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October 2017

The Czechoslovak Harbor in Hamburg – A Cold War Case Study

October 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In 1929, the Czechoslovak Republic leased a territory at the free port of Hamburg that would become the “gateway to the world” and a central hub for Czechoslovak international trade for the following sixty years. After 1948, this prominent location became a socialist outpost in the midst of Hamburg. This presentation will interpret this unique microcosm of the Cold War, where interests, actors and interpretations of the Eastern bloc and the Western bloc met. It will present a case study…

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November 2017

Petrikyvka Painting Demonstration

November 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Florence and James Peacock Atrium, FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Local Ukrainian artist, Olena Zintchouk, will give a painting demonstration in Petrykivka, a traditional Ukrainian style of painting. Zintchouk’s paintings are featured in the ‘Image of Ukraine: Exploring Ukrainian Culture through Embroidery and Painting‘ exhibition, currently on display at the FedEx Global Education Center through December 8, 2017. Olena Zintchouk. Photo by Myra Jo ’17. Along with Petrykivka, the exhibition highlights vyshyvka (Ukrainian embroidery) and includes interviews with the Ukrainian community in North Carolina to illustrate how well-known forms of…

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100 Years Later: Memories of the Revolution in Contemporary Russia

November 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Boris Kolonitsky is Professor of History at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is considered one of the leading scholars of the 1917 Russian Revolution and has published extensively on the subject. Professor Kolonitsky is a member of the editorial boards of Kritika and Vestnik Permskogo universiteta: Seria istoria (Journal of the University of Perm: A Series History) as well as a member of the editorial board of the international project Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922: The…

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Ukrainian Folk Singing Workshop

November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This fun and interactive workshop will introduce the participants to the regional differences of Ukrainian vocal folk music and offer singing practice of different genres (lyrical songs, ritual songs, Christmas carols) in a 3-part range. The event will culminate in a group performance. The workshop will be led by Iryna Voloshyna (Folklore Studies, UNC) and her colleagues Brian Dolphin and Vaiva Aglinska, both members of the New York-based ensemble Ukrainian Village Voices (UVV). This event is free and open to…

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Ukrainian Folk Music Performance

November 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Florence and James Peacock Atrium, FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Iryna Voloshyna. Photo by Donn Young Join us for a special performance of vocal music from different ethnographic regions and time periods in the history of Ukraine. Iryna Voloshyna, graduate student in the UNC Department of American Studies’ folklore program and a member of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, will be joined by Brian Dolphin and Vaiva Aglinskas from the New York-based ensemble Ukrainian Village Voices (UVV). This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5 p.m.…

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Return to Authoritarianism in the Balkans?

November 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Although the Western Balkans are making progress to membership in the EU, 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 powerholders 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 the…

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The Politics of History in East Central Europe after 1989: From Liberal Consensus to Memory Wars

November 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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 anti-communist memory politics symbolized by the newly created, powerful…

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My Brother’s Keeper: Romanians and the Vietnam War

November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This paper contributes to recent scholarship on Eastern Europe and the Global South by exploring Romania’s engagement with the Vietnam War.  In Romania, the Vietnam War served as a platform for critiquing American imperialism and showcasing socialist solidarity, with the press graphically depicting American barbarity against Vietnamese civilians and glorifying the Vietnamese People’s Army as heroic fighters for freedom.  These articles were intended to foster solidarity with the Vietnamese people in their struggle for national liberation and to highlight the…

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Forgotten Romani Holocaust

November 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

East European scholars have only recently begun investigating the tragic history of the Roma people under the Nazi regime during World War II. In addition to analyzing the road to the commemoration of the Romani Holocaust, this lecture will also address the role of the Roma themselves in the process. Furthermore, it will present and contrast mechanisms that led to the extermination of the Roma more than 70 years ago and those that are evident in discriminatory practices throughout Europe…

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January 2018

Visegrad Talk • Women in Concentration Camps: Memory, Trauma, Writing

January 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Written in different times, diverse political climates, and in various countries, memoirs of female Auschwitz survivors tell a compelling story of concentration camp experiences specific to women, and allow for a reflection on what it meant to be a “woman” in a Nazi camp. This lecture will discuss selected memory-based works by women survivors focusing on expressions of gender in Holocaust-related narratives. It will also shed light on how women strove to preserve their gender roles in the camp, and…

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