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May 2016

Mandelstam’s Venice and Some Forgotten Paintings

May 11, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Humanities Bldg, Room 311,

“Venetian Life” (1920) is one of Osip Mandelstam’s most complex and semantically rich poems, and many a study has been devoted to deciphering this text. Even at the most rudimentary level, however, this project is far from complete. The principal genre-determining subtext of the poem has gone unnoticed, as have other intertextual connections. An examination of newly discovered pictorial subtexts demonstrates the decisive part played by ecphrasis in the poem and enables one to adopt the author’s genre positioning of…

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The Shaman and the Greengrocer: Revisiting Václav Havel’s “The Power of the Powerless”

May 4, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Humanities Bldg, Room 365,

Václav Havel’s idea of “living in truth” has become a catchphrase in discussions of East Central European dissent during the Cold War. Behind this seemingly straightforward idea, however, were many competing ideas about what the truth is, how we can know it, and how we might “live in” it. Havel’s own accounts of “living in truth” can be read against parallel works by members of the music underground, including the eccentric philosopher, poet, and novelist Egon Bondy, whose 1976 science-fiction…

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April 2016

University of California Undergraduate Conference on Slavic and East/Central European Studies

April 30, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Humanities Bldg, Rms A51 & A26,

This conference promotes original research using the languages students study. It gives them an opportunity to integrate their language skills with focused investigations into the histories, politics, literatures, and cultures of the regions where those languages are spoken. It also allows students to meet peers from other colleges (or the same school) who have similar interests, fostering long-term friendships and professional connections. 2016 Conference Abstracts (click here) 2016 Conference Program (click here)

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February 2016

Central European Artists in the Spotlight

February 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, 90095
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Hungarian actor Levente Molnár (from the 2016 Golden Globe Award-winning and 2016 Oscar nominated film Son of Saul) in discussion with theatre and film director Gábor Tompa Improvised musical associations by performer-composer Daniel Szabo   Levente Molnár is a London-based actor and a member of the Hungarian Theatre of Kolozsvár. Apart from Son of Saul (Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film), he is known for his work in Marian Crisan’s Morgen (2010) and András Hatházi’s Tetemre hívás (2002).…

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Nineteenth Winter Workshop in Medieval & Early Modern Slavic Studies

February 19, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Royce Hall, Rm 314,

Session 1: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. DAVID MILLER, Roosevelt University “Law and Grace: The Seamless Faith of Ethiopian Christianity” DAVID PRESTEL, Michigan State University “The Last of the Avars: Where Did They Go and Why is it Important?” Session 2: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. VITALIY YEFIMENKOV, University of California Los Angeles “Researching Liturgical Texts: Sources, Questions, Methods” DAVID GOLDFRANK, Georgetown University “Expanding Andrei Pluguzov’s ‘Russkii feodal’nyi arkhiv’” ROBERT ROMANCHUK, Florida State University “How (and where) the Slavic Digenis Akritis…

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January 2016

Tarara Folklore Ensemble Performance

January 27, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Popper Theater in Schoenberg Music Bldg,

The Tarara Folklore Ensemble is named for the original settlers who came to New Zealand in the early 20th century and who were predominantly from the Dalmatian coast of the current country of Croatia. The group is one of the few that continues to foster the cultures of all the countries of former Yugoslavia. This event is free and open to the public!

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December 2015

Annual Holiday Party

December 2, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dodd 147,

Join us for our annual holiday party! Song, dance, skits, poetry recitations provided by our talented students! Light refreshments will be served.

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October 2015

Lunch ‘n Learn with WhatsApp

October 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Want to translate your humanities degree into an exciting career in the tech industry? Are you a polyglot and love languages? Bring your resumes and don’t miss out on this networking opportunity with WhatsApp employees! This is an unqiue opportunity designed for Humanities students (but open to all UCLA students) and the first event in the Humanities Career Panel Series! Space is limited so please RSVP here as soon as possible but at the latest by Friday, October 2nd, 2015.…

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September 2015

Departmental Open House

September 23, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Building #348, 415 Portola Plaza
Los angeles, 90095
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The Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures invites you to join us in celebrate a new academic year at our annual Departmental Open House! Come and get to know your professors and departmental counselor.

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UCLA Humanities Welcome 2015

September 22, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E Young Dr E
Los Angeles, 90095
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The Humanities Welcome is an annual event held at the beginning of the academic year that invites faculty, staff and students to come together to showcase the Humanities at UCLA. At the event, we introduce the UCLA campus to the benefits of coursework and degrees in the Humanities. The program includes an introduction from the Dean of Humanities, two faculty members discussing their research, and a Q&A panel with alumni, facilitated by the Dean. There is a reception to follow with representatives from…

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