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Culture Shutdown? A Plea for Museums, Galleries, and Libraries in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Susan C. Pearce, assistant professor at East Carolina University and former Title VIII-supported research scholar, writes on "Culture Shutdown?" discussing the challenges that historical preservation institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina face today. To access the full text of the article, please click here.

A Celebration of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

Location: Russian Cultural Centre at 1825 Phelps Place, NW; Washington, D.C.

In honor of the 120th anniversary of Tschaikovsky's death and the 140th anniversary of Rachmaninov's birth, the Kennan Institute is co-hosting a celebration in music. This event features remarks by Fulbright-Kennan Institute Scholar and Associate Professor, International Relations, Samara State University, Alexander Okun, about the significance of Russian-American cultural relations for the mutual understanding and cultural development of both nations.

Opening Remarks:

European Studies Short-term and Summer Research Grant Competitions

Deadline: The deadline for receipt of short-term and summer research grant applications and supporting materials is March 1, 2013. Applicants will be notified approximately one month later.

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

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.

And That Which People Are Thinking

Kennan Institute/Harriman Institute Ukrainian Literature Series

Vasil Gabor, writer, Lviv, will read and discuss some of his latest works and writings. 
Please note: A reception precedes the event at 5:30 PM.

Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come, first served basis. Please call on the day of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part of the building's security procedures.

Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

Steven Ross challenges the commonly held belief that Hollywood has always been a bastion of liberalism. The real story, he argues, is far more complicated. First, Hollywood has a longer history of conservatism than liberalism. Second, and most surprising, while the Hollywood Left was usually more vocal and visible, the Right had a greater impact on American political life, capturing a senate seat (Murphy), a governorship (Schwarzenegger), and the ultimate achievement, the Presidency (Reagan).

[POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] Regional Educational Politics in Russia 20 Years after the Collapse of the USSR

NOTE: This event has been postponed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. 

Alexandr Rusakov, Rector, Yaroslavl State University
Igor Kiselev, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Yaroslavl State University, and former Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar

European Studies Welcomes Title VIII-supported Summer Research Scholar Costica Bradatan

European Studies is pleased to welcome Title VIII-supported summer research scholar Costica Bradatan - Associate Professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. Bradatan’s research at the Center aims to illustrate how the concept of “dying for an idea” has the potential to shape intellectual history and the dissemination of knowledge. He will focus on Jan Patocka as an exemplary case of intellectual whose dedication to an idea and his subsequent sacrifice has impacted the broader political and intellectual context of his contemporaries.