CONFERENCE: Nonconformism and Dissent in the Soviet Bloc: Guiding Legacy or Passing Memory? 1501 SIPA, (Wednesday-Friday)
The conference will focus on political and cultural nonconformism in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland in the 1960s to 80s. It will bring together an international assemblage of scholars studying that period of time as well several noteworthy dissidents and artists. The conference will offer a historical overview of the period and will present the latest research conducted on the subject. Additionally, the conference will provide an analysis of the political and cultural legacies of these movements in today’s Ukraine, Russia, and Poland.
The conference will examine these issues through a series of scholarly panels as well as roundtable discussions featuring prominent Soviet-era dissidents and nonconformist artists. The three-day conference will begin with an evening keynote address by Dr. Myroslav Marynovych, former Ukrainian dissident and prisoner of conscience and, currently, Vice-rector for the University Mission of the Ukrainian Catholic University (L'viv, Ukraine); the address will be followed by a reception. Days two and three will include panels and roundtables followed by cultural programming in the evenings showcasing achievements in nonconformist film, music and literature of this era. The conference will conclude with a special North American concert by Victor Morozov, a legendary nonconformist cultural figure in Soviet Ukraine and a major recording artist in Ukraine today, at the Ukrainian Museum (222 East 6th Street).
Participants: Myroslav Marynovych, Pavel Litvinov, Henryk Wujec, Vitaly Komar, Ewa Wójciak, Volodymyr Dibrova, Mykola Riabchuk, Peter Reddaway, Ann Komaromi, Benjamin Nathans, Alexander Motyl, Justyna Beinek, Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Michael Bernhard, Jeri Laber, Mark Andryczyk, Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Anna Procyk, Christina Isajiw, William Risch, Anna Frajlich-Zajac, Yuri Shevchuk, Timothy Frye, Tarik Amar, Frank Sysyn, and Victor Morozov.
The conference is presented by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. It is organized in collaboration with the Columbia University East Central European Center, the Polish Cultural Institute–New York, and The Ukrainian Museum.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONFERENCE PROGRAM: http://www.harrimaninstitute.org/MEDIA/01946.pdf
Q&A WITH DIRECTOR!
The title of writer-director Vladimir Kott’s deft, engrossing follow-up to The Fly (ND/NF 2009) comes from the name of the band in which the film’s protagonists played during their high-school days—briefly glimpsed in the film’s opening shots. Today, these three middle-aged men—a surgeon, police officer, and taxi driver—inhabit distinct levels of Moscow’s socio-economic structure. Aside from their annual reunions, their lives intersect only glancingly and unknowingly.
Kott follows their respective personal discontent and professional troubles as they reach a crisis point, and presents the contrasting ways in which each of the characters tries to cope—and the unpredictable outcomes. The three interwoven narratives provide a compelling and very human portrait of the moral dilemmas of modern life and reveal an urban experience that defies some of the bleaker visions of life in 21st-century Russia.
MOVIE: Ivan the Terrible Part I (Sergei Eisenstein, 1944) Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1:00 PM (Thursday)
MOVIE: Ivan the Terrible Part II (Sergei Eisenstein, 1958) FSLC, 3:00 PM (Thursday)"Disapproved of by Stalin, the second part of Eisenstein’s feverishly expressive final masterpiece turns to Russian court intrigues as Boyars attempt to unseat Ivan."
This exhibition is the culmination of a decade of research by film director Irakli Makahradze intended to uncover the role played by Georgians in shaping American history. Photographs will introduce viewers to a series of little-known individuals whose contributions to American history date as far back as the Civil War. The project will trace a genealogy of significant Georgian-American biographies to the present day.
The entire collection of photos and materials will be made available in the form of printed catalogues. This exhibit is co-organized by the Georgian Democratic and Political Club.