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"Poland's Wild East: Civilization and Backwardness on the Fringes of Interwar Europe"

Kathryn Ciancia, Stanford University


When: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: 5233/5243 Mosse Humanities Building (Curti Lounge)

Sponsors: Dept. of History



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"Strange Fruit: Bialik and Kishinev in the Spring of 1903"

Marcus Moseley, Northwestern University


When: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: Union South

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

About the lecture: In this lecture, Marcus Moseley (Associate Professor of Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, Northwestern University) explores an unnoticed coincidence in the life of poet Hayim Bialik (1873-1934), perhaps best known for his epic poem "In the City of Slaughter," a response to the Kishinev pogroms. In 1903--the same year he composed "In the City of Slaughter" --Bialik made his first public autobiographical statement in a letter to Yosef Klausner, who was working on Bialik's biography at the time. Bialik's letter is generally seen as an essential matrix for the poet's later autobiographical explorations and is extensively quoted. The themes encountered within both ""Ir ha haharega" and "Di shekhite shtot", the poet's canonical responses to Kishinev, resonate within the autobiographical letter to reveal a complete psycho-historical drama. Finally, this talk considers the extraordinary parallels between "Strange Fruit", first sung by Billie Holiday, and the circumstances of its composition by Jew of Eastern-European descent. In sum, this lecture should be appealing to a wide range of audiences: those interested in Jewish Studies, Russian History, and literature--not to mention those who enjoy looking at confluences between literary studies and popular culture.


About the speaker: Marcus Moseley received his Religious Studies from the University of Edinburgh and his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 1990 in Hebrew and Yiddish literature. He was awarded a Koret Foundation Jewish Studies Publication Program prize for his book, Being For Myself Alone: Origins of Jewish Autobiography (Stanford University Press, 2005), which investigates the development of autobiography among the Jews in Eastern Europe from the 19th century to the period just around World War I. His focus in this book is on works written in Hebrew, but he also spends a significant amount of time considering Yiddish and German works as well as the interaction among these languages of Jewish expression in this period.



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Muslims in China Film Series:

"Beside the River"



When: Monday, February 11, 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:大河沿 60 min., 2005, Directed by Liu Xiangchen劉湘晨, in Uyghur with English Subtitles)


This film documents the challenges of daily life for members of a Uyghur family that live 3-4 hours south of Xinjiang’s capitol of Urumqi, in the heart of the Taklamakan Desert



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"Obstacles and Pathways to Conducting Research for Health in Eastern Europe"

David L. Nordstrom, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater


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

Sponsors: Global Health Institute, and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

About the lecture: Prof. Nordstrom will share his impressions of the current state of scientific publication and of the major causes of disease in eastern Europe. Nordstrom has visited Ukraine three times, twice sponsored by the Fulbright Program of the US State Department. This large "borderland" country is struggling to modify its Soviet-era institutions and concepts to ones that are common in the West. A leading proponent of and contributor to efforts to modernize Ukraine's disease surveillance and control capacity is the newly established national school of public health in Kyiv. As shown by the continuing failure to eradicate polio from the world, progress toward "health for all" requires that all countries be able to share basic access to essential health information and resources.


About the speaker: Associate professor of occupational and environmental safety and health at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Member of Editorial Board of Tobacco Control and Public Health in Eastern Europe. Education and experience in epidemiology and public health. Research and teaching interests in occupational injury, drug safety, public health surveillance, research methods, health surveys, and scientific writing and publication. Author of 40+ research papers in peer-reviewed journals. Principal investigator, coauthor, manager, and reviewer of dozens of public health and clinical research grant applications to US Government and private foundations. Professional public health worker in local, state, national, and international settings, including five years abroad with United Nations, World Health Organization, and Fulbright Program.



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Muslims in China Film Series:

"On a Tightrope"



When: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Where: 22 Ingraham

Sponsors: Center for East Asian Studies

70min., 2007, Directed by Petr Lom, in Uyghur and Mandarin with English Subtitles


This is a documentary that revolves around four Uyghur children living in an orphanage in Southwestern Xinjiang province, China. Their dream is to become famous dawaz (an ancient Uyghur tradition including tightrope walking) performers. The film documents their daily lives in school, and their progresses in learning dawaz.



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Undergraduate Russian Flagship Info Session


When: February 18, 2013 from 4-5:00 pm.
Where:1418 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive



The UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program is an innovative undergraduate program to offer highly-motivated students in any major the opportunity to reach a professional level of competence (ACTFL Superior/ILR 3) in Russian. Scholarships are available to support overseas and intensive summer study.


For more


Students who are interested in applying to the program or would just like to learn about it are invited to attend the information session, or to contact Karen Evans-Romaine, Russian Flagship director ( or Dianna Murphy, Russian Flagship associate director(


Upcoming application deadlines:


March 15, 2013 (Fall 2013 admission)


November 15, 2013 (Spring 2014 admission)


The UW-Madison Russian Flagship is a collaborative initiative of the UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature and the Language Institute, with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition. The programis funded by the Language Flagship, a public/private partnership sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), U.S. Department of Defense.The content of this email does not necessarily reflect the position of policy of the U.S. government. No official government endorsement should be inferred.



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"Multidisciplinary Organizations in a Disciplinary World: A Faculty Panel Discussion"

Judith Deutch Kornblatt, professor of Slavic languages and literature, UW-Madison, and current president of the Association for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (ASEEES)


Responses by Manon van de Water, professor of theatre and drama and Yoshiko M. Herrera, associate professor of political science and CREECA director.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

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

About the lecture: This faculty panel discussion will address the role of multidisciplinary centers and organizations such as CREECA and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES): how do they navigate among departments and discipline-based professional organizations to serve a diverse membership? Leading off the discussion will be Judith Kornblatt, current president of ASEEES and chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, UW-Madison, who will speak on “Borders, Boundaries, Place and Space.” Yoshiko M. Herrera, CREECA director and associate professor of political science and Manon van de Water, professor in the departments of Theatre and Drama and Curriculum and Instruction, will offer their responses.




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Muslims in China Film Series:

"Ashiq: The Last Troubadours"



When: Monday, February 18, 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: 阿希克 120min., 2010, Directed by Liu Xiangchen劉湘晨, in Uyghur with English Subtitles


This is an epic documentary of the lives of ashiq, itinerant Uyghurs who live in China’s far western province of Xinjiang. Ashiq hold diverse occupations and seek seclusion periodically to cultivate religious powers at regional mazar (graves of Uyghur spiritual leaders). Some ashiq are ironworkers, others are beggars, merchants, grave diggers, barbers, and sheikhs (respected religious leaders). They are men and women. The manner and subject they sing about has remained little changed over the generations. They convey their earnest feelings to Allah and do penance for their sins through their singing and pilgrimage. This documentary covers all aspects of Uyghur ashiq and moreover touches on the challenges of engaging the next generations of this tradition.


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"My Grandparents’ Kaunas: Searching for the 1920’s in the 21st Century"

Nancy Heingartner, University of Wisconsin-Madison


When: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

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

About the lecture: Nancy Heingartner's paternal grandfather, Robert Wayne Heingartner, was both the son of a U.S. diplomat and a U.S. diplomat himself. In 1920, while stationed comfortably in Vienna, Robert married a local woman, Lily Kraus. In June of 1926, he learned that his next diplomatic post would be Kaunas, Lithuania. Robert and Lily were not eager to leave Vienna for this hardship post that some foreign diplomats in Lithuania considered “the western edge of Asia.” Despite their misgivings, he and Lily moved to Kaunas,where Robert served as American Consul from 1926 to 1928, a period during which Vilnius was occupied by Poland, making Kaunas the provisional capital of Lithuania. As a gift to his two children, Robert Heingartner kept a careful diary for much of his diplomatic career. The many type-written volumes document both political and personal events of note. In October 2010, Nancy and her father traveled to Kaunas with Dr. Alfred Senn, retired UW-Madison history professor and renowned expert on Lithuania. Their goal was to visit some of the landmarks Robert described in his diary. This presentation will showcase some of their findings.


About the speaker: Nancy Heingartner's background is in Russian language instruction. She has also done stints in government service, study abroad administration, and community outreach. She coordinates the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute, a unique program that offers intensive courses in the Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek languages. She has worked as outreach coordinator for UW-Madison's Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia since 2007. Nancy has a Ph.D. in Slavic languages from Brown University.



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Celebrating Sister Cities Exhibit

Madison Sister Cities


When: January 17-February 28, 2013
Where: Overture Center for the Arts - Playhouse Gallery 201 State Street in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.


Free admission!


For many years the Madison community has maintained and supported lasting and meaningful relationships

within the global community through various sister city programs. This exhibit celebrates that long-standing legacy by providing a window into some of those sister cities through over 40 photographs and other artwork by a variety of international and local artists.


The six Madison sister city programs participating in the exhibit include:

Arcatao, El Salvador

Camaguey, Cuba

Freiburg, Germany

Mantova, Italy

Obihiro, Japan

Vilnius, Lithuania




For hours and info, please call 608.258.4961 or email

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