Monthly Archives: September 2011

Event Listings for Vision and Communism at the Smart Museum

The Exhibition
Vision and Communism draws on an extensive private collection of Soviet art and propaganda, presenting nearly 90 captivating and emotionally gripping images by Soviet artist Viktor Koretsky (1909-1998). In contrast to more conventional Soviet propaganda, Koretsky created striking scenes of survival and suffering that were designed to connect Soviet citizens with others struggling for civil rights and independence around the globe. This vision of a multicultural world of shared sacrifice offered a dynamic alternative to the sleek consumerism of Madison Avenue and the West and, according to the curators, can be thought of “as a kind of Communist advertising for a future that never quite arrived.”

Opening Reception
Join us Thursday, September 29, from 5:30-7:30 pm for a panel discussion featuring curators Christopher Heuer (Princeton University), Matthew Jesse Jackson (University of Chicago), Tumelo Mosaka (Krannert Art Museum), and Stephanie Smith (Smart Museum of Art). The discussion will be followed by an exhibition viewing and reception with free food and refreshments.

Notable Events
Film Series: Medvedkin and Marker, Wednesdays, October 12, 19 and November 2, 7 pm, Film Studies Center
The exhibition’s themes are extended to cinema through screenings of the militant films of Aleksandr Medvedkin and Chris Marker at the Film Studies Center. For a complete list of films and synopses, and to make reservations, visit or call 773.702.8596.

Agitation! a Symposium, Friday October 14, 9 am – 6:30 pm, Special Collections Research Center, Joseph Regenstein Library
Join leading scholars for a public symposium that examines art and political agitation. The day-long event includes panel discussions and keynote addresses from Catriona Kelly (University of Oxford), William Ayers (University of Illinois at Chicago), and Bernadine Dorn (Northwestern University). Register to attend and find a full schedule of topics and speakers at

Lunch-hour Talk: “Envisioning Another World and Taking on Big Enemies,” Friday, October 21, 12 pm
Prexy Nesbitt, professor of African History at Columbia College, discusses the triumphs and failings of African liberation struggles during the Cold War. Space is limited. Please register in advance.

Lunch-hour Talk: “Empire of Liberation? The Soviet Union, U.S. Race Relations, and the Cold War,” Wednesday, November 2, 12 pm
Examine the historical record behind the events depicted in Viktor Koretsky’s propaganda posters during this lunch-hour talk by Rachel Appelbaum. Space is limited. Please register in advance.

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in General Linguistics, Haverford College

Haverford College seeks to hire a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in general linguistics. The area of research expertise is open but interests in a non-IndoEuropean language, field work, or in a hybrid area of linguistics would be valuable. In keeping with our strong liberal arts tradition, we seek candidates who are committed to excellence in both teaching and research. The ideal candidate will be able to teach at all levels of the curriculum, including introductory and advanced phonology, syntax, a course in the candidate’s area of expertise, and the supervision of student research. The ability to build bridges to other disciplines and/or teach cross-listed courses is desirable. While the position is based at Haverford College, it is part of the Tri-College Department of Linguistics (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore); the successful candidate will teach on all three campuses. Preference will be given to candidates with post­doctoral experience or those otherwise able to demonstrate the ability to establish a successful independent research program. The position begins fall semester of 20 12, and it is expected that the PhD will be completed prior to that start date.

Haverford College is a top residential liberal arts college in suburban Philadelphia, enrolling approximately 1200 undergraduates, and is in a consortium with Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr Colleges. Haverford offers a competitive startup package, generous sabbatical policy, small class size, and attractive teaching load.
The application deadline is November 15, 2011. Qualified candidates should submit a single pdf file containing a current CV, research statement, teaching statement, and representative publications to In addition, please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Corrinne Fahl, 101 Ryan, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, P A 19041. Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and strongly encourages applications and nominations from persons of color, women, and members of other under-represented groups.

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Timothy Snyder Presentation and Book Signing for Bloodlands

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Dr. Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University, will present his new book and discuss how the utopian goals and the strategic interaction of the Soviet and Nazi regimes led to the worst calamity in the history of the western world. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

1:00pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

5:00pm at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Posted in: Chicago Events

Mark Mazower Lecture: “Alfred Zimmern, Ancient Greece, and the Idea of International Relations”

On Thursday October 13, at 7pm, Professor Mark Mazower will present a lecture, entitled “Alfred Zimmern, Ancient Greece, and the Idea of International Relations.” The lecture will take place in Room 122 of the Social Sciences Research Building on the campus of the University of Chicago, 1126 E. 59th St. A reception will follow.

Professor Mazower is the Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University. One of the foremost experts on modern Greece, twentieth-century Europe, and international history, he is the author of numerous books and articles, including Inside Hitler’s Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941–1944; Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims, and Jews, 1430–1950; and Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe.

The lecture is sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies fund of the Department of Classics at the University of Chicago. For assistance and further information ahead of time, please contact Kathleen Fox on 773-702-8514.

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Assistant Professor Position in Russian Studies–McGill University

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Russian Studies. Scholars with expertise in Russian Romanticism and Realism and one or more of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: Russian media and visual studies, performance, intellectual history, and (cross-) cultural studies.

Candidates must demonstrate competitive research and publication records, substantial teaching experience, and a strong potential for collaborative research and program development across media, disciplines, and cultures.

Russian Studies at McGill is part of a growing multidisciplinary unit offering courses and programs in German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish languages, literatures, cultures, thought, cinemas, and digital humanities. We are seeking applications from emerging scholars who approach their field from a wide cultural perspective. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach a broad range of courses in Russian Studies on the undergraduate level and graduate courses in their area of specialization.

Ph.D. in hand in Russian Studies (or appropriate equivalent) and native or near-native fluency in Russian and English are required. Knowledge of French is an asset. McGill is a research intensive university and teaching duties include four courses a year. Appointment is expected to begin in August 2012.

Applicants must fill out the online application form available at A letter of introduction containing a statement of how the applicant’s research will contribute to the department’s interdisciplinary and intercultural trajectory, cv, teaching portfolio, and 10-20 page writing sample should be submitted electronically via email to Three letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover (electronically or hardcopy) to: Professor Karin Bauer, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, McGill University, 688 Sherbrooke St. West, room 425, Montreal, QC H3A 3R1. Email: Application deadline is November 5, 2011.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to further diversification.

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Battleship Potemkin at the Block Cinema

Battleship Potemkin
Block Cinema
Sept 23, 2011

Block Cinema opens its fall season with a nwely restored 35mm print of Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece. Admission is $4 with Block membership, Northwestern WildCARD, or student ID; $6 without.

Posted in: Chicago Events, Soviet Arts Experience

Now Open–Shostakovich at Northwestern

Shostakovich at Northwestern
September 20, 2011-March 19, 2012
Deering Library
Third Floor

This exhibit, a collaboration between Northwestern’s Music Library and Northwestern University Archives, recalls Shostakovich’s visit to Evanston in June 1973, including the ceremony awarding him an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts. In addition, this exhibit displays a small collection of rare, limited-edition musical scores by Shostakovich published in the Soviet Union during the 1940s.

Posted in: Chicago Events, Soviet Arts Experience

Now Open–They Were Fighting for Our Freedom: American and Soviet Propaganda Posters of World War II

They Were Fighting for Our Freedom: American and Soviet Propaganda Posters of World War II
September 20, 2011-March 19, 2012
Northwestern University Library
First Floor and in the connector hallway to the Deering Library

This exhibit, a collaboration between Northwestern University Library and the Peter the Great Museum/Kunstkamera, St. Petersburg, Russia, consists of several dozen American and Soviet World War II posters, grouped to reveal how similar themes—courage, strength in numbers, the home front, heroic military traditions, the vile foe—were developed in the different artistic languages of these two countries, but otherwise in surprisingly similar ways. The exhibit has already been shown at several venues across Europe, e.g. in Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, and The Hague.

Posted in: Chicago Events, Soviet Arts Experience

Opening Friday–Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917

Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917
September 23–December 11, 2011
Alsdorf Gallery

Tango with Cows chronicles the dramatic transformation of book art during the tumultuous years before the Russian Revolution.

The exhibition takes its title from a book and poem by the Russian avant-garde poet Vasily Kamensky. The absurd image of farm animals dancing the tango evokes the clash in Russia between a primarily rural culture and a growing urban life. During the years spanning the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, Russia was in spiritual, social, and cultural crisis. The moral devastation of the failed 1905 revolution, the famines of 1911, the rapid influx of new technologies, and the outbreak of World War I led to disillusionment with modernity and a presentiment of apocalypse.

Avant-garde artists and writers responded to this crisis by collaborating on hand-lithographed publications that combined primitive and abstract imagery with experimental sound poetry to convey intense ambivalence about their country’s past, present, and future.

This exhibition has been organized by The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

For more information visit

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Now Open–Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons

soviet posterViews and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons
Sept 20-Dec 4, 2011
Main Gallery
Block Museum
Northwestern University

Two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons invites a post-Cold War assessment of Soviet graphic arts through posters, cartoons, and photomontages from the time of the Russian Civil War (1918–21) into the late Soviet period.

The exhibition includes well-known Soviet graphic works, by such artists as Viktor Deni, Dmitri Moor, El Lissitsky, and Gustav Klutsis, as well as lesser-known, but equally compelling works by the Kukryniksy (a three-artist collaborative), Alexander Zhitomirsky, and others.

The exhibition suggests that artistic merit may be found in art in the service of political belief and subject to state regulation and that there is a range of stylistic diversity within work that is too often simply (and dismissively) characterized as Socialist Realism. Viewers may also note that with the passage of time it has become possible to see that not all criticisms of the West by Soviet artists are completely spurious or inauthentic.

Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons was organized by the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University.

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