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August 22, 2017 - December 8, 2017

‘Image of Ukraine (Образ України),’ Exhibition

“Image of Ukraine (Образ України): Exploring Ukrainian Culture through Embroidery and Painting” highlights two traditional Ukrainian folk art forms – vyshyvka (Ukrainian embroidery) and Petrykivka (a Ukrainian style of painting named after its city of origin). The exhibition explores Ukrainian culture through the lens of decorative folk art, delving into the history and cultural significance of traditions central to the lives of Ukrainian families both in North Carolina and Ukraine. Included in the exhibition are numerous examples of traditional embroidery…

Start: August 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am
End: December 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

October 3, 2017

Árpád Hornjak, ‘Hungary’s Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century’

Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Hungary’s national borders continually shifted as a result of various treaties, wars and geopolitical alignments. There are now significant Hungarian-speaking communities in Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine and most notably Romania, its biggest neighbor to the east. This lecture aims to introduce the place and role of Hungarian foreign policy and diplomatic relations on the tumultuous stage of European politics and conflicts. It will shed light on the reasons for why the country’s foreign policy…

Start: October 3, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
End: October 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

October 6, 2017

Regina Smyth, ‘Re-Electing President Putin: Protest, Elections and Regime Stability in Russia’

A year ahead of the March 2018 presidential elections, the Kremlin is engaging in two risky strategies. First, it projects that President Putin would win re-election with 70 percent of the vote and 70 percent turnout, a very high bar even in controlled elections. Second, in collaboration with the Moscow mayor, Putin launched a massive reconstruction project that would relocate 20 percent of city residents. The rapid implementation of the vague policy abrogated property rights and sparked a new “Anti-Demolition” movement. This talk…

Start: October 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
End: October 6, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Venue: Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Phone: (919) 962-3765
Address:
200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

October 12, 2017 - October 13, 2017

A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917

This two-day conference, in the centennial year of the revolution, seeks to explore the transformations set in motion during and after the events of 1917 through an examination of cultural production and practices, located both within and without Russia. The revolution, broadly defined, was a catalyst for the changes that affected the cultural developments of generations of Russian artists, writers and musicians, and significantly shaped subsequent discourse – arguably continuing into the present day. Moreover, waves of human movements and…

Start: October 12, 2017
End: October 13, 2017
Venue: Person Hall

Emily Baran, ‘‘Papers, Please!’: Enacting Soviet Power in a Postwar Ukrainian Village’

This presentation is part of a book project about the Sovietization of Ukraine after World War II. It examines the process of making territories “Soviet” in Transcarpathia, a southwestern region that formerly belonged to Czechoslovakia. In particular, it details how Sovietization enforced border control in the small village of Bila Tserkva on the Romanian border. In 1949, the state launched an investigation into the village, arresting seven men, all of whom belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and accusing them of anti-Soviet activity and…

Start: October 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
End: October 12, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: Location TBA

October 17, 2017

Michele Rivkin-Fish, ‘Fight Abortion, Not Women: Russian Reproductive Politics and the Search for a Liberal Biopolitics’

An increasingly vibrant Russian movement has developed over the last two decades to delegitimize, restrict and criminalize abortion, even as rates of pregnancy termination decreased 5.5 times from 1989 to 2015. Contraceptive use is replacing abortion for routine fertility control, but conservatives decry abortion as a sin, and cast family planning services as a threat to national security. Political efforts to increase births have become a central tactic for nationalist revival and state legitimacy. Michele Rivkin-Fish will trace the ways supporters…

Start: October 17, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
End: October 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, DeBerry Board Room 3009
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

October 26, 2017

Sarah Lemmen, ‘In Exile: Political Emigration from Eastern Europe During the Last Decades of the Cold War’

Contrary to the prevalent rhetoric of the Cold War, the 1970s and 1980s were a time of intensive exchange across the “Iron Curtain”. Particularly in the context of the international human rights movement, a Western public grew more interested in the activities and plight of East European opposition groups. East European political exiles in Western Europe and North America played a significant role as intermediaries between East and West. They also provided opposition groups across the Iron Curtain with information,…

Start: October 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
End: October 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, DeBerry Board Room 3009
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

November 13, 2017

‘Return to Authoritarianism in the Balkans?’ Panel Discussion

Though the Western Balkans are making progress to membership in the European Union, politics in the region diverge from the script laid out in Brussels. International watchdogs and local civil society raise concern about democratic backsliding. The rule of law is shallow, the media fall under political control and parliamentary opposition fails to hold power-holders accountable. The 1990s crop of nationalist leaders has been replaced by a new generation who talk the talk of Europeanization and democracy, but rarely walk…

Start: November 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
End: November 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

November 15, 2017

Michal Kopeček, ‘The Politics of History in East Central Europe After 1989: From Liberal Consensus to Memory Wars’

The politics of history has been one of the constitutive elements of the new democracies in east central Europe after 1989. ‘Coming to terms with the communist past’ was especially important as a means of securing the legitimacy of new democratic regimes. The communist past increasingly became a field of political struggle with distinct variants of politics of memory being used as expedient political tools. The most visible of these was the anti-communist memory politics symbolized by newly created, powerful…

Start: November 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
End: November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, DeBerry Board Room 3009
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

November 16, 2017

Louis Porter, ‘International Civil Servants by Day: The Cold War of Everyday Life in the UNESCO Secretariat, 1956-1967’

This presentation will focus on a chapter from a larger project on Soviet participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the 1950s and 1960s. It presents a case study of the daily lives of Soviet citizens who worked in the international civil service of the UN during the Cold War. Detailing the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Soviet professionals recruited by the state as part of a broader Soviet campaign to challenge Western domination of…

Start: November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
End: November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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