June 25, 2016

Upcoming Fall 2016 Events

Thursday, October 6, time and location TBA
The Joy of Exile: Ovid in Pushkin’s, Mandelshtam’s and Brodsky’s Poetry
Dr. Zara M. Torlone
Professor of Classics, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post Soviet Studies, Miami University, Ohio
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Spring 2016 Events

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 10:00 am, NAU 211

“More than a Metonym: Katyń and the Future of Public History in Poland”

by Dr. Piotr H. Kosicki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Maryland

Piotr H. Kosicki is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland. His academic writings have appeared, among others, in Contemporary European History, East European Politics and Societies, and Modern Intellectual History. He has also written for Eurozine, The Nation, The New Republic, and The TLS. He is a past recipient of fellowships from the ACLS, the Fulbright Commission, the Republic of France, the Hoover Institution, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. He is the author of two monographs forthcoming in Polish, as well as Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and “Revolution,” 1939-1956 (forthcoming with Yale UP).

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. Organized by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies as part of the UVA Polish Lecture Series, which was funded by the Rosenstiel Foundation and the American Institute of Polish Culture. Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Corcoran Department of History. the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm, NEW CABELL 236 (GERMAN CONFERENCE ROOM)

“Using Digital Lesson Plans in the Russian Language Classroom ”

by Dr. Jill Martiniuk and Sarah McEleney

This talk is part of the Spring 2016 Slavic Colloquium at UVa.

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APRIL 12-13: Flight and Refuge: The European Crisis in Global Perspective

An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Virginia April 12-13, 2016

Tuesday, April 12:
4:00PM-7:00PM New Cabell Hall 236
Refugee Voices: A Panel with Charlottesville Residents Opening Lectures

Wednesday, April 13:
10:00AM-6:30PM New Cabell Hall 236 Roundtable Discussions:
1. The European Crisis—The Crisis of Europe.
2. Global Perspectives.
3. Consequences and Solutions.

All Events are Free and Open to the Public.

Sponsored by:
Center for German Studies, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for Global Health, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Miller Center, Department of Politics, Department of History, Slavic Department, Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, Jewish Studies Program, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, Religious Studies, International Rescue Committee, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 4:30 p.m., WILSON 301

“Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems of Northwest Eurasia”
University Seminar & Reception

Bruce Forbes
Research Professor, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland

RISES is a four-year research project (2012-2016) funded by the Academy of Finland. The project links indigenous (Sámi and Nenets) oral histories with archaeology, paleoecology and modern ecological and climate studies for a holistic explanation of stable states. We are in the process of producing a state-of-the-art assessment on the relative roles of, and feedbacks between, humans, animals and climate in the structure, function and resilience of past and contemporary systems. 

This event is sponsored by the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, the School of Architecture Innovations in Practice, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Environmental Sciences at UVa.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10 – THURSDAY, APRIL 14

Klezmer Residency with Ilya Shneyveys and Sasha Lurje

Sunday, April 10, Old Cabell 107, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Hands-on workshop on instrumental klezmer music and Yiddish song.

Tuesday, April 12, Nau 342, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Colloquium “The Jewish song collection of Latvian composer Emilis Melngailis, 1899 -1927: sources, song migration and transformation.” Light refreshments. RSVP to Kristin Hilgartner, knh5xx@virginia.edu

Thursday, April 14, Old Cabell Hall, 8 p.m.: Concert: UVA Klezmer Ensemble under the direction of Joel Rubin, with special  guests, Ilya Shneyveys and Sasha Lurje (Riga/Berlin) in collaboration with jazz students of John D’earth.

Latvian musicians, singer Sasha Lurje and multi-instrumentalist Ilya Shneyveys, are at the forefront of the young generation of klezmer and Yiddish revivalists, leading their Yiddish psychedelic rock band, Forshpil (Berlin/Riga/St. Petersburg), into the 22nd century. Based in Berlin Germany, Shneyveys and Lurje are involved in numerous international projects, including Alpen Klezmer, Semer Label Reloaded, Dobranotch, and STRANGELOVESONGS. 

All events are free and open to the public. 

With support from the UVA Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Center for German Studies, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts

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THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m, MONROE HALL 130

“Kosciuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time”
Documentary film screening
Written and directed by Alex Storozynski

The screening will be followed by a talk by Alex Storozynski and a Q&A with the audience.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko fought for American independence and was decorated by George Washington with and Order of Cincinnatus. Later, he led a Polish uprising against the Russian Empire. Thomas Jefferson called Kosciuszko “as pure a son of liberty, as I have ever known.” Kosciuszko bequeathed his property for the emancipation and education of African-American slaves and named Jefferson the executor. After Kosciuszko’s death, Jefferson walked away from this obligation. Kosciuszko’s will was never enacted.

This film, based on the book by Alex Storozynski, The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciusko and the Age of Revolution (St. Martin’s Press, 2010), was originally featured on PBS in October 2015.

Alex Storozynski was president and executive director of the Kosciuszko Foundation. Also a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, he was an editorial board member at the New York Daily News, the founding editor of amNewYork, and a former city editor and contributing editor to the The New York Sun.

This event is free and open to the public. Organized by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies as part of the UVA Polish Lecture Series, which was funded by the Rosenstiel Foundation and the American Institute of Polish Culture. Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Corcoran Department of History.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 5:00 p.m., NEW CABELL 236 (German Conference Room)

“Prozhektery: ‘Administrative Entrepreneurs’ and Modernization of Education in Russia
from Peter the Great to Putin”

lecture by Igor Fedyukin

Former Vice-Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (June 2012 – May 2013)
Associate Professor and Director, Center for History Sources, National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow)
Visiting Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC)

Check back soon for a full list of sponsors.

This event is organized and sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and co-sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Sociology at UVa.

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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 4:00 p.m., NAU 342

“Sex in the City that Peter Built: Libertinage and the Public Sphere in St. Petersburg circa 1750”

seminar by Igor Fedyukin

Associate Professor and Director, Center for History Sources, National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow)
Visiting Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC)

Download and read the paper to be discussed at this seminar here.

This event is organized and sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and co-sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Sociology at UVa.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 6:15 p.m., GIBSON 211

“The Real NCIS and the Imperative to Counter the Intelligence Threat Posed by Russia, China and Iran”

A talk by Special Agent Andrew L. Traver
Director, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)

As NCIS Director, Mr. Traver leads the agency as it investigates and defeats terrorist, foreign intelligence, and criminal threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps wherever they operate: ashore, afloat, or in cyberspace. Mr. Traver’s areas of special emphasis include developing and expanding strong partnerships and liaison with law enforcement organizations, security services, and intelligence agencies worldwide, as well as ensuring agile, adaptive, and responsive NCIS support to the Navy and Marine Corps’ enhanced security posture and global engagements.

This talk is sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UVa.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., NEW CABELL 236 (GERMAN CONFERENCE ROOM)

“Reader as Writer:
Authorial Instruction in Margarita Meklina’s Short-Story Fiction”

by Dr. Kathleen Thompson

This talk is part of the Spring 2016 Slavic Colloquium at UVa.

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TUESDAY 3/22/16, 6:30 p.m., NEW CABELL 132

Slavic Film Series: The Parade

Please join us for the second screening of the Slavic Film Series on March 22nd, at 6:30 p.m., in New Cabell 132. We will be screening the film The Parade, the poster for which can be found here.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., NEW CABELL 236 (GERMAN CONFERENCE ROOM)

“The Development and Legacy of the Mathematical Imagination of F.M. Dostoevsky: Reconstructing the Education of the Novelist at the Main Engineering School, 1838-1843″

by  Michael Marsh-Soloway

This talk is part of the Spring 2016 Slavic Colloquium at UVa.

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THURSDAY, 2/18/16, 6:30 p.m., NEW CABELL 236

Slavic Film Series: Leviathan

Please join us for the first screening of the Slavic Film Series on February 18th, at 6:30 p.m., in New Cabell 236. We will be screening the film Leviathan, the poster for which can be found here.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 4 p.m., NAU 211

A discussion of domestic Russian politics
with Ilya Ponomarev

Ilya Ponomarev has been involved in Russian business and politics for over twenty years. A prominent member of the Russian opposition, Mr. Ponomarev played a key role in the protests of 2012 and, in 2014, was the only member of the Duma (Russian parliament) to vote against the annexation of Crimea.

Attendance is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Charlottesville Committee on Foreign Relations

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Fall 2015 Events

THURSDAY, 11/12/15, 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m., WILSON 301

“A Hybrid Horror: The Janowska Camp
and a New Categorization of Nazi camps”

Dr. Waitman Beorn, Executive Director, Virginia Holocaust Museum

This discussion will focus on the Janowska camp outside of Lviv which has been almost completely neglected by scholarly inquiry but which presents a challenge to researchers due to its multi-faceted uses as a slave labor camp, a transit camp, and an extermination site. How does such a space fit into conventional categorizations of Holocaust sites and what makes Janowska exceptional? Moreover, how does Janowska demonstrate its connection to the Holocaust in Lviv demonstrate an intersection of national, regional, and local anti-Jewish policy?
Open to all members of the UVa community and the public.
Light refreshments will be served.

This talk is part of the UVA Polish Lecture Series and is cosponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Corcoran Department of History, and the Jewish Studies Program at UVA.

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THURSDAY, 10/22/15, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., NEW CABELL 236

“Techniques of Concealment in the Eastern Slavic Culture (XVI–XVII Centuries)”

Dr. Maria Ivanova, University of Virginia

This talk is part of the Fall 2015 Slavic Colloquium Series.
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FRIDAY, 10/16/15, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., NEW CABELL 236

“Bloody Verses: Rereading Pushkin’s ‘Kavkazskii plennik’”

Dr. John Lyles, University of Virginia

This talk is part of the Fall 2015 Slavic Colloquium Series.
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THURSDAY, 10/15/15, 5:15 p.m., NEW CABELL 236

Slavic Film Series: I am from Titov Veles

Please join us for the third screening of the Slavic Film Series on October 15th, at 5:15 p.m., in New Cabell 236. We will be screening the film I am from Titov Veles, the poster for which can be found here.

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FRIDAY, 10/09/15, 2:00 p.m., NEW CABELL 262

“Marketing Yourself for Jobs in the Liberal Arts

Alyssa DeBlasio, Dickinson College (Russian; Film Studies; Philosophy)

For more information about this speaker, please refer to the event below.

This talk is made possible through the generous support of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Virginia.
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THURSDAY, 10/08/15, 5:00 p.m., NEW CABELL 309

Generation M: Merab Mamardashvili and Recent Russian Cinema

Alyssa DeBlasio, Dickinson College (Russian; Film Studies; Philosophy)

Alyssa DeBlasio (PhD University of Pittsburgh, 2010) is Assistant Professor in the Russian Department at Dickinson College, where she also contributes to the Film Studies Program and the Philosophy Department. Before joining the faculty at Dickinson, DeBlasio was Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). She is one of a small number of non-Russian members of the Russian Guild of Film Critics and Scholars and has been an accredited reviewer of the Moscow International Film Festival since 2009. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships and grants for her research on contemporary Russian film, philosophy, and culture, including recent awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright-Hays, the Yegor Gaidar Foundation, and the American Council of Teachers of Russian. In 2014 she published her first monograph, T​he End of Russian Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan), which looks at the transition of the discipline of philosophy in Russia from the 1990s through the 2000s. The book was recently included on the long list for the Historia Nova Prize for the Best Book in Russian Intellectual and Cultural History. Her articles have appeared in R​ussian Review, ​S​tudies in East European Thought,​S​tudies in Russian and Soviet Cinema,​K​inokultura​, R​ussian Journal of Communication​, and Epistemologiia i filosofiia nauki ​(E​pistemology and the Philosophy of Science), among other places.

This talk is made possible through the generous support of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.
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WEDNESDAY, 10/07/15, 5:15 p.m., NEW CABELL 236

Slavic Film Series: Forecast 

Please join us for the second screening of the Slavic Film Series on October 7th, at 5:15 p.m., in New Cabell 236. We will be screening the film Forecast, the poster for which can be found here

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THURSDAY, 10/01/15, 5:15 p.m., CLEMONS 201

Slavic Film Series: Daisies (change in date and location)

Please join us for the first screening of the Slavic Film Series on October 1st, at 5:15 p.m., in Clemons 201. We will be screening the film Daisies, the poster for which can be found herePlease note: the screening has been postponed and will no longer take place on September 23rd.

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09/10/2015

CREEES is delighted to announce that the live streaming videos from last March’s UVA conference, ”Centrifugal Forces: Reading Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives,” are now available for public view. These videos represent about 90% of the talks given.

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08/22/2015

A list of CREEES-related Fall 2015 courses is now available.

“Centrifugal Forces: Reading Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives” videos now available for public view

CREEES is delighted to announce that the live streaming videos from last March’s UVA conference, ”Centrifugal Forces: Reading Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives,” are now available for public view. These videos represent about 90% of the talks given.

 

Spring 2015 List of Events

MONDAY, 04/27/15, 10:00 a.m., NEW CABELL 236

“Western Appeasement, Moscow, and Eastern Europe from a Historical Perspective”

Andrzej Nowak, Jagiellonian University, Cracow

Professor Nowak is a leading Polish historian and public intellectual. He is the author of more than 30 book on Polish, Russian, and East European political and intellectual history.

Sponsored by the American Institute of Polish Culture and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

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

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FRIDAY, 04/24/15, 2:30 p.m., NEW CABELL 236

“Do You See What I See?: Iconicity in Dostoevsky’s Fiction”

Dr. Katya Jordan, Virginia Tech

Stemming from the visual art of Eastern Orthodoxy, the principle of iconicity – the unity of the visible and the invisible, of the material and the spiritual – has yet to be fully examined in the context of Russian literary fiction. Using Valerii Lepakhin’s work on icon art and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot as a prime example of iconic literature, I will show how iconicity is linked to questions of cultural identity and reader response.

Organized by the Slavic Department and sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

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FRIDAY, 04/24/15, 4:00 p.m., NAU 242

“Spies Like Us: Narrative Curiosity and Dostoevsky’s Demons”

Dr. Greta Matzner-Gore (USC)

Curiosity has taken hold of the provincial town in which Demons is set. Scandals are afoot and the townsfolk can’t wait to find out what will happen next: they peek out from behind window curtains, gawk at fires, and listen “with appetite” to rumors about the novel’s heroes. In this talk I explore the interconnections between the theme of “greedy curiosity” in the novel and its curiosity-provoking narrative form. I argue that Dostoevsky uses ominous foreshadowing and cliffhanger chapter endings to enmesh his readers in the “thirst for a little scandal” that so many of his characters display. Ultimately I examine some of the larger questions about the ethics of reading that Demons raises, asking how Dostoevsky draws us, his readers, into the dynamics of universal guilt and responsibility that his novels portray.

Cosponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

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THURSDAY, 04/23/15, 8 p.m., OLD CABELL HALL

UVa Klezmer Ensemble Spring Concert
featuring guests musicians Daniel Kahn and Jake Shulman-Ment from Painted Bird

The Painted Bird has released four albums to date, of which “Lost Causes” was awarded the prestigious German Record Critics’ Prize. Kahn’s songs address political issues and Jewish social movements such as the Bund while accompanied with klezmer, punk and folk melodies.

“An absolute must for lovers of unusual, intelligent, challenging, exciting folk music and a blast at every instant.” -Klaus Halama, Sound & Image.

The residency is a collaboration between the McIntire Department of Music, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Jewish Studies Program, James Dunton Gift, Center for German Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Drama, and Creative Writing Program

Tickets are $10/ $5 for students/ free for UVa students who reserve in advance
For tickets: http://bit.ly/klezmer-4-23-15
For more information visit: http://music.virginia.edu/klezmerspring15

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WEDNESDAY, 04/22/15, 12:00-1:30 p.m., NAU 342

“Yiddishland in Berlin: Subversive Traditions for a Radical Contemporary Discourse”

Daniel Kahn

Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Click here for the full residency schedule.

Co-sponsored by: Jewish Studies Program, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Center for German Studies, Department of German Languages and Literatures, Drama Department, Creative Writing Program, James Dunton Gift (Jazz Performance Program).

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MONDAY, 04/20/15, 2:00 p.m, MAURY 115

“Found in Translation?: On the Difficulties of Rendering Isaac Babel into German”

Dr. Bettina Kaibach and Dr. Urs Heftrich, University of Heidelberg

Sponsored by the UVA Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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MONDAY, 04/20/15, 5:00 p.m, NEW CABELL 236

“Vasily Grossman on Auschwitz and Hiroshima”

Dr. Bettina Kaibach, University of Heidelberg

Sponsored by the UVA Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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SUNDAY, 04/19/15, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., OLD CABELL HALL 107

Klezmer workshop with Daniel Kahn and Jake Shulman-Ment

Co-sponsored by: Jewish Studies Program, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Center for German Studies, Department of German Languages and Literatures, Drama Department, Creative Writing Program, James Dunton Gift (Jazz Performance Program).

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THURSDAY, 04/09/15, 2 p.m., MAURY 209

A Lecture by His Excellency Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the USA

Join us in learning more about Azerbaijan’s domestic and foreign policies and taste delicious authentic sweets.

Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

For questions about this event, please contact Narmin Huseynova at nrh4up@virginia.edu

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WEDNESDAY, 04/01/15, 4 p.m., GARRETT HALL

“The Politics of Culture in Putin’s Russia”

Peter Pomerantsev

There are many possible futures in the 21st century—possibly none more potent and strange than what’s brewing in contemporary Russia. Vladimir Putin’s society of the spectacle, in which the idea of objective truth has been obliterated, may be the first truly postmodern society. Just as Russia took the supposedly liberationist philosophy of Marxism to its totalitarian extreme, is it now doing the same with postmodernism? Join journalist and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev, author of the recent Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, as he explores some of the odder precincts of Putin’s authoritarian wonderland. Copies of the author’s book will be on sale at the reception following the talk and questions. Visit the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture website for more info.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

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March 26-28, 2015 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Centrifugal Forces: Reading Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives

South Meeting Room, Newcomb Hall
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Understanding identity in Russia’s regions advances our understanding of Russia as a whole. While the 2012 trial of the feminist punk group “Pussy Riot” and recurrent election protests thrust Moscow into the headlines, and the Sochi Olympics and the Ukrainian conflict conveyed Putin’s bid for international influence, the rest of Russia often seems mute, until suddenly unrest breaks out. The presentations at “Centrifugal Forces” resist traditional “center-oriented” perceptions of Russia. The goals of the conference are to probe action and self-articulation beyond the capital and to help the academic community, the American public, and US policymakers form a three-dimensional view of contemporary Russia and its human wealth. An international array of speakers from many disciplines will give voice to viewpoints from the regions, bringing to light exciting cultural, economic, and political initiatives. This conference is free and open to the UVA community and the public.

The proceedings of the conference will be broadcasted as a free online streaming event. Please find instructions to access the stream here.

A PDF version of the instructions with screen caps of each step is available for download at the bottom of the page. If you are interested in participating in the live stream, it is recommended that you test the instructions at least a day in advance to configure the necessary settings on Java. Updates regarding the conference will be posted on the official Twitter account for the event, @RussiasRegions. We welcome and encourage the participation of diverse online audiences. While watching the live stream, you can direct questions to the panelists via Twitter (@RussiasRegions), or email at <russiasregionsconference@gmail.com>. Throughout the event, a team of graduate students will be monitoring the Twitter and email accounts to communicate your questions to the associated speakers.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

For registration information and directions to Newcomb Hall, please visit the conference website.

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TUESDAY, 03/24/15, 5 p.m., CLARK 108

“Survivors into Minorities: Armenians in Post-genocide Turkey”

Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Associate Professor of History, MIT

PANEL DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW:

Vigen Guroian, Religious Studies
Shankar Nair, Religious Studies
Jeffrey Rossman, History
Joshua White, History
Elizabeth Thompson, History

Sponsored by CREEES, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, and the History Department. 
For questions about this event, please contact ask4mm@virginia.edu
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MONDAY, 03/16/15, 6 p.m., NEW CABELL 323

“We All Came Out of Gogol’s Overcoat”

Talk by Julian Connolly, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Gogol Ganguli is named for his father’s favorite Russian author. Learn more about Nikolai Gogol and his influence in UVa professor Julian Connolly’s lecture.

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

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TUESDAY, 03/03/15, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Minor 125

A conversation on Culture and Politics

with Tatyana Tolstaya

Leading Russian Writer, Public Intellectual, Television Personality

Come join us for a lecture and discussion on culture and politics with Tatyana Nikitichna Tolstaya, one of Russia’s most prominent writers.

Tatyana Tolstaya debuted in print in 1983.  She has gone on to become one of her country’s most distinguished writers and intellectuals, producing, along with essays in journals, some of the most admired fiction of her generation, including the novel Кысь (The Slynx), which came out in 2000.  Since 1990, Tolstaya has lived on and off in the US, occasionally teaching at American universities, writing fiction, and turning out pointed cultural commentaries on life both in Russia and the US.  Her work has appeared in leading journals both at home and the West, including the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and the Times Literary Supplement. In 2001, she won the Triumph Prize, given to distinguished Russians in a variety of cultural fields.  In 2002 she became co-host of the TV interview program “Школа злословия” (“School for Scandal”).  

Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

For questions about this event, please contact David Herman (herman@virginia.edu)

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FRIDAY, 02/06/15, 2:00 pm, MONROE HALL 114

“Epic Film as a Tool of Hard & Soft Power During the Cold War”

ALEXANDER PROKHOROV

Associate Professor of Russian Studies, William and Mary College

During the Cold War, the USSR and the U.S. imagined their ideological confrontation as a race. On the global film market, the USSR tried to compete with Hollywood films by producing big budget pictures that would match Hollywood blockbusters in technology, entertainment appeal, and cultural authority. These Soviet “prestige productions” pursued several, at times, conflicting goals. While Soviet cultural producers wanted these prestige films to generate profit, their primary agenda was to integrate Soviet film industry into global film markets and to “sell” Soviet socialism as a viable alternative to market capitalism. During the Cold War, Soviet studios invested the greatest amount of resources into two film projects: an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and a WWII epic initially titled Liberation of Europe. Drawing on Bakhtin’s theory of discourse, I examine the history of these epic films’ production and distribution as the process of articulating a distinct cinematic genre, and this genre’s importance in the present day Russian film production.

Sponsored by the Slavic Department. Co-sponsored by CREEES.

For questions about this event, please contact Anna Kromin (ask4mm@virginia.edu)

Fall 2014 List of Events

MONDAY, 11/10/14, 2:00 pm, NEWCOMB COMMONWEALTH ROOM

“The Republic of Georgia: Trying to Become a Normal Democratic State”

TEDO JAPARIDZE

•Chair of the Georgian Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs (2012-present)

•Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Georgia (2003-2004)

•Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to USA, Canada, and Mexico (1994-2002)

Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), the School of Law, the Miller Center of Public Affairs, the Wilson Department of Politics, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Corcoran Department of History.

Reception to follow.

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

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Dimitri Simes talk, “The Putin Challenge: Fears and Facts,” scheduled for Monday, October 27, 7 P.M., has been canceled.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

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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.

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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

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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.

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LONG TERM:

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