May 26, 2019

Spring 2019 Events

Spring 2019 Events

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Tuesday, April 9, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Claude Moore Nursing and Education Building G120

“The Resurgence of Jewish Life and Culture in Poland”

Jewish Studies and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Colloquium with Deborah Strauss and Cantor Jeff

Warschauer of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo

Thousands gather in the former Jewish quarters of Kraków and Warsaw to hear klezmer music. Students from many countries meet in Warsaw for four weeks of intensive Yiddish language study. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw attracts throngs of visitors, and young Polish Jews are reconnecting with their roots. Are these more than curiosities? Or are they, in fact, signs of an expanding Jewish presence in today’s Poland?

Deborah Strauss and Cantor Jeff Warschauer have performed, taught and traveled extensively in Poland since the early 1990s. Join them for a candid look into a remarkable phenomenon.

Organized and co-sponsored by the McIntire Department of Music, CREEES, and the UVA Jewish Studies Program

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Thursday, April 11, 8:00 p.m., Hunter Smith Building

UVA Klezmer Ensemble Concert under the direction of Joel Rubin, with special guest the Strauss/Warschauer Duo

Klezmer dance evening with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and the UVA Klezmer Ensemble under the direction of Associate Professor and Director of Music Performance, Joel Rubin.

The event will feature traditional instrumental dance music, with folk dancing led by Deborah Strauss, alongside songs. For over twenty-five years, Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals, dance) and Cantor Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) have been at the forefront of the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, one of the premiere groups of the klezmer revival, and have performed with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Great Britain’s Fiddles on Fire, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, Poland, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles together with the late actor and singer Theodore Bikel.

Jeff Warschauer is Cantor at the Jewish Center in Princeton, New Jersey, and Founding Artistic Director and Senior Artistic Advisor of the KlezKanada Institute for Yiddish/Jewish Culture and the Arts. He is on the faculty of Columbia University in New York, and is a graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Deborah Strauss is also an award-winning children’s educator and a highly regarded Yiddish dancer and dance leader. She has performed with the Grammy-winning Klezmatics and appears in the film, Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem.

Now in its thirteenth year, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble has become a vital part of the musical community of Central and Northern Virginia, performing each semester in Old Cabell Hall as well as at conferences and festivals throughout the region. The ensemble is currently made up of undergraduates and other members of the greater Central Virginia community. The group is committed to ethnic, racial, cultural and religious diversity. Current and recent members have backgrounds from the US, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, Armenia, Iran, Bangladesh, and India, with religious backgrounds ranging from Jewish to Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist.

Tickets for the Klezmer Ensemble performance are $10 for adults, $9 for UVA faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Tickets for University of Virginia students are free if reserved in advance at the Arts Box Office www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Tickets are available on-line (artsboxoffice.virginia.edu), by phone (434.924.3376) or in person at the Arts Box Office. Night of concert tickets will be available at the Arts Box Office in the Drama Building opposite the Culbreth parking garage and the Hunter Smith Band Building.  The box office will open at 7pm on the night of the concert.

The Hunter Smith Band Building is located at 180 Culbreth Road on the Arts Grounds at the University of Virginia. Parking for the concert is available at the Culbreth Road Parking Garage. (map)

Links:

Strauss/Warschauer Duo at the Kraków Jewish Culture Festival 2014

Strauss/Warschauer Duo, “To the Wedding”

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Past Events

 

Thursday, January 31, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Clark Hall 102

“Gender and Medicine in Premodern Russia: Folk Healers, Faith Healers, and the First Woman Doctor”

Eve Levin, professor of Russian and East European history at the University of Kansas

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Poster

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Thursday, February 7, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Hotel A (Center for Global Inquiry+Innovation)

Book Talk: The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan 

(Cornell University Press, 2018)

Sarah Cameron, Associate Professor of Russian and Soviet history at the University of Maryland

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and

the Corcoran Department of History

Poster

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Tuesday, February 19, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.,  Clark Hall 102

“Dostoevsky: For and Against the Self”

Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Boston University

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Poster

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Thursday, February 28, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Nau Hall 211

“Internal Frontiers: Citizen Denunciations and the Construction of Belonging in the Polish Second Republic, 1918-1923.”

Keely Stauter-Halsted, the Hejna Family Chair in Polish Studies and Professor History at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES, the Corcoran Department of History, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This lecture is part of the “Crossing Borders” Spring 2019 UVa Polish Lecture Series made possible by the generosity of Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture.

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Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Language Commons (New Cabell Hall 298)

Movie Screening: “Cold War,” dir. Paweł Pawlikowski (Poland, 2018).

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES, the Corcoran Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Program in European Studies

This lecture is part of the “Crossing Borders” Spring 2019 UVa Polish Lecture Series made possible by the generosity of Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture.

Pizza will be served at this event.

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Tuesday, March 19, 4 p.m. – 5:30 pm, New Cabell 236

“Memory of the Minsk Ghetto: The Evolution of Intergenerational Holocaust Narratives” 

Tierre Sanford, University of Virginia

 Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This talk is part of the Spring 2019 Slavic Colloquium

Poster

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Tuesday, March 26, 4:30-6:00 p.m., New Cabell Hall 236

“Finding the Medical Subject (On the Example of Lenin)”

William Nickell, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Poster

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Friday, March 29, 2019, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., The Great Hall in Garrett Hall

Perspectives on the U.S. and Europe: Ambassadors of the Visegrad Group

His Excellency Ivan Korčok, Ambassador of Slovakia

His Excellency Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador of Czechia

His Excellency László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary

His Excellency Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador of Poland

This panel discussion will focus on the countries’ relations with the United States and current issues impacting their countries, the region, and Europe. The panel will be moderated by The Honorable Stephen Mull, University of Virginia Vice Provost for Global Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and Lithuania. Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato will welcome and introduce the guests. Co-hosts of this event include the UVA Office of the Provost; The Woodrow Wilson Center for Politics; Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies; European Studies ProgramFrank Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy; and Miller Center for Public Affairs.

Event Registration

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Friday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Hotel A (1 West Range)

Keynote Address: “Queer Plots Against Russia, or Tolerance as a Social Disease”

Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian at New York University

Organized by CREEES and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Reception to Follow the Talk

Poster

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Saturday, March 30, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Jefferson Scholars Foundation (112 Clarke Court)

University of Virginia Slavic Forum: “On the Edge”:  An Interdisciplinary Forum on Innovation, Modernity, and Trends

The University of Virginia Society of Slavic Graduate Students is sponsoring an interdisciplinary forum devoted challenging contemporary and historical perceptions and values, identifying outlying ideas and trends, and investigating tensions between the old and the new.

The modern world is punctuated by periods of innovation, revolution, and change. As we conceive of monumental breakthroughs throughout history and across cultures, we look to individuals and movements that have challenged the status quo and broke with accepted norms and traditions.

Forum organized by the Society of Slavic Graduate Students, CREEES, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Corcoran Department of Philosophy, the McIntire Department of Art, the Department of Classics, the Department of French, the Department of English, the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and CulturesGlobal Studies, and the Jewish Studies Program

Full Program

Poster

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Monday, April 1, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Gibson Hall 211

 ”The Prussian Origins of Polish Socialism: The Upper Silesia Tower and the Poznań International Fair, 1911-1959″

Patryk Babiracki, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington

This lecture is part of the “Crossing Borders” Spring 2019 UVa Polish Lecture Series made possible by the generosity of Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture.

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Thursday, April 4, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., New Cabell 262

“Russian Orthodox Revival: Restitution of Church Property and Heritage Discourse”

Katia Dianina, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This talk is part of the Spring 2019 Slavic Colloquium

Poster

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Monday, April 8th, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Gibson Hall 211

“Polish Politics on the World Stage”

A roundtable featuring Stephen D. Mull, the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at UVa and former US Ambassador to Poland, Krzysztof Jasiewicz, the Ames Professor of Sociology at Washington and Lee University, and Aleksandra Sznajder Lee, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES, the Corcoran Department of History, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This lecture is part of the “Crossing Borders” Spring 2019 UVa Polish Lecture Series made possible by the generosity of Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture.

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Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Front Porch, Downtown Charlottesville

Klezmer Workshop “Zingendik! Tantsndik! Shpilndik!” (Sing! Dance! Play!)

This workshop is free and open to the public and will involve learning to play klezmer music, sing Yiddish songs, and perform folk dances. Audience members should feel free to participate in any of those activities, but are not required to if they just want to observe.

Whether you are an experienced klezmer player or Yiddish singer, or new to the style, this hands-on workshop will offer you a feast of Eastern European Yiddish instrumental and vocal music. Taught in a lively, integrated approach—a marriage of instruments, singing and movement—we will explore new ways to express klezmer music’s full potential, both as a group and as individuals. Open to all instrumentalists, singers and dancers. All ages, levels and backgrounds welcome.

Part of a week-long residency at the McIntire Department of Music at UVA, co-sponsored by the UVA Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Brody Jewish Center, and the Front Porch.

The Front Porch is located at 221 Water Street East, in beautiful historic downtown Charlottesville and is accessible on the Free Downtown Trolley (EXIT 2nd St. NE).

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