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April 2021

Ambassador Talk • Russia and the Biden Administration: Diplomatic and Security Challenges and the Near Abroad

April 20 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Amb. John Tefft, former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, Lithuania, Georgia and Ukraine, will address Russia’s near abroad policy and the implications of Russia’s increased military and diplomatic power on the international stage. Amb. Deborah McCarthy, senior fellow at Harvard University and member of the board of directors at the American Academy of Diplomacy, and Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill, will provide introductory remarks. After his expert talk, Ambassador Tefft will be joined by Bob Jenkins, teaching associate professor within the Department of…

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UNC Russian Flagship Program • Faculty Tea with Professor Whittaker

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the UNC Russian Flagship Program for tea (or coffee!) and casual conversation with Professor Erinn Whitaker. Erinn Whitaker, a former senior analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and US State Department, is a Professor of the Practice in the Curriculum of Peace, War and Defense (PWAD) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With nearly 15 years of experience overseas and in Washington, she draws on active teaching methods to underscore themes such as the dynamic between…

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Talk • Comics and the Cold War (Eliot Borenstein, NYU)

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

From their earliest days, American comics either reflected the consensus about the country’s national interest or did their part in bringing that consensus about (as in the case of America’s involvement in World War II).  After the war, the fight against communism created new enemies for comics’ heroes to fight (super and otherwise). Though National Comics/DC had a reputation for conformity throughout most of the 20th century, it was Marvel Comics (and its previous incarnation, Timely) that made anticommunism the…

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May 2021

Carolina Seminar • Morality, Youth, and Nationalism in Soviet Ukraine during Khrushchev’s Thaw

May 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Andrei Tcacenco received his PhD in History from the University of California  Santa Cruz in September 2020. Andrei is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Russian Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His research interests include daily life in the Soviet Union, the histories of deviancy, crime, and nationalism under Late Socialism, as well as the history of postsocialism. Andrei's paper will focus on rethinking the so-called "Thaw" period in Soviet Ukraine. By looking at newly…

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