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April 2019

Visegrad Talk • Social Sciences and “Socialist Life Style” in Czechoslovakia 1968-1989

April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Although Stalinist ideologues and artists highlighted the idea of “new socialist man” in the 1950s, and reform communist scholars critically explored the issues of consumerism and leisure under socialism in the 60s, it was a “consolidated” sociology after 1968 that made “socialist life style” a crucial research topic in social sciences and humanities. The research agenda was rigidly ideological, highlighting sharp dichotomies between socialist and capitalist societies while aiming to contribute to welfare and cultural policies of Czechoslovakia after the…

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Ukrainian Language Table

April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Interested in learning Ukrainian? Join us for a  Ukrainian Language Table led by Valentina Bridges, CSEEES Volunteer. Open to novices; speakers of other Slavic languages are especially encouraged to attend. Free event parking is available after 5 PM at the GEC/McCauley parking deck underneath the FedEx Global Education Center (entrance on Pharmacy Lane). For more nearby parking options, please see here.

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Artist Talk • “…usually outside and accessible to all”: On Public Markings in Three Acts

April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Using film and sculpture, artist Masha Vlasova will explore the shifting social, political, and historical roles of monuments, public sculptures, and yard art in Central Asia and the United States. Her talk will address three modes of public marking within an urban space where previously distinct boundaries become imprecise: Lenin’s monument in Kyrgyzstan, the public works by the American sculptor John Henry, and one man’s exquisite yard art collection. Masha Vlasova is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She holds an MFA…

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