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"Intersecting regimes. Lone-parent families and new social risks in the European Union"

Jane Jenson, Professor of Political Science, Université de Montréal


When: Tuesday, April 1, 12:30pm

Where: 8108 Social Sciences

Sponsors: The European Union Center of Excellence, the Department of Sociology


About the lecture: There is a certain consensus that European societies are characterised by a set of “new social risks,” and lone parenthood is one of them. The redesign of social policies to respond to the new risk structure varies across countries. In this article we argue that non-convergent patterns are the result of the intersection of two dimensions, the welfare regime and the gender regime. The article participates in a move toward multi-dimensional analysis of social policy by documenting that once activation was a priority of the welfare regime, it was often the gender regime and its norms that determined the actual results of the employment and anti-poverty goals. Particularly important for outcomes were the norms and practices around parents’ working hours, and in some cases gaps that widened within gender regimes between the needs of couples or lone-parent families. Four cases are examined: Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France.


This lecture is a part of the Politics, Culture and Society Brownbag.

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"Building Plant Bodies: People, Trees, and Grafting in Kyrgyzstan's Walnut-Fruit Forest"

Jake Fleming, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison


When: Thursday, April 3, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, the Department of Geography, the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, the Department of Horticulture


About the Speaker: Jake Fleming is a Ph.D. candidate in the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His dissertation explores the ways in which the horticultural practice of grafting shapes human-forest relationships in and around southern Kyrgyzstan’s walnut-fruit forest. This project is based on a year of ethnographic fieldwork in Central Asia, and combines theoretical resources from political ecology, posthumanism, geographies of science, and science and technology studies.


About the Lecture: The world’s largest walnut-fruit forest, which grows in southern Kyrgyzstan, features wild-growing populations of walnut, apple, pear, plum, apricot, pistachio, and almond. These trees grow in untended profusion in some places, but, through the horticultural practice of grafting, can be transformed into the dependable inhabitants we find in gardens and orchards around the temperate world. Human labor since the 1930s has scattered thousands of grafted trees throughout the forest, where they bear bigger, tastier, more valuable fruit than their ungrafted neighbors. How does the horticultural potential of these trees affect how forest resources are owned and accessed? How does the malleability of their bodies, the greater or lesser extent to which they can be rebuilt, shape their engagement with villagers, scientists, conservationists, and foresters? In this presentation, I’ll address these questions from two directions. First, I’ll examine a Soviet-era program of systematic state-led forest modification through grafting, a program which deployed a particularly Soviet science in the forest, with material consequences. Second, I’ll explore how residents of forest villages use grafting today to redistribute botanical material on the landscape. Based on a year of ethnographic fieldwork in southern Kyrgyzstan, this account illuminates the importance of taking nonhuman materiality seriously in our analyses of politics and power. Together, these vignettes point toward my broader project, which uses the figure of the grafted tree, a collaboration of human and tree dependent on the capacities of each, to develop a posthumanist theorization of property.

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The Wisconsin Film Festival

April 3-10, 2014


First launched in 1999, the Wisconsin Film Festival has brought more than 2,000 films to the heart of Madison. The Festival presents the best new independent film (feature, documentary, experimental), world cinema, and restorations and rediscoveries, and showcases the works of Wisconsin filmmaking artists. Below is a list a films from the CREECA region. To reserve tickets to these films, visit the festival's website.




Spain, Romania | 2013 | 116 min | DCP | In Spanish, Romanian with English subtitles

April 4, 4:30pm - Chazen Museum of Art | April 5, 9:00pm - Sundance Cinema 1

dir: Manuel Martín Cuenca

Perhaps the classiest movie ever made about a serial killer who eats his victims, Cannibal plays out much more like a tragic romantic thriller.


Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

USA | 2013 | 76 min | DCP | In Russian with English subtitles

April 4, 12:15pm - UW Cinematheque | April 8, 9:00pm - Sundance Cinema 1

dir: Madeleine Sackler

A riveting account of both the struggle and value of creating art under difficult circumstances, this essential documentary follows a radical theater group through a critical patch in their nation’s history.



Romania | 2013 | 85 min | In Romanian with English subtitles

April 4, 4:30pm - Elvehjem Building | April 5, 4:30pm - Chazen Museum of Art

dir: Adrian Sitaru

Humans, dogs, hens, rabbits, pigeons, and cats attempt to coexist in this droll, very Romanian comedy of cohabitation.


Dostoevsky Behind Bars

USA | 2014 | 56 min | HD projection

April 5, 3:45 - Elvehjem Building

dir: Marc Kornblatt

Marc Kornblatt’s documentary charts the weekly meetings between Oakhill Correctional inmates and UW-Madison graduate students to discuss works of classic literature, celebrating how reading, poetry, and art can become a way to rebuild one’s life.


The Green Serpent - Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams

Switzerland, Russia | 2013 | 21 min | In Russian with English subtitles

April 3, 9:15pm - UW Cinematheque

dir: Benny Jaberg

A trip to the outer limits of intoxication, starring an actor, a poet, and a physicist.



Poland | 2013 | 80 min | DCP | In Polish with English subtitles

April 6, 6:30pm - Sundance Cinema 1 | April 8, 4:30 - Sundance Cinema 1

dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

A spellbinding image of 1960s Poland, this enveloping drama centers on a teenaged nun who, just before taking her vows, meets her last living relative for the first time.


In Bloom

Grzeli nateli dgeebi

Georgia, Germany, France | 2013 | 102 min | DCP | In Georgian with English subtitles

April 4, 9:15pm - Chazen Museum of Art | April 10, 2:15pm - Sundance Cinema 1

dir: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross

This authentic and gripping feature follows two 14 year-old girls in the male-dominated culture of Tbilisi.


Mother, I Love You

Mammu, es tevi mīlu

Latvia | 2013 | 83 min | HD projection | In Latvian with English subtitles

April 5, 2:00pm - UW Cinematheque | April 9, 4:00pm - Sundance Cinema 6

dir: Jānis Nords

Raimonds has a way of getting into mischief. After an argument with his mom, he runs away for a night, setting off a spiral of lies and coverups that threaten to overwhelm him.


When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

Cand se lasa seara peste Bucuresti sau Metabolism

Romania | 2013 | 89 min | DCP | In Romanian with English subtitles

April 4, 4:45pm - UW Cinematheque | April 5, 7:00pm - UW Cinemateque

dir: Corneliu Porumboiu

With two weeks left to shoot, Paul, a director, delays his production by faking an ulcer. Paul’s true intention is to spend more time with his leading lady, Alina.

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The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra presents

The Annual Spring Gala Concert


When: Sunday, April 6, 2:00pm

Where: Mills Hall, Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI

Sponsors: The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra, The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)




Alexander Tsygankov (Domra)

People's Artist of Russia and winner of All-Russia, virtuoso domra player Alexander Tsygankov belongs by right to the top league of modern Russian performers. His natural gift of musical ingenuity, diligence, high culture, and erudition has led him to create a unique style of performance which has placed the domra in line with other traditionally classical instruments. In addition to performing, Tsygankov has composed an extensive professional concert repertoire for the domra.


Inna Shevchenko (Piano)

The honored artist of Russia, Inna Shevchenko received her special music education in the city of Omsk at the V. Shebalin Music College where she studied under L. Vinkler. She also studied under professor K. Adzemova at the Gnesin National Academy of Music in Moscow. This wonderful pianist connects with her audience through her amazing virtuoso technique and high level of accompaniment skills. During the last 35 years, Inna Shevchenko has been a partner and wife to the domra virtuoso Alexander Tsygankov, who holds the title of the National artist of Russia. There is no city in Russia where this amazing duo has not performed. Listeners from the USA, France, Germany, Sweden, Japan, and many other countries applaud this great duo. Half of their success is due to the amazing talent of Inna Shevchenko. She has also used her skills to help many young musicians by accompanying them during competitions. In competitions in many Russian cities, she has received awards for best accompanist. In October 2001 by special order of the President of Russia, she was honored with the high title of "Honored Artist of Russia".


Anna Gubenkova (Alto)

Anna Gubenkova was born in Orsha, Belarus. She became interested in music at a very early age. When she was 4, she joined the children’s folkloric ensemble Ternitsa directed by her mother. She graduated from high school minoring in choral music. She also learned piano. At the age of 15 Anna began her studies at the choral conducting department of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Music College which she graduated from with high honors. In 2010 she entered the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk. She immigrated to the United States before graduating. Later, she met Victor Gorodinsky, the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra music director (whose cat scratched her when she visited Victor at home!). Anna began singing with the group regularly. Besides music, Anna is interested in arts, poetry, and literature. She also loves sweets!


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"Human Rights in Russia: Challenges of 2014"

Anna Sevortian, Independent Expert and Former Director, Human Rights Watch-Russia


When: Thursday, April 10, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), the Russian Flagship Program, The Human Rights Program is supported by a UW-Madison Mellon Foundation grant for the advancement of area and international studies and coordinated by the Global Legal Studies Center


About the Speaker: Anna Sevortian, consultant and formerly Russia director for Human Rights Watch (2010-2013), has 15 years of experience working on civil society and human rights in the former Soviet Union. At Human Rights Watch (HRW), Sevortian conducted research and advocacy on Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus; served as HRW spokesperson for the region; and oversaw the work of the office. Earlier Sevortian had been deputy director of the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights in Moscow. Sevortian graduated from the Moscow State University’s Journalism Faculty and has received several prestigious international fellowships. Sevortian joins Harvard Kennedy School as a Mid-Career Mason Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year.


About the Lecture: Russian courtrooms provide a lot of insight not just into current political events, but also into the systemic deficiencies of democratic freedoms in Russia today.

On Monday, February 21, 2014, the day after the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, the Zamoskvoretsky court in Moscow handed down guilty verdicts to eight protesters. They were sentenced to up to 3.8 years of prison for "mass rioting" during the anti-government demonstration on Bolotnaya square on May 6, 2012 – on the eve of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration. From the outset, human rights groups called the charges disproportionate and inappropriate and described the case itself as a blow to the freedoms of speech and assembly in Russia. In February 2014, dozens of people who came to support members of the "trial of eight" were themselves detained, some charged with administrative offenses. These supporters will soon be due in court as well.


- What the status of human rights in Russia today? Could exposure from the Sochi Olympics or events in Ukraine change anything?
- What are the challenges for civil society in Russia? What are the most important trends and NGOs to watch in 2014?
- Are there positive changes and what can be done from outside Russia to nurture these?

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Ukrainian Egg Dyeing with Jaroslava Sobiskova


When: Friday, April 11, 4:00pm

Where: Union South, TITU

Sponsors: WUD Global Connections


Come try your hand at Ukrainian egg dyeing on Friday, April 11th. Jaroslava Sobiskova will be teaching students how to do traditional Ukrainian Egg Dyeing for the Easter holiday as well as explaining the traditions and symbolism of Ukrainian Egg Dyeing. A traditional Ukrainian dessert will be served as well.


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Polish Heritage Club Annual Spring Festival


When: Sunday, April 13, 10:00am-3:00pm

Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary School, 4913 Schofield Street, Monona, WI


About the Festival: A Palm Sunday tradition, the Festival features the sale of traditional Polish baked goods, amber jewelry, imported crafts, kids toys, books and Boleslawiec pottery. In addition, there will be displays of Polish history, colorful Polish Easter eggs, plus demonstrations of pisanki (egg painting), wyanki (floral head wreaths) and a children’s activity table.


Also enjoy a Polish lunch of pierogi, kielbasa and sauerkraut, paczki and other baked goods, while visiting with friends/family and listening to music.


Open to the public. Free admission, ample parking and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call (608) 244-2788.


Directions: From S. Beltline, turn north on Monona Dr. 1.5 miles. Across from golf course, turn left on St. Theresa Tr. to the school. Watch for our signs.

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"The Puzzle of the First Play on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Stefan Otwinowski's Easter (1943)"

Halina Filipowicz, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison


When: Thursday, April 17, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature


About the Speaker: Halina Filipowicz teaches in the Slavic Department and holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at UW-Madison.  She has published widely on comparative drama, feminism, and Polish literary and cultural history.  One of her publications is a co-edited volume, The Great Tradition and Its Legacy: The Evolution of Dramatic and Musical Theater in Austria and Central Europe(hardcover 2003; paperback 2004).  She has completed a new book, Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989, and is working on another, Myth, Memory, and Rhetoric: Polish Drama and the Discourse of Polish-Jewish Relations, 1943-2013.   Her research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and Women's Studies Research Center at UW-Madison.


About the Lecture: This talk recovers a long forgotten play, Stefan Otwinowski’s Easter (Wielkanoc), and explores a tangled skein of its dramaturgical and rhetorical strategies. Drafted in 1943 and published by the Central Commission of Polish Jews in 1946, Easter is the earliest attempt in any language to depict the 1943 uprising in the Warsaw ghetto through the medium of drama. Every aspect of this richly layered play - from its resonant but defiantly ironic title to its baffling concern with the story of John à Lasco (1499-1560), a Polish-born Protestant theologian in London and a major figure in the Protestant Reformation - constitutes a puzzle awaiting patient investigation.

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"Afghanistan: A Distant War"

Robert Nickelsberg, Photojournalist, TIME Magazine


When: Thursday, April 17, 6:00pm

Where: Birge Hall, B302

Sponsor: Veterans, Educators, and Traditional Students (VETS)


Nickelsberg, a TIME Magazine photographer for 25 years, has documented conflicts in Kashmir, Iraq, Sri Lanka, India, and Afghanistan. He was one of the few photographers to have first-hand exposure to the early days of fundamentalist groups in the Afghanistan-Pakistan tribal areas, and his work provides a unique close-up view of the Soviet withdrawal, the rise of the Taliban, and the invasion and occupation by American forces. Nickelsberg's photography helps bring into focus the day-to-day consequences of war, poverty, oppression, and political turmoil in distant but all too familiar Afghanistan.


Q & A to follow.


Note: The easiest way to find B302 is to enter Birge hall from the West side entrance (the side facing Van Vleck). B302 is immediately inside the door!

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WIOC and the Urban Leauge of Greater Madison

South Madison International Community Night


When: Thursday, April 17, 6:00pm

Where: Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 633 W. Badger Rd, Madison, WI




•West African drumming and dancing by Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble

•Mexican folklore dancing by Ballet Folklórico Nacional of Milwaukee

•Classical Indian Dancing by Kalaanjali School of Dance

•Traditional Hmong dancing infused with hip-hop by REPLAY: HASA Dance Crew


Free Refreshments with an international flair will be provided.


Free and open to the public.



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“Strategic Litigation: Bringing the European Convention for Human Rights to Russia”

Anton Burkov, Galina Staravoitova Fellow, Kennan Institute


When: Thursday, April 24, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), the Russian Flagship Program, The Human Rights Program is supported by a UW-Madison Mellon Foundation grant for the advancement of area and international studies and coordinated by the Global Legal Studies Center


About the Speaker: Dr. Anton Burkov, a candidate of legal science (Tiumen’ State University), LLM (Essex University), PhD (Cambridge University), is a member of Urals Center for Constitutional and International Human Rights Protection of the NGO Sutyajnik (“Сутяжник”). NGO Sutyajnik is a human rights resource center that helps citizens and organizations realize rights guaranteed in the Russian Constitution and international treaties by litigating public interest cases, educating in human rights, and informing the public about the mechanisms for human rights protection. Since 1998 Anton Burkov has been an advocate for human rights and has been litigating cases before Russian courts, including the Supreme and Constitutional Courts, and the European Court of Human Rights. In 2001 he received the highest legal prize in Russia, the FEMIDA Award, “for contributions toward the creation of a democratic society and the development of state legal institutions”. As an expert on the Russian legal system, he has authored numerous publications. He is also Chair of the European and Comparative Law Department of University of Humanities (Ekaterinburg, Russia).


About the Lecture: Strategic litigation and the domestication of international human rights law is still quite new for Russia, although international law became a part of the national legal system and national courts were opened to challenges to acts of government with the adoption of the Russian Constitution in 1993. This talk is based on the the speaker's and his colleagues’ participation in strategic litigation campaigns conducted by the non-governmental human rights organisation Sutyajnik (based in Yekaterinburg, Russia) since 1994. In order to solve a structural problem such as, for example, prison conditions, in addition to helping a particular client, non-governmental staff attorneys were promoting the domestic implementation of human rights guarantees enshrined in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which Russia joined in 1998.


This talk features some examples of cases of “small” people which brought or will bring “big” changes to Russian law through litigation. These include introduction of the appeal instance to the procedure of consideration of minor offences, allowing migrant workers to freely more within Russia, uncovering “secret” justice of the Supreme Court, and struggling for the right of a widow to challenge government normative act which caused death to her late husband, and more.

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"Russia as a Revisionist Power"

Christian Caryl, Senior Fellow at Legatum Institute in London & Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy Magazine


When: Friday, April 25, 4:00pm

Where: 5055 Vilas Hall

Sponsors: Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications


About the Lecture: The subject of Caryl's talk concerns Moscow's takeover of Crimea, which he describes as the most serious challenge to the international status quo since 1991. Caryl argues that the legal and political arguments that Russia has cited to justify the move establish an ominous precedent. Caryl asks how should the West respond and how far is President Putin prepared to go in the defense of his "compatriots" outside of Russia's borders? Further, what are the consequences for the rest of the world?


About the Speaker: Christian Caryl is a Senior Fellow at Legatum Institute in London and a Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy Magazine, where he edits FP’s “Democracy Lab.” He is a former Tokyo Bureau of Newsweek and Moscow Bureau Chief for Newsweek. Caryl is the author of the recently published Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century which relates how profound changes led by Margaret Thatcher, John Paul II, Ayatollah Khomeini, Deng Xiaoping, and the Russian invasion of Afghanistan changed the world. He has published widely in leading newspapers and magazines around the world.

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Friends of Chernobyl Centers, U.S. (FOCCUS)

Annual Ukrainian Banquet and Silent Auction


When: Saturday, April 26, 5:00pm

Where: Maple Bluff Country Club, 500 Kensington Drive, Madison, WI 53704


Due to recent events in Ukraine, FOCCUS has invited noted journalist Christian Caryl (Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine) to discuss the current political situation, and share insights on what this crisis means for civil society and non-profit organizations like FOCCUS. Please join us for Mr. Caryl’s presentation, “The Crisis in Ukraine and the Future of Europe,” accompanied by a delicious Ukrainian-themed dinner, silent auction, and other entertainment.


$100 per person / RSVP to or 608.520.0874


This is a major fundraising event for FOCCUS, one that allows us to continue supporting communities in Ukraine that have been severely impacted by the Chernobyl disaster. Please consider making a contribution if you are unable to attend. If you are interested in donating an item to our silent auction, please contact Laura Weigel at 608.520.0874.


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