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November 2017

UNC Global Passport Drive

November 14 @ 10:00 am - November 15 @ 3:00 pm

UNC Global is hosting its 13th passport drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 14 and 15 at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, Room 4003. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will accept applications and answer questions. While it is recommended that you have passport photos taken prior to the drive, a photographer from the UNC One Card Office will also be on site to take passport photos. Please note that Passport Services will no longer accept passport photos in which applicants are wearing eyeglasses. This event is open to students, faculty, staff and their families. Prior passport drives have been tremendously successful—more than 2,000 people have applied for or renewed their passports during the previous drives. Payment information, details about required materials for applications and renewals, and requirements for photos can be found at global.unc.edu/passportdrive. This event is coordinated by the Global Relations office in UNC Global. 2017 UNC Global Passport Drive Flyer

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Polish Kawiarenka

November 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until December 13, 2017

Students of all levels are welcome to join us for practicing Polish and meeting other Polish speakers on campus. BYORefreshments. Wednesdays from 11-12 in Dey 413. See flyer below. Polish Table

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November 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 2, 2018

A weekly casual meeting in the Dey Hall German department. Anyone wishing to practice speaking German is welcome! Kaffeestunde is held every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00pm in the German department Reading Room: Dey 413. Come join us! For more information, contact Nathan Drapela. View poster here.

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The Politics of History in East Central Europe after 1989: From Liberal Consensus to Memory Wars

November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The politics of history has been one of the constitutive elements of the new democracies in East Central Europe after 1989. ‘Coming to terms with the communist past’ was especially important as a means of securing the legitimacy of new democratic regimes. The communist past increasingly became a field of political struggle with distinct variants of politics of memory being used as expedient political tools. The most visible of these was the anti-communist memory politics symbolized by newly created, powerful Institutes for National Remembrance, which strove to repair and recreate the ‘memory of the nation’ and provide impetus to anti-communist patriotic education. The lecture will outline this development based on Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak examples and show how it relates to the recent rise of national populism in the region. Michal Kopeček is the director of the Department of Late- and Post-Socialism at the Institute of Contemporary History in Prague and co-director of Imre Kertész Kolleg, Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. His research interests include comparative modern intellectual history of East Central Europe, nationalism studies, and the history of state socialism and communism. He is the author of The Quest for the Revolution’s Lost Meaning: Origins of the Marxist Revisionism in Central Europe 1953-1960 and co-author of A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe – Volume I. This talk is made possible by a University Studies Grant from the International Visegrad Fund.

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Works in Progress Forum

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on October 11, 2017 at 7:30pm

One event on November 15, 2017 at 7:30pm

One event on February 21, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on March 5, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on April 11, 2018 at 7:30pm

Speaker: Stefani Engelstein: " The East Within Muslims, Jews and Race in the Long Nineteenth Century" Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 7:30pm Speaker: Kyung L. Gagum - " The Intertextuality in Fritz Lang's Metropolis and the Japanese Animation Metropolis "Century" Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 7:30pm Speaker: Christina Weiler - " Johann Gottfried Herder and Metaphors of Environmental Empathy" Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:30pm Speaker: Eric Downing - " Walter Benjamin: Child Reading" Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30pm Speaker: Priscilla Layne - "Wenn eine Eisbärin spräche, könnten wir verstehen?: Animals, Fantasy, Race and Gender in Intercultural Writing" Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:30pm Speaker: Christoph Schaub - " Making Proletarian Worlds: Internationalist World Literature and Montage Aesthetics in the Republic" Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 7:30pm

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My Brother’s Keeper: Romanians and the Vietnam War

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This paper contributes to recent scholarship on Eastern Europe and the Global South by exploring Romania’s engagement with the Vietnam War. In Romania, the Vietnam War served as a platform for critiquing American imperialism and showcasing socialist solidarity, with the press graphically depicting American barbarity against Vietnamese civilians and glorifying the Vietnamese People’s Army as heroic fighters for freedom. These articles were intended to foster solidarity with the Vietnamese people in their struggle for national liberation and to highlight the benevolence and superiority of socialism. Mobilized by the state as a tool for promoting socialist and nationalist principles, the Vietnam War was also part of the everyday imaginary: Romanians of various ages and occupational backgrounds wrote to the party leadership to share their views on the war, and, in some cases, request permission to fight alongside their “socialist brothers.” Thus the Romanian state and its citizenry could find common cause around certain issues, illustrating the salience of national roads to socialism in the 1960s and 1970s. To request a copy of the paper, please email CSEEES. Jill Massino is associate professor of modern European history at UNC Charlotte. She is coeditor (with Shana Penn) of Gender Politics and Everyday Life in State Socialist Eastern and Central Europe (Palgrave, 2009) and author of Ambiguous Transitions: Gender, the State, and Everyday Life in Socialist and Postsocialist Romania (forthcoming: Berghahn Books, March 2018). Her current project, “Cold War Collaborations” explores Romania’s relationship with a number of countries in the Global South during the Cold War. The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Emipres, East and West is co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Program, the UNC Department of History, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Please…

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Study Abroad Informational Session

November 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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November 17 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Friday, repeating until May 4, 2018

A weekly casual meeting in room 413 of Dey Hall. All people wishing to practice speaking Russian are welcome! Попойка is held every Friday from 3:30 until 4:30pm. Refreshments are provided. Come join us! For more information, contact Natasha Chernysheva. View the poster here.

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German Club Conversation Hour

November 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Friday, repeating until May 4, 2018

Conversation Hour: Fridays at 5:00pm at Linda’s Bar & Grill except on the first Friday of every month, when it will be held at TRU Deli & Wine Bar. Look for the German flag!

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Parable of the Sower

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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