Russian and East European Events
Thursday, Nov 21, 2013, 4:30PM
Lecture: Marianne Kielian-Gilbert, Professor of Music at The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University at Bloomington, "Stravinsky’s Masks of Abstraction — Russian Orthodox Bell Ringing, Ostranenie, and Aesthetic Distance in The Rite of Spring and Symphony of Psalms"
Location: 131 Decio Hall
For a century Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps has evoked conflicting discourses on its status as concert music ("for its own sake"), its multiple choreographies, its nationalistic versus cosmopolitan expressions, and its ritualized sex-gender portrayals. Experiencing Russian Orthodox bell ringing practices in Stravinsky’s music offers ways to think about how The Rite’s music-sounds might intervene in these discourses. Visual mage and music interact similarly in Juri Kylián’s choreography of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms: balletic gestures articulate experiential action complexes of sonic materials and vice versa, materializing action in sound and sound in action. Such action practices can mark border-lines of everyday reality, “making it strange” (ostranenie)— “defamiliarizing” and heightening perception and preventing its automatization.
About our speaker:
Marianne Kielian-Gilbert is Professor of Music at The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University at Bloomington where she teaches Music Theory. A member of the Editorial Board of Perspectives of New Music, she has also served as co-editor of that journal. Recent publications concern music, philosophy and feminist theory, and music and analysis in different experiential, cultural, material/media, and philosophical orientations. Her work on Stravinsky has appeared in Perspectives of New Music, Music Theory Spectrum, Theory and Practice, Journal of Musicology, and is forthcoming in an essay collection from Indiana University Press: Reassessing Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps 1913/2013.
Wednesday, November 13 at 4:30pm
Lecture: Professor Scott Kenworthy, "Patriarch Tikhon and Russian Orthodoxy in North America and Revolutionary Russia, 1898-1925"
Location: 242 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Tikhon Bellavin was chosen as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in November 1917, at the very moment when the Bolsheviks were seizing power. He was therefore at the center of the conflict between the militantly atheist revolutionary regime and Russia's foremost religious institution. In addition to his critical role during the Russian Revolution, before his election as patriarch he served a great variety of posts within Imperial Russia and was bishop of the Orthodox Church in North America for nearly a decade at the beginning of the century, a time of great transformation in American Orthodoxy. He is therefore one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Russian Orthodox history.
Scott Kenworthy is a fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study and Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University in Ohio. His work focuses on the modern history of Orthodox Christianity, and he is the author of an award-winning book on Russian monasticism,The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism and Society after 1925.
Thursday, November 7 at 7:00pm
Concert: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Location: Leighton Concert Hall, DPAC
The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, only on its second U.S. tour, attracts attention. Recognized with a Grammy for the recordings of Sibelius' cantatas, in 2005The New York Timesnamed their CDPeer Gyntas "a surprise highlight" of the year and in 2006 it also won theBBC Music Magazineaward for best orchestral album. Estonian-born Ainomäe, who performs on an 1897 instrument by Stafano Scarampella, is currently Principal Cellist of the Colorado Symphony. The program will include works by Estonian-born composer Veljo Tormis, Dvořák, and Tchaikovsky.
Tuesday, November 5 at 4:00pm
Lecture: Caryl Emerson, A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University, “The Catholic Muse in Russian Emigre Music: Artur Lourie and Jacques Maritain”
Location: 117 Haggar
Monday, November 4 at 5:00pm
Lecture: Caryl Emerson, A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University, “Sentimental and Fantastic: Two Ways to Move Russian Literary Classics into Opera (Eugene Onegin and The Nose)”
Location: 207 DeBartolo
Saturday, October 26 at 1:00pm
Opera: Dmitry Shostakovich’s The Nose (based on the story by Nikolai Gogol)
Location: Browning Cinema, DPAC (The Met Opera: Live in HD broadcast)
William Kentridge’s dazzlingly innovative production of Shostakovich’s shocking, unconventional opera about a beleaguered Russian official and his runaway nose returns to the Met for the first time since its sold-out 2010 premiere. Pavel Smelkov conducts a cast led by Paulo Szot as the hapless Kovalyov, with Andrey Popov as the menacing Police Inspector and Alexander Lewis as Kovalyov's peripatetic nose.
Thursday, October 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: Michael Meng, Assistant Professor of Modern German History, Clemson University,
Shannon Prize Award Presentation and Lecture on "Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish
Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland"
Location: Eck Visitors’ Center Auditorium
Michael Meng is currently co-editing with Erica Lehrer a volume on Jewish space in post-Communist Poland, working on a new book project, The Frankfurt Judengasse: A Cultural History since 1796, and is writing several essays on immigration debates in postwar Europe, Jewish emotions and travel after the Holocaust, and montage as a narrative device in the discipline of history.
Thursday, October 10 at 7:00pm
Film: Elena (directed by Andrey Zviagintsev, Russia, 2011)
Location: Browning Cinema, DPAC
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Elena is a gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Elena, a dowdy former nurse has “married up” and shares a palatial Moscow apartment with Vladimir, a wealthy businessman. Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir openly despises his wife’s freeloading son and family. But when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan in this subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature.
Saturday, October 5 at 12:30 p.m. (introduction) and 1:00 p.m. (broadcast); Saturday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m. (encore broadcast only, no introduction)
Opera: Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (based on the novel-in-verse by Alexander Pushkin)
Location: Browning Cinema, DPAC (The Met Opera: Live in HD broadcast)
The season begins with acclaimed English director Deborah Warner's new production of Tchaikovsky's romantic tragedy Eugene Onegin, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Anna Netrebko opens her third consecutive Met season in her company role debut as Tatiana, the naïve heroine from Pushkin's classic novel. Mariusz Kwiecien portrays the self-confident title character, in a much-admired interpretation he has sung in many of the world's leading opera houses, and Piotr Beczala reprises his acclaimed performance as Onegin's friend-turned-rival, Lenski. Reviewing Warner's production, the Sunday Telegraph praised its “mixture of haunting visual and emotional impact: cutting straight to the heart of the work, [Warner] shows how Onegin is simultaneously about two colliding Russian societies—rustic provincialism and cosmopolitan decadence—and three wasted lives.” The October 5 broadcast will be introduced by Kevin Bartig, Assistant Professor of Musicology at Michigan State University, and a brief Q&A session will follow the opera. "The Year of the Slavic Opera" information
Friday, October 4, 4:00pm
Faculty panel: Russian Literary Operas: Text, History, Politics, Music
Location: 242 O'Shaughnessy
"The Year of the Slavic Opera" information
A panel of faculty experts will discuss the phenomenon of Russian operatic transformations of classic literary texts, with an emphasis on Eugene Onegin (Pushkin/Tchaikovsky) and The Nose (Gogol/Shostakovich), the two operas to be presented by the Metropolitan Opera and broadcast in HD in the Browning Cinema this fall.
Tuesday, September 24 at 8:00pm
Film: Man with a Movie Camera (directed by Dziga Vertov, USSR, 1929)
Location: Browning Cinema, DPAC
Considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era, this dawn-to-dusk view of the Soviet Union offers a montage of urban Russian life, showing people of the city at work and at play. Vertov's first full-length film employs all the cinematic techniques at the director's disposal -- dissolves, split-screens, slow-motion, and freeze-frames -- to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant.
Thursday, April 11, at 7:00-9:00pm
Exam: Graduate Foreign Reading Exam in Russian
Location: 317 O'Shaughnessy
Graduate students should filll out a registration form and submit it to the departmental Administrative Assistant, Nell C. Collins, in 318 O'shaughnessy.
Thursday, April 4,
Lecture: Professor David Shearer (University of Delaware), “Spies, Scoundrels, and Adventurers: Russian, Soviet, and Other Foreign Explorers in Central Asia, 1870-1930”
Location: 117 DeBartolo Hall
This lecture describes Russian imperial and Soviet scientific explorations in central Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet from the 1870s through the 1930s. It examines how science, adventure, and popular imagination merged in Central Asian expeditions, as did the goals of colonialism and revolution. We will examine the multiple (and sometimes secret) purposes of Russian and Soviet scientific expeditions and the routes they traced. The lecture will compare and contrast their descriptions of Central Asia with those of explorers from other Occidental nations and empires, especially the Americans, British, Germans, and French.
Thursday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: Ronald G. Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan, “Niko Nikoladze (1843-1928) and the Emergence of Modern Georgia”
Location: Hesburgh Library, Special Collections
A Man of the 1860s, Niko Nikoladze rose from humble origins to become a major figure in the movement to reform the Russian Empire and modernize his native land, Georgia. He was a friend and associate of the great Russian political activist Alexander Herzen and over time gravitated from revolutionary activity to working within the tsarist system to improve the lives of his countrymen. Nikoladze became mayor of the Black Sea port of Poti, and in small ways he worked to develop that town. He survived into the Soviet period, and despite his not being a Marxist was even honored by the Soviet state. Nikoladze's extraordinary career and his contributions to the history of Georgia are explored by Professor Ronald Suny in a lecture tying this figure to the larger picture of the emergence of modern Georgia.
Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m.
Concert: Slavic Heritage
Location: Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
The June H. Edwards Chamber Series concludes with a program featuring guest artist and South Bend Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Lara Turner. This program explores Slavic Heritage with an afternoon ofArensky, variations on themes by Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak. Student tickets cost just $8.
Saturday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m.
Film: Anna Karenina (directed by Joe Wright, 2012)
Location: Browning Cinema, DPAC
The third collaboration between actress Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) is a bold, theatrical vision of Leo Tolstoy’s epic love story. Adapted for the screen by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), this sweeping romance follows the titular Anna as she questions her happiness and marriage among the aristocrats of 19th-century Russia. Co-presented by the Russian Club and the Department of German and Russian. Introduced by Dr. Molly Peeney, Special Professional Faculty in Russian Language and Literature.
Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Film: Barbara (directed by Christian Petzoid, 2012)
Location: Browning Cinema, DPAC
A Berlin doctor is sent to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa in summer of 1980. While her West German lover works on her escape, a new romance starts to blossom between Barbara and the head physician of her new hospital. Unsure if her new romance is a spy or not, BARBARA paints a haunting picture of a woman being slowly crushed between the irreconcilable needs of desire and survival. Winner of the Best Director prize at the Berlin Film Festival and Germany’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. Free tickets are available to students at the Nanovic Institute, 211 Brownson Hall.
Friday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Film: The Turin Horse (directed by Bela Tarr, 2012)
Location: Browning Cinema, DPAC
On January 3, 1889 in Turin, Italy, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, a cab driver is having trouble with a stubborn horse. The horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his whip to it. Nietzsche puts an end to the brutal scene, throwing his arms around the horse’s neck, sobbing. After this, he lies motionless and silent for two days on a divan, until he loses consciousness and his mind. Somewhere in the countryside, the driver of the cab lives with his daughter and the horse. Outside, a windstorm rages. Immaculately photographed in Bela Tarr’s renowned long takes, The Turin Horse is the final statement from a master filmmaker. Free tickets are available to students at the Nanovic Institute, 211 Brownson Hall.
Thursday, February 7 at 4:30 p.m.
Lecture: Patterns of Mass Culture and Mass Consciousness in Russia: Post-Soviet Dynamics (1990s-2010s)
Location: 106 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Andrey Miroshnichenko, Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar, Washington, D.C.;Media Analyst, Consultant, and Columnist
This lecture will cover the cultural, social, media, and consumer shifts in Russian mass consciousness that have occurred since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Topics addressed will include the so-called New Russians, the "evil" 1990s, Russian post-Soviet conspicuous consumption, the iPhone vs. the chanson (art song), TV vs. the Internet, blogger activism, and other patterns that define the contemporary, post-Soviet Russian identity. Shifts in linguistic culture and usage during this time period will also be discussed.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Concert: The Klezmatics
Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics is the vanguard in a popular revival of the ages-old, nearly forgotten East European klezmer art form (a sort of “Jewish jazz”). They’ve collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and Israeli vocal icon Chava Alberstein. After 25 years, three original members—Lorin Sklamberg (lead vocals, accordion, guitar, piano), Frank London (trumpet, keyboards, vocals) and Paul Morrissett (bass, tsimbl, vocals)— alongside longtime members Matt Darriau (kaval, clarinet, saxophone, vocals) and Lisa Gutkin (violin, vocals), continue sharing music made for dancing with the world.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Concert: Recital of songs by Modest Mussorgsky, performed by Yury Avvakumov, Assistant
Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Location: Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art
Song texts will be made available to interested Russian language students/speakers in advance.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Film: My Perestroika
Location: Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
My Perestroika follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times, from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post- Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. Director Robin Hessman will appear in person. Student admission is $4, general admission is $7. Free advance tickets will be available to students registered in REES and Russian courses.
Thursday, November 6, 2012
Lecture: Ronald Grigor Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History and Director of Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan: “The Russian- Georgian Intelligentsia at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
Location: Hesburgh Library, Special Collection
September 20 through mid-December, 2012
Exhibit: From St. Petersburg to Notre Dame: The Miraculous Journey of the Polievktov-Nikoladze Family Archive through a Century of War and Revolution
The Polievktov-Nikoladze Family Papers, acquired by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2006-2008, derive from three generations of a prominent and historically significant Georgian family. The collection includes the papers of a leading historian of the St. Petersburg school, notable among which are the transcriptions of interviews with leading figures of the February Revolution, conducted in May 1917 by a commission he himself organized. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, diaries, photographs, and other manuscript formats. Three speakers will come to campus in connection with the exhibit and give public talks on September 20, October 23, November 8, at the Special Collections Room of the Hesburgh Library. More details on these lectures are below.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Discussion: Europe Today: Poland
Join the Nanovic Institute in exploring contemporary Poland.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 time TBA
Lecture: Gary M. Hamburg, Otto M. Behr Professor of European Intellectual History at
Claremont McKenna College: “The St. Petersburg School of Russian History and the History of Historical Writing during Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia”
Location: Hesburgh Library, Special Collections
Friday, October 5-Saturday, October 6, 2012
Conference: Midwest Russian History Workshop biannual meeting
Location: McKenna Hall
The workshop involves the discussion of twelve pre-circulated papers on Russian or Soviet history by historians from around the Midwest, including some by our own ND graduate students. ND faculty and students are welcome to attend. The specific panel topics and times are as follows: Oct. 5 at 1:30-2:50, “Soviet Culture”; Oct. 5 at 3:10- 5:30, “Muslim Borderlands of the Soviet Union”; Oct. 6 at 8:30-11:00, “Provincial Russian Society in the Imperial Era”; Oct. 6 at 11:20-12:50, “Social History of Pre-Reform Russia”; Oct. 6 at 2:30-4:00, “Soviet Culture in the Stalin Era.”
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Lecture: Rex A. Wade, University Professor of History at George Mason University: “Irakli
Tsereteli and the Nature of Revolutionary Leadership”
Location: Hesburgh Library Special Collections
Professor Wade is the leading North American authority on the 1917 Revolution.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Lecture: Kirk Doran, Assistant Professor of Economics and Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow, “The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the Productivity of American Mathematicians”
Location: Hesburgh Center, Room C103
Professor Doran will discuss his recent study which shows that in the period between the establishment and fall of communism, Soviet mathematics developed in an insular fashion and along very different specializations than American mathematics. As a result, some mathematicians experienced few potential insights from Soviet mathematics after the collapse of the Soviet Union, while other fields experienced a flood of new mathematicians, theorems and ideas.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Golosá Russian Folk Choir
Carey Auditorium, first floor Hesburgh Library
Free admission, open to the public
Monday, November 14
“What is in a Samovar? The Russian Crisis, the Soviet Adventure and the post-
Soviet Enterprise on Paintings Featuring an Innocuous Water Boiling Device,” Dr. Gábor Tamás Rittersporn
Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet painters have been busy painting samovars since the early 1840s. At the first sight nothing seems to be a more innocent exercise. Yet a closer look reveals that the object was and is not a simple water boiling utensil for most of artists. So much so that they often neglected and continue to neglect the forms and materiality of the samovar or the singular light effects it may produce. Many a painter wanted and has the intention today as well to convey a message through placing a samovar or two on pictures. But even samovars, which have not really been intended to speak tell volumes about Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet history, culture, society and politics. Dr. Rittersporn is the Director for Research and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris. Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies; cosponsored by the program in Russian and East European Studies, College of Arts and Letters, and Department of History. Admission is free! http://nanovic.nd.edu/events/
Tuesday, November 15
“Stalin in the Moscow Metro: Manifestations of a Dictator, Apparitions of a Ghost
and Elusive Futures in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia,” Dr. Gábor Tamás Rittersporn
The Moscow Metro is far more than a vulgar means of public transport. People who conceived, built and decorated it wanted to astonish the world. They were quite successful. The architecture and decoration of the Metro continue to impress post-Soviet citizens as well as foreign visitors. Stations constructed between the mid-1930s and the mid-1950s are closely associated with Iosif V. Stalin, if for nothing else then because the era is designated by the dictator's name. Many passengers know that his effigies used to adorn subway stops. But hardly anyone can tell where and by what they were replaced in the 1960s when the authorities believed they could exorcise Stalin's ghost through simply removing his omnipresent portraits from public sight. Sculptures, mosaics and reliefs at underground stops with the figure of the dictator suggested unintended messages already when Stalin was still alive. Their substitutes are doing the same. The messages are about the Soviet project but one may wonder if they do not tell something about post-Soviet Russia. Dr. Rittersporn is the Director for Research and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris. Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies; co-sponsored by the program in Russian and East European Studies, College of Arts and Letters, and Department of History. Admission is free! http://nanovic.nd.edu/events/
Thursday, October 6
Lecture: 2011 Shannon Prize Lecture, Tara Zahra (University of Chicago)
Tara Zahra (University of Chicago) will present the 2011 Shannon Prize Lecture entitled The Battle for Children: Displacement, Humanitarianism, and Ethnic Cleansing in 20th Century Europe. Admission is free! http://nanovic.nd.edu/events/2011/10/06/6813-2011-shannon-prize-lecture/
Wednesday, October 5
Study Abroad Information: Presented by Office of International Studies
Tuesday, September 20
Lecture: “After Violence: Participation over Retaliation in Beslan,” Debra Javeline
Debra Javeline, Associate Professor of Political Science; Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow, University of Notre Dame. Cosponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. http://kellogg.nd.edu/events/calendar/fall2011.shtml#0920
Sunday, September 11
Welcome Back Picnic for Students
Thursday, March 24
Lecture: ‘Moscow, the Third Rome’ – ‘Kiev, the New Jerusalem’: Religious History and Political Mythology in Contemporary Russia and Ukraine”
Religious history for centuries provided a background for controversies between Ukrainian nationalism and Russian imperialism and was a source of political imagination. Today, religion remains one of the crucial flash points in relations between the two countries and peoples, given that Churches and their leaders are actively engaged in political discourse. Ongoing discussions about the “national idea” and “global positioning” of each of these countries between “East” and “West,” “Europe” and “Asia,” make massive use of and recourse to religious history. The lecture will explore some basic paradigms of this discourse. The clash between different ideological orientations will reveal itself as a clash between different understandings of Christianity, its history, and its message in the contemporary world. This lecture will be given by Yury Avvakumov, Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Avvakumov specializes in Russian and Ukrainian religious history and in the theology and history of the Byzantine rite Churches (Catholic and Orthodox) from their medieval beginnings to the present day.
Tuesday, April 5
Lecture: Brian Boyd, Distinguished Professor of English, University of Auckland (New Zealand), “Nabokov as Psychologist: Routes for Exploration”
Nabokov once responded to Robbe-Grillet’s claims that his fiction eliminated psychology by calling them “preposterous. . . . the shifts of levels, the interpenetration of successive impressions and so forth belong of course to psychology—psychology at its best.” Reminded of this in another interview and asked “Are you a psychological novelist?” he answered: “All novelists of any worth are psychological novelists.”Perhaps it is time to expand our sense of Nabokov, and of the psychology of fiction, by considering him as a passionate (and of course a playful) psychologist. To what extent does he replicate or anticipate findings in abnormal, clinical, personality and social psychology, in the psychology of perception, attention, emotion, memory, and imagination? What precursors in fictional psychology (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Proust, Joyce?) does he emulate or challenge? What can we learn from both the psychology implicit and explicit in the characters of his fiction, and from the psychology implicit in his relation to his readers?
Wednesday, April 6
Public Lecture: Brian Boyd, "The Story Mind"
Why do we love fiction? How did evolution shape our minds to see the world in narrative terms, and to crave even stories we know to be untrue? Does fiction love us back: does it offer us benefits, or only distraction?
Thursday, April 14
A film that examines the relationships between lives on both sides of the proscenium, Czech director Petr Zelenka’s Karamazovi finds a Prague-based theatrical ensemble arriving in Krakow, Poland, where its members prepare to mount a stage production of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov. The central catch behind this unusual production is the locale: the play will be conducted at the local steelworks. Zelenka’s central narrative crisscrosses two spheres of reality—the documentary-like sphere of the actors playing the characters, and the more traditional cinematic narrative involving the characters in the play itself. Soon, distinct, haunting parallels between the two begin to emerge. Then, an unexpected tragedy arrives from out of left field that brutally impacts one of the spectators of the play, and further echoes the structure and preoccupations of the tale in the original novel. Throughout, Zelenka explores one central theme: that of intellectuals and their moral accountability to a world that has lost both spiritual faith and a bedrock of ethos. (Synopsis by Nathan Southern, Rovi) The 7:00 p.m. screening will be introduced by director Petr Zelenka! http://nanovic.nd.edu/news-events/film-series/
Thursday, January 27
Directed by the famed Polish director Andrzej Wajda, Katyn is about the murder of 15,000 Polish officers by the Soviet Secret Police during World War II. Among them was Wajda’s own father. Katyn uses stories from authentic diaries and letters to tell the fate of four fictional officers and their families. The truth was denied by the Soviet government until nearly sixty years after the massacre. The screening will be introduced by Mikolaj Kunicki, assistant professor of history and Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow. http://nanovic.nd.edu/events/2011/01/27/4818-film-series-katyn/
Tuesday, November 30
Lecture: Monika Nalepa, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Ntore Dame
"Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe"
A lecture by Assistant Professor of Political Science Monika Nalepa, University of Notre Dame. The speaker tackles three puzzles of transitions to democracy: (1) Why do autocrats ever step down from power peacefully if they know they may be held accountable for their involvement in the regime?(2) When does the opposition refrain from meting out punishment to the former autocrats once the transition is complete?(3) Why, in some countries, does transitional justice get adopted when successors of former communists hold parliamentary majorities? She argues that transitional justice can be impeded when collaborators of the authoritarian regime infiltrate the opposition. She supports her theory using a combination of interviews, archival evidence, and statistical analysis of survey experiments in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
Thursday, November 18
Film: The Man from London, directed by Béla Tarr (Hungary)
A man whose lonely life at the edge of the sea has become as predictable as the tide witnesses a murder that sends him on an existential journey the likes of which he could never have anticipated in director Béla Tarr's philosophical drama. Maloin had reached a point in life where he was content to embrace loneliness while turning a blind eye to the inevitable decay that surrounded him. Upon bearing witness to a shocking murder, however, the man who once lived a life of quiet solitude is forced to wrestle with such profound issues as punishment, mortality, and the sin of complicity in a crime he didn't even commit. Now, despite Maloin's simple wish to be free and happy, he must journey deep within his inner-self to confront emotions that he never once fathomed in his long yet uneventful existence.
Sunday, November 7
Moscow State Symphony with pianist Jeremy Denk
Acclaimed as one of the greatest orchestras from a cultural tradition rich with extraordinary symphonic ensembles, the planned repertoire featuring pianist Jeremy Denk includes Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Op. 45; Greig’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16; Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 16, No. 2, and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky and Ravel.
Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 31
Mussorsky's opera Boris Godunov (Live from the Metropolitan Opera broadcast in HD)
René Pape takes on one of the greatest bass roles in a production by renowned theater and opera director Peter Stein, in his Met debut. Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky’s epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation. “Boris Godunov is a masterpiece,” Stein says. “The challenge is to transmit the enormous emotional depth of the whole thing. Boris is the czar, but he is expressing a problem we all have: the consequences of human actions.” Aleksandr Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko, and Ekaterina Semenchuk lead the huge cast.
Thursday, October 14
Lecture: Alyssa Gillespie, Associate Professor of Russian, University of Notre Dame. "Boris Godunov and Dmitry the Pretender: History, Poetry, Opera, Theater".
A lecture on Russian poet Alexander Pushkin’s interpretation of Russia’s “Time of Troubles” (late 16th-early 17th centuries) in his playBoris Godunov, and the play’s later artistic transformations, with a focus on the work as a meditation on the morality of art. Come learn about Pushkin's play and Mussorgsky's opera prior to the Live from the Met HD broadcast.
Thursday, April 1
Lecture: Willard Sunderland, University of Cincinnati. “The Russian Cortés? Yermak and the Problem of Conquest in Russian History”.
March 18, 2010
Picturing Rachmaninoff: A synergistic display of music, art, and poetry.
Pianist Stephen B. Cook performs Sergei Rachmaninoff's Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39 accompanied by projected images of paintings (mostly Russian) and readings of Russian poetry translated by Notre Dame Professor of Russian Alyssa Gillespie. In the Carey Auditorium. Stephen Cook, piano performing Picturing Rachmaninoff: Music, Poetry, and Painting in Concert: http://www.stephenbcook.com/artistic_projects.html
February 25, 2010
Jehanne Gheith, Duke University: “‘I had to take my son and my mother into exile: Experiences of parents and children in the Gulag”.
February 10-13, 2010
Caryl Emerson, A. Watson Armour III,University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University, Provost’s Distinguished Woman Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame.
Wednesday, February 10
Lecture: Brothers Karamazov the Opera: Turning a “polyphonic” novel into redemptive religious art.
Wednesday, February 10
Lecture: Russian Classics on the Stalinist Stage: The Case of Boris Godunov, 1936.
(Pushkin, Meyerhold, Prokofiev)
Thursday, February 11
Lecture: The State of the Humanities: A Discussion.
Thursday, February 11
Lecture: Tolstoy and Shakespeare.
Centennial comments on a very famous feud, with a sideways glance at Bernard Shaw.
Friday, February 12
Seminar: Tools for Teaching the Post-Boom Bakhtin: A Workshop and Practicum.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Lecture: Conor O'Dwyer, Assistant Professor of Political Science and European Studies, University of Florida. "The Advantages of Underdevelopment? The Politics of Second-Generation Economic Reform in 'New' Europe".
Monday, April 20, 2009
Professor William Brumfield, Russian Studies and Architecture, Tulane University. "Pushkin's Boldino: National Myth and Provincial Reality in Contemporary Russia".
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The Films of Yuri Norstein: An Animator's Journey.
Animated shorts by Russian director Yuri Norstein (a presentation by Clare Kitson, author of Yuri Norstein and Tale of Tales: An Animator's Journey, preceded the first screening).
Tuesday, January 13 - Friday, January 16, 2009
Seminar: Igor Pilshchikov, Leading Researcher, Institute of World Culture, Moscow State University.
Nanovic Institute Visiting European Scholar Seminar. For more information and the seminar poster, including a complete list of lectures and events, click here.
Friday, January 9 - Sunday, January 11, 2009
Alexander Pushkin and Russian National Identity: Taboo Texts, Topics, Interpretations.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Lecture: Charles Barber, Professor of Art History, University of Notre Dame."Before and Beyond Modernism: Icons as Art".
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Film by Czech director Jan Svankmajer (a presentation by Malynne Sternstein, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies at the University of Chicago, preceded the first screening).
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Lecture: David Gasperetti, Associate Professor of Russian, University of Notre Dame. "And Now, Ladies and Gentleman, Introducing The Brothers Karamazov: or, Loosening Up Tied Ends".
Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Play: Patrick Dewane, The Mushroom Picker.
One-man play about a Czech-American soldier fighting in his ancestral homeland during World War II.
August 31-November 23, 2008
Exhibit: Maxim Kantor, Selections from the Wasteland and Metropolis Print Suites. Milly and Fritz Kaeser Mestrovic Studio Gallery, Snite Museum of Art.
Wasteland principally revolves around Kantor's characteristic Russian themes: the repression and squalor of the late Soviet era, and the chaotic, crime-ridden, gangster-plagued birth of a new Russian State. But in Metropolis he has created a vast compendium of images inspired by ancient and modern art, newspapers and photography, on the lines of a medieval "Universal History" updated for our age, embracing geography, history, mythologies, stories pagan, biblical and Christian, illustrating societies, their hierarchies and power politics.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Lecture: Holly Case, Assistant Professor of History, Cornell University. "The European Unification of World War II: Schemes from the East".
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Film: Alexander Nevsky.
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein with musical score by Sergei Prokofiev (the screening was preceded by brief presentations by three Notre Dame faculty members: Alexander Martin, Department of History, Alyssa Gillespie, Department of German and Russian, and Susan Ohmer, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre).
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Lecture: Christine Engel, University of Innsbruck. "Seeking a National Idea: Russian Cinema Today".
Monday, February 18, 2008
Lecture: Sarah Lindemann-Komarova, Founder of the Siberian Civic Initiatives Support Center and the Community School Movement in Russia. "Why Russians Like Putin: the Siberian Perspective".
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Lecture: Oleg Proskurin, Fellow, Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg) and Affiliated Faculty, Emory University. "Politics, Sex, and Literature in Eighteenth-Century Russia: The Institution of Favoritism in the Mirror of Mock Poetry".
Monday, November 12, 2007
Presentation: Oxana Semenyuk, exchange student at Penn High School.
Presentation about Ukraine, Ukrainian culture, and Oxana's hometown of Ivano-Frankivsk
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Live HD telecast of the Met production, with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Renee Fleming in the leads; sung in Russian with English subtitles.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Moscow Festival Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake."
Sponsored by ND Presents.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Lecture: Professor Thomas Goltz, Visiting Scholar at the University of Montana at Missoula. "The Chechen National Disaster and Other Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Caucasus".
Saturday, September 23, 2006
PAC Classic Film Series: Screening of "The Battleship Potemkin".
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Nanovic Film Series: Screening of "The Rider Named Death".
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov (Russia 2005), introduced by Elena Monastireva-Ansdell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, Bowdoin College.
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Lecture: Georgi Derluguian, Associate Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University."The Dilemmas of Russian De-Democratization".
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Lecture: William Craft Brumfield, Professor of Slavic Studies and Lecturer in Architecture, Tulane University. "Church and Identity in Russia: The Tikhvin-Dormition Monastery and the Return of the Tikhvin Icon of the Theotokos".