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Polish Film Screening – “Silent Night”

311 Kaplan Hall 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Plot: Adam returns home to Poland to spend Christmas Eve with his family and share the news that his child will soon be born. He is not the first member of the family to leave the country to earn a living. His father ‘lost his health as a construction worker in Germany’, and his uncle worked...


311 Kaplan Hall 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Revisiting the Laurentian and Hypatian Chronicle Accounts About the Failed Raid of Prince Igor Svjatoslavic in 1185.  A talk by Professor Harvey Goldblatt, Yale University Harvey Goldblatt is a Professor of Medieval Slavic Literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. He is the author of numerous publications on general problems...

“Sincerity out, authenticity in: poetry in quest of trust in times of post-truth”

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In the first half of the 1990s a new generation of Russian poets, — or a considerable part thereof — found itself facing the challenge of inventing a new way to speak straightforwardly: readily available poetics either wasn’t up to the job or was itself part of the problem. Poetry optics, which emerged at the...

The Audacity of Russian Realism: Painting Critically in the 19th Century

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This seminar will examine the tradition of nineteenth-century Russian realist painting, a tradition which existed primarily from the mid-1840s through the late 1880s and was associated with a range of artistic figures—from the much-celebrated Ilia Repin, to the less well-known figures of Vasilii Perov and Ivan Kramskoi. Russian realist paintings have long been compared to...