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Past Events 2009 - 2010

The 2010 Luba Zinkowsky- Friedman Award for Excellence in Russian Studies was given to Ben Kaufman. This Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding student of Russian Studies. Congratulations, Ben!

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The results of the Eleventh Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest are in, and we are proud of our winners and honorable mentions: Jacqueline Yue, Logan Bayroff, Jason Don, Alexandra Savoy-Knitter, Cameron Hood, and Irina Denisenko!

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We congratulate our Russian majors and minors who graduated this spring. Here is a snap from the champagne reception we had for the graduates and their families:


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The 2010 Slavic Bazaar Undergraduate Research Conference Best Paper Prize was awarded to Molly Reed for her insightful presentation titled Furious and Fyodor: The Turbulent Ties Between Belinskii and Dostoevsky. Well done, Molly!

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April 23, 2010

9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Max Kade Center, 3401 Walnut Street, Room 329A
(above Starbucks)

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The Swing in the Middle of Chaos

A Poetry Reading by Sylva Fischerová

Sylva Fischerová is one of the most formidable Czech poets of her generation. A distinguished classicist who teaches at Charles University in Prague, she writes poetry with a vivid imagination as well as historical reach, and was first published in English as a young poet by Bloodaxe in 1990.

Her poetry moves in and out of historical events, with an understanding and loving eye on our frailties as well as our corruptive acts, against the backdrop of her commanding sense of space and time, and ‘makes beauty from monsters’. Mixing semantic and sonorous sense, her poems come to life through metamorphosed moments, showing that nothing can be taken literally in a world ‘endowed with sense and meaning’.


Thursday, April 22
5:00 p.m.
Max Kade Center, 3401 Walnut Street, Room 329A
(above Starbucks)

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April 15 @ 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Fischer-Bennet Hall, Room 401

A fun and creative student talent showcase with snacks, music, dance. Everything goes!


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Film screening: Katyn' (2007)
dir. Andrzej Wajda

Language: Polish & Russian with English subtitles

Fisher-Bennett 231
Wednesday, April 14 @ 5 p.m.

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Visual Culture of the Thaw Era Symposium

Organizers: Lili Milkova and Masha Kowell

April 9, 2010

Max Kade Center, 3401 Walnut Street, Room 329A (Above Starbucks)


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Zolotoy Plyos, concert

April 8, 7 p.m., Ben Franklin Room, Houston 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 Plyos are on a tour in the US in April of 2010.

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Slavic Languages and Literatures Department Student Talent Show

December 10, 5 p.m., DRLB, Room A4

Please join us for the show of student talents ranging from music to sports. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.


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"The Origins of Crimes against Humanity: The Russian Empire, International Law, and the 1915 Note on the Armenian Genocide",

discussion of a paper by Dr. Peter Holquist, Upenn History Department

Tuesday, December 1, 4:30p.m. - 6:00 p.m., 209 College Hall

As part of the 2009-10 Annenberg Seminar in History, Dr. Holquist will discuss his pre-circulated paper. Dr. Holquist is author of Making War, Forging Revolution: Russia's Continuum of Crisis, 1914-1921 (2002) and is a founding editor of Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. His current project, By Right of War, explores the emergence of the international law of war in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

To download Peter's paper, go to: (scroll down to Dec. 1)

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presented by Writers Without Borders
November 10, 11:00 AM

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Contact: A Symposium in Memory of Alexei Parshchikov (1954—2009)

Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402

November 10, 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and CEC ArtsLink

Detailed description HERE

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Dining Room and Arts Cafe

moderated by: Charles Bernstein
rsvp: to or call 215-746-POEM

To be taped for rebroadcast and web-streaming through PennSound.

Some of Mr. Golynko's texts can be found HERE

This event is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and CEC ArtsLink

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"Public Goods and the Censure of Private Property" by Prof. Katya Pravilova (Princeton University); discussion of a precirculated paper at a joint session of the Russian/Soviet History & Culture Kruzhok and the Penn Economic History Workshop.

November 6, 2 - 4 p.m., location TBA

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Slavic Open House

November 2, 5 p.m - 6:15 p.m., Max Kade Center, 3401 Walnut Street, Room 329A

Come and learn everything about our Spring 2010 courses!

As usual, Russian snacks and drinks to ease you into mingling with professors and fellow students.

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Dmitry Golynko
Reading from his poetry
with Eugene Ostashevsky
in both Russian and English

October 22, 7- 8 p.m., Max Kade Center, 3401 Walnut St., Room 329A (above Starbucks)

This event is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and CEC ArtsLink

Dmitry Golynko, born in 1969 in Leningrad, is a poet, literary and art critic, and a scholar of history and cultural theory. He holds advanced degrees in Russian Language and Literature as well as in Art History from one of St. Petersburg’s premier universities, the State Pedagogical University. In 2004-2005, he served as a visiting professor in the Slavic Department at Cheongju University in South Korea, and, in the winter of 2005, as a writer-in-residence at the Literarischer Coloqium in Berlin, Germany. He currently works as a researcher at the Russian Institute of Art History in Saint Petersburg and is a member of the editorial board for the Moscow Art Magazine. He continues to live in Saint Petersburg. Golynko is the author of three books of poetry, Homo Scribens (1994), Directory (2001), and Concrete Doves (2003) and numerous critical essays on contemporary art and literature published in Russia’s leading journals. His poems and essays have been translated and published in English, German, French, Finnish, Swedish, and Italian..

Mr. Golynko will be joined by Eugene Ostashevsky, poet and translator, who will read from his translations of Golynko into English, recently published in a volume by Ugly Duckling Presse. Ostashevsky teaches at NYU and has published a number of books of poetry, chapbooks and books of translations, including Oberiu: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern University Press, 2006)

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October 5, 6 - 7:30pm

Michael David-Fox, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, will present a chapter from his project “Inside the ‘Great Experiment’: Western Visitors to the Soviet Union, 1921-1941”

College Hall, Room 219

We will discuss a pre-circulated paper, the introduction to Professor David-Fox's ms. "Inside the Great Experiment." For copies of the pre-circulated paper, please contact Peter Holquist

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The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in collaboration with the Cinema Studies Program invite you to a movie screening of


September 30, 2009, 6 p.m., Annenberg, Room 111

Presented by the movie’s own author, Vlad Todorov


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The Beneficiality of Speaking Russian

Talk by Dr. John Brown about his 30 year-long experience in the US diplomatic service

September 24, 2009, 12 p.m.

Claudia Cohen Hall (formerly Loga Hall), Room 402

John Brown is a Research Associate in the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Professor Brown joined the Foreign Service in 1981 and has served in London, Prague, Krakow, Kiev, Belgrade and, most recently, Moscow, where he was Cultural Affairs Officer (1998-2001) at the American Embassy. His current research includes: American culture in Russiam 1990-2000; propaganda and American public diplomacy.

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Cosmopolitanism in the Landscape of Modernity

Lecture by Galin Tihanov, Co-director of the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures at the University of Manchester, UK

September 23, 2009, 5 p.m.

ARCH Bldg., Crest Room


I begin with a brief introduction and by asking the question ‘What is cosmopolitanism’, outlining the major junctures in the history of cosmopolitan thought and tracing the shifting definitions of the concept. I then proceed to examine various approaches to cosmopolitanism in the social sciences and the humanities today. The concept of ‘world literature’ is also addressed in this context. Finally, I pose the question about the genealogies of modern cosmopolitanism as a body of discourse and social practices. I locate these genealogies in Enlightenment political and aesthetic thought and briefly trace their evolution in the 20th and the early 21st century. Ultimately, my paper is an attempt to answer the question: how is cosmopolitanism possible in philosophical terms and why has it been an important discourse at certain historical moments but less so at others.

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Soviet Rights Talk in the Post-Stalin Era

Pre-circulated paper-based presentation by Dr. Ben Nathans

September 22, 4:30-6:00

College Hall, Room 209

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Russian Language Placement Test: Monday, 9/7, 2pm-4pm @
Williams 201; Monday, 9/14, 1pm-3pm @ Williams 737. For more info please contact Dr.