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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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Russia on the World Stage • Are We Reading Russia Right?

February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A quarter century after the collapse of the USSR, Cold War patterns of thinking about Russia show few signs of weakening. To avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, Dr. Nikolai Petro is suggesting we look at Russian society in a fundamentally different light. His lecture will examine Russia as a struggling democracy that shares similarities, as well as differences, with the West. Nicolai N. Petro is Professor of Political Science and Silvia-Chandley Professor of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University…

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Carolina Seminar • The Cold War of Everyday Life in the UNESCO Secretariat, 1956-1967

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A chapter from a larger project on Soviet participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) under N. S. Khrushchev and L. I. Brezhnev, this paper provides a case study of the daily lives of Soviet citizens who worked in the international civil service of the UN during the Cold War. It investigates how these Soviet specialists from a range of backgrounds interpreted their foreign work environment by creatively appropriating Soviet narratives of international affairs in the…

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