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October 2018

Visegrad Talk • Populism in Central Europe and Beyond: The Hungarian Case

October 26 @ 12:25 pm - 2:00 pm

Are we witnessing a populist momentum (Zeitgeist) worldwide? In Europe, especially in the Central European region, where former communist states have been successfully transformed to liberal democracies, we see the emergence of populist political forces as a significant tendency in the last decade. Hungary has received a special status in this process: the country has become the first member state of the European Union, where the national government led by Viktor Orbán started to deconstruct the constitutional order and the…

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A Sound Map of the Danube: Artist Conversation & Installation

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In A SOUND MAP OF THE DANUBE, Annea Lockwood weaves together field recordings made over the course of several trips along the European subcontinent’s greatest waterway—from its source through the opening of its delta into the Black Sea. The public conversation with Dr. Andrea Bohlman (UNC, Music) will focus on Lockwood’s creative process behind listening to and recording rivers: conversations had while traveling for composition and the sonic qualities of water and wind, metal and sand. Lockwood’s influential career has foregrounded the…

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Vladimir Nabokov and Translation: A Transatlantic Symposium

October 27 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Standing at the crossroads of five languages and a matching number of literary traditions (English, French, German, Italian, and Russian), Vladimir Nabokov experienced translation on a level unattainable to the majority of his predecessors, presaging and influencing our modern understanding of the indispensability of linguistic and cultural interconnection. Nabokov’s entered literature as a translator. He claimed to have retold Mayne Reid’s The Headless Horseman in French alexandrine at eleven, while his adaptation of Romain Rolland’s Colas Breugnon became the most exacting…

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November 2018

Lunch&Learn • On Guard for Peace and Socialism: The Warsaw Pact, 1955–1991

November 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Throughout the Cold War, policy-makers in the United States and its allies crafted strategy with one principal audience in mind: the Warsaw Pact, particularly the Soviet Union. This new book project by Dr. Simon Miles tests whether the strategic concepts that guided US and NATO policy actually operated on their targets east of the Iron Curtain in the way that practitioners and scholars claimed. Taking an international archival approach, it rejects the trope of Moscow as puppet-master and treats the…

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Does International Justice Have an Impact? The Legacies of Criminal Tribunals in the former Yugoslavia and Beyond

November 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Diane Orentlicher is a professor of law at the Washington School of Law at American University. Professor Orentlicher has served in various public positions, including as the Deputy for War Crimes Issues in the U.S. Department of State; United Nations Independent Expert on Combating Impunity (on appointment by the UN Secretary-General) and Special Advisor to the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She is the author of Some Kind of Justice: The ICTY's…

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History Will Judge Us by Our Buildings: Der Nister on Architecture and Revolution

November 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Mikhail Krutikov is Preston R. Tisch professor of Slavic and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Yiddish Fiction and the Crisis of Modernity, 1905-1914 (Stanford University Press, 2001) and From Kabbalah to Class Struggle: Expressionism, Marxism and Yiddish Literature in the Life and Work of Meir Wiener (Stanford University Press, 2011). His new book, Der Nister’s Soviet Years: Yiddish Writer as Witness to the People, is forthcoming with Indiana University Press. Since…

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