October 20, 2014

Upcoming Fall 2014 list of Events

WEDNESDAY, 10/29/14, 1:15 pm, NAU 342

“Beyond Socialist Realism: Rethinking Art and Politics in the Soviet Bloc”

Dr. Kyrill Kunakhovich, Dept. of History, William and Mary College

During the 1960s, artists across the Soviet Bloc abandoned Socialist Realism in favor of abstraction, expressionism, and pop art. Their change in style is often seen as a form of political protest, but in many cases it was enabled and encouraged by official cultural policy. Focusing on two neighboring countries, Poland and East Germany, this talk examines how communist reforms transformed East European cultures, often in parallel ways. It also shows how those cultures, in turn, influenced political practices and ideals – and ultimately helped destabilize the Soviet Bloc. 

Kyrill Kunakhovich is a Mellon Faculty Fellow in European History at the College of William & Mary. His research explores cultural policy, artistic exchange, and communist politics in the Soviet Bloc. Kyrill is the co-editor of The Global 1989: Transcontinental Connections in a Revolutionary World, which is due to appear next year. His current project, entitled Culture for the People, examines the link between art and politics in two of Eastern Europe’s major cities: Krakow in Poland and Leipzig in (East) Germany. 

Bag lunches will be provided.

Sponsored by CREEES as part of the UVa Polish Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the Slavic, History, German, and Art History departments.

For questions about this event, please contact ask4mm@virginia.edu.



MONDAY, 10/27/14, 7:00 pm, WILSON 402

“The Putin Challenge: Fears and Facts”

Mr. Dimitri K. Simes, President and CEO, Center for the National Interest; Publisher, The National Interest

Mr. Simes was selected to lead the Center by former President Richard Nixon, to whom he served as an informal foreign policy advisor and with whom he traveled regularly to Russia and other former Soviet states, as well as Western and Central Europe.

Before the Center was established, Mr. Simes served as Chairman of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Programs and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Earlier, he was director of the Soviet research program and a research professor at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), at Johns Hopkins University.  Mr. Simes also ran the Soviet policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.

Mr. Simes was born in Moscow, where he graduated from the Moscow State University.  He studied and worked at the Institute of the World Economy and International Relations.  Mr. Simes emigrated to the U.S. in 1973.

Reception to follow.

Sponsored by CREEES. Co-sponsored by the Slavic and History departments and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

For questions about this event, please contact ask4mm@virginia.edu.


THURSDAY, 9/18/14, 5:00 pm, NEW CABELL 299A

“The Russian Flagship: Teaching Future ‘Global Professionals’ and Learning from Our Students”

Karen Evans-Romaine, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, Director of Russian Flagship Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Language Flagship Program is designed to prepare the “next generation of global professionals in the United States” through a combination of intensive classroom learning, individualized and small-group tutorials, optional residential learning, cultural learning through on-campus and community engagement, and study abroad, all at the undergraduate level. Students in the four Russian Flagship  Programs at four quite different campuses have been remarkably successful in achieving the goals of linguistic and cultural proficiency. This presentation will address how we approach intensive learning for Russian Flagship undergraduates of all majors at the University of Wisconsin –  Madison, how our graduate students benefit, and how Flagship principles can be applied to other language programs.

This presentation is part of IWL Speaker Series: Developing Proficiency in Global Contexts


TUESDAY, 8/26/14, 6:30 pm, WILSON 402

Talk by Russian Ambassador Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak

Online registration is required at http://forms.hoosonline.virginia.edu/cfprussianambassador.

The University of Virginia Center for Politics in partnership with the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation and the Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies will host a public event featuring His Excellency Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, the current Russian Federation Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Kislyak will speak regarding the relationship between the U.S. and Russia and answer questions of the audience.

Ambassador Kislyak became Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States on September 16, 2009. He previously served as Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to Belgium, and Representative to NATO in Brussels. In addition, he held high positions in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of Security Affairs and Disarmament, Department of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation, and the Department of International Organizations.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Glenn Crossman at cfp-programs@virginia.edu or (434) 243-3540.



CONFERENCE: Centrifugal Forces: Reading Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives, March 26-28, 2015