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Linguistics Program Seminar: Daniel E. Collins, "Recovering Written and Unwritten Messages: The Pragmatics of (Im)politeness in Medieval Russian Birch bark Letters"

Lecture: "Recovering Written and Unwritten Messages: The Pragmatics of (Im)politeness in Medieval Russian Birch bark Letters."
Co-sponsored by the UK Department of English and the Linguistics Program

Date: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Niles Gallery, Lucille Little Fine Arts Library
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Daniel E. Collins, Lecture, “b-Mail: Everyday Communication on Birch bark in Medieval Russia”

“b-Mail: Everyday Communication on Birch bark in Medieval Russia,” a presentation on how people communicated in the earliest Russian writing. Co-sponsored by the UK Department of English and the Linguistics Program. Prior to its violent annexation by Moscow in 1478, the city of Great Novgorod in northwestern Russia was the seat of a vigorous “merchant republic,” partially democratic in its government. The merchants of Novgorod colonized a huge swath of northern Eurasia in their quest for furs and other commodities; they sold their goods in a trade network that ranged from Western Europe to Central Asia. Despite the distances they travelled, they maintained lines of quick communication by writing, and the materials that they used quite literally grew on trees. Over a thousand messages written on birchbark have been found in the moist earth of Novgorod—letters about everyday concerns, written by men, women, and children, nuns, priests, and laity, nobles and peasants. Thanks to these letters have opened a remarkable window on the civilization of medieval Russia, including many details of economic transactions, legal procedures, folk rituals, and everyday life. Thanks to these texts, we can hear again the voices of a long-lost culture—the desperate words of an eleventh-century lady (perhaps a nun) writing to her unattentive lover; prisoners pleading to be bailed out of jail; wine-merchants ensuring that their stock is not drunk up by the delivery men; an official investigating a drunken brawl; creditors sending bills of sale or stern warnings about overdue payments; matchmakers making deals with the mothers of brides-to-be; and even a small boy scrawling notes to a classmate and drawing heroic pictures of himself when he is supposed to be studying. Close examination of the birchbark letters can also reveal the hidden mechanics of the communication process—how the messages were composed, transmitted, and delivered, and how the spoken word continued to play an important role even in written transactions.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
WT Young Library Auditorium
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Stacy Closson, Lecture: "Energy Empire: Russia, Europe, and the Politics of Energy Interdependence"

Dr. Stacy Closson is a Visiting Distinguished Lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations. She came to UKY from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. where she was a fellow researching Russian energy politics. Dr. Closson was also a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow in think tanks in Switzerland and Germany. From 1996-2002 she worked in the US Department of Defense as a political-military analyst, entering as a Presidential Management Fellow, and focusing on the former Soviet states. Dr. Closson has published in several academic and professional journals on energy security, state weakness, and unrecognized states. Her forthcoming book is entitled Energy Empire: Russia, Europe, and the Politics of Energy Interdependence. Dr. Closson was most recently named an “Emerging Leader in Environmental and Energy Policy” by the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.

Date: 
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 3:00pm to 4:40pm
Location: 
Young Library Auditorium
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Robin Haarr, Lecture, "Human Trafficking in the former USSR"

Lecturing on Human Trafficking in the former USSR, Crime & Punishment Class

Date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Chem-Phys 153
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Animated Film Festival: The Perestroika Period

The Animation of the Perestroika Era

Date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Young Library Auditorium
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Louise Shelley Lecture, "Organized Crime in Russia"

Date: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Louise Shelley, George Mason University
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William Pridemore, Indiana University

Lecturing on Crime and Alcoholism in the USSR & Russia, Crime & Punishment Class

Date: 
Monday, October 8, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Chem-Phys 153
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Animated Film Festival: Norshtein Retrospective

Date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Young Library Auditorium
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Gordon Hogg Lecture

UK Libraries Scott Soviet Collection, including Propaganda Posters & An Historical Overview of Russian, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Flags

Date: 
Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
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Soviet Animation in the 1960s: Changing Styles & Themes

Lecture and Film Screening. Part of the Animated Film Festival.

Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Young Library Auditorium
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