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October 2020

Kino Club • The Diamond Arm

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Calling The Diamond Arm (dir. Leonid Gaidai; USSR 1969) a “cult movie” doesn’t begin to define its status in the Russophone mind and heart. It is more than a movie, more than a comedy — it is a goldmine of idioms, an all-encompassing worldview, a civilizational centerpiece. “The king of Soviet comedy” Gaidai engages a dazzling constellation of Soviet A-listers to craft a cinematic phenomenon that achieves the impossible: it comes astonishingly close to redeeming the USSR as a make-belief…

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November 2020

Belarus In Revolt • Conversation with Prof. Radislav Lapushin (GSLL)

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Inspiring and heartbreaking, the news and images of a peaceful popular uprising in Belarus against the despotic rule of Alexander Lukashenko have been on everyone’s mind since August 9th. Join the UNC Russian Flagship Program for a conversation with Professor Radislav Lapushin (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), whose intimate and personal perspective on these events will help us develop a better understanding and appreciation of their significance. Registration for the event here. A native of Belarus, Radislav Lapushin is…

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Carolina Seminar • Becoming a Kazakh in Tsarist Central Asia

November 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Nurlan Kabdylkhak is a PhD student in the UNC-CH Department of History. His research interests include religion, politics, and nationalism in late Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and contemporary Central Asia. He has an MA in Political Science from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and MA in International Area Studies from the University of Tsukuba. His current project studies Russian empire-building in the 19th century Central Asia. The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Empires, East and West is co-sponsored by the…

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