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Past Events 2007 - 2008

Russian Essay Contest Winners Announced!

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End of the Year Annual Slavic BBQ

The end is here, so to celebrate this long awaited event, we iare having our Annual Slavic Barbecue! Expect Wild West delicacies with Eastern European flair!

Where: BioPond

When: Wednesday, April 30, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Slavic Symposium

This year, the Slavic Department will host leading scholars in a discussion of the "Uses of the Past" in contemporary cultural and political life in Eurasia. Click here for preliminary program details.

April 25 - 26, 2008, Max Kade Center

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Thursday, April 17, 5pm, Fisher - Bennet Hall, Room 401

Maria Amelina, World Bank,

will present on a topic TBA

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A Slavic Faculty Seminar

Alexandr Etkind (Cambridge University) will present his work in progress:

Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied: Magical Historicism in Contemporary Russian Fiction

Friday, April 4, 2pm
Williams Hall, Rm. 737

Format: brief (20 min.) presentation followed by discussion of a pre-circulated paper.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 5 p.m., Logan Hall, Room 402

Bruce Grant, Associate Professor of Anthropology, New York University
“Cultural Histories of Kidnapping in Russia and the Caucasus”

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Slavic Open House

Monday, March 24, 2008, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Williams 745

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Slavic Bazaar

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 5 p.m. ---- TALK CANCELLED, TO BE RESCHEDULED

Maria Amelina, World Bank

Micro-Finance in Rural Russia

Co-sponsored by the Wharton Russia and Former Soviet Republics Club

Location TBA

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Politics and Human Rights in Russia: a Report from the Front Lines

A Public Lecture by Lev Ponomarev, followed by a panel discussion with William Burke-White and Benjamin Nathans

Robert Arsenault, President of the International League for Human Rights, will introduce and moderate discussion

Rm. 401 Fisher-Bennet Hall (at the corner of 34th St. and Walnut St.)
on the University of Pennsylvania Campus in Philadelphia

Thursday, February 14, 5pm

Lev Ponomarev is executive director for the All-Russian Movement for Human Rights and member of the executive committee of A Different Russia, Russia’s pro-democracy political organization. He is also a co-founder of Memorial, Russia's first organization dedicated to recovering and preserving the memory of victims of political repression.

William Burke-White, an Assistant Professor at the Penn Law School, specializes in international law and international relations.

Benjamin Nathans, Associate Professor of History at UPenn, is an expert in the history of dissidence and human rights in the Soviet Union.

Sponsored by the Penn Department of Slavic Languages and Literature and the International League for Human Rights

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February 10, 2008, 6:30 p.m.

Zolotoy Plyos concert

the Rose Recital Hall in Fisher-Bennett Hall

The winners of a number of prestigious music competitions throughout Europe, members of the Zolotoi Plios Folk Ensemble - Sergei Gratchev, Elena Sadina, and Aleksandr Solovov - are all graduates of the Saratov Music Conservatory. Elena Sadina is currently teaching carillon music at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium.

Zolotoi Plios are on a tour in the US between February 1-15, 2008.

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Wednesday, February 6, 12 PM

Works-in-Progress Seminar:
"An 'Indispensible Precondition for the Region’s Definitive Conquest'':
The Russian Expulsion of the Mountain Tribes of the Caucaus, 1859-1864"

Presenter: Prof. Peter Holquist, Department of History, UPenn

Discussant: Prof. Mark Mazower, Department of History, Columbia University

Location: History Lounge, 209 College Hall (3450 Woodland Walk)

For a copy of the paper, contact <>

Sponsored by the Middle East Center.
Open to faculty and students of Penn and other area colleges only.

See also MEC website:

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 5 p.m., Logan Hall, Room 402

Beth Mitchneck, Associate Professor of Geography & Regional Development, University of Arizona; Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
“Forced Migrants in the Caucasus: Social Networks and Livelihoods”

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 5 p.m., Logan Hall, Room 402

Michael Holquist, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Yale; President, MLA “Back to the Future: Re-Visiting the Conflict of the Faculties”

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 5 p.m., Logan Hall, Room 402

Stephen Kotkin, Professor of History, Princeton University; Director of Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies
“Imperial Jumble: Buddhists, Muslims, Adherents to the old Rite, Orthodox, and Scientists”

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Slavic Open House

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Williams Hall 745

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Balkan Dancing!

Come learn some of the best dances that Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Turkey, and Albania have to offer! Thursday nights on Penn’s campus. No charge/enrollment required, no partners or previous experience necessary.

When: Thursdays, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, starting October 4th

Where: Music Annex (behind the Music Building at 201 S. 34th Street), Room 210

What to bring: Comfortable shoes you can dance in (hard soles are best)

Contact: email Ian MacMillen for questions.