Arts and Literature Events

“A Sort of Chautauqua”

October 23, 2014 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Kennan Institute
The Chautauqua is a traveling tent-show that originated in America during the 1800s. These traveling shows featured popular talks intended to edify and entertain, improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the ears and thoughts of the hearer. It is a model that inspires Oleksandr Boichenko, a literary critic, publicist, essayist and translator from Chernivtsi, an emerging center for Ukrainian literature. Boichenko’s Chautauqua at the Wilson Center featured his writings and views on the impact of recent events, from the Maidan to the tenuous ceasefire, on Ukrainian culture.

Film Screening: "The Winter that Changed Us: The First Death"

October 17, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
The First Death is a short documentary film by Ukrainian independent film project Babylon'13, which details the Maidan movement's first casualty, Serhiy Nigoyan, who died on January 22nd, 2014 from gunshot wounds. Through interviews and live coverage of the events, the film makes the case that the deaths of Nigoyan and other protesters served as the catalyst that turned the movement from a demonstration into a revolution. Film Director Yuriy Gruzinov was joined by Wilson Center Senior Scholar and Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Miller to discuss the movie and the events in Kyiv that sparked the crisis.

EuroMaidan Art

May 14, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
From the very first days of the revolution in November 2013, Natalia Moussienko started to take photos of art in Kyiv and collect samples of artistic expressions and creativity. The original topic was “Art and the City Project,” but unfortunately it took a tragic turn and became “Art on the Barricades.” During the three months of the Maidan, Dr. Moussienko regularly documented a multitude of artistic expressions, and she has now compiled them for publication. Her forthcoming article will build on her Kennan Institute “Kyiv Art Space” paper, focusing on the street art of the difficult winter 2013-14.

Gamers: Athletes for the Next Generation

May 07, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Asia Program
Is someone who plays a computer game really an athlete? According to the State Department, they are.

Women and Youth in Modern Iran: A Film Festival

April 29, 2014 // 8:30amApril 30, 2014 // 4:30pm
Middle East Program
Please join us for a two-day screening of a selection of Iranian films highlighting the present day realities of women and youth in Iran. Each day concludes with a panel discussion with experts on Iranian cinema. These films display the complexities and the various aspects of Iranian culture from a religious, traditional, and legal point of view.

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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