Society and Culture Events

Russia's Far Right and Far Left Friends in Europe

July 11, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
In recent years Russia has shown a growing interest in East European far-right parties. Now Russia, as Political Capital Institute research demonstrates, is increasingly involving itself with far-right and far-left parties of Western Europe as well. At a time of political and economic crisis some European political forces have become particularly receptive to Russia’s new conservative, increasingly nationalist message. PCI Director Peter Kreko will discuss the changing perception of Russia on the political fringes of European politics and the new challenges it poses for Euro-Atlantic integration at both the national and the EU level.

Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State

June 27, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
The prevalence of drunkenness in Russia is often dismissed as cliché— a cultural quirk of little political significance. But just as vodka plays a central role in Russian society, so too is it central to understanding Russian history and politics.

The Politics of Religion in Putin’s Russia

May 28, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
The 2014 U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom report discusses freedom of belief in today’s Russia. The seminar addressed the report and such issues as church-state relations, new legislation, the four designated “traditional” religions (Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Orthodox Christianity), and the status of Russia’s diverse and numerous religious minorities.

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.

Russia in East Asia: History, Migration, and Contemporary Policy

May 05, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
This talk explores Russia’s ties with East Asia through the lens of migration and policy. Russia spans the Eurasian continent, yet its historic and present connections with East Asia are often forgotten. At the turn of the 20th century, thousands of Asian migrants arrived in the Russian Far East, spurring fears of a “yellow peril.” A century later, the recent influx of new Asian migrants to Russia has generated similar sentiments. The talk discusses Asian migration in the context of cross-regional attempts to strengthen trade ties and diplomatic relations in the 21st century.
Webcast

The Vote: When Does Suffrage Become Universal?

May 01, 2014 // 5:00pm7:00pm
This year’s Law Day theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” The 2014 Leon Jaworski Public Program will focus on the ideal and practice of universal suffrage, emphasizing and exploring the “every” in the 2014 Law Day theme.

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.

Innovation, Brain Drain, and the Politics of Russian Higher Education Reform

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am12:30pm
Kennan Institute
Russian higher education has done more to integrate western norms and standards than virtually any other national institution. Yet Russia’s universities and research institutes continue to face economic and political headwinds that raise questions about their ability to compete in a global marketplace. The Kennan Institute conducted a conference on April 23rd that addressed the challenges confronting Russian higher education and how Russian universities interact with their international counterparts.
Webcast

What Can Governments Do About Falling Birth Rates?

April 17, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“We have a fairly unique moment in the history of the world,” said Steven Philip Kramer, a professor at National Defense University, at the Wilson Center on April 17. “There’s never been a time when people have voluntarily produced fewer children than is necessary for sustaining the population.”

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