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The College of Arts and Sciences

Global and Regional Studies Program

Russian House Events - Spring 2010

7:00 p.m.--Monday, Jan. 25th: Our first RH meeting to discuss your ideas for fall semester activities, events as well as to discuss plans for Elena Gorokhova’s reading from her memoir, “A Mountain of Crumbs,” which you all read over the semester break.

7:00 p.m.—Tuesday, Jan. 26th—May 23rd: The UVM Fleming Museum will be running an exciting exhibit of Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons in the Eastern Gallery of the Museum.  Nearly twenty years after the demise of the Soviet Union, Views and Re-Views invites a post-Cold War assessment of Soviet graphic arts and presents a stunning array of images spanning more than six decades from the time of the Russian Civil War (1918-1921) - during which period the Bolsheviks and their western-backed opponents struggled for control of the new state - to the late Soviet period.  Professors Kevin McKenna (UVM German and Russian Department) and Denise Youngblood (UVM History Department), noted authorities on Soviet political art of this era, will deliver lectures as part of the Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons exhibit. 

Drawn from an extensive private collection of Soviet propaganda, this exhibition includes posters, cartoons, and photomontages. It suggests that artistic merit may be found in the service of political belief and subject to state regulation, and demonstrates stylistic diversity within works that are often characterized as Socialist Realism. It also exposes uncomfortable truths in Soviet views of the U.S. that can be evaluated anew, due to historical distance. In short, the exhibition asks viewers to view and re-view the relationship between the art of the high Soviet Union and that of the West, and perhaps to re-assimilate the art of the twentieth-century Soviet world into the mainstream of European and Western modernism. This exhibition was organized by the Davi Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University.

4:00 p.m.--Monday, Feb. 1st: Lecture/Book reading by Elena Gorokhova from her recently published memoir titled “A Mountain of Crumbs” (Simon & Schuster Publishers, Jan. 15, 2010).  Memorial Lounge of the Waterman Building (3rd floor).  Following her book reading, all “Russian House” students are invited to a reception for Ms. Gorokhova to be held at Prof. McKenna’s home.   

6:00 p.m.--Monday, Feb. 8th: Viewing of Russian film, The Inner Circle award winning film about Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin’s private film projectionist from 1939 to the dictator’s death.  Stars Tom Hulce, Lolita Davidovich, Bob Hoskins (as Beria) and Fyodor Chaliapin; written and directed by Andrei Konchalovsky.  Living/Learning #315.  Introduction by Prof. McKenna.

12:15 p.m.—Wednesday, Feb. 10th: Prof. McKenna will give a noon-time lecture at the Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons Exhibit at the UVM Fleming Museum: “All the Views Fit to Print: Changing Images of the United States in ‘Pravda’ Political Cartoons, 1917-1991.” 

7:00 p.m.--Monday, Feb. 15th: President’s Holiday—No Classes, no “Russian House” meeting.

7:00 p.m.--Monday, Feb. 22nd: Russian Conversation hour with Prof. McKenna (first-year students); Valeriya Shestyak (second-year students); Charley and Tanya (advanced-level students).  Living/Learning #216.

1:00 p.m.—Saturday, February 27th: Workshop on Russian Matryosh-ka Dolls, led by “Russian House” student director, Katie Boynton.  L/L Fireplace Lounge. 

7:00 p.m.--Monday, March 1st: “Russian House” lecture by Prof. McKenna: “The Role of Russian Proverbs in Sergei Eisenstein’s Film Classic, Alexander Nevsky.” Living/Learning #315.

7:00 p.m.--Monday, March 8-12: Spring Break.

7:00 p.m.--Monday, March 15th: “Fun with Russian Songs” as presen-ted by Megan Luttrell, Russian major, former “Russian House” resident and recently returned from St. Petersburg University.  L/L Room 216.

5:30 p.m.—Tuesday, March 16th: A Concert of Russian Songs, per-formed by famous Russia Choral group Вдохновение/Inspiration.  L/L Fire-place Lounge.

7:00 p.m.--Monday, March 22nd: “Russian House” lecture (по-русски) by Professor Emeritus Roger Cooke, UVM Mathematics Department: “Stal-in’s ‘Show Trials’: The 1936 Trial of USSR Academy of Sciences Mathema-tician, N. N. Luzin.”  Professor Cooke previously gave this lecture in Eng-lish to the New York Academy of Sciences (December 3, 2009).  Living/ Learning #216.

6:00 p.m.—Wednesday March 24th: Global Village/Living Learning Wednesday Night Gathering for “Russian House.”  Fireplace Lounge.

6:00 p.m.—Saturday March 27th: Russian Dinner at Café St. Peters-burg, located in Newton Center, MA. Prior to dinner, we will stop at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA for a tour of their collection.  We will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the L/L Director’s Circle for our morning departure.  Megan Luttrell’s parents have kindly invited us to stay the night at their home prior to our return Sunday morning.

7:00 p.m.--Monday, March 29th: Learn Russian folk dances!  Led by local artist/impresario Ben Bergstein.  L/L Room 216.

1:00 p.m.--Saturday, April 3rd: Fun with Eggs: The Art of Ukrainian/ Russian Easter Egg painting.  Introduced and led by Prof. Jennifer Dickinson, Anthropology Department (limited to 20 participants).  L/L # 216.

7:00 p.m.--Monday, April 5th: Russian Conversation hour with Prof. McKenna (first-year students); Valeriya Shestyak (second-year students); Charley and Tanya (advanced-level students).  Living/Learning #216.

6:00 p.m.--Monday, April 12th: Viewing of Russian film, Burnt By The Sun 1995 Academy Award Best Foreign Film about the onset of Stalin’s purges in 1936 Russia.  Directed and starring Nikita Mikhalkov. Living/ Learning #315.  Introduction by Prof. McKenna.

  7:00 p.m.--Monday, April 19th: Prof. Denise Youngblood, UVM History Department will give a lecture titled “Russian Artists in American Culture.”  Living/Learning #216. 

7:00 p.m.--Monday, April 26th: Russian film to be announced.



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