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Humanities Day: William Nickell on "Why Read 'War and Peace'?" Oct. 20, 2012

War and Peace is universally recognized as a great work, but its reputation as the quintessential “long novel” has resulted in an unwarranted reluctance to read it. In fact, the novel is a page-turner, which was Tolstoy’s intention from the beginning. Fresh off his experience teaching peasant children Russian history and influenced by his reading of English “sensation novels” of the 1860s, Tolstoy set about to write an engaging account of one history’s great stories.

Humanities Day: Lenore Grenoble on "Endangered Languages: The World’s Languages in Crisis," Oct. 20, 2012

There are somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, and linguists estimate that 50 to 90 percent of them will disappear before the end of this century. Although in some cases this loss is the result of natural disasters, disease, or warfare, it is primarily due to language shift, where one group of people abandons their native tongue in favor of another. This talk will explore the phenomenon of language endangerment and discuss the implications of this loss for societies and for scientific knowledge.

Humanities Day, Malynne Sternstein on “Hooliganism' and the Art of East European Dissent," Oct. 20, 2012

Interviewed in March of 2010, Czech artist David Černý (b. 1967) denied his rebel status and underscores his hatred of officials: “The other day, I had to shake the hand of the Czech Prime Minister, and he was very nice and friendly, but I know he does not care about me, and does not like me. And I do not care about him….” Asked whether he is a rebel or prankster, Cerny replies, “No, I do not see myself as anything of the above. I am a sculptor. I make art.

CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Oct. 21, 2012

The Renaissance Society presents

CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

featuring the US premiere of RED RAYS

composed by Marta Ptaszynska


Sunday, October 21, 3pm

Fulton Recital Hall

Goodspeed Hall, University of Chicago

1010 E 59th St



Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop, Maureen Marshall (Anthropology), Oct. 25, 2012

All meetings of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop will take place at 4:30pm in Haskell 315.


Oct. 25 – Maureen Marshall (Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology) - TBA

Learning History and Culture through Soviet Children's Books

Teacher Workshop

Learning History and Culture through Soviet Children’s Books


University of Chicago Regenstein Library

Saturday, November 12, 2011 2:00-5:00


Being Black and Ukrainian: A Balancing Act

“Being Black and Ukrainian: A Balancing Act”

Presented by Terrell Starr (New York-based freelance Journalist; M.S. in News-Editorial Journalism, MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, UIUC; and Fulbright Scholar-Ukraine)


November 9, 2011 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Franke Institute for the Humanities


light refreshments will be served


Co-sponsored by CEERES and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture


Places of Power and Little Things that Make us Cry: Exploring the Serbian Imaginary

Marko Zivkovic

Assistant Professor and Associate Chair Dept of Anthropology, University of Alberta

“Places of Power and Little Things that Make us Cry: Exploring the Serbian Imaginary”


Respondant, Nada Petkovic

Thurs Nov 10, 2011 4:30-6:00

Haskell 101


light refreshments provided


Presented by CEERES and the Anthropology of Europe Workshop


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