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Wednesday, October 25
Have you considered graduate school abroad? Learn the pros and cons and the tips and tricks to successfully apply for graduate programs abroad. Discuss ways to tailor your applications with admissions councilors and members of admissions committees.
Grace Kennan Warnecke will speak on her recently completed memoir "Daughter of the Cold War." Daughter of the leading Cold War strategist George Kennan, Grace Kennan Warnecke has had a lifelong association with Russia and the former Soviet Union. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and is outgoing chair of the National Advisory Council, Harriman Institute, at Columbia University, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the Kennan Institute. In 2013, she was named a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was founding executive director of the American-Soviet Youth Orchestra and associate producer of the prize-winning PBS documentary The First Fifty Years: Reflections on U.S.-Soviet Relations. As a professional photographer she was senior editor of A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union.
Thursday, October 26
It is a sensation in the midst of the Cold War. Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva flees to the West. During her childhood in the center of power, she was Joseph Stalin's favorite child. But death and violence overshadow her life. Her mother and brother die, relatives are killed, Stalin has her lover abducted. The Iron Curtain prevents her dream of family. She, like no other, jumps from one system to the other and loses herself in doing so. Svetlana Alliluyeva's desire for freedom makes her a plaything of power between communism and capitalism. This documentary shows Interviews with friends and family, exclusive photos and documents and especially Svetlana Alliluyeva’s final and never-before broadcast interview introduce us to the witness of a century. Stalin's daughter – a documentary about a legendary and unusual woman.
Friday, October 27
Faculty, graduate students, K-16 educators and librarians are invited to attend the CERIS fall 2017 complimentary dinner and book discussion. The discussion will be facilitated by Rachel Sternfeld, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Participation via the Internet is also an option. Please register at https://cerisnet.secure.pitt.edu/resource/faculty-readers-forum. A limited number of free copies of the book are available. A dinner, hosted by Seton Hill University and CERIS will take place at 5:00 PM in the Greensburg Room of the Administration Building and the book discussion will follow in the Reeves Learning Commons to follow at 6:30 PM
Sunday, October 29
Celebration of Slavic Culture with food, performances, and more!
Thursday, November 2 to Saturday, November 4
Join the European Studies Center to UNC to learn about graduate studies abroad at Trans-Atlantic University. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Tuesday, November 7
The longtime home of the Soviet nuclear program, the Chelyabinsk region contains beautiful lakes, shuttered factories, mysterious closed cities, and some of the most polluted places on earth. Based on her recent book Putin Country (Farrar, Straus&Giroux, 2016), Garrels charts the aftershocks of the U.S.S.R.’s collapse. Having returned again and again to Chelyabinsk, Garrels argues that the area’s new freedoms and opportunities were exciting but also traumatic. As the economic collapse of the early 1990s abated, the city of Chelyabinsk became richer and more cosmopolitan, even as official corruption and intolerance for minorities grew more entrenched. Today, as Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on power and Western sanctions continue to lower the standard of living, the local population mingles belligerent nationalism with a deep ambivalence about their country’s direction. Through it all, Garrels sympathetically charts an ongoing identity crisis. In the aftermath of the Soviet Union, what is Russia? What kind of pride and cohesion can it offer? And why does Putin command the loyalty of so many Russians, even those who decry the abuses of power they regularly encounter?
Anne Garrels has been honored with numerous journalism awards, including the Peabody and the Polk. Garrels is on the board of Oxfam America and the Committee to Protect Journalists. For almost 25 years Anne Garrels was the senior foreign correspondent for NPR, reporting from Russia and the other former Soviet republics, the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East, China, Mongolia, and Iraq. She arrived in Baghdad six months before the 2003 U.S. invasion, stayed during the U.S. bombing campaign and continued to cover Iraq for the next six years. Before joining NPR in 1986 she was chief correspondent in Moscow and Central America for ABC, and the State Department correspondent for NBC.
Putin Country (Farrar, Straus&Giroux, 2016) will be available for purchase and signing.
Thursday, November 9
Friday, November 10
Career path discussions, insights on working overseas, & more!
Wednesday, November 15
With the Russian conquest of Central Asia, new techniques were introduced in the region- one of them was photography. Being a medium of modernity it was responsible for the establishment of a new visual culture, the overcoming of space and new feeling of time. Especially in an imperial context photography became important to connect the Asian periphery with the Moscow center. With an iconographic/iconological approach it is possible to analyze the genesis of the motifs that produced the knowledge of Central Asia since the first published travel logs, and their shift after the 1917 Revolution.
Friday, November 17
Join the Asian Studies Center at the largest career fair for Japanese-English bilinguals in Boston. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Thursday, February 8
Friday, February 23 to Saturday, February 24
The inland rivers of Central Eurasia intersect vast regions, sustain diverse communities, and inform social identities. This symposium will explore how efforts to control and exploit the various potentials of these waterways reflect economic, political, and cultural histories that continue to shape local relationships of aquatic and anthropoid life. The speakers are part of a growing international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who focus on water and society in Central Eurasia and engage conversations of urgent concern and global relevance. Central Eurasia has become known for the ways in which multiple countries have for decades contested the natural resources of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya although these rivers feed hydroelectric power production and agriculture at the expense of ecology—tragically shrinking the Aral Sea. Symposium participants will consider cross-cutting issues that center on cases of navigation, flood control, channel management, irrigation, and dam construction. This emphasis will promote a broad discussion with our audience about water-society relationships within globalizing contexts of the modern world.
Friday, April 13
The European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. Selected participants will give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.