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January 2018

Lunch & Learn • Russian National Corpus: A Mirror of Linguistic, Political, and Social Life of a Nation

January 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In this talk, Dr. Katya Pertsova (Linguistics, UNC) will discuss corpus linguistics and specifically focus on the Russian National Corpus (RNC). Corpora (large collections of texts, often annotated with additional information) have become ubiquitous in social sciences and humanities because they provide opportunities for mining large amounts of data to reveal patterns about language, culture, and society. RNC is unique in being one of the largest free corpora that include semantic information. Dr. Pertsova will demonstrate how to search this…

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February 2018

Spotlight on Ukraine • The Tragedy of Ukraine

February 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

What are the origins of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine? What are Russia's strategic objectives, and why did the Minsk Accords fail? Based on his experience and observations as a Fulbright Scholar in Odessa, Dr. Nicolai Petro will address these and other questions in relation to the deep domestic roots of the conflict, now in its fourth year.  Nicolai N. Petro is Professor of Political Science and Silvia-Chandley Professor of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island. His…

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