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The Arab Spring and the State of Egypt’s Antiquities

April 14, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Middle East Program
The current instability in Egypt is having its toll on its cultural heritage that is being lost and desecrated. Different archaeological sites commissioned by antiquities dealers leaving are being vandalized. The local communities are also involved due to economic hardship. Both objects and archaeological records are being lost for good. This very fast and speedy loss is the worst Egypt has ever faced.
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Social and Political Issues in Today’s Russian Theater

January 29, 2014 // 6:00pm8:00pm
Kennan Institute
Edmita Bulota Lecture Series on Soviet and Post-Soviet Theatrical Arts. This lecture is devoted to important social problems and current political trends of contemporary Russia and their reflection in the modern Russian Theater. The talk addresses not only some of the most significant theater performances in Moscow, but also the professional, human and psychological atmosphere among the leading Russian theater creators and theater managers.

Can Culture be Shut Down? Bosnia's Cultural Institutions and World Heritage

September 20, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
On October 4, 2012, Bosnia’s National Museum in Sarajevo closed its doors. Another six key cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina likely face the same future, due to uncertain funding and legal status. On October 4, 2012, Bosnia’s National Museum in Sarajevo closed its doors. Another six key cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina likely face the same future, due to uncertain funding and legal status

Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawaii

September 19, 2013 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Asia Program
Folk songs are short stories from the souls of common people. Japanese workers in Hawaii's plantations created their own versions, in form more akin to their traditional tanka or haiku poetry. These holehole bushi describe the experiences of one particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Former Wilson Center fellow Franklin Odo situates over two hundred of these songs, in translation, in a hitherto largely unexplored historical context.

Art Opening: Nomades-Matshinanu-Nomads

June 21, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Canada Institute
The Canada Institute is pleased to host the opening reception for Matshinanu-Nomades. Largely drawn from the archives and collections at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), the photographs included in Matshinanu-Nomads offer an uncompromising look at the close relationship between one of the last nomadic groups in North America and their environment.The exhibit will be featured at the Wilson Center from June 24, 2013 until September 27, 2013.
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The Future of Investigative Journalism in Russia

April 12, 2013 // 8:30am11:00am
Kennan Institute
Russian journalism faces many challenges in the current political environment in Russia. The central government controls all of the major television stations, while censorship over other media has expanded in the aftermath of the 2012 elections in Russia. Despite these trends, independent journalism is still alive in Russia, particularly in a handful of newspapers and some radio stations of limited reach. Five ground-breaking Russian journalists discussed their experiences as well as the future of investigative journalism in Russia.

A Muslim Tale of Two Cities: ‘We Met the Trains’

April 10, 2013 // 2:30pm3:30pm
Global Europe Program
The forced migration of Muslims from the Balkans to Turkey is one of the least known movements of people in modern times. In "A Muslim Tale of Two Cities" Frances Trix focuses on urban Muslims from the central Balkans and the hometown associations they founded in Turkish cities.

The Sandzak Divided: Language and Identity Politics on Either Side of the New Serbian/Montenegrin Border

March 28, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
In the post-Yugoslav context, members of these Muslim communities have largely self-identified as Bosniaks, an ethnic/national term that gained prominence among Bosnian Muslims in the period immediately following the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991 and the outbreak of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. While language policies in this region were centrally formulated in the joint state, with the dissolution of the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006, the two halves of the Sandžak experienced divergent language policies. In his presentation, Robert Greenberg, professor of linguistics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, argues that the division of the Sandžak may have been a catalyst for destabilizing and radicalized forces to emerge in the years following the formal Serbia/Montenegro split.

A Celebration of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

February 01, 2013 // 7:00pm9:00pm
Kennan Institute
Reception and performance featuring the music of Tschaikovsky and Rachmaninov to be held at the Russian Cultural Centre. This event features remarks by Fulbright-Kennan Institute Scholar, Alexander Okun. Cosponsored by the Russian Cultural Center and the Russian Chamber Arts Society.

"Akkyz:" A Film about Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kazakhstan

November 20, 2012 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Kennan Institute
Nine-year old Aruzhan lives in harmony with nature on a deserted island, together with her mother and brother. Unwittingly echoing an ancient Kazakh legend, about the creation of the world from the egg of the Sacred White Swan, she tries to protect two abandoned swan eggs. Her brother, meanwhile, seeks opportunity in the city. Neither realizes the price they might pay. Akkyz is a beautiful film about the meeting point, and sometimes conflict, of man and nature, modernity and tradition.

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