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Muslims in China Film Series:

"The Feast of Kurban Bayram"



When: Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Where: 22 Ingraham

Sponsors: Center for East Asian Studies

Muslim Minorities in China film series, held in conjunction with EA 301: Islam in China, Spring 2013

Chinese name: 献牲片花 48min., 2012, Directed by Liu Xiangchen劉湘晨, in Kyrgyz with English Subtitles


This film tells the story of the hardships for a Kyrgyz family in Xinjiang, China, who are forced to move as a new highway is constructed and as mining industry rapidly takes over. Their problems are compounded as their traditional pasturelands become slowly flooded with the completion of a hydroelectric project.

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"Poor, Poorer, Bulgarian: Public Perceptions of Poverty in Post-communist Bulgaria"

Boriana Nikolova, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

About the lecture: When asked in 2002 to designate their position in the social order, an astounding 93.7 percent of Bulgarians placed themselves below the midpoint of the scale with respect to material welfare. This result is especially striking when we take into consideration the general tendency for people to overestimate rather than underestimate their status. What is no less remarkable is that according to a World Bank report on poverty, more people in Bulgaria identified as poor in 2002 than in 1997. And this happened despite the fact that 1997 was the worst year in terms of both the levels of poverty and inequality, with poverty increasing more than six times compared to 1995, and inequality increasing by the remarkable four points. Both poverty and inequality decreased substantially thereafter. This paradox, or as the 2002 World Bank report on poverty calls it, “the gulf that exists in Bulgaria between perceptions and reality,” cannot be untangled without finding out the different meanings of poverty, inequality, and wealth that exist in the country. In the lecture I address the paradox of public perceptions of poverty in Bulgaria by looking at the media discourse about poverty, inequality, and wealth and relying on open-ended  interviews.


About the speaker: Since January 2013, Boriana has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  This spring she will be getting her PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.



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Madison Symphony Orchestra: Russian Selections


Where: Overture Hall
When: March, 8, 9, and 10, 2013
SHOSTAKOVICH   Symphony No. 10  
Works by Dmitri Shostakovich will be featured as part of the final two concerts of the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) season.
Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 10,” which is part of March 8, 9 and 10 concerts, was first performed after the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin in 1953. The symphony is in many ways the composer’s reaction to Stalin’s death as the tight artistic controls of the 1930s and ‘40s were relaxed. The concert opens with two works by Mozart including the “Violin Concerto No. 4” performed by Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud.
Complete concert information can be found on the MSO website at
MSO concerts take place in Overture Hall at 201 State Street Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM. Concert tickets are $16.50 to $78.50, available at and through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street, 608.258.4141. Groups of 15 or more save 25%.
Seniors and Students save 20%, and the MSO’s Student Rush is good for best available seats at $10 and $15 on the day of the concert. Discounted seats are subject to availability and discounts may not be combined.




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"Children in Residential Care Institutions in Southeastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States: Causes, Risks, Solutions"

Nevena Vučković-Šahović, Professor at Union University, Belgrade

When: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors:The lecture is co-sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center, the European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE), and the ISS-Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project.

About the lecture: For most of children, living with their family, in an environment that fosters a sense of belonging, identity and origin is an ideal situation. In 2007, however, throughout the 20 countries considered by the UNICEF TransMONEE project, approximately 1.3 million children in this region lived in various types of alternative care arrangements, separated from their families. More than 600,000 of them grew up in residential care in hundreds of institutions throughout the region. Institutional placement is, experience has proven, the worst solution for a child without parental care. The impact of institutionalization goes beyond the immediate exposure of children to violence: long term effects can include severe developmental delays, disability, irreversible psychological damage, and increased rates of suicide and criminal activity. The goal of every social care policy should be prevention, deinstitutionalization and reform of existing institutions into individualized and small-group care types.


The causes of separation and institutional placement are many, but the alarming one in SEE/CIS is poverty: the vast majority of children are placed in state care institutions by their parents and the states keep the “habit” alive, often encouraging such parental decisions and making infrastructures available and accessible. In spite of reform efforts, more children are becoming separated from their families, and that increase is quite often hidden behind the relativeness of statistics. Institutionalization of infants and young children is still too common, and children with disabilities represent a large proportion of all children in residential care. The placement of migrant and refugee children and the disproportional representation of children belonging to marginalized minorities (such as Roma) is of particular concern.


Although these institutions are established to provide care, guidance, support and protection to children, the boys and girls who live in them may be at heightened risk of poor education and health care, poor hygienic conditions, and exposure to violence. There is a widespread lack of public concern about brutality towards children in state care institutions, which surely reflects societies’ rejection of children who do not conform to conventional social models. Perpetrators of violence (staff in institutions) are rarely held accountable, allowing high rates of violence to continue unchecked, thereby perpetuating tolerance of violence against children.


About the speaker: Nevena Vuckovic-Sahovic is a Professor of Law at Union University in Belgrade. She is also the founder and former director (1997-2007) of the Child Rights Centre—Belgrade (formerly known as the Yugoslav Child Rights Centre) which was the first center in Yugoslavia exclusively devoted to the promotion and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the same vein, Professor Vuckovic-Sahovic served on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva from 2003-2009. Throughout her professional career, she has worked with organizations such as UNICEF, UNODC, and the Ombudswork for Children. Professor Vuckovic-Sahovic’s most recent publication, “The Rights of the Child in International Law” is a step toward strengthening the training of professionals who work with and for children by providing useful information pertaining to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the CRC’s 3 Optional Protocols, and pertinent international instruments linked to children’s rights.


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"Assessing the Islamic Revival in Central Asia"

Pauline Jones Luong, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan


When: March 21, 2013 4:00 pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall


Professor Jones Luong has had to cancel her visit to Madison. CREECA is working on rescheduling this talk for another time. We regret any inconvenience that this cancellation may cause.




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