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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

Krasno Lecture Series • Russia and America: Moscow’s American Policy under President Putin

February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Jack Matlock served as U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 and 1991 and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1981 to 1983. Jack Matlock entered the Foreign Service in 1956 and became an expert in Soviet affairs during some of the most tumultuous years of the Cold War.  When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, arms negotiations and summit meetings resumed. During his Ambassadorship to the Soviet Union, he witnessed the years of the gradual…

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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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Global Spotlight Week • Moment of Truth: How Russian-Style Reality Came To America

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Misinformation. Misdirection. Fake News. Russian meddling. After more than a year in a new, Russian-style fog machine, the American public has learned one thing: Sunlight remains the best disinfectant. Real information -- provided by professional, credible journalists with standards and ethics -- still has the power to cut through the confusion. Investigative journalists have rallied to unearth new details about the Russia investigation, secret changes at federal agencies and presidential business dealings, cutting through distortions and conspiracy theories with solid,…

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March 2018

Lunch & Learn • Constructing Dictatorship from Above and Below: The Emotional Foundations of the Putin Regime

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

Political scientists studying authoritarian regimes have focused on how dictators exercise top down control and how they dominate, intimidate and buy-off their citizens. While certainly much of authoritarianism can be captured in this image, the reality is that many contemporary authoritarians are also very popular and remain so despite stagnant economies and declining living standards. Vladimir Putin is certainly one such leader. In his presentation, Dr. Robertson will share some recent work on the role of emotional attachment in creating…

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Judiciary Reforms in Poland as a Threat to the Principle of the Rule of Law

March 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

In December, the European Commission proposed to the Council to adopt a decision under Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union against Poland. Article 7 provides that the Council may determine that there is a clear risk of a serious breach by a member state of the values referred to in Article 2, which includes, inter alia, the rule of law. This provision is sometimes referred to as the ‘nuclear option,’ because of the related sanctioning mechanism that would…

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Administrative Courts in the Polish Legal System

March 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Agata Hauser is a lecturer in the Constitutional Law Department at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Her research focuses on judicial protection of individuals by the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights, the interactions between the EU and the Council of Europe, and application of the EU law by national courts of the member states. This talk is hosted by the UNC School of Government. Co-sponsored by CSEEES.

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Carolina Seminar • Dmitry Shostakovich and Mainstream Soviet Cinema

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

Dmitry Shostakovich’s long and impressive career in film scoring from 1929 to 1971 uniquely positioned him to participate in the cultural politics of cinema, and allow him a space where he could hone his skill as a film composer. As the first designated “film composer” in 1929, he built a career in film scoring that matured during high Stalinism and beyond. In this time, in collaboration with directors such as Grigory Kozintsev, Sergey Gerasimov, the Vasilyev brothers, and Aleksandr Dovzhenko,…

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