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April 2017

Russia and Turkey: Between Cooperation and Discord • Dimitar Bechev (CSEEES Fellow)

April 3 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Drawing on his forthcoming book entitled Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale University Press), CSEEES Fellow Dimitar Bechev will explore the complex political, security, and economic ties between Russia and Turkey. Starting from the early 1990s, the two former imperial rivals have developed a pragmatic relationship based on growing levels of interdependence in the area of energy as well as on converging foreign policy preferences. They have sought to minimize conflicts and frictions in the Black Sea region, the Balkans, and…

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Central Europe Film Series: I, Olga Hepnarová

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Introduction by Chad Bryant (History, UNC-Chapel Hill) A complex portrait of alienation and loneliness, this meticulously composed film is based on the true story of Olga Hepnarová, the last woman to be executed in the former Czechoslovakia. Desperate to break free from the conservative social milieu and strict sexual conventions of the 1970s, Olga resorts to a gruesome and carefully planned revenge against the society. In Czech with English subtitles. VIEW TRAILER >>         All screenings are…

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A Permanent Revolution?: How Poland Joined the Democratic Camp, and Why it Has Left • Padraic Kenney (Indiana University)

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill , 27516 United States
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Poland’s decisive move to democracy beginning in the mid-1970s ranks as the most important political transformation in Europe since the democratization of post-war Germany. Its turn away from democracy over the last two years is, correspondingly, a crucial case of democratic de-consolidation. In this talk, Dr. Kenney will trace the main causes of democratic revolution in the 1980s, and make the case that by the early 2000s Poland was not only a successful democracy but a regional leader in the…

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Central Europe Film Series: Velvet Terrorists (Zamatoví Teroristi)

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Blurring the borders between fact and fiction, heroism and stupidity, Velvet Terrorists is a film about minor and foiled terrorist plots against the Czechoslovak communist regime. The film focuses on three protagonists, whose tragicomic tales of resistance and resilience of human spirit celebrate small rebellious acts that forever changed their lives. In Czech and Slovak with English subtitles. VIEW TRAILER >>           All screenings are free and open the public. Co-sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian,…

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Central European Cities in Transition: The Case of Prague • Petr Roubal (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)

April 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This talk will examine the deep and often troubling change of Central European cities after the fall of state socialism by using Prague as its case. It will look specifically at following transformations: a collapse of traditional Prague-based manufacturing and relocation of labour force, the lack of socially affordable housing, the massive increase in automobile transport to the detriment of public transport, the radical change in the patterns of consumption and leisure activities, and the change in discourse about the…

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Boldness of Spirit, Submission to Necessity: Russian State and Society during the First Cholera Pandemic, 1829-1832

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Over fifty years ago, Asa Briggs encouraged scholars to consider the history of cholera and how it might contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between state and society. The first cholera pandemic originated in Bengal in 1817, with Russia the first European state to be affected by cholera, with a limited incidence in 1823 followed by a much more significant outbreak beginning in 1829. Russia would experience the first six pandemics, and these repeated outbreaks provide an opportunity…

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