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Winter 2016 | April 11 - April 17   View Past Newsletters

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April 12
101 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign

The history of Jews under Communism is often depicted as a story of religious and national assimilation, and also atomization of Jewish society. In her lecture, Dr. Čapkova will question this common assumption and will try to find answers to the following questions: How was it possible to ‘be Jewish’ in Stalinist Poland and Czechoslovakia? Why was there a different institutional framework for Jews in the two countries? To what extent did the Communist dictatorship bring change or totally new forms to Jewish institutions and activities, and to what extent may we find continuity with Jewish life from the period before the takeovers and, obviously, before the Shoah?

Kateřina Čapková is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences. She also teaches courses at Charles University and at New York University in Prague. Currrently, she is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of History, University of Chicago.

She is the author of Czechs, Germans, Jews? National Identity and the Jews of Bohemia (Berghahn Books 2012, paper back 2014) which received the award of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2012. Her bookUnsichere Zuflucht, written together with Michal Frankl, was focused on Czechoslovak refugee politics in the interwar period, and the situation of German and Austrian refugees in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s (published in Czech and in German).

Čapková is currently working on a comparative study about Jews in postwar Poland and Czechoslovakia.

Sponsor: The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)

April 12

4:00 pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
An anonymous scholar once remarked: “Greek literature is about freedom, Persian literature is about love.” One interpretation of this comment is that Greek literature is about the autonomous individual, whereas Persian literature is about the individual in relation to something or someone outside of the self, without which that individual is incomplete. This something or someone can take myriad forms, and we will look at some of them, ranging from the divine to the romantic and even the obscene.

Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of Linguistics, Department of Religion, Iranian Cultural Association, Program in Comparative and World Literature, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, University Library, 
Center for Global Studies, Center for Translation Studies, Department of Comparative and World Literature, Department of English, Department of History, Spurlock Museum, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive TheoryOffice of the Chancellor, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, The Center for Advanced Study, The Council of Deans, and The Graduate College

Experience East Asia

April 14
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Join the Intercultural Horizons Interns as we make origami crafts! We’ll talk about East Asian culture and enjoy cultural music and snacks. Bring a friend and come learn something new!

Sponsor: Asian American Cultural Center, International Student and Scholar Service

April 15-16

Bevier Hall Commons 249
905 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL
Friday, April 15
11:45 - 1:35 - Conceptions of the Body: The Unruly, the Profane & the Feminine
1:45 - 2:45 - Drunken Discourses: Identity and Meaning through Addiction
3:10 - 4:35 - Ways of Remembering: Memories and Conceptualizations of WWII and the Holocaust
4:45 - 6:15 - Keynote Lecture
Saturday, April 16
9:30 - 11:00 - Translating Cultures: Transformative Encounters
11:10 - 1:00 - Revolutions & New Visions: Rewriting Narratives in Early 20th Century Russia
2:00 - 3:25 - The Transhuman, the Nonhuman, and the Natural World
3:35 - 5:00 - Political & Social Challenges of the Post-Soviet Space
Sponsor: School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics; Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures; REEEC; Program in Comparative & World Literature; Department of Gender & Women's Studies; Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory; Center for Global Studies; Department of History
April 16

2:30 pm

Asian American Cultural Center
1210 W. Nevada St. 

The event is open to public. You can invite your friends to this event.

  • We need to know the number of attendees. So, please RSVP by filling the below link:
  • Please add your name and the name of appetizer, food, or dessert that you want to share in the list.
  • Those who do not cook are welcome to provide the items 2-12 in the list. Please note that if you commit to provide items 2-12, you are required to bring the items to the potluck not later than at 2:20 pm.
Sponsor: Persian Studies
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