When: Monday, December 2, 7:30pm
Where: Union South, Varsity Hall
Sponsors: The Center for the Humanities, Distinguished Lecture Series
About the Speaker: Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist whose books, including the critically acclaimed Snow, have been translated into 46 different languages. In 2006, he became the second-youngest person ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is well-known for his attempts to highlight issues relating to freedom of speech in the country of his birth.
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When: Wednesday, December 4
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall
Undergraduate Applicant Session 2:00-3:00pm
Graduate Applicant Session 3:30-4:30pm
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When: Wednesday, December 4, 5:00pm
Where: Masley Media Room, Red Gym
Sponsors: The LGBT Campus Center, The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), and The Department of Slavic Languages and Literature
About the Panel: In June 2013, Russia’s national parliament unanimously approved a law criminalizing distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”. While the law, which was signed by the Russian president Vladimir Putin, does not overtly mention “homosexuality”, its intent is clear: it is effectively a ban on the gay rights movement in Russia and any public expression of homosexuality.
The law has led to the arrest and persecution of LGBT citizens and activists as well as a surge of hate crimes against LGBT people. The legislation has been condemned by international human-rights organizations, the United Nations, the European Parliament, and Western democratic governments. It has sparked discussion and protest around the world.
In February 2014, the Russian city of Sochi hosts the Winter Olympics. Calls have been made to boycott – or relocate – the Olympic Games, and the International Olympic Committee has come under intense pressure to guarantee that athletes, media representatives, and spectators will not be subject to harassment under the terms of the law.
Our panel of UW experts will discuss the separate but related issues of Russia’s anti-gay legislation and the upcoming Olympic Games.
The discussion will be moderated by David Danaher, Professor of Slavic Languages at the UW-Madison and Gabe Javier, Assistant Dean and Director of the UW’s LGBT Campus Center.
About the Panelists:
Kathryn Hendley is William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Political Science at the UW-Madison. Her research focuses on the legal system in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia with an emphasis on how ordinary Russians experience the law.
Cecilia Leugers is a Master's student in the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the UW-Madison. She became acquainted with participants in local LGBT organizations during a year of undergraduate study in St. Petersburg, which spurred academic research on the evolving political and social climate surrounding Russia's LGBT community.
Jessica Mason is a doctoral student in the Anthropology Department at the UW-Madison. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Moscow from 2012-2013, her research explores conflict and solidarity-building among radical left, feminist, and LGBT activists.
Ryan Prinz is a 2012 graduate from the UW-Madison with degrees in Russian Language and Civilization and International Studies (Global Security). While in Russia, he worked with Russian LGBT activists and organizations and continues to do so in his current position at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC.
Irina Shevelenko is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at the UW-Madison.
Friedrich Geiger, Professor of Historical Musicology, University of Hamburg
When: December 5, 4:00pm
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall
Sponsors: CGES, Department of German, CREECA, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature
About the Speaker: Dr. Friedrich Geiger is a professor of musicology at Universität Hamburg and the author of "Musikkulturgeschichte Heute: Historische Musikwissenschaft an der Universität Hamburg."
When: Thursday, December 12, 4:00pm
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall
Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)
About the Lecture: It is hard to figure out where to go, when you do not know where you are coming from. Humans have altered the face of the planet dramatically over the past 200 years including grasslands and forests being converted to crops, wetlands being reclaimed or forests is expanding over abandoned fields. Effects of such past and more recent changes are reverberating throughout the ecosystem, affecting the climate, water cycles, ecological diversity and human wellbeing. But we still do not know exactly how much of the land changed in the past, nor how such past land uses are reflected in recent land changes. This makes land use planning a difficult task: Where to grow future crops? What areas to deforest? And where enhance nature protection? My goal is to examine land change patterns and processes, in Central and Eastern Europe over the past 200 years and understand of the role of past land uses in determining current change. In Eastern Europe agricultural land-use increased during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but dropped sharply during and especially after the collapse of the Socialism. The highest rates of abandonment occurred between 1990 and 2000. The region experienced the shift from decreasing to increasing forest cover between the two World Wars, and the forest expansion trend persisted after the collapse of socialism. Urban development and wetland loss are other prominent processes since the 18th century. The timing and magnitude of these processes depends on the land use histories of the areas in which they occur. For example, forest recovered faster in areas which were under shorter agricultural use only during Soviet times, than in those areas already converted to agriculture in the time of the Habsburg monarchy. Institutional and economic factors were most influential in shaping deforestation and agricultural expansion, while socio-demographics and institutional shifts were the key drivers of land abandonment. Results show that past processes are important in shaping current land changes. The Eastern Europe example, with its impressive historic land use records and its history of multiple socio-economic and institutional changes, allowed me to explore multiple land use legacies over two centuries.
About the Speaker: Catalina Munteanu is originally from Romania, where she studied Geography and Foreign languages at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. She holds an MSc in Geography of Mountain Regions from the Leopold-Franzens-University (Austria) and is now pursuing her PhD degree in Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the UW Madison. Before coming to Madison, Catalina worked in fields related on environmental protection, cultural landscapes and development of mountain areas. In her dissertation project, she is looking at historic and recent land use and land cover change in Eastern Europe and how it relates to past land use decisions. The Carpathians are highly diverse region both ecologically and socio-economically and she aims to understand the implications of the regions past has for current changes.