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Art Exhibit: Southern African Art--Selections from the Cooper Gallery

A special exhibition of art from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Namibia, featuring selections from the Cooper Gallery. The exhibit highlights the beautiful and symbolic Shona stone sculptures from Zimbabwe. Pieces represent stylized animals, gods, spirits, ancestors, and totems, as well as contemporary abstract art forms. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to experience this emerging art form.

Book Launch: <i>Between Faith and History-A Biography of J.A. Kufuor</i>

Ivor Agyeman-Duah, the author of President Kufuor's biography, discussed this book in light of recent changes in Ghana's politics. When he became President in January 2001, Ghana marked a major transition from years of military rule and semi-competitive politics. Mr. Agyeman-Duah situated President's Kufuor's life in the momentous political events that have characterized Ghana's history. Throughout his life, Mr. Kufuor found inspiration in the Pan-African ideals of Ghana's first President, Kwame Nkrumah.

Translating Ivan Cankar in the 21st Century: Historical and Literary Perspectives on Slovene Political and Social Evolution

John Cox, Professor of History and Department Head, North Dakota State University

Inuit Images: Prints from the Canadian Arctic

October 26, 2012 to January 31, 2013
Wilson Center, 4th floor

This is a special exhibition to coincide with the 18th Inuit Studies Conference at the Smithsonian Institution, October 24-28, 2012 with prints from Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung, Baker Lake, Igloolik, Ulukhaktok.

The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism, and Society after 1825

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Orthodox Church is again experiencing a revival, and monasticism is playing a central role in this resurgence. In the search to recover the past, Russian Orthodox are turning to the nineteenth-century revival as a normative model. This book, the first comprehensive, English-language analysis of these monastic revivals, provides an essential basis for understanding Orthodoxy in its historical context and its contemporary manifestations.

Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960-1985

How did rock music and other products of Western culture come to pervade youth culture in Brezhnev-era Dniepropetrovsk, a Ukrainian city essentially closed to outsiders and heavily policed by the KGB? In Rock and Roll in the Rocket City, Sergei I. Zhuk assesses the impact of Westernization on the city’s youth, examining the degree to which the consumption of Western music, movies, and literature ultimately challenged the ideological control maintained by state officials.

The Arts of Democracy: Art, Public Culture, and the State

Influenced by two decades of debate inside and outside the academy about the relationship among the arts, politics, and public policy, the essays collected in The Arts of Democracy represent the coming of age of one of the liveliest fields in contemporary academic life.

The Art of Conversation: dialogue at the Woodrow Wilson Center

When Robert McNamara co-authored Wilson’s Ghost, he intended the book as an apology—his “political last will and testament”—for misguided policies he had advanced in the Vietnam War. And when General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. led the fabled Tuskegee Airmen in the skies of Europe in World War II, he saw that as a second front in a war for dignity that black aviators were already fighting.

Race, Culture, and the Intellectuals 1940–1970

Toward the end of World War II, scholars and writers reeling from the politics of racism stressed the unity of humankind, but by the early 1970s, dominant voices proclaimed ongoing diversity—sometimes irreconcilable antagonism—among human cultures. To study this transition from universalism to cultural particularism, Richard King focuses on the arguments of major thinkers, movements, and traditions of thought, attempting to construct a map of the ideological positions that were staked out and an intellectual history of this transition.

Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

How did the nationalisms of Latin America’s many countries—elaborated in everything from history and fiction to cookery—arise from their common backgrounds in the Spanish and Portuguese empires and their similar populations of mixed European, native, and African origins? Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, discards one answer and provides a rich collection of others.