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Past Events 2006 - 2007

Slavic Historical Mythologies Conference, April 2007

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"The Elite Slaves of Slavs:
Turks in the Princely Service in the Ancient Rus'"

A lecture by Oleksander Halenko, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Political and Ethnic Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Tuesday, April 3, 6:30pm
History Lounge, College Hall 209

Turkic names were common feature among the closest associates (and murderers) of the Rus’ princes. By analyzing the functions ascribed to such persons in the chronicles and by making note of their social status, this paper seeks to identify the relevant cases as indications of an elite and military slavery rather than of a strange fashion at the courts of Christian rulers (sometimes even saints). Placed in the context of world history, Ancient Rus’ thus appears similar to those many medieval polities of the Middle East and Eurasian Steppe, which adopted the institute of trained slavery along with its preference for Turks. Far from allowing this conclusion alone, the phenomenon prompts a broader set of questions regarding the role of Slavs in the long (and yet unfinished) history of the Eastern Europe involvement in the international slave trade.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Near East Languages and Civilizations, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, Department of History of Art , and the Middle East Center

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Dr. Richard Brody
V.P. International Business Development, United Technologies

“Russia’s Evolving Business Culture — An American Manager Reflects on His Years in Moscow”

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
4:30 PM - G55 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
Reception following event at The Huntsman Program Student Lounge
3732 Locust Walk (across from Jon M. Huntsman Hall)

Dr. Richard Brody is Vice President, International Business Development, at UTC Power. Until June 2006, Brody served as President of United Technologies International Operations (UTIO), Russia, where he was instrumental in advancing the goals of all United Technologies Corporation’s operations through the development of relationships in the government and private sector as well as the monitoring of Russian policy. While in Moscow, Brody was active in the leadership of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, including a term as chairman of the AmCham board of directors. Prior to joining UTC in 2000, Brody served as principal advisor on Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union to U.S. Vice President Al Gore, monitoring political and economic developments and participating in the formulation of U.S. policies. Brody also has held positions at the Department of Commerce and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment where he designed and analyzed policies and programs to promote technology-based trade and investment by American companies in Russia. Dr. Brody holds a Ph.D. in Russian history and a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.

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Sergei Gandlevsky
A Bilingual Poetry Reading and a Conversation

Wednesday, March 21, 7pm
Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
Studio 111
3808 Walnut Street

Sergei Gandlevskii will read from his works and take part in a conversation with poet and translator Eugene Ostashevsky of NYU, Kevin M. F. Platt of the Penn Slavic Department and Charles Bernstein of the Penn English Department and PENNSound.

The event will be in Russian and English, and will be recorded for broadcast and for the PENNsound archive and radio.

Born in 1952 in Moscow, Gandlevsky was an important figure in underground poetry circles during the 1970's but he was little known across or outside of the U.S.S.R. Since the rise of Soviet underground poetry to public prominence in the late 1980's, however, Gandlevsky has come to be considered one of Russia's leading living poets. He was awarded both the Little Booker Prize and the Anti-Booker prize in 1996 for his collection of poetry Trepanation of the Skull. He is the author of many books of poems, a memoir and a collection of essays. He will be reading from his new book from Zephyr press, A KINDRED ORPHANHOOD, translated by Philip Metres.

Eugene Ostashevsky is the author of Iterature, a poetry collection released in 2005 by Ugly Duckling Presse, as well as, more recently, the chapbooks DJ Spinoza’s Dozen, and Infinite Recursor Or The Bride of DJ Spinoza. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Jubilat, Boston Review, and Fence. Ostashevsky was recipient of a 2005 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. A translator of Russian poetry, he is editor of OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern UP, 2006). He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and teaches in the General Studies Program at NYU.

from "Stanzas -- In Memory of My Mother
tr. Philip Metres
After death I'll go to the outskirts of the city I love,
Lift my snout to sky, throw back my antlers-
Taken by sadness, I'll trumpet into autumn space
What human words could not express.
How the barge sailed into the wake of sunsetting day,
How iron time on my left wrist sung like a starling,
How the secret door was unlocked with a regular key.
Speak. There's nothing else you can do with this affliction.

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Penn History Kruzhok presents (paper pre-circulated):

Terror/Greatness: Ivan IV and Peter I as Russian Myths
Prof. Kevin Platt's seminar

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
4:30 pm
Room 209 College Hall

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The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

The Post-Romantic Syndrome:
German and Russian Anxieties in the 20th Century

Lecture by Dr. Galin Tikhanov

February 19, 2007
4 p.m.
College Hall 209

Galin Tihanov is a visiting professor of comparative literature at
Yale University and a professor of comparative literature and
intellectual history at Lancaster University as well as coeditor of
New Comparison (the journal of the British Comparative Literature
Association). His books include The Master and the Slave: Lukács,
Bakhtin, and the Ideas of Their Time and, as coeditor, Materializing
Bakhtin: The Bakhtin Circle and Social Theory. He guest-edited
Russian Avant-Garde Photography and Visual Culture, a special issue
(in 2000) of History of Photography.

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Penn Department of Cinema Studies: Cinematic Travels I: A Film Series
Russian Ark
Alexandr Sokurov, 2002
When: Thursday, November 30, 5:00 pm
Where: 201 Fisher Bennett Hall

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Franscine Hirsch (University of Wisconsin-Madison, History Department), will present n "Expert Knowledge and the Making (and Remaking) of the Soviety Union" at the Workshop of the History and Sociology of Science, Medicine, and Technology.
Mon., Nov. 20, 4-6 PM, 337 Logan Hall

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" A Balkan History ", Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium
Andrew Wachtel (Northwestern University, Slavic)
Cosponsored with Dept of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Penn
When: Friday, November 10, 2006; 2-3:30 pm
Where: Stitller Hall, The Forum

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Jochen Hellbeck (Rutgers, Department of History) will discuss his book, "Revolution on My Mind: Writing A Diary Under Stalin "
Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006).
Thurs., Nov. 9, 4:30-6 PM in College Hall 219

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Slavic Department Open House, November 6th at 5:30 p.m.
Williams Hall 745

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Laura Engelstein, Modern Russian History, Yale University:
“‘The Second Belgium ': The German Sack of Kalisz (August 1914) and the Russian Anti-Atrocity Campaign”, Colloquium in European History
Where: Penn Humanities Forum
When: November 2, 2006

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Alexandr Genis "Intellectual Journeys" lecture

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Russian Dead Poets' Society -click HERE