Monthly Archives: March 2011

Quo Vadis III Polish Leadership Conference, University of Toronto, May 13-15

Quo Vadis III is a Polish Leadership Conference organized by the North American Quo Vadis Council, Polish Students Association at the University of Toronto, PISK and YPCPA. The purpose of this very unique event is to create a strong, viable professional and social global network of young Poles.

Quo Vadis III: Tools for Success Conference will take place May 13-15, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. The event is open for students, graduates and yound professionals between the ages of 18 and 35.

More details about this event can be found at QV website:

http://www.quovadisconference.com/index.php

If interested, please contact Sylvia Badon (sbadon@uchicago.edu)

 

 

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Exhibit: After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart, Harper Memorial Library Commons, March 28-May 20

COMING SOON to the University of Chicago

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart

In the 25th anniversary year of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, this stirring exhibit examines the everyday life and struggles of people living in the disaster’s wake.

The exhibit opens on March 28, 2011 and continues through May 20, 2011.

Exhibit Location:
Harper Memorial Library Commons, Stuart Reading Room
3rd Floor of the Harper Memorial Library Building
1116 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Public Viewing Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Free Admission

When a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded in April 1986, it sent radioactive contamination across the world. In Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, 350,000 people lost their homes. Some 850,000 participated in the clean-up efforts. Now 25 years later, six million people continue to live in contaminated areas. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone remains a terra incognita: closed to the public, inaccessible, misunderstood, alternately feared and forgotten, and used as a political weapon by competing interest groups.

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart documents the experiences and everyday struggles of people living in the wake of Chernobyl. Through the images and stories shared in the exhibit, visitors will learn why thousands of people still work or live inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone a generation after the accident; why so many remain nearby in their radiation-affected villages; and how people cope with the unexpected life changes caused by the accident.

About the Artist:
Michael Forster Rothbart is a photojournalist, whose projects explore the human impacts of environmental change. His interactive website After Chernobyl resulted from his Fulbright year in Ukraine. After years in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and India, Forster Rothbart now lives in upstate New York and photographs for educational institutions — primarily colleges, museums, and private schools. His next documentary project, Fracking Pennsylvania, will explore the effects of natural gas drilling on rural communities.

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart opens on March 28, 2011 and continues through May 20, 2011.

Sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasoan Studiesthe Center for International Studiesthe Program on the Global Environmentthe Global Health Initiativethe U of C Arts Council,Harper Memorial Library Commons, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.

 

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The Exhibit Reception for “After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart,” Harper Memorial Library Commons, April 8

The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies invites you to:

The Exhibit Reception for “After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart.”

Featuring Prof. Timothy Mousseau of the Chernobyl Research Initiative and the photographer Michael Forster Rothbart.

April 8th, 2011
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Harper Memorial Library Commons, Stuart Reading Room
3rd Floor of the Harper Memorial Library Building
1116 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

In the 25th anniversary year of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, this stirring exhibit examines the everyday life and struggles of people living in the disaster’s wake.

At the reception, Prof. Mousseau and Mr. Forster Rothbart will each share their perspectives on the human and ecological tolls exacted by the nuclear accident at Chernobyl.

Timothy Mousseau is Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education and Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Prof. Mousseau is also on the management team of the Chernobyl Research Initiative and one of the leading scholars on the environmental and biological effects of the Chernobyl disaster.

Michael Forster Rothbart is a photojournalist, whose projects explore the human impacts of environmental change. His interactive website After Chernobyl resulted from his Fulbright year in Ukraine.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by CEERESthe Center for International Studiesthe Program on the Global Environment,the Global Health Initiativethe U of C Arts CouncilHarper Memorial Library Commons, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information, or for assistance in attending, please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.eduor 773-702-0875.

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Course: Russian Experimental Poetry. Daria Khitrova, Spring Quarter

28903/38903. Russian Experimental Poetry. D. Khitrova. Spring 2011.

The ground this course intends to cover stretches across the long story of Russian poetry from its past to its Futurism, and is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It focuses on the poetic experiment, yes this does not imply that we will be looking necessarily at enigmatic and difficult poetry and texts. In a sense, every poem is an experiment, a unique balancing act between sounds and meaning, the line and the sentence, between the verbal, the graphic and the musical. Some of them become too classical with time to preserve their sense of novelty and freshness. We will read various poems from different ages to restore their initial experimental stance. We will not only read poems, we will also listen to them as one does to the music and look at them as one does at visual objects.  We will use Russian for our readings and discussions in order to get a better sense both of poetry and of the language it was written in.

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Workshop: “Our Land is Great and Rich but Extremely Little Studied”: Siberia, State Planning, and the Krasnoyarsk Museum as Milieu, 1905-1929, Modern Europe Workshop, March 29

The first meeting of the Spring Quarter on Tuesday, March 29 in the John Hope Franklin Room (refreshments at 4:45, discussion at 5:00).

Julia Fein will present Chapter Five of her dissertation, entitled “Our Land is Great and Rich but Extremely Little Studied”: Siberia, State Planning, and the Krasnoyarsk Museum as Milieu, 1905-1929.

The paper will be posted on Chalk towards the end of break.

For more information, contact Eleanor Rivera.

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Workshop: “A Detour to Islam: Popular Health Therapies in Postsocialist Bosnia,” Larisa Jasarevic, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, April 1

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop and The Middle Eastern History and Theory Workshop (MEHAT) proudly present:


“Three Lights on Queen’s Face:  Ethnography of mêlée” 

by Larisa Jasarevic
Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program, University of Chicago

Discussant:
Noha Forester, Lecturer of Arabic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Friday, April 1st, 4:00-5:30pm
Pick Hall 218
5828 S. University Ave.

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: This text is about therapeutic encounters at Nerka’s, singularly powerful and popular healer in contemporary Bosnia, which has seen an explosion of magical and medical market since the 1990s war and peace. While sorcery and Koranic healing appeal to people in Bosnia irrespective of their religious backgrounds, Nerka’s inventive, irreverent, and inconsistent rituals simultaneously enact and displace the ethno-national and religious differences and passions that are conventionally wedded to the three dominant Bosnian peoples: Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Eastern Orthodox Serbs, and Bosnian Catholic Croats. This essay begins with Jean-Luc Nancy’s reserved handling of identity and ethnicity in his “Eulogy for Mêlée,” written in 1993 for Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital, under siege but shifts attention to the ritual spaces where the practice and idea of mixing is far more frenzied but perhaps no less critical or effective. Nerka, whom patients’ have lovingly titled the Queen of Health, offers no easy model of multicultural citizenship but the uncertainty that reigns in her office, gathers followers around the impossibility of belonging.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung(syeung@uchicago.edu) or Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu). Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

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PASA: Spring Quarter Potluck, Polish-American Student Association, April 1

PASA is doing it again!  ”Spring” in to the new quarter with some good food and even better company.
Please post what you’re bringing on our facebook event:
Zapraszamy i do zobaczenia!!
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Workshop: “Salvaging the Space of ‘Normality’: Afterlives of Socialist-era Symbols and Struggles for National Futures in postwar Bosnia,” Larisa Kurtovic, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, April 19

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly presents:

“Salvaging the Space of Normality: Afterlives of Socialist-era Symbols and Struggles for National Futures in Postwar Bosnia”

by Larisa Kurtovic
Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Discussant:
Larisa Jasarevic, Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program, University of Chicago

Tuesday, 4:30-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101
April 19, 2011

Refreshments will be provided

Abstract: Drawing on the 2008 ethnographic research in postwar Bosnia, this paper chronicles the attempted “banishment” of socialist Santa from Sarajevan public kindergartens and the many acts of political protest this “attack” engendered.  The passionate defenses of this magical children’s figure helped bring into focus anxieties about the crisis of social reproduction caused by infusion of nationalist agendas into postwar pedagogies. Meanwhile, the kindergarten affair also exploded a wave of complaints about the perceived onslaught on ‘normal life,’ an elusive category whose political and conceptual work I trace in this paper across multiple terrains and sites.  Ultimately, his paper argues that in the independent Bosnia, revalorization of certain Yugoslav era values, in particular that of socialist multinationalism, often becomes seen as crucial for keeping alive not only the dream of an inhabitable future, but also of a unified Bosnian state.

To obtain a copy of the paper, please send an email request to either Shirley Yeung(syeung@uchicago.edu) or Natalja Czarnecki (czarnecki@uchicago.edu). Those seeking further information or persons with disabilities who may need assistance should please also email either Natalja Czarnecki or Shirley Yeung.

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, athttp://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

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Concert: The Smetana Trio from Prague, Al Teatro Ristorante at Thalia Hall, March 25

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Theater/Performance: 10-year Anniversary of Atrium Theater, March 27 [rus]

которое состоится в 7 часов вечера в

Билеты во всех театральных кассах

Возможны групповые скидки

 

в программе GALA концерта:

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Михаил Антошин (Фортепиано)
Игорь Антипов (Скрипка)
Михаил Клейнерман (Скрипка)
Золотые призеры фестиваля “HERITAGE”
Детский хор “Кампанелла” под руководством Марины Косой
Бард-клуб “Мидвест”
Камерный оркестр “ТУТТИ”
дирижёр Анатолий Лысенко
Балетная сюита “Вечная любовь”
исполняют актриса театра “Атриум” Мишел Колкевич и Солист Московского Музыкального Театра им. К.С.Станиславского и Вл.И. Немировича-Данченко Александр Копчинский
А. Пьяццолла “Либертанго”
Квартет Михаила Сычева
Автор и исполнитель Татьяна Меламед
и “Меламед BAND”
Джаз-Бэнд Ирины Кауфман
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Лауреаты международных конкурсов:
Дина Веллер и Александр Скороход
Ола и Евгений Фридман
“HAVA NAGILA”
Танцевальный коллектив “Mazurdance” Художественный руководитель Роман Мазур

 

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