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Institute for Research in the Humanities Seminar:

"Conflict in the Construction of Socialism: Public Health, Rapid Industrialization, and the Communist Modern in Czechoslovakia"

Bradley Moore, Honorary Fellow and Lecturer, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison


When: Monday, December 3, 2012; 3:30 pm

Where: University Club Building, Room 212

About the Speaker: Bradley Moore, a William Coleman Dissertation Fellow, is a doctoral candidate in the Joint PhD Program in History and the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at UW-Madison. His interests are in the history of modern central Europe, the social and cultural history of communism, and the history of medicine and public health. He received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University, an A.M. from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Among his honors and awards are a J. William Fulbright Scholarship, a Dissertation Fellowship from a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, a UW Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, a Travel Award from the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and a Theodore J. Oesau Dissertation Fellowship in History.


About the Lecture: This paper explores the development of public health services in communist Czechoslovakia, and in turn, the early attempts of state hygienists to improve the living and working environment, enhance the biophysical condition of the proletariat, and halt the consequences of rapid industrialization. Through the efforts and activities of the hygiene services, I trace the converging influences of social humanism, disciplinary ambition, Marxist-Leninist ideology, and progressive critiques of Western medicine. What arose from this constellation of imperatives was a vision of communist modernity that sought to prioritize population health and physiological well-being as the highest aims of state, and furthermore, reform traditional understandings of both preventative medicine and its role in an industrial society. But this idealistic perspective quickly encountered a competing imagination of the socialist modern, one that saw rapid and extensive industrial development as the primary foundation of any social and economic progress. As this confrontation between ideals played out in the 1950s, the attempt to place salubrity and prophylaxis over the demands of socialist economic efficiency ultimately failed, and entrenched attitudes towards medical practice, industrialization, and environmental health risks remained largely unchanged.

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Foreign Language and Area Studies Information Session

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Information Session
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
206 Ingraham Hall
2-3pm: Undergraduate applicants
3:30-4:30pm: Graduate applicants

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW's National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. FLAS awards are only available for  specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. 

Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. Academic Year and Summer FLAS awards are two separate competitionsrequiring two complete and separate applications.


For more information, please visit:




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“Tocqueville in Moscow: From Servitude to Liberty?”

Anna Paretskaya, Honorary Fellow and Lecturer, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison


When: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 4:00 pm
Where: 206 Ingraham

About the Speaker: Anna Paretskaya is a sociologist who studies, among other things, political and economic liberalizations that happened in Central Europe and Eurasia in the late 20th century. Her work has won several awards from the American Sociological Association and, most recently, from the Council for European Studies. She teaches classical sociological theory at UW–Madison and is a co-editor of the bilingual (English and Russian) journal Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research.

About the Lecture: Russian parliamentary election in December of last year set off an unexpected wave of massive street protests across the country that lasted for several months. While participants of these rallies failed to get the election results annulled—or to prevent the reelection of Vladimir Putin for the third presidential term, which was their other goal—during those weeks of protests and months that followed, they exhibited civility, civic-mindedness, solidarity, shared interests and common aspirations (despite often stark differences in political views). Looking at the Russian protests a year ago through the theoretical framework of Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th-century French social theorist, this talk suggests that this street activism of tens of thousands of people is a marker not of disorder but of what Tocqueville called “the democratic mores,” of beliefs and practices critical for the existence of democratic liberty.

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KirkingWorld Diplomacy Visists Juneau County:

Update on Kazakhstan:
The Importance to the US and a Presentation on Cultural, Social, and Economic Factors Lunch-n-Learn

Gary Kirking, Community Resource and Economic Development Educator for the University of Wisconsin-Extension


When: Friday, December 7, 2012; 11:30-1:00 pm
Where: Pyle Center, Room 226 - 702 Langdon Street Madison, WI 53706

RSVP by: December 4, 2012 Contact: / 608.847.9329
Cost: Adults $10; includes lunch, program, and materials

Sponsors: UW Extension in Juneau County, Open World, World Services, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

About the event: UW Extension in Juneau County has collaborated with Open World, World Services, and the UW Center for Russia, East Europe, and
Central Asia to bring an International delegation to Juneau County Wisconsin as a continuing effort to build on citizen to citizen diplomacy efforts. The delegation will provide an overview of their country and information on their economy, social and cultural issues, and their way of life.


About Mr. Kirking: Kirking has been involved with hosting past delegations from Kazakhstan (4), and delegations from China, Russia, and Japan.  He has had the opportunity to work in 13 countries, with a primary emphasis on Rural Development.  Kirking has been involved with the Leadership Wisconsin program as the Board Chair and Co-chairs their Global Economics Seminar.  Kirking works in leadership development,  economic development, and in building capacity of local and state organizations.


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Holiday Sale


Check out the Russian Art, Craft, and Bakery sale this December!

Presented by the Russian Educational Association, this sale has a variety of authentic Russian products.

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Russian Folk Orchestra Fall Concert



When: Saturday, December 8, 2012; 12:00 pm
Where: Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, 116 W. Washington


Admission is free!

About the Concert: Please join the Russian Folk Orchestra for its fall concert! This year the RFO will be welcoming Galina Dement'eva as a guest soloist and domra player.


For more information on the Russian Folk Orchestra Fall Concert please visit:

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Note new date: December 11, 2012

Anna Ferens Film Screening:
What Can Dead Prisoners Do (Co mogą martwi jeńcy )"


With a post-film discussion with Anna Ferens


When: December 11th, 7:00 pm


Where: Marquee Theater, Union South


Sponsors: CREECA, WUD Film, the Polish Heritage Club – Madison, UW-Madison Polish Students Association, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago


About the film:


What Can Dead Prisoners Do (Co mogą martwi jeńcy )
Directed by Anna Ferens (2010, 53 min., DVD)
In Polish with English subtitles


Synopsis: The film tells the story of Soviet prisoners of war in Polish camps after the war of 1920. This topic was never broached during the years of communism - neither in Poland, nor in the Soviet Union. It surfaced in the 1990s, after the Russian government admitted that the mass murder in Katyn had been committed by the Soviet secret police (NKVD). Soon thereafter Russian media started featuring articles about alleged mass deaths of Soviet captives in Polish camps. Anna Ferens invited Russian, British, and Polish historians to talk about the accusations. The film is richly illustrated with historical photographs and film footage.


Winson Chu, assistant professor of Modern Central European History at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, will introduce the film and will moderate the post-film discussion with Anna Ferens.




On December 11, 2012, the Polish Heritage Club of Madison invites you to meet Professor Waclaw Szybalski and Director Anna Ferens before the film screening.

5 pm Steenbock's on Orchard in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building, 330 North Orchard Street
5:30 order food as desired: sm. plates $6-15, lg. plates $15-29/34.
*Reservations for the pre-film meal are due Dec 10* Please call Stan Graiewski (608) 249-2304 to make your reservation.

On Sept 28-29 at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, UW-Madison Professor Waclaw Szybalski received an Honorary Doctorate at the conference: 50 YEARS OF GENE THERAPY: THE CONTRIBUTION OF PROFESSOR WACŁAW SZYBALSKI TO SCIENCE AND HUMANITY.
Polish Director Anna Ferens will be in Madison to interview him and to present her film WHAT CAN DEAD PRISONERS DO? / CO MOGĄ MARTWI JEŃCY.

PARKING: Union South Underground Garage, nearby streets, Lot 16 (48 N. Randall Ave), Lot 17 Ramp (1525 Engineering Dr)



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