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    24. 23 CESSI Lecture Series "A Force of Unity, A Force of Disunity: Central Asians" Roberto Carmack
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    26. 25 Bazseva Folk Band (Hungarian)
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    28. 27 K-12 Summer Teacher Workshop: "Global Stories Globally"
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    31. 30 CESSI Lecture Series "Ima(gin)ing Nomadic Horizons: Early Photographic" Heather Sonntag
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CESSI Lecture Series: "A Force of Unity, A Force of Disunity: Central Asians in the Red Army during World War II"

Roberto Carmack, Historian of the Soviet Union and Central Asia

 

When: Tuesday, June 23, 4:00pm

Where: 2190 Grainger Hall

Sponsors: Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute

 

About the speaker: Roberto Carmack is a doctor of history specializing in the Soviet Union and Central Asia. His primary research areas are interethnic relations in the Soviet space and the integration of Central Asians into Soviet military institutions.


About the lecture: World War II's Eastern Front is often referred to as a Russo-German conflict. This description obscures the multiethnic nature of Soviet war effort in general and the Red Army in particular. This lecture explores the experiences of non-Russian soldiers in the wartime Soviet military, with a particular focus on men and women from Kazakhstan. Dr. Carmack argues that the Red Army was not the egalitarian institution portrayed by the Communist Party. Soviet officials sought to conscript non-Russians on a mass basis, but in a way that underlined their inferior position to the Soviet Union's Slavic populations.

 

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Bazseva Folk Band (Hungarian)

 

When: Thursday, June 25, 7:30pm

Where: Frederic March Play Circle in Memorial Union, 800 Langdon, Madison WI  53705

Sponsors: Wisconsin Union Theater, Village Dance House


About the Event: The ensemble features 8 musicians, singers, and dancers performing music and dances from Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. The event will feature full-format costumed performances of music, dance, and song followed by informal participatory dancing. This special mini-series is an extension of the Madison World Music Festival and is welcomed by WORT 89.9 FM.

 

Ticket Information: All tickets are $20. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance from either the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office or Dan at dtalmo55@gmail.com  or 608-233-5322. Tickets without the online convenience fee are available from Dan,  as are discounted series tickets, for this and the Stevan Mokranjac Serbian Dance Ensemble on June 28th ($36 for both shows)!


Please click here for an excellent introduction to this ensemble and its Madison performances.

 

Please click here to view a performance by Bazseva Folk Band.

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K-12 Summer Teacher Workshop: “Exploring Global Stories Locally: children’s literature, migration histories, and Wisconsin experiences”

 

When: Saturday, June 27, 9:00am

Where: Fall Creek School District, Fall Creek, WI

Sponsors: The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium, and UW-Eau Claire, College of Education and Human Sciences


About the Event: The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) along with the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire will be hosting an all-day workshop for K-16 educators, pre-service teachers, school and public librarians, and children’s literature enthusiasts with an aim to internationalize statewide reading materials through the classroom and public libraries. The theme of the one-day workshop is exploring global stories at the local level. The workshop will include presentations by faculty members from UW Systems, other scholars, and community members, on the history of migration into northern Wisconsin of the Polish, Hmong, Mexican, Norwegian and other immigrant groups. Award-winning author Karen Lynn Williams will offer the keynote presentation on her stories, and teacher resources. The goal of the workshop is to provide educators with practical information about the background of some of the children and families with whom they interact in schools and libraries, and to incorporate this knowledge into their lessons and library programs.

For more information about this workshop contact: Rachel Weiss rweiss@wisc.edu , or Jill Prushiek prushijt@uwec.edu

Credit option: 1-Graduate credit will be available through the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire.

Workshop cost: $40 fee will include the choice of one book by Karen Lynn Williams, breaks and lunch at the workshop. $25 fee for pre-service teachers.

Registration is required: online registration coming soon!

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Stevan Mokranjac Serbian Dance Ensemble

 

When: Sunday, June 28, 7:00pm

Where: Frederic March Play Circle in Memorial Union, 800 Langdon, Madison WI  53705

Sponsors: Wisconsin Union Theater, Village Dance House


About the Event: The event features 30 dancers and 6 musicians performing dances from Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and beyond.

 

Ticket Information: All tickets are $20. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance from either the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office or Dan at dtalmo55@gmail.com  or 608-233-5322. Tickets without the online convenience fee are available from Dan,  as are discounted series tickets, for this and the Stevan Mokranjac Serbian Dance Ensemble on June 28th ($36 for both shows)!


Please click here for an excellent introduction to this ensemble and its Madison performances.

 

Pleae click here and here to learn more about the event on Facebook.

 

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CESSI Lecture Series: "Ima(gin)ing Nomadic Horizons: Early Photographic Projects of the Steppe & Plains People"

Heather Sonntag, CREECA Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

When: Tuesday, June 30, 4:00pm

Where: 2190 Grainger Hall

Sponsors: Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute

 

About the speaker: Dr. Heather S. Sonntag is a CREECA Honorary Fellow, independent scholar and curator of the early history of photography on Russian colonial Central Eurasia. She received her doctorate at UW-Madison in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, and has conducted research in a number of national and international archives over the past 15 years. Her work has been supported by a Fulbright fellowship, NCEEER grant, numerous university grants, and a Library of Congress internship, on which she helped with the digital preservation project and online catalog of the Turkestan Album. In 2013, she was invited to curate an exhibit for the US Mission to Kazakhstan, which opened in Almaty and Astana in 2014 with a catalog. Her current book project is on the production history of the Turkestan Album, and she has a forthcoming chapter on Central Asian colonial photography and seeing in a publication on Russian history of the senses (Bloomsbury Academic Press).


About the lecture: Dr. Sonntag will discuss the exhibition, Native Lands, which she curated as a commission from the US Mission in Kazakhstan in 2013. The exhibition compares traditionally nomadic peoples from the Steppes and Great Plains represented in historic photography found in digital collections of the Library of Congress. The images are curated from two monumental projects -- The Turkestan Album (ca. 1870) and The North American Indian (1900-1930) -- which documented these cultures at critical times during Russian and European American expansionism, respectively.

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