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Book Discussion: <i>Stage Fright: Politics and the Performing Arts in Late Imperial Russia</i>

“Were the performing arts in imperial Russia an outlet for opposition politics or ideas? The historiography of the era predicts the answer is yes, but the reality is actually the opposite,” said Paul du Quenoy, Associate Professor, Department of History and Archeology, American University of Beirut, at a 14 May 2012 Kennan Institute lecture.

East European Studies Junior Scholars' Training Seminar

Background Information: East European Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research are soliciting applications for the twenty fourth annual training seminar for junior scholars in East European studies, to be held during August, 2012. All domestic transportation, accommodation and meal costs will be covered by the sponsors.

New Identities for an Ancient City: The Transformation of Kyiv through Art

Kyiv needs a clear policy to balance its ancient history and rapid contemporary development. Dr. Moussienko will portray Kyiv as an arena of the various concepts metropolis development and expose the multifunctional role of public arts--from aesthetical to social. She underlines the role of the art as a factor in various social movements dedicated to preserving the historical face of Kyiv.

Urals Pathfinder: Theatre in Post-Soviet Yekaterinburg (2011)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #307, 2011. PDF 40 pages.

Preface to a Russian Jazz Archive

Russia has a long, complicated history with jazz, reaching back to the 1920s. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian jazz has been undergoing a fertile period of revitalization, both in the classroom and on the bandstand. In 2011, Larry Appelbaum traveled to Russia to meet with academics, critics, broadcasters and musicians in order to consult on the vision and planning for a Russian Jazz Archive and Research Center. He will discuss the challenges, prospects and progress toward the opening of the archive, scheduled for 2012 in Yaroslavl.

Tolstoy and Russian Politics

This illustrated talk will explore why Tolstoy continues to be such a politically explosive figure in Russia today.  As well as providing an overview of the writer’s often fraught relationship with the Tsarist regime, it will show how the Soviet government systematically sought to suppress his religious and philosophical legacy after 1917, and how the Kennan Institute played a crucial role in preserving it.

Suspended Somewhere Between

Special guests joined Akbar Ahmed in reading selections from his book of poetry, Suspended Somewhere Between, and provided commentary on the context and content of these poems.

Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

Robin Wright, acclaimed author and USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar, discussed the rebellions taking place across the Islamic world—a trend she calls a “counter-jihad” that rejects both autocrats and extremists.

On July 13, the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a book launch and discussion with Wright about her newly released book Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event.