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Monday, February 6, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bad Transitions after Free Elections: 32nd Annual Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture

Lecture | February 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room


Leszek Balcerowicz, Professor of Economics and Former Chairman of the National Bank of Poland and Former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, College of Europe

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


Professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics (WSE), former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, former President of the National Bank of Poland (NBP). He is the architect of Poland’s economic reforms initiated in 1989; he has been at the center of Poland’s economic and political life since the fall of communism in Poland in 1989. Author of more than 100 publications on...   More >

Friday, February 10, 2017

Poland’s Transition after Socialism: A Roundtable Discussion

Panel Discussion | February 10 | 12-1:45 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Leszek Balcerowicz, Professor of Economics; Former Chairman of the National Bank of Poland and Former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, College of Europe; Anna Grzymala-Busse, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies, Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University; Anthony Levitas, Visiting Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

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


Three leading scholars will discuss Poland's transition from communism to its present-day position as a member of the European Union.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Local Governments and the Challenge to Autocratic Nationalism in Poland

Lecture | February 13 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Anthony Levitas, Visiting Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

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


Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and while the whole world held its breath to see if “shock therapy” in Poland would collapse under its own weight, Polish state-builders embarked on an almost equally radical, but largely overlooked, program of local government reform. These reforms gave subnational governments, and particularly large cities, control over more than a third of all public...   More >



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Syria: Spaces of War: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in date


Sofia Shwayri, CMES Visiting Scholar

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The uprisings that swept North Africa from late 2010 thru early 2011 reached Syria, to the surprise of many including President Bashar Al-Assaad, in March 2011. Al-Assaad, was convinced that his country would never experience such a widespread public show of dissent. Differing from those other uprisings, Syrians could not claim their own Tahrir Square in Damascus, as the long standing state of...   More >

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Smart Nation: A Blueprint for Modern Armenia

Lecture | February 16 | 8-10 p.m. |  Vasbouragan Hall


51 Commmonwealth Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118

Sassoon Grigorian, Head of Public Policy, Australia and New Zealand, Salesforce

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


At a critical juncture in its history, this book explores the challenges and opportunities for Armenia, with clear public policy recommendations.

Armenia is a Smart Nation, it has one of the highest literacy rates globally, it is a recognised world leader in the strategy game of chess, Armenians have been credited with many innovations and inventions used today, and its future success will in...   More >

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Russian Challenge In The Next Four Years

Lecture | February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room | Note change in location


Dr. Eugene Rumer, Senior Fellow and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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


Eugene Rumer is a senior fellow and the director of Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program.

Rumer’s research focuses on political, economic, and security trends in Russia and former Soviet states, as well as on U.S. policy toward that region.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Rumer was the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. National Intelligence Council from 2010 to...   More >


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

Lecture | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, International Institute for Strategic Studies

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


Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. This crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome, in which all the parties are worse off and international security has deteriorated. The upshot has been systematic losses for Russia, the West,...   More >



Blockade | Sergei Loznitsa | Russia, Ukraine, 2005

Film - Feature | February 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


IN conversation with Sergei Loznitsa and Critic Neil Young

The subject: the siege of Leningrad during World War II. There are no words, no music, only sounds and pictures of the slowly dying city—Blockade consists entirely of silent footage of this historical event, to which Loznitsa has added an evocative soundtrack of natural sound effects. “Loznitsa has taken a different and imaginative...   More >


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

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Three Short Films By Sergei Loznitsa

Film - Series | February 23 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


In conversation with Sergei Loznitsa and Critic Neil Young


Beautifully filmed, Life, Autumn presents a portrait of a small village in rural Russia, near the city of Smolensk, with its aging population. Despite the shortage of basic necessities, life carries on. In the strikingly visual, award-winning Factory, Loznitsa and his film crew observe the inner workings and rhythms at a factory...   More >


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

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Religious Realignments in the Trump Era

Lecture | February 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


The success of populist movements in Western Europe and the United States has created conditions for the formation of new coalitions between religious groups and political ideologies that once stood hostile to each other. We are now experiencing a convergence between the political views of conservative Evangelicals in the United States and so called traditionalists in Russia.



Austerlitz | Sergei Loznitsa | Germany, 2016

Film - Feature | February 23 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


In conversation with Sergei Loznitsa and Critic Neil Young


* Bay Area Premiere


Filmed on the territory of former concentration camps at Sachsenhausen in Germany, Austerlitz (which takes its title from the final masterpiece by the great novelist W. G. Sebald) is an observation of visitors to the memorial sites there. “One of the biggest mysteries of such places is the motive that...   More >


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

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Maidan | Sergei Loznitsa | Ukraine/Netherlands, 2014

Film - Feature | February 24 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


In conversation with Sergei Loznitsa and Critic Neil Young


Structured solely through extended fixed shots filmed over a period of three months, this account of the riots in Kiev’s Maidan Square, which led to the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, tracks with formalist rigor the trajectory from peaceful protest to violent confrontation. By placing the viewer in the...   More >


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

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In the Fog (V Tumane) | Sergei Loznitsa Germany, Latvia, Russia, Netherlands, Belarus, 2012

Film - Feature | February 24 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


In conversation with Sergei Loznitsa and Neil Young

FEATURING
Vladimir Svirski, Vladislav Abashin, Sergei Kolesov, Vlad Ivanov,

In the Fog, which was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is an adaptation of a novel by Belarusian writer Vasily Bykov. The setting is 1942 on the German-occupied western frontier of the USSR, where the local partisans are fighting a brutal...   More >


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

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What’s Next for Romania? Political Activism as a Tool Against Political Corruption

Lecture | February 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Paul Sum, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science & Public Administration, University of North Dakota

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


The massive demonstrations in Romania show that peaceful protests can influence political outcomes, but mobilization is only a first step in combatting the endemic corruption in the country. Options to move forward include replacing key political actors, perhaps through new elections, and reforming political institutions, such as reinforcing the autonomy of the DNA, Romania’s anti-corruption...   More >