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April 2017

Boldness of Spirit, Submission to Necessity

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Boldness of Spirit, Submission to Necessity: Russian State and Society during the First Cholera Pandemic, 1829-1832 Over fifty years ago, Asa Briggs encouraged scholars to consider the history of cholera and how it might contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between state and society. The first cholera pandemic originated in Bengal in 1817, with Russia the first European state to be affected by cholera, with a limited incidence in 1823 followed by a much more significant outbreak beginning in 1829. Russia would experience the first six pandemics, and these repeated outbreaks provide an opportunity to consider the response of the imperial and early Soviet states, as well as the disease’s impact on a modernizing society (and developing scientific community) over time. This paper examines the experience of cholera in Russia during the first pandemic, with particular attention to the state’s interventionist measures, the response of medical personnel, and the outbreak of popular revolt. Susan Rupp is Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University, where she has taught since 1993. She is currently working on a project focusing on the history of epidemic disease in Russia and the Soviet Union, from the reign of Nicholas I to the early years of the Soviet regime.

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“Попойка!” – Russian Conversation Hour

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Friday, repeating until April 28, 2017

Students of all levels are welcome to join us for practicing Russian, tea and cookies, and making new friends! We meet every Friday at 3.00-4.00 pm in Dey 413! View poster here. GSLL Sponsored

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German Club Meeting

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Want to improve your German conversation skills, keep yourself from getting rusty, or just hang out with like-minded German enthusiasts? Then German Conversation Hour is for you! We get together once a week to speak German in an informal setting. All levels are welcome! When: every Friday at 5 PM Where: either at Linda’s or Tru, which are both right off of campus. We update our Facebook page and send out emails each week to specify exactly where we will be. GSLL Sponsored

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May 2017

Kaffeestunde – German Conversation Hour

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Monday, repeating until May 1, 2017

Practice your German over coffee and treats. All skill levels are welcome. View poster here.

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Fascism and How to Overcome It: A Conversation and Book Launch with Historian Noah Strote

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th St
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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Contemporary political events, in Europe and elsewhere, have turned our attention back to the question of fascism. The concern with the violent rise of fascism has distracted attention from another historical lesson: fascism was, in Germany at least, eventually overcome. How did that happen? In this lecture and discussion, Professor Noah Strote (NC-State, Department of History) will discuss his work on Germany's transition from fascism to democracy, with attention to the lessons it might have for us today. Copies of Professor Strote's new book, entitled Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany, will be available for purchase.

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