Society and Culture Events
April 02, 2015 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
Chinese government warnings against the pernicious influence of “Western values” have surged under Xi Jinping and vigilance against Western influence is now a guiding component of his policies toward the Internet, traditional media, culture and entertainment, universities, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations. Please join us for a discussion of how wariness of Western values is related to anti-corruption, the CCP’s economic and legal reform programs, Xi Jinping’s personality cult, and China’s policy toward the United States.
March 23, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
This talk explored the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy’s reputation in the English-speaking world. This led to a discussion of some of the novel’s less well-known, but surprisingly revealing aspects, as seen from the grass-roots level of a contemporary translator, and, through a comparison of the fictional Anna with her real-life British contemporary Louise Jopling, a reconsideration of the novel’s relationship to the “woman question” in late 19th-century Russia.
February 26, 2015 // 2:30pm — 4:30pm
The December 16, 2014, school massacre in Peshawar is a sobering reminder of the still-potent threat of militancy in Pakistan. Encouragingly, nongovernmental organizations have been developing grassroots initiatives to counter violent extremism. These promising efforts, however, have to this point not grown into a nationwide campaign. What does Pakistani civil society hope to achieve with its anti-extremism movement?
February 18, 2015 // 5:00pm — 7:00pm
Nearly 40 works of art are on display, including pieces by Andriy Yermolenko, considered to be one of the most prominent painters of the Maidan, as well as Marian Luniv, Olena Golub, Oleksa Mann, Ivan Semesjuk, and artists from the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine (MARI): Andriy Sydorenko, Glib Vysheslavsky, and Oksana Chepelyk. Replicas of works about the Maidan are displayed for the first time in Washington, D.C. at the Wilson Center.
February 02, 2015 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
The presentation featured episodes from their film and provided the opportunity to interact with the filmmakers, who shared their personal experiences and observations from the war zone.
January 28, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Savaş Genç will discuss recent political developments, including concerns over the weakening of the rule of law, growing pressure on the judiciary and limits on the freedom of expression under Erdogan’s leadership. One focus will be media freedom which Genç argues has suffered the most as journalists have lost their jobs or been detained and newspapers and TV stations have been raided, raising questions about the future course of Erdogan’s “New Turkey:”
January 15, 2015 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
December 01, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Exaggerated accounts of urban violence after Martin Luther King’s assassination, David Chappell will argue, have long obscured national reactions of far greater significance. Most important was the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which had been hopelessly stalled in Congress since 1966.
November 06, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
The disappearance of 43 students after clashes with police in Iguala, Mexico has left Mexicans horrified and outraged, and has led to nationwide protests. Join us by phone for a discussion of these events, the response by the government and by society, and the impact on Mexico’s international image with two experts on the ground.
October 23, 2014 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
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.