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August 2017

Exhibition: Image of Ukraine (Образ України)

August 22 @ 8:00 am - December 8 @ 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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‘Bird of Paradise,’ by Olena Zintchouk “Image of Ukraine (Образ України): Exploring Ukrainian Culture through Embroidery and Painting” highlights two traditional Ukrainian folk art forms – vyshyvka (Ukrainian embroidery) and Petrykivka (a Ukrainian style of painting named after its city of origin). The exhibition explores Ukrainian culture through the lens of decorative folk art, delving into the history and cultural significance of traditions central to the lives of Ukrainian families both in North Carolina and Ukraine. Included in the exhibition…

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October 2017

Hungary’s Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century

October 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Hungary’s national borders continually shifted as a result of various treaties, wars, and geopolitical alignments. There are now significant Hungarian-speaking communities in Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, and most notably Romania, its biggest neighbor to the east. This lecture aims to introduce the place and role of Hungarian foreign policy and diplomatic relations on the tumultuous stage of European politics and conflicts. It will shed light on the reasons for why the country’s foreign policy…

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Re-Electing President Putin: Protest, Elections, and Regime Stability in Russia

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A year ahead of the March 2018 presidential elections, the Kremlin is engaging in two risky strategies. First, it projects that President Putin would win re-election with seventy percent of the vote and seventy percent turnout, a very high bar even in controlled elections. Second, in collaboration with the Moscow Mayor, President Putin launched a massive reconstruction project that would relocate twenty percent of city residents. The rapid implementation of the vague policy abrogated property rights and sparked a new…

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‘Fight Abortion, Not Women’: Russian Reproductive Politics and the Search for a Liberal Biopolitics

October 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

An increasingly vibrant Russian movement has developed over the last two decades to delegitimize, restrict, and criminalize abortion, even as rates of pregnancy termination decreased 5.5 times from 1989 to 2015. Contraceptive use is replacing abortion for routine fertility control, but conservatives decry abortion as a sin, and cast family planning services as a threat to national security. Political efforts to increase births have become a central tactic for nationalist revival and state legitimacy.  Dr. Michele Rivkin-Fish (Anthropology, UNC) will trace…

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November 2017

Return to Authoritarianism in the Balkans?

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

Though 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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International Civil Servants by Day: The Cold War of Everyday Life in the UNESCO Secretariat, 1956-1967

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

This presentation will focus on a chapter from a larger project on Soviet participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the 1950s and 1960s. It presents a case study of the daily lives of Soviet citizens who worked in the international civil service of the UN during the Cold War. Detailing the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Soviet professionals recruited by the state as part of a broader Soviet campaign to challenge Western domination of UN administrations, the…

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