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"Filming WWII on the Eastern Front: The experiences of Soviet frontline film cameramen and the peculiarities of Stalinist war-time propaganda efforts."

Benjamin Raiklin, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Date and Time: May 3 at 4:00 PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsor: Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia



About the speaker: Benjamin Raiklin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently researching Stalinist war documentary. In 2007, he completed his Master’s Thesis at UW-Madison entitled, “Crisis, Debate, and Dissent in Soviet Cinema under Stalin: The Experience of Film Workers on the Artistic Council of Mosfilm, 1939-1941.” Since coming to Madison, Raiklin has served as a teaching assistant for a number of courses and before that, a lecturer at Moscow University Tuoro. His work has been published in Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema and he has been awarded numerous grants for his research into Russian film and language.


About the lecture: The Soviet government sent hundreds of young film cameramen and filmmakers to the frontline during World War II to document the Eastern Front. What were their experiences working for the Soviet state in war-time? And what do their experiences reveal about how the Stalinist propaganda machine operated during the Second World War? My talk explores these questions by comparing archival and other primary source materials left by Soviet frontline cameramen and filmmakers with source materials from the country’s documentary film administrators and the Stalinist political regime.


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The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra

Oakwood Village

Date and Time: Thursday, May 8

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Летят журавли/The Cranes are Flying  (1957)


Date and Time: Wednesday, May 9th, 5:30 pm

Location: 254 Van Hise


"The Cranes are Flying" is a timeless work of Soviet black & white cinematography and the only Russian film to have achieved the Palme d'Or award from the Cannes Film Festival. The story of Veronika and Boris develops against the background of the bloodiest war in Russian history. Today we recognize the 67th anniversary of the end of the war known in Russia as Great Patriotic War (1941-45) by watching this very moving film. Shown in Russian with English subtitles.


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"Islam in Central Eurasia"


Friday, May 11
Graduate Student Symposium on "Islam in Central Eurasia"
2:30-5:00 pm
336 Ingraham Hall

About the event: Graduate students in LCA 850 (Seminar in Turkic Studies), taught by Professor Uli Schamiloglu, will present 15-minute synopses of their semester-long research projects, addressing various aspects of Islam in Central Eurasia. This symposium is open to everyone and no registration is required. Click here to see a symposium schedule.

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"Klezmer Dance Party!"


Sunday, May 20
Yid Vicious  &  Madison Folkdance Unlimited Present: Klezmer Dance Party! with Steve Weintraub
7:30 pm
The Crossing, 1126 University Avenue

Yid Vicious  &  Madison Folkdance Unlimited
invite you & yours to help us give a proper Madison sendoff to our dear friend
Steve Weintraub, Yiddish Dance leader & instructor extraordinaire,
who departs Chicago soon to relocate back East.

Join us for a free-flowing evening of klezmer celebration with music by
Yid Vicious, Madison's own full-strength klezmer orchestra, and musical friends on
Sunday, May 20 in the spacious downstairs hall at
The Crossing  (1127 University Avenue = SE corner of University & Charter St.).

Musicians, come at 7:00 to learn a few tunes!
Dancing begins at 7:30 or shortly thereafter
and continues until we're completely klezzed out.
Could conclude eleven-ish, but that's up to you.
Come & go as you wish!
We welcome a small freewill donation to cover Steve's travel costs, 
and contributions to the refreshment table are welcomed with gusto.  
Note this special occasion replaces regular weekly Sunday night International Dancing, to which you are always welcome!
Free parking in campus Lot 20, on the right just west of Charter Street off University Avenue,
   half a block from the hall. 
Street parking is free Sunday night, but is limited near The Crossing.
The Event:
The Band:
The Guest of Honor:   
The Host Group:
The Ramp:
The Questions:   Kia    Michael 608-241-3655 / 

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