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Kennan Institute Back-to-School Reading List

The Kennan Institute recently asked some of our scholars to share their top book selections for the 2019 back-to-school season. Here are a few of their picks, ranging from the history of science and religion in Russia to portraits of leading Russian composers and artists.

Weapon-Grade Memes and U.S.-Russian Culture War in Pelevin’s New Novel

BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV

Every fall, Russia’s reading public is offered a new dose of esoteric musings and funny word play from the novelist Viktor Pelevin. While it may be a nuisance for those who have never been hooked on his work, it is now a notable annual literary event for those expecting his latest release. This year’s work is actually three novellas, one of which might be of interest for the most curious of Russia watchers.

Kennan Institute Winter Reading List

The Kennan Institute asked some of our scholars to share part of their 2018-2019 winter reading lists. Here are a few of their picks, ranging from Central Asian history to Soviet festivals.

Farrukh Irnazarov, George F. Kennan Fellow, Kennan Institute

 

Talking North Korea in Hollywood

In Hollywood, North Korea means drama. Films like The Interview (2014) or Red Dawn (2012) entertain and alarm at the same time. The fictional story of an attempt by CIA agents to assassinate Kim Jong-un, The Interview caused North Korea to mount a cyberattack on the distributor, Sony Pictures Entertainment. In Red Dawn, a group of American high school students stand up against North Korean troops invading the U.S. mainland.

*EVENT CANCELED* A Centenary Celebration of Prokofiev and America

Due to a scheduling conflict, this event has been canceled.

Event Recap: Fears of the Fourth Estate, Current Challenges for the Pakistani Press

Today, we live in a world of increasing democratic backsliding and attacks on free speech are not uncommon. Pakistan is no different–print or media journalists who are perceived to have crossed certain red-lines can face censorship and intimidation while the media houses that employ them could be financially undercut. As the Pakistani state cracks down on the mainstream media, social media has become a bastion of critical voices, but now the Pakistani authorities have turned their attention to social media and bloggers are facing similar consequences.

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