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"Memory of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe"

Joanna Michlic, HBI Director, Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust, Brandeis University 

 

When: May 2, 4:00 pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

 

Sponsors: the European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE), the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, and CREECA

 

About the lecture:In this lecture, Joanna Michlic will discuss early postwar memories of Jewish survivors and their rescuers concerning wartime rescue in Warsaw and Warsaw province, and the relationships between rescuers and their Jewish charges in the immediate postwar period. She analyzes the early postwar correspondence addressed to the Central Committee of Polish Jews (CKŻP) and the American JOINT Distribution Committee (AJDC, the JOINT) .Noe Grüss, one of the leading historians of the Jewish Historical Commission set up in Poland in November 1944, viewed accounts concerning rescue activities as “the files of innate human kindness in the archives primarily registering the murder and destruction of individuals, families and entire generations.” While the correspondence of both rescuers and rescued Jews undoubtedly corroborate acts of kindness and dedication, it also constitutes rare and salient data for the study of the intricate map of wartime relations between rescuers and rescued Jews, and into their surrounding local communities. The letters throw light onto interactions between individual Poles and Polish Jews immediately after the war, and onto fresh, raw postwar memories of the wartime experiences. They constitute precious material for the study of both social mentalities and economic conditions of the early postwar Polish society, both in large cities such as Warsaw and in small towns and rural areas.

 

About the speaker: Joanna Beata Michlic is a social and cultural historian, and founder and Director of HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust at Brandeis University. In Fall 2013, she will join the Faculty of the Department of Historical Studies at Bristol University, UK. Her major publications include Neighbors Respond: The Controversy about Jedwabne (2004; co-edited with Antony Polonsky) and Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present and Bringing the Dark to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, co-edited with John-Paul Himka (Lincoln, NUP, July 2013). She is also the editor of the forthcoming Jewish Families in Europe, 1939-Present: History, Representation, and Memory, (University Press of New England/Brandeis University Press, 2014). Her two current research topics are the history of rescuers of Jews and East European Jewish childhood, 1945-1950. She is a recipient of many academic awards and fellowships, most recently the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Haifa University, Spring Semester 2013/2014.

 

 




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“Do Political Blogs Matter? Corruption in State-Controlled Companies, Blog Postings, and DDoS Attacks”

Maria Petrova, UBS Associate Professor of Economics,
Department of Economics, New Economic School, Moscow


When: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:45 am
Where: Ogg Room (422), North Hall

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


About the lecture: Though new media has become a popular source of information, it is less clear whether or not they have a real impact on economic activity. In authoritarian regimes, where the traditional media are not free, this potential impact might be especially important. We study consequences of blog postings of a popular Russian anti-corruption blogger and shareholder activist Alexei Navalny on the stock prices of state-controlled companies. In an event-study analysis, we find a negative effect of company-related blog postings on both daily abnormal returns and within-day 5-minute returns. To cope with identification problem, we use the incidence of distributed denial-of-services (DDoS) attacks as a variable that negatively affects blog postings, but is uncorrelated with other determinants of asset prices. There is a substantial positive effect of the DDoS attacks on abnormal returns of the companies Navalny wrote about, and this effect is increasing in amount of his attention to these companies. The effect is decreasing in attention to posts of other top bloggers, increasing in visitors’ attention to Navalny’s posts, and is consistent with more pronounced individual, in contrast to institutional, trading. Finally, there are long-term effects of certain types of posts on stock returns, trading volume, and volatility. Overall, our evidence implies that blog postings about corruption in state-controlled companies have a negative causal impact on stock performance of these companies.

 

About the speaker: Maria Petrova is a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, a UBS Associate Professor of Economics at the New Economic School in Moscow, and a Research Director at the Center for New Media and Society. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2008. Her research interests include political economy, mass media economics, and applied micro. In October 2011, she organized the 9th Workshop on Media Economics in Moscow. She is co-organizer (with Markus Prior and Martine Gilens) for the May 2013 conference on “Political Impact of Mass Media” in Princeton, NJ.

 

 

If you would like more information on the speaker and her work, please visit her website.

 




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"Eventfulness: A New Field in Narratology"

Wolf Schmid, Professor of Slavic Literature, University of Hamburg


When: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: 594 Van Hise

 

 

More information coming soon.

 

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Russian Folk Orchestra


When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Where: Oakwood Village West, Madison, WI

 

The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra will present a program of Russian and other East-European folk music performed on authentic Russian folk instruments, the balalaikas and domras.  The UW-Madison Russian Folk Orchestra has been in existence since 1997 and currently includes 40 players. Vocal and instrumental soloists will also be features.

 

For more information about the orchestra visit the website at:  http://www.russorch.wisc.edu/.

 

 

This event is free and open to the community.

 

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Colloquium on Russia and Eurasia
Presented by May 2013 candidates for the MA Degree in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies:

"Soviet Reproductive Policy: Women and the State Before the Abortion Ban" - Katia Chernyshov

"An Occasional Partnership:Russian Attitudes Toward the United States Since 2006" - Mary DePuglio

"Regional Variation in Russian Protests, 2011-2012"- Dan Shippee

"A Contextualization and Analysis of Qurban-Ali Khalidi's Biographical Dictionary"-Nathan Snodgrass


When: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

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

 

 

Katia, Mary, Dan, and Nathan will each give short presentations on their master's thesis research. Check here later for more information.


 




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"Russian Icons: Ancient and Modern"

Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

When: May 12, 3:00 pm

Where: All Saints' Episcopal Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI

 

 

 

All Saints’ Episcopal Cathedral in Milwaukee, WI, is sponsoring a two-month run of Icons in Transformation, a stunning international art show by acclaimed abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska. The show has toured in European and British cathedrals, as well as in cathedrals and churches in the United States, earning rave reviews. It will be at All Saints’ from April 12 through June 9, 2013.

 

Ludmila, an expatriate Russian now living in Sweden, has been deeply influenced by traditional Eastern Orthodox icons. Mike Phillips, a previous host from Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, described her work as “highly original, in-your-face abstract art with a deeply spiritual feel.”

 

Over a hundred pieces of Pawlowska's work will be displayed at several locations within All Saints’, including the nave, narthex, corridors, and library. In addition, a collection of traditional icons created by contemporary artists from Vassilevsky Monastery in Russia is also part of the exhibit.

 

All Saints' Cathedral is also hosting a series of lectures in late spring and early summer featuring UW-Madison and CREECA professors.

 

 

 

 




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"Ludmila Pawlowska: The Contemporary European Fascination with Transformation"

Barbara C. Buenger, Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

When: May 18, 2:00 pm

Where: All Saints' Episcopal Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI

 

 

 

All Saints’ Episcopal Cathedral in Milwaukee, WI, is sponsoring a two-month run of Icons in Transformation, a stunning international art show by acclaimed abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska. The show has toured in European and British cathedrals, as well as in cathedrals and churches in the United States, earning rave reviews. It will be at All Saints’ from April 12 through June 9, 2013.

 

Ludmila, an expatriate Russian now living in Sweden, has been deeply influenced by traditional Eastern Orthodox icons. Mike Phillips, a previous host from Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, described her work as “highly original, in-your-face abstract art with a deeply spiritual feel.”

 

Over a hundred pieces of Pawlowska's work will be displayed at several locations within All Saints’, including the nave, narthex, corridors, and library. In addition, a collection of traditional icons created by contemporary artists from Vassilevsky Monastery in Russia is also part of the exhibit.

 

All Saints' Cathedral is also hosting a series of lectures in late spring and early summer featuring UW-Madison and CREECA professors.

 

 

 

 




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Friends of Chernobyl Centers United States (FOCCUS) Presents:
Tanya Soshko, Deputy Director of the Borodyanka Center, Ukraine

 

When: May 19, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Blackhawk Country Club, 3606 Blackhawk Dr Madison, WI 53705

Cost: $14 (covers breakfast buffet)

 

 

 

Blackhawk’s Sunday breakfast buffet will be served between 10:30 am and noon. Tanya will be speaking at 11:30 am.

Please RSVP by May 17, 2013 to rob.foccus@gmail.com or call Rob at 438-4892.

Tanya will be attending the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers conference May 15-17th to learn about working with children dying of cancer in her region of Ukraine. Tanya will be highlighting what she learned and how this new knowledge will benefit children in Ukraine. She will also be sharing some of the success stories from the Center in Borodyanka and the daily challenges they face.

 

 

 




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