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7th Annual Polish Christmas Baazar

Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin, Inc. - Madison Group


When: Saturday, November 2, 9:00am-3:00pm

Where: 575 Zor Shrine Pl., Madison, WI


The Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin will be holding their 7th annual Polish Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 2, 2013!


The bazaar is open to the public and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


For sale will be imported Polish arts and crafts, holiday decorations and ornaments, amber jewelry, and Boleslawiec Polish pottery. Traditional Polish music, costumes, nativity sets (Szopka) and Christmas trees (Choinka) will create a truly Polish Christmas atmosphere. There will also be demonstrations of Polish crafts. A Polish lunch will be available to eat in or take out.



For information, call (608) 244-2788 or (608) 239-0398


Merry Christmas.......Wesolych Swiat !

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The Tales from Planet Earth Film Festival presents


Dir. Sebastian Mez


When: Saturday, November 2, 1:30pm

Where: The Marquee Theater, Union South


(84 min., B&W, Blu-Ray, Germany, In Russian with English subtitles)


About the Film: In the middle of nowhere in the southern Urals of Russia there occurred an explosion in 1957, now nearly unknown globally due to Soviet secrecy. The Kyshtym disaster remains -- along with Chernobyl and Fukushima -- one of the worst nuclear accidents in history. Today, the landscape remains charged with high levels of radiation -- not perceptible visually but very much evident in the bodies and social fabric of the remnant communities still surrounding the site. Mez trains his camera in haunting ways that make the landscape and people starkly come to life and starts to uncover the memories buried in this community. Official selection of the Berlin Film Festival.


For more information on the film festival, click here.

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"Linguistic Structure of Verse: How to Study It"

Tatyana Skulacheva, Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences


When: Tuesday, November 5, 4:00pm

Where: 104 Van Hise Hall


About the Speaker: Dr. Skulacheva is a graduate of Moscow State University and the recipient of a Fulbright to conduct research in this area with James Bailey at UW-Madison in the mid-90s.

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"Trauma, Music-Making, and Musical Remembrance: What Survivor Testimonies Reveal about Making Music in Theresienstadt"

Teryl Dobbs, Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison


When: Thursday, November 7, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

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


About the Lecture: "Whatever form Holocaust testimonies may assume . . . they all inhabit a haunted terrain of traumatized memory" (Zeitlin, 2001, p. 128). Juxtaposing the delights of children’s music-making with the “haunted terrain” of the Shoah is profoundly disturbing and on multiple levels, incomprehensible. Within this terrain, spaces for children’s music-making were created in the Theresienstadt ghetto through Hans Krasá’s charming operetta, Brundibár. In contrast to popularized and salvific tropes of spiritual resistance, what Simon (2000) refers to as sociopolitical “strategic practices” (p. 3), Professor Dobbs argues that the musical experiences provided Brundibár’s young singers together with their perceptions of those experiences offer up compelling lessons for 21st century music scholars and educators. Through her research in the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies and the Shoah Foundation Video History Archive, Dobbs presents her critical analyses (Wodak and Reisigl, 2003) of survivor testimonies of Brundibár participants, audience members, and those who aided Theresienstadt’s musical art world (Becker, 1982). The objectives of this study are multivalent: (a) to identify and interpret the systems of belief within the testimonies; (b) to theorize more complexly the operetta’s role in the ghetto’s musical life; (c) to problematize tropes of spiritual resistance in relation to Brundibár, and (d) to articulate empathic pedagogies of musical remembrance that serve as sites of ethical subjectivity (Britzman, 2000).


About the Speaker: Teryl Dobbs is associate professor and current Chair of Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, having appointments in both the School of Music and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction while serving as a member of the University’s Disability Studies Initiative. Dobbs holds the Ph.D. in music studies/music education from Northwestern University and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and pedagogy. As a scholar, she investigates musical representations of trauma and pedagogies related to the Shoah; undertakes archival study of child survivor testimonies regarding music learning activities in Theresienstadt; interrogates theories of disability and nondisability within music education; and explores preservice music educators’ constructions of teaching identity and praxis. Dobbs presents her work nationally and internationally and publishes in the Philosophy of Music Education Review, The Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, Advances in Music Education Research, and the upcomingRethinking Education and the Musical Experience to be published by Oxford University Press. She was recently named an international co-investigator with scholars in the United Kingdom and Australia within the collaborative project, Performing the Jewish Archive.

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"The U.S., Russia, and the East-West Divide"

Diplomat-in-Residence for the Midwest, Ambassador Ian Kelly


When: Tuesday, November 12, 4:00pm

Where: Industry Room, Union South

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), the Russian Flagship, and the Division of International Studies


About the Speaker: Ian Kelly is the State Department's Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest. He is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer. From March 2010 to September 2013, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Cooperation in Europe. He has also served as Director of the Office of Russian Affairs (2007-2009) and Spokesman of the State Department (2009-2010). He has a PhD from Columbia University in Russian Language and Literature.


This event is free and open to the public!

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"Beyond the Language of the Courtroom: The Narratives of the Survivors of Srebrenica"

Selma Leydesdorff, Professor of Oral History and Culture, University of Amsterdam


When: Wednesday, November 13, 4:00pm

Where: Vandeberg Auditorium, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), The European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE), The Division of International Studies, Global Legal Studies, The Department of Sociology


About the Lecture:This lecture is about the search for words to express fear, anxiety, trauma, and loss. Many of the women Leydesdorff interviewed for her book (Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak, Indiana Un Press, 2011) have come to The Hague to tell and testify. They wanted the world to know what happened, but they do not feel their ordeal is really understood or recognized there. While the ICTY managed to satisfy the victims of rape by the recognition of rape as a war crime, the feeling of the mothers of Srebrenica that the world has abandoned them darkens their mind. What they want to say cannot be expressed in the language of the courtroom, which is always restricted to the attainment of “legal truth” and the establishment of the guilt of the individual perpetrator. Their ensuing disappointment is the result of how transitional justice established its procedures. In her lecture, Leydesdorff will argue that any effort to understand the post-genocidal mental map needs a wider and more interdisciplinary approach. Based on life stories and close contacts with the survivors, she hopes to present and discuss a culture of rage and despair. She will also follow the history of the 6,000 women who supported the writ of summons against the Dutch state and the ways their claims have been rejected. At the end of her lecture she will argue that the ICTY has taken over the role of the historian, since it writes a specific kind of history while, as yet, no satisfactory history of the Yugoslav war is available. In the historical image produced in the courtroom the voices of the victims which are indispensable for an adequate history of genocide and mass violence will be obscured and in the end forgotten.


About the Speaker: Dutch historian Selma Leydesdorff recorded the life histories of 60 women who survived the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995, when some 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed by the Army of the Serbian Republic. It was the largest mass murder in Europe since World War II.


Herself the daughter of an Auschwitz survivor, Leydesdorff believes that the women’s memories — of intimate moments, like saying goodbye to a loved one for the last time — are an essential part of history. She writes: “I argue that history is the totality of such small, sad moments; although seemingly insignificant, they are of great importance to the people who lived them. For years I listened, and discovered that their totality does create a history of how people survived the fall of Srebrenica and then continued on with their lives.”


Selma Leydesdorff is professor of Oral History and Culture in the Department of Arts, Religions and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She authored the book "Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak." Her work was recently featured on a PBS five-part special on Women, War and Peace.

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"Oliver Frljic's Call of Duty: Political Theater on Post-Yugoslav Stages"

Miranda Jakiša, Humboldt University Berlin


When: Thursday, November 14, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

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


About the Lecture: “Whose concern is Srebrenica?” With this contentious question at its center, the contemporary theater staging discussed in this talk seeks to balance the upset scales of justice, bringing the political present into dialogue with the voiceless dead. The talk focuses on the provocative, award-winning, and in many respects exemplary theater work of the director Oliver Frljic. His staging of Cowardice (Kukavicluk, 2010), which is representative of the new political calling of European stages, produces theatrical and political dissensus within the post-Yugoslav ‘cultures of lies’ in which defeats are deliberately misunderstood as victories and war criminals are worshipped as heroes. In his impressive theater tribunal, which refuses to participate in what he calls consensus theater, Frljic holds the director, the actors, and the spectators responsible for both common spaces, that of theater and that of history.


About the Speaker: Miranda Jakiša is Professor of South and East Slavic Literatures and Cultures at Humboldt University Berlin. She studied in Glasgow, Sarajevo, and Constance and received her PhD from Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen with a study on Bosnian Literature. Her main research interests are: contemporary Slavic literatures and cultures, postdramatic theater, and Eastern European Film. Her current projects include Stagings of Dissent, The Partisan Narrative in Yugoslavia as well as Radicality and Avantgarde. She has recently edited books on Negotiating Belongings: Yugoslavia and Lebanon and on Partisans in Yugoslavia. Literature, Film and Visual Culture. She is currently a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena, completing a project on early Yugoslav partisan novels.

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University Press Week presents

The Tamburitza Tradition: From the Balkans to the American Midwest

Richard March, Folklore Scholar and Musician


When: Thursday, November 14, 7:00pm

Where: Room 126, Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison

Sponsors: The University of Wisconsin Press, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwest Culture, Mills Music Library, and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia.


About the Lecture: The Tamburitza Tradition isa lively and well-illustrated comprehensive introduction to a Balkan folk music that now also thrives in communities throughout Europe, the Americas, and Australia. Tamburitza features acoustic stringed instruments, ranging in size from tamburas as small as a ukulele to ones as large as a bass viol.

Folklorist Richard March documents the centuries-old origins and development of the tradition, including its intertwining with nationalist and ethnic symbolism. The music survived the complex politics of nineteenth-century Europe but remains a point of contention today. In Croatia, tamburitza is strongly associated with national identity and supported by an artistic and educational infrastructure. Serbia is proud of its outstanding performers and composers who have influenced tamburitza bands on four continents. In the United States, tamburitza was brought by Balkan immigrants in the nineteenth century and has become a flourishing American ethnic music with its own set of representational politics.

Combining historical research with in-depth interviews and extensive participant-observer description, The Tamburitza Tradition reveals a dynamic and expressive music tradition on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, illuminating the cultures and societies from which it has emerged.


About the Speaker: Richard March was raised in the tamburitza tradition in the Croatian American communities of Chicago and Los Angeles. He was the state folk arts specialist for the Wisconsin Arts Board until retiring and was a longtime host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Down Home Dairyland” program. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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UW-Madison Russian Folk Orchestra

Fall 2013 Concert Series


When: Saturday, November 16

Where: River Arts Center, Prairie du Sac, WI


When: Saturday, November 23, 12:00pm

Where: Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, WI


When: Saturday, December 7, 7:30pm

Where: Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI


For more information, visit the RFO's website!








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"Efficient Participatory Democracy: A Model Of Real Utopia"

Dmytro Khutkyy, Professor of Sociology, National University of "Kyev-Mohyla Academy"


When: Wednesday, November 20, 12:00pm

Where: 336 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: The Havens Center, The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), Global Studies


About the Speaker: Dmytro Khutkyy is Professor of Sociology at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" (Ukraine) and representative of development of international research at Kiev International Institute of Sociology. He is currently a Carnegie research fellow in the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison. His research and teaching interests cover a wide range of issues, including globalization, world inequality, macrosociology, research methodology, social groups, personality, and social activism. His current research is concerned with contemporary global trends and participatory democracy.


For more information.

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23nd Annual Polish Film Festival


When: November 23 and December 7, 2013

Where: The Marquee Theater, Union South


For more information, visit the festival's website.


November 23, 2013



Loving (Miłość)

Directed by Sławomir Fabicki


Maria and Tomek (Mary and Tom) are in their thirties and have been married ten years. They live in a small town. Both find professional fulfillment in their jobs—he at a design company, she at the town hall. They are working together on the decoration of their apartment and are expecting a baby. It seems that nothing is capable of disturbing their peaceful lives. But one day the mayor, who has long lusted after Maria, rapes her. She decides not to report this to the police. Nor does she tell her husband. From that day forth, their love is put to the test.



In the Name Of (W imie)

Directed by Małgoska Szumowska


Adam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at the relatively late age of 21. He now lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioural problems who fight and yell abuse. He declines the advances of a young blonde named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection. Adam knows that he desires men and that his embrace of the priesthood has been a flight from his own sexuality. When he meets Łukasz, the strange and taciturn son of a simple rural family, Adam's self-imposed abstinence becomes a heavy burden. Małgośka Szumowska’s visually powerful film, charged with striking imagery from Christ’s Passion, dares to broach the still taboo topic of homosexuality in the priesthood. Confronted with his ‘forbidden’ desires, her protagonist experiences both moments of bliss and utter despair. A film about confused emotions, repression and loneliness – and the possibility of perhaps finding oneself after all.


December 7, 2013



The Closed Circuit

Directed by Ryszard Bugajski


Inspired by real events that took place in 2003,The Closed Circuit relates the misfortunes of three businessmen who fall victim to a conspiracy of sorts, led by a corrupt group of jurists and tax department employees. One day, at 6 a.m., anti-terrorist intervention teams, guns in hand, enter the homes of these three businessmen, who have no idea of the origin of the accusations brought against them by the district attorney (Janusz Gajos): they are accused of being criminals laundering money. Put in jail and kept from having any contact with their families who are being harassed by government employees, they can only count on the help of a young journalist who will risk his career on television to do everything he can to unveil the truth.



Women's Day (Dzień kobiet)

Directed by Maria Sadowska


Halina, a modest cashyer in a chain store is dreaming of a better life for herself and her gifted 13 years old daughter-Misia. She soon gets her chance as Halina becomes the store manager. She discovers that the price for a higher salary and a better standard of living is dishonesty, manipulation and deceit. She turns from victim to villain to her former cashyer friends. She is so consumed with her work that she failes to notice her daughter’s addiction to computer games. She will soon have to start her journey for forgiveness…

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No CREECA Lecture

Thanksgiving Recess


When: November 28-December 1

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