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March 2017

“Попойка!” – Russian Conversation Hour

March 17 @ 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

March 17 @ 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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Kaffeestunde – German Conversation Hour

March 20 @ 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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Consuming Temples: German Jews and Consumer Culture on Both Sides of the Atlantic

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Paul Lerner (University of Southern California) will discuss the intertwined histories of German Jews and consumer culture, focusing on department stores in pre-Nazi Germany and advertising, malls, and amusement parks in post-war America, showing how Jewish immigrants from Germany and Austria shaped American consumer culture in the 20th century. Concentrating on several key figures, this lecture will follow the paths of architects, designers, and publicists who brought European notions of planning and Freudian psychoanalysis overseas and helped create modern American urban and commercial culture. In his 2015 book, The Consuming Temple, Paul Lerner argued that in Germany, from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries, the department store was viewed as a Jewish institution. He traced representations of this powerful new form of retail and its intersections with major tendencies in Jewish economic and cultural history. In this lecture he builds on the earlier analysis, but extends the story into the postwar United States, showing how Jewish immigrants from Germany and Austria shaped American consumer culture in the twentieth century. Concentrating on several key figures, Lerner follows the paths of architects, designers, and publicists who brought European notions of planning and Freudian psychoanalysis overseas and helped create modern American urban and commercial culture. Paul Lerner, a scholar of modern German history, European Jewish culture and the history of the human sciences, is Professor of History at the University of Southern California where he directs the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies. He is the author of The Consuming Temple: Jews, Department Stores and the Consumer Revolution in Germany, 1880-1940 (Cornell 2015) and Hysterical Men: War, Psychiatry and the Politics of Trauma in Germany, 1890-1930 (Cornell 2003) and co-editor of Traumatic Pasts: History, Psychiatry and Trauma…

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Theory Reading Group Meeting

March 20 @ 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. 3/20/2017: Chapter 12 - "Totalitarianism in Power" For info and access to the readings, write to: Dr. Prica, Dr. Trop or Dr. Langston

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Kawiarenka – Polish Conversation Hour

March 21 @ 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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The Commissar: History, Context, Poetics – Marat Grinberg

March 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Filmed in 1967, but kept from release for twenty years, Alexander Askoldov’s The Commissar</i. is unquestionably one of the most important, complex, and paradoxical films of the post-war Soviet era, Based on a short story by Vasily Grossman, it tells of a female Red Army commissar who is forced to stay with a Jewish family near the frontlines of the battle between the Red and White Armies as she waits to give birth. The film drew the ire of censors for its frank portrayal of the violence faced by Russian Jews in the wake of the revolution. Marat Grinberg, the author of the first book on the film, will introduce its fascinating production and release history, the film’s diverse literary and cinematic contexts, and discuss its many-sided poetics of Jewishness, femininity, and the revolution. Marat Grinberg is associate professor of Russian, Humanities and Comparative Literature at Reed College. Widely published in both scholarly and journalistic venues, his work investigates constructions and politics of Jewishness in literature and film. His most recent book is Aleksandr Askoldov: The Commissar (2016). He is also a co-editor of Woody on Rye: Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen (2013). His most recent essays have appeared in the LA Review of Books, Cineaste, and others. Co-sponsored by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, the UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

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“Попойка!” – Russian Conversation Hour

March 24 @ 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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What Past is Prologue: The Ukraine Crisis in Historical Perspective – Serhii Plokhii

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Dr. Serhii Plokhii (Harvard University) will deliver the keynote address, “What Past is Prologue: The Ukraine Crisis in Historical Perspective,” His talk will be based off his 2015 book, The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine, which details the complex history of Ukraine in light of the current crisis in the country. Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. His interests include intellectual, cultural and international history of Eastern Europe. A leading authority on the region, he has published extensively in English, Ukrainian and Russian. Plokhii is the author of several influential monographs, including Yalta: The Price of Peace (2010), The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (2014), and The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (2015).

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German Club Meeting

March 24 @ 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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