to Debate, Todo es Historia, Vida Nueva, the Uruguayan newspaper La Prensa y El País, and various European media outlets. He was a member of the jury at festivals in Tblisi (Georgia), San Sebastian, Mar del Plata, Bafici, Piriápolis, and Gijón. Director of the Cultural Management and Art Project Development Program at the university UCEMA and professor of master studies in Cinema and Theatre at the College of Philosophy and Literature at UBA. He is the co-author of various books, including European Cities in Cinema (Ediciones Akal, Spain) and The Image of two Cinema Professors (Asociación Cultural y Científica, Madrid), and the author of In Dialogue with Polish Cinema (Djaen, Buenos Aires). He received the Prize for Best Culture Journalist awarded by the Italian and Serbian Embassies as well as the Jan Masaryk Medal of the Ministry of Exterior Matters of the Czech Republic.
Omer Freixa
Freixa holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Diversity and is a specialist in African American Studies at the National University of Tres de Febrero. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a Bachelor’s degree in history, where he is a professor. Researcher, teacher, and writer. Author of the website Freelance contributor to Argentine and Spanish websites. Member of CADAL’s advisory council.
Ignacio Hutin
Hutin earned his Bachelor’s in Journalism (Universidad del Salvador, 2014), then specialized in Humanitarian Emergency Leadership (Universidad de la Defensa Nacional, 2019) and currently teaches International Rations. Received a research grant from the Finnish Government for Arctic Studies at the University of Lapland (2012). He worked in war zones providing coverage for Argentine and international media. Specialist in Eastern Europe, post-Soviet Eurasia, and the Balkans. Author of the book Deconstruction: Chronicles and Reflections from Post-Communist Eastern Europe (CADAL, 2018). CADAL Consulting Advisor.
Susanne Käss
Susanne Käss
Käss represents the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Argentina. Received her Bachelor’s in Cultural Studies. She has worked for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for 15 years and has directed its Argentine branch since August 1, 2022. Previously, she completed a traineeship in Mexico, was a member of the foundation’s foreign office in Bolivia and worked in the Department of Asia’s branch office. From January 2018-April 2022, she directed the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Foreign Department of Human Resources.
Ricardo López Göttig

Göttig is a Professor and Doctor of History and graduate of the Universidad de Belgrano (UB) and Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), respectively. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Political Science. Professor of Contemporary History at the Universidad de Belgrano, and Professor of master’s studies in International Relations at UB and the Universidad del Salvador. He was a visiting professor at Torcuato Di Tella University, at the Universidad ORT Uruguay, and at the University of Pavia (Italy). Author of the books Origin, Myths, and Influences of Antisemitism in the World (2019) and Milada Horáková. Defender of Human Rights and Victim of Totalitarianism (2020), both published by CADAL and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, among others. He was the Buenos Aires Province’s Director of Museums and Heritage Preservation (2015-2019).

María Matienzo

Havana, Cuba (1979). Writer. She has contributed as a journalist to Cubaliteraria, Havana Times, Diario De Cuba, El Tiempo (Colombia), Hypermedia, Programa Cuba, and Connectas. Author of Elizabeth Still Plays Dolls and The Brothers Castro Orchestra: La Escuelita. Her articles on daily life in Cuba can be found in the newspaper Cubanet. Her Twitter handle is @menosveinte.

Agustín Menéndez
Menéndez completed his Bachelor’s in Political Science (UBA) and his Master’s degree in History (Torcuato di Tella University). He is currently finishing his Law degree (UBA). KGIP (Korean Government Invitation Program) Fellow. Specialist in Korean Peninsula Studies and Human Rights Violations in North Korea. He currently works in the International Coordination department of the Financial Intelligence Unit, specifically in matters pertaining to asset laundering and terrorism finance. He contributes to various graphic and radio publications. CADAL Associate Researcher.
Kirenia Yalit Núñez Pérez
Havana, Cuba (1981). She is a psychologist, and directed the informational area of the “Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation”, led by the renowned dissident Elizardo Sánchez. Founded the “Psychological and Sociological Assessment Center for Civil Society” and was a founding member of the “Cuban Youth Dialogue Table”, of which she has been a national coordinator since 2014. She currently directs the campaign “Exprésate”, which works with young artists.
Fernando J. Ruiz
Received his Doctorate in Public Communication from the University of Navarra, and received his Bachelor’s in Political Science from the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA). Professor and full-time Journalism, Democracy, and History of Communication researcher in the College of Communications at Austral University (Argentina). Author of the books Words are actions: political and professional history of the Jacobo Timmerman’s newspaper La Opinión, 1971-77; Another cry on the wall: reports and testimony from the new Cuban press; and Lord of the Markets. The Financial Sector, the City, and The Power of Economic Journalism. He is acting president of the Argentine Journalism Forum (Fopea). Academic advisor to CADAL.
Jorge Sigal

Author of the book The Day I Killed my Father: Confessions of an Ex-Communist (South America, 2020). At 17 years old, he travelled to Moscow to study Marxism-Leninism in an institute that was part of the Central Committee of the Union of Young Communists of the USSR (Komsomol). In 1984, when he was a member of the Executive Committee of the youth organization Communist Party, he renounced his party affiliation and began working in professional journalism. He contributed to La Razón and El Periodista de Buenos Aires; was Graphic Week editor for Acción and Somos; director of the monthly publication of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights, editorial secretary for Gente; editor of Página/12 and Perfil; and editor-in-chief of the magazine 3 Puntos. He later made his debut in the book world as Editorial Director of Capital Intelectual. In 2014 and 2015 he debuted as a current events analyst in Fernando Bravo’s program on Radio Continental and joined the Directing Committee of the Argentine Political Club. In December 2015, he became secretary of Public Communications for the Argentine government, an office he held until October 2018. He writes in the Opinion section of the newspaper La Nación.


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