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Monday, April 4, 2016

The Media and the Message: Russian Sensibility in Putin's Times

Colloquium | April 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall


Maria Stepanova, Poet, Essayist, and Journalist, and Main Editor of Colta.ru, Colta.ru

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Russian Literature "Kruzhok" Student Working Group


Maria Stepanova is a lifelong resident of Moscow and the author of nine books of poems. Her book Physiology and Small History won the prestigous Andrei Bely Prize in 2005. She is an independent journalist and founder of of the influential online journal OpenSpace.ru, now reconfigured as the crowdfunded journal Colta.ru. The first extensive selection of her poems in English translation...   More >

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Writing Down the Nation: The Emergence of Serbia in the 19th Century: 16th Annual Peter N. Kujachich Lecture in Serbian and Montenegrin Studies

Lecture | April 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Tomislav Longinovic, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


This lecture presents the monumental work of Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic in writing down the oral tradition of the Serbs during their struggles for independence from the Ottoman Empire. Vuk was an autodidact who almost singlehandedly created the foundations of national culture through his work as a linguist, ethnographer, translator, and literary historian. At the same time, the reception of his work...   More >

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What is Anthropology?: And what can you do with it?

Special Event | April 6 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, #221


Dr. Cori Hayden, Anthropology Department Chair and Professor of Anthropology; Dr. Laurie Wilkie, Anthropology Department Vice-Chair and Professor of Archaeology

Anthropology Undergraduate Association


Join us for a lively discussion with the Anthropology Department Chair and Vice-Chair, Drs. Cori Hayden and Laurie Wilkie, about the intersections between the subfields of anthropology, how they inform each other, and why anthropology is important today. Hosted by the Anthropology Undergraduate Association.



The Armenians in Turkey: A History Denied

Lecture | April 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Talin Suciyan, Assistant Professor of Turkish Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program


Do sources continue to be sources if they are not used? What does it mean to work with sources whose existence has been systematically denied? Is it possible to develop another language: a language, which is not dominated by 100 years of denial? By using the sources of the “others,” namely the Armenians, The Armenians in Modern Turkey: Post-Genocide Society, Politics and History offers news...   More >

Monday, April 11, 2016

Code-Switching, Conflict, and Performativity: Israeli Russian Discourse Online

Colloquium | April 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 109 Dwinelle Hall


Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, The University of Kansas

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


The sixth and final lecture in the Spring 2016 Slavic Colloquium lecture series.

Co-sponsored by Department of Linguistics.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Successful Proposal-Writing for the Social Sciences and Humanities: A Graduate Student Workshop

Workshop | April 15 | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Suad Joseph, UC Davis

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


Join the CMES for a workshop on funding your research interests. This seminar will address how to develop the key components of a “maximal” research proposal – components required in most research proposals regardless of the format or funding agency. How do you move from the “maximal” proposal to a “targeted” proposal? How do you research funding agencies? Revise and resubmit? Negotiate terms?...   More >



Survivors into Minorities: Armenians in Post-Genocide Turkey

Lecture | April 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Lerna Ekmekcioglu, McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History, MIT

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program


The talk follows the trajectories of the survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide who remained inside Turkish borders after the signing of the 1918 Mudros Armistice (and during the Allied occupation years of Istanbul) and after the 1923 establishment of the new country as the Turkish Republic. How did the Kemalist state treat the remaining Armenians? What were Armenians’ responses to the new (but...   More >

Saturday, April 16, 2016

ISEEES and Slavic at Cal Day 2016

Tour/Open House | April 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Dwinelle Hall


Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)


ISEEES and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures will be offering numerous events at Cal Day on April 16, 2016.

Panel Discussion: Tsar Bell
10:00-11:00 am | 310 Jacobs Hall

Introduction to the Polish Language
Katarzyna Zacha, Slavic, UC Berkeley
11:00-11:45 am | 106 Dwinelle Hall

Introduction to the Cyrillic Alphabet through Russian
Professor Darya Kavitskaya, Slavic, UC...   More >

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey, 2014): The Cinematic Landscapes of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Film - Feature | April 17 | 2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Inspired by Dostoevsky, Ibsen, and Chekhov, Ceylan’s slow-burning masterpiece of fear and self-loathing among a well-off family in breathtakingly beautiful Cappadocia won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.


$12 General Admission, $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons, $7 UC Berkeley Students; BAMPFA Members, $0 Cal Student Film Pass holders

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Virtuosi Abroad: Soviet Music and Imperial Competition during the Early Cold War, 1945-1958

Lecture | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Kiril Tomoff, Professor of History, UC Riverside

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


In the 1940s and 1950s, Soviet musicians and ensembles were acclaimed across the globe. They toured the world, wowing critics and audiences, projecting an image of the USSR as a sophisticated promoter of cultural and artistic excellence. In Virtuosi Abroad: Soviet Music and Imperial Competition during the Early Cold War, 1945-1958 (Cornell UP, 2015), Tomoff focuses on music and the...   More >

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Poles, the Jews, and the Town of Jedwabne:: What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About the Holocaust

Lecture | April 19 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Graduate Theological Union, Dinner Board Room


Anna Bikont, Writer, Gazeta Wyborcza

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


Polish Jewish scholar Anna Bikont will speak about her award-winning Holocaust chronicle, "The Crime and the Silence," which has received the highest praise in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, Tablet Magazine, and is the 2015 National Jewish Book Award Winner in the category of "Holocaust." In "The Crime and the Silence," Bikont interviews the residents of...   More >



The Crisis in Russian-Turkish Relations: Putin, Erdogan, and Changing Geopolitics in the Black Sea Region

Panel Discussion | April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315


Stephan Astourian, Executive Director, Armenian Studies Program; Associate Adjunct Professor, History, UC Berkeley; Christine Phillious, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Andrei Tsyganokov, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, San Francisco State University; Edward Walker, Executive Director, Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies; Associate Adjunct Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Middle Eastern Studies


After years of cooperation, Russian-Turkish relations plunged in late 2015 after the Turkish air force shot down a Russian fighter jet carrying out air strikes near the Syrian-Turkish border. Russia responded by restricting natural gas deliveries to Turkey, banning the importation of certain Turkish products, curtailing operations by Turkish organizations and businesses in Russia, and banning the...   More >

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Contemporary Armenian Drama and World Literature

Lecture | April 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Myrna Douzjian, Visiting Lecturer, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program


Though they do so in the name of understanding literary culture as a universal, autonomous system, theories that develop models of world literature tend to center on the Euro-American canon. Because these models claim comprehensiveness, they eliminate the need for engagement with languages and literatures outside their purview. Taking contemporary Armenian dramatic texts as a case in point, this...   More >

Friday, April 22, 2016

Graduate Conference: A Polarizing Europe: Identity, Aesthetics and Radicalism in the Post WWII Era

Conference/Symposium | April 22 | Barrows Hall, 820 (Social Science Matrix)


Institute of European Studies, Social Science Matrix


Along national, social, economic, political, ethnic, religious, and other lines, Europe appears to be polarizing. In many instances, it does so at the moment that it seeks to further integrate. To understand the meaning of these countervailing dynamics for European citizens, the nation state, and the project of European Union, this graduate conference seeks to interrogate the notion of...   More >

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Thirst (Svetla Tsotsorkova, Bulgaria, 2015): 59th San Francisco International Film Festival

Film - Feature | April 23 | 4:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


When water becomes scarce due to drought, a laundress
living in rural southwest Bulgaria with her husband and
son invites a dowser and his spirited daughter to search
for hidden springs on their property.


$15 General Admission, $13 UC Berkeley Students, BAMPFA Members, San Francisco Film Society Members, $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, Disabled persons

Please note that our second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable, and may not be exchanged. CineVouchers may not be redeemed in person at BAMPFA. Tickets go on sale April 1. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Event (Sergei Loznitsa, Netherlands/Belgium, 2015): 59th San Francisco International Film Festival

Film - Documentary | April 24 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


In the summer of 1991, hardline members of the Communist Party attempted to seize power from Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin, a short-lived power play that hastened the Soviet Union’s collapse.


$15 General Admission, $13 UC Berkeley Students, BAMPFA Members, San Francisco Film Society Members, $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, Disabled persons

Please note that our second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable, and may not be exchanged. CineVouchers may not be redeemed in person at BAMPFA. Tickets go on sale April 1. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Eastern Europe and the Time of Democratic Reckoning: Quo vadis?

Lecture | April 27 | 3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 8th Floor, Social Science Matrix


Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz, Fulbright Visiting Professor, Berkeley Law School; Director, Department of European and Comparative Law, University of Gdansk, Poland

Institute of European Studies, Social Science Matrix, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)



Statehood and Sovereignty: The Difficult Equilibrium Between the European Union and Member States. The Refugee Crisis

Lecture | April 27 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife Room)


Evangelos Venizelos, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Greece, current MP and Vice Chairperson of the Socialist Group in the Council of Europe

Institute of European Studies, Onassis Foundation, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


In 2016, the EU's main challenge has been the management of the refugee and migration flows entering the Union from Turkey through the gateway of the Greek maritime borders in the Aegean Sea. The main element in this challenge is the conflict between European integration and the sovereignty of Member States. The Member States claim for the expression of European solidarity and support guarding...   More >

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Home Care (Slavek Horak, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 2015): 59th San Francisco International Film Festival

Film - Feature | April 28 | 8:50 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Dedicated home-care nurse Vlasta (Karlovy Vary winner
Alena Mihulová) traipses around the south Moravia
countryside on bus and foot tending to (and bantering
with) patients too infirm or elderly to travel. When she
herself is diagnosed with a serious illness, she turns to
alternative therapies and the company of women healers.


$15 General Admission, $13 UC Berkeley Students, BAMPFA Members, San Francisco Film Society Members, $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, Disabled persons

Please note that our second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable, and may not be exchanged. CineVouchers may not be redeemed in person at BAMPFA. Tickets go on sale April 1. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Spring 2016 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects

Presentation | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)


Berkeley Language Center


Graphic Novels in Foreign Language Learning
Keith Budner, GSR, Comparative Literature
Over the past decades the graphic novel has witnessed both increased popularity among readers as well as cultural and intellectual prestige among critics and academics alike – but what is its place within the foreign language classroom? Through a case study of first-year Spanish instruction, this presentation...   More >

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ukraine after Maidan: 40th Educator Outreach Conference

Conference/Symposium | April 30 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater


2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Associate Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Sarah Phillips, Professor of Anthropology; Director of the Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University; Alina Polyakova, Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Gerard Roland, E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Edward Walker, Executive Director, Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies; Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Lucan Way, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


40th Annual Educator Outreach Conference: "Ukraine after Maidan"

Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
John Connelly, Director, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Morning Session
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Chair: John Connelly

“Ukraine, plus ça change...?”
Lucan Way, Professor of Political...   More >