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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Talk | Walter Zev Feldman. Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory

Lecture | December 1 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Center for Jewish Studies


Join musicologist and klezmer music pioneer, Walter Zev Feldman, for a fascinating talk based on his new book, Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory.

Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory (Oxford University Press 2016) is the first comprehensive study of the musical structure and social history of klezmer music, the music of the Jewish musicians' guild of Eastern Europe. Emerging in 16th-century...   More >

Friday, December 2, 2016

BLC Fellows' Instructional Development Research Projects

Lecture | December 2 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)


Aubrey Gabel, Matthew Kendall, Giuliana Perco, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Language Center


Fall 2016 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects
FrancoForniens: Bringing Oral History into the French-language classroom
Aubrey Gabel, GSR, French Department
In this presentation, I will show how I borrowed techniques from oral history to build an archive of interviews with “FrancoForniens,” or French speakers living in the Bay Area. Oral history has long been employed in...   More >

Monday, December 5, 2016

Autobiographies for the Soviet State

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


Yuriy Zaretskiy, Professor, Faculty of Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

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


Dr. Zaretskiy will discuss the common practice by Soviet citizens of writing formal autobiographies. Millions of these autobiographies are being stored in archives and are little known to historians. He will introduce this type of writing and outline the social circumstances that fashioned their narrative structure and content. Further, he will argue that these autobiographies were written with...   More >

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Modernization, Geopolitics, and the New Russian Conservatives

Lecture | December 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm, Head of the Department of Sociology, Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

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


The rise of a new political conservatism in Russia did not just start with Putin’s publicly celebrated turn towards conservative values in 2012. Rather, it grew out of the disappointment with Western recipes for a catch-up economic development, the search for an alternative path, and geopolitical concerns among the Russian elite and intellectuals. The core idea was to construct a...   More >