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April 2017

Central European Cities in Transition: The Case of Prague – Petr Roubal

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This talk will examine the deep and often troubling change of Central European cities after the fall of state socialism by using Prague as its case. It will look specifically at following transformations: a collapse of traditional Prague-based manufacturing and relocation of labour force, the lack of socially affordable housing, the massive increase in automobile transport to the detriment of public transport, the radical change in the patterns of consumption and leisure activities, and the change in discourse about the nature of the city and its future. In the new neoliberal spirit, the city planning (as any planning) was seen as part of the suspect heritage of state socialist planned economy. The lecture will attempt to look at these and other changes as part of long term transformation that preceded the actual fall of state socialism. It also will attempt to situate those within broader trends in European urban development since the 1970s, thus revisiting the established academic debate of what is actually socialist about socialist cities. Petr Roubal is a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in History from the Central European University. His dissertation on the political symbolism of mass gymnastic performances (Spartakiads) has recently been published as a monograph in Czech, with English translation pending. The bulk of his research looks at the politics of memory in the post-communist period, origins of post-communist neoliberalism, and the Federal Assembly 1989-1992. His current project examines Prague’s city planning of late-socialism and early post-socialism.

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German Club Meeting

April 21 @ 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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Met Opera: Eugene Onegin

April 22 @ 12:55 pm - 5:00 pm
Silverspot Cinema Chapel Hill, University Place, 201 S Estes Dr #100
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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The Silverspot Cinema is hosting a screening of Eugene Onegin as a part of Met Opera's Live on Screen in Cinema series. Eugene Onegin (Russian: Евгений Онегин, Yevgény Onégin), Op. 24, is an opera ("lyrical scenes") in 3 acts (7 scenes), composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto, organised by the composer and Konstantin Shilovsky, very closely follows certain passages in Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse, retaining much of his poetry. Shilovsky contributed M. Triquet's verses in Act 2, Scene 1, while Tchaikovsky himself arranged the text for Lensky's arioso in Act 1, Scene 1, and almost all of Prince Gremin's aria in Act 3, Scene 1. Eugene Onegin is a well-known example of lyric opera, to which Tchaikovsky added music of a dramatic nature. The story concerns a selfish hero who lives to regret his blasé rejection of a young woman's love and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend.

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Kaffeestunde – German Conversation Hour

April 24 @ 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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Frank Wedekind’s “Frühlings Erwachen” on Stage!

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until April 25, 2017

On April 24th and April 25th 2017, the students in German 374, under the direction of Dr. Tin Wegel, will perform Frank Wedekind’s Frühlings Erwachen (Spring Awakening), the 1891 play that shocked Germany by addressing and even showing rape, suicide, and abortion on stage. Folded into these heart-wrenching topics are moments of love, friendship, and the affirmation of life – in a cemetery of all places! Over a hundred years later, all of these topics continue to divide our society and are deserving of our critical attention, which makes this play forever contemporary. Both performances will begin at 6pm in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, at UNC, with an approximate run time of 75 minutes. Free of charge, the performance will be in German. Open to the general public.  

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Theory Reading Group Meeting

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In dark times, the GSLL Theory Reading Group turns its attention to part three of Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism. 4/24/2017: Chapter 13 - "Ideology and Terror" For info and access to the readings, write to: Dr. Prica, Dr. Trop or Dr. Langston

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Kawiarenka – Polish Conversation Hour

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 25, 2017

Students of all levels are welcome to join us for practicing Polish and meeting other Polish speakers on campus. BYOCoffee, but cookies will be available! 1pm - 1:50pm on Tuesdays. View poster here.

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Frank Wedekind’s “Frühlings Erwachen” on Stage!

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until April 25, 2017

On April 24th and April 25th 2017, the students in German 374, under the direction of Dr. Tin Wegel, will perform Frank Wedekind’s Frühlings Erwachen (Spring Awakening), the 1891 play that shocked Germany by addressing and even showing rape, suicide, and abortion on stage. Folded into these heart-wrenching topics are moments of love, friendship, and the affirmation of life – in a cemetery of all places! Over a hundred years later, all of these topics continue to divide our society and are deserving of our critical attention, which makes this play forever contemporary. Both performances will begin at 6pm in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, at UNC, with an approximate run time of 75 minutes. Free of charge, the performance will be in German. Open to the general public.  

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Met Opera: Eugene Onegin

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Silverspot Cinema Chapel Hill, University Place, 201 S Estes Dr #100
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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The Silverspot Cinema is hosting a screening of Eugene Onegin as a part of Met Opera's Live on Screen in Cinema series. Eugene Onegin (Russian: Евгений Онегин, Yevgény Onégin), Op. 24, is an opera ("lyrical scenes") in 3 acts (7 scenes), composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto, organised by the composer and Konstantin Shilovsky, very closely follows certain passages in Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse, retaining much of his poetry. Shilovsky contributed M. Triquet's verses in Act 2, Scene 1, while Tchaikovsky himself arranged the text for Lensky's arioso in Act 1, Scene 1, and almost all of Prince Gremin's aria in Act 3, Scene 1. Eugene Onegin is a well-known example of lyric opera, to which Tchaikovsky added music of a dramatic nature. The story concerns a selfish hero who lives to regret his blasé rejection of a young woman's love and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend.

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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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