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Lecture: Alexander Genis, Chicago Russian Literary Salon, May 15 [rus]

A знаем ли мы еще человека, который может и сказать (, и написать (, и поделиться (… ну, а уж приготовить! – смотрите:

Друзья мои, по вашим неоднократным, многочисленным, настойчивым просьбам, к нам приезжает – нет, давайте я скажу жизнерадостное «возвращается» — веселый человек, писатель, журналист, культуролог, кулинар и путешественник Александр Генис.   На вечере прозвучат новые рассказы и эссе, но главное, главное-то…  Я, наконец, спрошу Гениса, за что он так презирает food-processor, не считает его мясорубкой, и что делать, когда ничего другого нет!  А вы тоже можете его спросить – про многое, не только, конечно же, про котлеты.  Про политику, литературу, Морокко, эмиграцию, рыбную ловлю, кино или футбол.


Встреча с Александром Генисом состоится в воскресенье, 15-го мая, в 6 часов вечера.

1. Computer Systems Institute,

8950 Gross Point Road, Skokie (паркинг вокруг здания института, неподалеку метро для тех, кто пользуетя городским транспортом)

2.  $ 20

3.  По порыву сердца – вкусности для нашего чудесного антракта

4.  Стулья.  (други, давно я вас не просила о стульях – спасибо CSI за их щедрый подарок, стульев стало много… но нас стало еще больше!  И в этот вечер я ожидаю много гостей – пожалуйста, захватите, по возможности, складные стулья!)



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Lecture: “Portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad: Controversies and Misunderstandings,” Dr. Jonathan Brown (Georgetown), April 20


Muslim Students Association presents…

Portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad: Controversies and Misunderstandings

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Brown

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University

Hutch Commons.
Wednesday, April 20. 8:30 pm.
Middle-Eastern Appetizers & Desserts will be served.

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Lecture: CSI in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Harold Washington Library Center, May 10

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Lecture: “Hierotopy, Spatial Icons and Image- Paradigms,” Professor Alexei Lidov, The Department of Art History, April 18

The Department of Art History at the University of  Chicago cordially invites you to a lecture on

Monday April 18th:

Professor Alexei Lidov  “Hierotopy, Spatial Icons and Image-  Paradigms”

Professor Lidov is the Director of Research at the  Institute for World Culture at the Lomonosov Moscow  State University and founder and Director of the  Research Centre for Eastern Christian Culture in  Moscow.

Reception in honor of Prof. Lidov at 4:30pm  [Cochrane-Woods Art Center ground floor  Lounge]

Prof. Lidov’s Lecture will begin at 5:00pm  [Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 152]

Department of Art History  University of Chicago  5540 S Greenwood Ave  Chicago IL, 60637



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A Film Unfinished

Thursday, April 28–Saturday, April 30

A series of events relating to the award-winning documentary, A Film Unfinished

These programs are dedicated to the memory of Miriam Bratu Hansen.

Yael Hersonski, Director of A Film Unfinished, will be present at all events.

Thursday, April 28: Free Screening of A Film Unfinished

A Film Unfinished

When: Thu, April 28, 7:00pm – 8:28pm
Where: Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637) (map)
Special Event! Yael Hersonski’s award-winning documentary interrogates a body of archival footage shot in the Warsaw ghetto in May 1942 under the Nazi propaganda machine. The film incorporates interviews with the cinematographer of the original footage, survivors’ responses, and reflections on the Nazi construction of images of Jewish life in the Ghetto. The special screening, in presence of director Yael Hersonski, is dedicated to the memory of Miriam Bratu Hansen. Free and open to the public, co-sponsored by The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and The Human Rights Program (A roundtable discussion will take place at the Film Studies Center, Sat. April 30, 8:30pm.) 35mm

Friday, April 29: Workshop with Yael Hersonski

Location TBA

12:00 pm


Saturday, April 30: “The Silence of the Archive: Roundtable Discussion on A Film Unfinished

Film Studies Center

Cobb Hall, Rm. 307

5811 S. Ellis

8 pm: reception; 8:30 pm: roundtable

Registration for the roundtable is requested.  Register at:

These events are made possible by the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, and are presented in collaboration with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, doc films, and the Human Rights Program.

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Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, with support from the Soviet Arts Experience are proud to present:

Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Soviet Arts Experience, CEERES presents a lecture series that explores life under communism beyond Soviet metropoles.

Katherine Verdery (CUNY), Thursday, March 31st;
@ 4:30pm in Haskell 315
“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

• Russell Zanca (Northeastern Illinois University), Tuesday, April 12th;
@ 5pm in Classics 110
“There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan”

• Neringa Klumbyte (Miami University), Thursday, April 28th;
@ 5pm in the Franke Institute
“The Intimacy of Power: Laughter, Citizenship, and Coexistence in the Soviet-Lithuanian HumorJournal Broom”

Sponsored by CEERES, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at or 773-702-0875.

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“What is Red in Hungary’s 2010 Red Sludge Disaster?”

– The World Beyond the Headlines presents —

“What is Red in Hungary’s 2010 Red Sludge Disaster?”

by Prof. Zsuzsa Gille (Sociology, University of Illinois)

*Please Note the New Time and Location*

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Social Sciences Building, Rm 122
1126 East 59th Street

This event is free and open to the public.

Register now:

As Hungary begins its presidency of the European Union, it is still recovering from the October 4 toxic spill that killed ten people and injured more than one hundred. The seven foot wave of red mud that burst from an alumina plant reservoir covered more than fifteen square miles and flooded several villages and towns. All life in the Marcal river, a tributary of the Danube, has been extinguished — fish, birds, insects, and plants. According to government officials, this is Hungary’s worst ecological disaster.

At the next lecture in The World Beyond the Headlines series, sociologist Zsuzsa Gille will place the spill and political reactions to it in context of Hungary’s postsocialist transition and the rise of a peculiar right wing party that is successfully implementing an anti-neoliberal agenda. Gille will describe how some local people make sense of this tragedy, including their views on the toxic brew held in the reservoir, on Roma victims, and on local politics.

Zsuzsa Gille is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her 2008 book, From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary, explains changing rationalizations, ideologies, andunintended consequences of industrial waste under state socialism and capitalism in Hungary.

The World Beyond the Headlines series is a project of the University of Chicago Center for International Studies. This event is cosponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies and the Program on the Global Environment.

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“The Byzantine Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia and its Preservation,” Pance Velkov, Cochrane-Woods Art Center, March 1

March 1- Pance Velkov, Professor at the Ecole centrale de Paris and President of the Makedonida Foundation for heritage conservation and education:  “The Byzantine Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia and its Preservation”

All presentations are on Tuesdays at 4:30p.m. in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (5540 S Greenwood), Room 156, unless otherwise noted.

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Lecture: “Treasures of Turkey: The Ancient City of Ephesus and the American Crisler,” Prof. Mehmed Cuhadar, Oriental Institute, February 15

The American Friends of Turkey,

The Turkish American Cultural Alliance,

The Oriental Institute,

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations,

& The Turkish Students Association proudly invite you to

a lecture by Prof. Mehmed Cuhadar

Classical Archeologist in the Faculty of History, Ankara University

Treasures of Turkey: The Ancient City of Ephesus and the American Crisler

Tuesday, February 15th at 3.30 PM

Breasted Hall, Oriental Institue

1155 E 58th St

there will be a reception afterward.

Hope to see you there,


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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Saturday, May 21, 2011
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
Northwestern University

Bram Stoker’s classic gothic novel reflects the two great fears of prosperous, technologically sophisticated, Victorian England at the height of imperial expansion: invasion and regression into earlier, darker times. “The human characters in Dracula,” reads the preface to the Norton Critical Edition of the text, “surround themselves with modern gadgets and skills… but they must combat an ancient enemy with ancient beliefs.” Dracula, and the modern tradition of vampire-lore that it gave rise to, has grown in popularity since its publication in 1897. What does Dracula represent to modern readers? Explore these and other topics with Northwestern University Professor Jules Law.

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