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Authentic Society for Language and Romanian Culture is hosting on January 11th, 2020 a cultural event in Chicago with Cristina Bejan, who is a Romanian-American historian, theatre artist and spoken word poet based in Denver, Colorado. A Book Launch „Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania” is awaiting not only the Romanian community in Chicago, but many American friends, researchers and historians. 

Cristina Bejan grew up in Durham, North Carolina and is passionate about Philosophy. She studied theater and Philosophy at Northwestern University and became later an Oxford Doctor and Fulbright scholar. She has held fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Georgetown University, and the Woodrow Wilson Center, and has taught history at Georgetown and Duke Universities, among others.

A playwright, Bejan has written seventeen plays, many of which have been produced in the United States, Romania, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu. She is founding executive director of the arts and culture collective Bucharest Inside the Beltway. Under the stage name “Lady Godiva,” she has performed her poetry across the United States and Romania.

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She accepted a job in 2009 at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she started a research at the museum. The museum has a Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, and she was working on The Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos. It is a seven-volume series and this volume focuses on Eastern Europe and Vichy France and Africa.

Cristina was the Yetta and Jacob Gelman Research Fellow on the Holocaust in Romania there to write up her PhD. She has written „Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania: The Criterion Association” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and „Green Horses on the Walls” (Finishing Line Press, 2020) and is also a contributing author for „The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos Vol. 3” (University of Indiana, 2018). Cristina has appeared on C-SPAN, and her work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, American Prospect. Bejan is on the Advisory Board of Alianța and is an advocate for NAMI and RAINN.

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