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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin: 31st Annual Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture

Lecture | February 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Fiona Hill, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe; Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution

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


Fiona Hill is director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. From 2006 to 2009, she served as the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is a frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, and has researched and published...   More >

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ilych's Gate (Marlen Khutsiev USSR, 1962, 1990): 35mm Imported Print!

Film - Feature | February 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Tom Luddy, Cofounder and codirector of the Telluride Film Festival.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Introduced by Tom Luddy
This "poem of Moscow," one of the key works in Soviet film history, tells of three childhood friends from the old industrial region of the city.


$12 General Admission, $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons, $7 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, Free Cal Student Film Pass holders

Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Imitation as Mastery: What Eisenstein Learned from Marie-Antoinette's Breasts

Colloquium | February 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 109 Dwinelle Hall


Anne Nesbet, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Film & Media, UC Berkeley

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


The second lecture in the Spring 2016 Slavic Colloquium lecture series.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Film Screening: "Karski and the Lords of Humanity"

Film - Documentary | February 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building


Slawomir Grunberg, Filmmaker

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), San Francisco-Krakow Sister Cities Association, Hon. Christopher Kerosky and Tad Taube, Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Poland in San Francisco


Karski & The Lords of Humanity , a feature-length, partially animated documentary film, tells the story of Polish underground courier Jan Karski, who infiltrated the Warsaw Ghetto and carried his eye-witness report of Nazi atrocities to Britain and the United States, hoping that it would shake the conscience of the powerful leaders or – as Karski would call them – the "Lords of Humanity."...   More >

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Summer Abroad - Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic: The Contours of Coexistence

Information Session | February 11 | 3-4 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall


Berkeley Study Abroad


Join this info session to learn more about a NEW Berkeley Summer Abroad program in Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic! The program focuses on both historical and contemporary minorities: the Jews of Europe and most specifically Poland; the Roma of Northern Bohemia; the Vietnamese in Prague, the Turkish in Germany and recent refugees across European Union member states.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Armenia 2016

Conference/Symposium | February 13 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


David Petrosyan, Independent Journalist, Armenia; Hranush Kharatyan, Senior Researcher, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia; Aghasi Tadevosyan, Senior Researcher, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia; David Grigorian, Co-Founder, Policy Forum Armenia; Lilit Gevorgyan, Senior Country Risk Analyst and Economist, IHS; Vicken Cheterian, Research Faculty of Media/International Studies, Webster University Geneva

Vahram Ter-Matevosyan, Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Stephan Astourian, Associate Adjunct Professor of History, UC Berkeley

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


Annual Armenian Studies Program Conference

Morning Session:
9:45 a.m.: Introductory Comments
9:50 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: “Domestic Politics” - David Petrosyan (Independent Journalist, Armenia)
10:30 a.m.-11:10 a.m.: “Social Problems in Armenia and their Explanation as a Consequence of the Historically-Formed Armenian Mentality” - Dr. Hranush Kharatyan (Senior Researcher, Institute of...   More >

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Maidan (Sergei Loznitsa, Netherlands, 2014): Documentary Voices 2016

Film - Documentary | February 17 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Jeffrey Skoller

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Introduction by Jeffrey Skoller!
A bracing portrait of resistance and revolution, "Maidan" tracks the riots in Kiev’s Maidan Square from peaceful protest to violent confrontation. “An impressive, bold treatment of a complex subject” (Variety).


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

Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution

Lecture | February 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Steven Lee, Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley

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


The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution (Columbia UP, 2015)

During the 1920s and 1930s, American minority artists and writers collaborated extensively with the Soviet avant-garde, seeking to build a revolutionary society that would end racial discrimination and advance progressive art. Making what the Jamaican American poet Claude McKay called “the magic...   More >



The Rise of Far-Right Nationalism in Europe and the Russia Angle: Implications for International Security and Foreign Policy

Colloquium | February 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room


Alina Polyakova, Deputy Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


Far-right nationalist parties are on the rise in Western and Eastern Europe. Buttressed by the financial crisis of 2008, the ongoing migration crisis, and the threat of terrorist attacks, previously fringe political parties resonate with growing numbers of Europeans who are disenchanted with the European project. Many European far-right parties are also supporters of Russian President Vladimir...   More >



Uncovering a Lost City of the Qarakhanid Empire: Alpine Urbanism in Medieval Uzbekistan

Lecture | February 18 | 6-8 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room (221 Kroeber Hall)


Michael Frachetti, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Archaeological Research Facility, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology


Join us for a talk about the lost city of Tashbulak and learn more about the history of Medieval Silk Routes. Michael Frachetti, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, focuses on Bronze Age nomadism in the Eurasian Steppe.

The 10th-11th century CE was a period a significant change across Asia - most notably in Central Asia where new religious institutions...   More >


Register online.

Friday, February 19, 2016

A Failure of Democracy in East Central Europe?

Lecture | February 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Anna Grzymala-Busse, Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of European and Eurasian Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

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


Is democracy failing in East Central Europe? The newly-elected Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice) government in Poland appears to be following the authoritarian template set by Fidesz in Hungary: undermining the Constitutional Court, restricting the media, purging public administration, and weakening oversight institutions. But this is not a rejection of democracy or a widespread...   More >

Monday, February 22, 2016

Summer Abroad - Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic: The Contours of Coexistence

Information Session | February 22 | 1-2 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall


Berkeley Study Abroad


Join this info session to learn more about a NEW Berkeley Summer Abroad program in Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic! The program focuses on both historical and contemporary minorities: the Jews of Europe and most specifically Poland; the Roma of Northern Bohemia; the Vietnamese in Prague, the Turkish in Germany and recent refugees across European Union member states.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Creating a Culture of Revolution: Workers and the Revolutionary Movement in Late Imperial Russia

Lecture | February 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Deborah Pearl, Independent Scholar

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


Deborah Pearl will present her newly published book, Creating a Culture of Revolution: Workers and the Revolutionary Movement in Late Imperial Russia.

How did Russian workers develop the revolutionary outlook and the level of political consciousness and organizational experience that made them the crucial political and social force in the revolutions of 1905 and 1917? Creating a...   More >

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

PopUp Exhibition | Tomasz Koncewicz on Piercing the Veil of Silence: Jewish Cultural Assets in Eastern Europe

Lecture | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz's presentation will highlight the dynamics of cultural restitution of Jewish assets in Eastern Europe, and will be accompanied by a display of materials from the vanished community of Liptovsky-Mikulas (Slovakia).



EU Foreign and Security Policies: Actors, Aims and Mechanisms of Integration

Lecture | February 24 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Marianne Riddervold, IES Visiting Scholar; Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Oslo

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


The European Union (EU) is not a state, and yet it has developed a foreign and security policy. Among the main questions asked in contemporary studies of the EU’s foreign and security policy are two questions: 1) How are EU member states able to agree to form common policies despite their often diverging interests; 2) Does EU foreign and security policy differ from foreign policy and does it...   More >

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Lecture | February 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room


Wendy Lower, Director, Mgrublian Center for Human rights; JohnK. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow, Claremont McKenna College

Institute of European Studies


Wendy Lower will present on her new book, Hitler's Furies, a finalist for the
National Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Drawing from
wartime documents, postwar trials, private letters, diaries and interviews, she will discuss outstanding cases of women who became direct witnesses, accomplices, and perpetrators of the Holocaust. In the colonial outposts of the Nazi East, ordinary...   More >

Monday, February 29, 2016

When the Prose Goes on Vacation: Тhe Performative in Contemporary Russian Poetry and Drama

Colloquium | February 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 109 Dwinelle Hall


Mark Lipovetsky, Professor and Department Chair of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Colorado, Boulder

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


The third lecture in the Spring 2016 Slavic Colloquium lecture series.