June 27, 2017

Upcoming Spring 2017 Events

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Thursday, April 27, 8:00 p.m., OLD CABELL HALL

UVA Klezmer Ensemble Concert with special guest, Grammy-winner Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics)

Directed by Joel Rubin, the Klezmer Ensemble focuses on the music of the klezmorim, the Jewish professional instrumentalists of eastern Europe, as well as related Jewish and other East European traditions from the 18th century to the present, including Yiddish song.

The performance will feature special guest singer and multi-instrumentalist Lorin Sklamberg, hailed by legendary music critic Robert Christgau as “one of the premier American singers in any genre” with a voice that is “transcendent, ethereal and sensual” (All Things  Considered, National Public Radio).

Besides being a founding member of the Grammy-winning, trailblazing Yiddish-American roots band, The Klezmatics, Sklamberg has performed on 50 albums and is known for his work with the Semer Ensemble, Alpen Klezmer, Susan McKeown, the Nigunim Trio, Sklamberg and the Shepherds, the Zmiros Project, and in Drawing Life, a multi-media song cycle. He has composed and performed for film, dance, stage and circus, and has produced a number of recordings of world and theater music. Sklamberg has taught and lectured from London and Paris to Kiev and St. Petersburg. He is also the Sound Archivist of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York and former coordinator of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program.

Tickets for the Klezmer Ensemble performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets for University of Virginia students are free if reserved in advance at the Arts Box Office. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Organized by the McIntire Department of Music. Co-sponsored by the UVA Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Center for German Studies.

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PAST SPRING 2017 EVENTS

Thursday, March 2, 5:00 p.m., Hotel A, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation

“The East is Red? Imagining China in People’s Poland and East Germany”

David Tompkins, Associate Professor of History, Carleton College

Organized and sponsored by CREEES as part of the UVa Polish Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Corcoran Department of History and the Center for German Studies.

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Thursday, March 16, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Cabell 058

“Russian Virginia In and Out of the Classroom: A Roundtable”

Prof. Edith Clowes, Alex Kozoyed, Veri Silva, Alex Moree, David Peters, University of Virginia

This roundtable is part of the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium at UVa.

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 Thursday, March 30, 5:00 p.m., Hotel A, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation

“The Sixties Behind the Iron Curtain: Youth Culture and the Global Sixties in Poland

Malgorzata Fidelis, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Organized and sponsored by CREEES as part of the UVa Polish Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and by the Corcoran Department of History.

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UVA Slavic Forum 2017, REConstructions, Memory and Imagination posterFriday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, Panels held in New Cabell Hall, Information Desk in NCH 262
RE:Constructions: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Memory and Imagination
This forum is devoted to the intersections of memory and imagination in constructing identity, history, traditions, and futures. Traditional applications of the terms memory and imagination have emphasized a barrier between the concepts based on the premise of accuracy. Memory should be a record, one that, if occasionally faulty, remains primarily truthful. Imagination cannot be faulty because it is nebulous, fictive, unconcerned with veracity. However, cognitive scientists have demonstrated that the same neural processes underlie both memory and imagination. Memories are as much constructs as imagination. Despite the seeming differences between memory and imagination, they both affect every sphere of human experience and endeavor. In this forum, speakers will explore the role of memory and imagination in literature, history, politics, and identity.
The forum is organized by the Society of Slavic Graduate Students and co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, CREEESthe French DepartmentDepartment of Art, and the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation.

 

Keynote speakers:
Friday, March 31, 6 p.m., Maury 209
Topic: LGBTQ Activism in Russia.
Maria “Masha” Gessen, Russian journalist, author, and political activist; contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post; author of groundbreaking books on Russian politics, society, culture, and historyFor more information see speaker’s bio at www.prhspeakers.com.

 

Saturday, April 1, 5:30 p.m., Maury 209
“The Texture of Translingual Memory, or Nabokov in the Attic”
Maxim D. Shrayer, Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College.

Maxim D. Shrayer, a bilingual author and translator, is a professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College. Born in Moscow in 1967 to a writer’s family, Shrayer emigrated to the United States in 1987. He has authored over ten books in English and Russian, among them the internationally acclaimed memoirs “Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story” and “Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration,” the story collection “Yom Kippur in Amsterdam,” and the Holocaust study “I SAW IT.” Shrayer’s “Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature” won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Visit Shrayer’s website at www.shrayer.com.

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Wednesday, April 12, 5:00 p.m., NAU 211

“Russian Art in the United States”

Wilfried Zeisler, Curator of Russian and 19th Century Art, Hillwood Museum

Founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heiress to the Postum Cereal Company, which later became General Foods, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens houses over 17,000 works of art. The collection includes one of the largest and most important collections of Russian art outside Russia, comprising pieces from the pre-Petrine to the early Soviet periods. Through Hillwood’s collection, this lecture will explore the history of acquiring imperial Russian art in the United States.

Organized and sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History (McIntire Department of Art).

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Thursday, April 13, 2:30 p.m., MINOR 125

“QUR’ANIC EXEGESIS AND MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE: SUFIS AND THE QUR’AN”

CSC Speaker Series: Professor Alexander Knysh

Alexander Knysh is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan and Principal Investigator of a research project on Islamic Studies at the St. Petersburg State University, Russia.

Co-sponsored by CREEES.

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Thursday, April 13, 4:00 p.m., NEW CABELL 309


“Brothers and the Family Plot: A Comparative Approach to the Nineteenth-Century Russian and English Novel”

Anna Berman, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies, McGill University

Family concerns drive the plot of most nineteenth-century English and Russian novels, yet the family plots in the two traditions differ greatly. Why are there virtually no English novels that focus on a pair of brothers, while brothers are common in the Russian novel? Russian authors were keen readers of the English, regarding them as a model for writing about family, so this paper explores the way the historical conditions in the two nations shaped their family plots.  The English, who honored primogeniture, viewed brothers as a source of rivalry that did not fit their family ideal. By contrast, the Russians split estates among their children, opening up a space for multiple brothers.  I will argue that this has implications for the structure of the novel, as the English created vertical, generationally focused plots, while the Russians created a new kind of lateral family plot.

Organized and sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

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Friday, April 14, 12:00 p.m., NAU 211

“A Clash of Islams: Sufism and Salafism in the Northern Caucasus”

CSC Speaker Series: Professor Alexander Knysh

Alexander Knysh is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan and Principal Investigator of a research project on Islamic Studies at the St. Petersburg State University, Russia.

Co-sponsored by CREEES.

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Thursday, April 20, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., CABELL 058

Confession(s) in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Prof. Julian Connolly, University of Virginia

This talk is part of the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium at UVa.

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Sunday, April 23, OLD CABELL 113

Yiddish Song Workshop with Grammy-winner Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics)

Free and open to the public. Contact: Joel Rubin, joelerubin@virginia.edu

Organized by the McIntire Department of Music. Co-sponsored by the UVA Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Center for German Studies.

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Wednesday, April 26, 12-1:30 pm, NEW CABELL 236

“The Semer Record Label: Jewish Music in Nazi Berlin, 1933-1938” 

Colloquium with Lorin Sklamberg (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York).

Organized by the McIntire Department of Music. Co-sponsored by the UVA Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Center for German Studies.

Fall 2016 Events

***POSTPONED***  Collective Memory from American and Polish Perspective ***POSTPONED***

Dr. Lukasz Michalski, Institute of National Remembrance, Poland
Organized by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies as part of the UVa Polish Lecture Series.

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Wednesday, November 16, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., MONROE HALL 124

“The Samuel Lubelski White Slavery Trial of 1914: Human Trafficking, Migration, and National Difference at the Polish-German Border”

David Petruccelli, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

David Petruccelli is an historian of twentieth-century Europe; his current project, “A Scourge of Humanity: International Crime and Policing in Interwar Europe,” explores the emergence of international networks for fighting transnational crime in the 1920s and 1930s. It forms the basis for this talk, which considers how discourses of trafficking and migration drove nationalist sentiment in Poland and Germany during the First World War.

Organized and sponsored by CREEES as part of the UVa Polish Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Center for German Studies at UVa.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., NEW CABELL 132

Slavic Graduate Student Workshop: What You Can Do with Your Second Slavic Language

Adrienne Harris, Associate Professor of Russian, Baylor University

Organized by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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Wednesday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., NEW CABELL 236

“North Asia between the Second and the Fourth World: Indigenous Writers on the Soviet State and North America”

Ivan Sablin, Senior Research Fellow, and Lilia Boliachevets, Research Assistant, Center for Historical Research at the Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg

Organized by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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Tuesday, November 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., NEW CABELL 236

“Fighting the Fascists through Film: Soviet War Myths and Ukrainian Land on Post-Soviet Russian Screens”

Adrienne Harris, Associate Professor of Russian, Baylor University

Adrienne M. Harris is associate professor of Russian at Baylor University.  She holds the PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas.  She publishes on Soviet collective memory of World War II, gender, heroism, soldiers’ memoirs, war poetry, and Czech film.  She is currently drafting a monograph entitled Martyr, Myth, and Memory: The Dynamic Image of Zoia Kosmodemianskaia, a Soviet Saint.  She was recently elected to the board of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies and she serves as the Vice President of SEEFA, the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Folklore Association.

Organized by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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Thursday, November 10 (note the new date), 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., NEW CABELL 236
An Analysis of the Meaning of the Conjunction a in Russian with Attention to Its Implications for Second Language Acquisition and Russian Language Pedagogy

Mark Elson and Maria Ivanova, University of Virginia

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

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Thursday, November 10, 8:00 p.m., Old Cabell Hall

Klezmer Ensemble

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the UVA Klezmer Ensemble on Thursday, November 10th at 8:00pm in Old Cabell Hall.

Directed by Joel Rubin, the Klezmer Ensemble focuses on the music of the klezmorim, the Jewish professional instrumentalists of Eastern Europe, as well as related Jewish and other East European traditions from the 18th century to the present. The ensemble is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the greater Central Virginia community. This fall, the concert will feature music recorded in Ukraine and Istanbul before WWI.

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Sunday, November 6

Film screenings: The Yellow Ticket (4:00 p.m., Old Cabell Hall)  and A Tickle in the Heart (7:00 p.m., PVCC Dickinson Center)

The two screenings are part of the Virginia Film Festival. The Yellow Ticket is a 1918 silent film that takes place in St. Petersburg. Tickle in the Heart is a documentary about three brothers whose parents came from Belarus, and includes a visit back to the country to search for the parents’ home.

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Thursday, October 20, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., NEW CABELL 236
Future Imperfect: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky and the Time-Travel Narrative

Reed Johnson, University of Virginia

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

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Friday, October 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., NEW CABELL 236
Professionalization workshop: “Teaching Literature”
Dr. Zara M. Torlone, Professor of Classics, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post Soviet Studies, Miami University, Ohio
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Thursday, October 6, 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., 130 Monroe Hall
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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Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1, 2016
Kaleidoscope Room, Newcomb Hall
“Echoes of the Great Terror: Soviet Perpetrators on Trial, 1939-1943″:
An International Conference at the University of Virginia

Offering new perspectives on Stalin’s Great Terror of 1937-38 and, specifically, the role of the perpetrator in Stalin’s USSR, this conference features presentations in Russian and English based on previously unexamined Ukrainian and Georgian archival sources by historians based in Russia, Ukraine, the Republic of Georgia, Moldova, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Participants in the conference include:

Timothy Blauvelt (Ilia State University, Republic of Georgia)
Igor Casu (Center for the Study of Totalitarianism; State University of Moldova)
Olha Dovbnia, Serhii Kokin, Roman Podkur, and Valeriy Vasylyev (National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine)
Marc Junge (Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany)
Andriy Kohut (State Archives, Security Service of Ukraine)
Nikita Petrov (“Memorial” International Human Rights and Humanitarian Society, Russia)
Jeffrey Rossman (Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia)
Andrei Savin (Institute of History, Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
David Shearer (Department of History, University of Delaware)
Aleksandr Vatlin (Department of Modern and Contemporary History, Moscow State University, Russia)
Lynne Viola (University of Toronto, Canada)
Vadym Zolotaryov (Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, Ukraine)

The languages of the conference are Russian and English. Translation will be provided.

For questions, please contact Anna Maxwell (ask4mm@virginia.edu)
Organized by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) with co-sponsorship from the Page-Barbour Fund, the Corcoran Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation.

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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).

Click here for the full residency schedule.

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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.

CALL FOR PAPERS

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)