Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
March 24 - May 14, 2011
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 to 6:00 PM or by appointment.
PRISKA C. JUSCHKA FINE ART
P R E S E N T S
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art is pleased to present Transoxiana Dreams, Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Menlibayeva films mythological narratives placed and staged in the vast landscape of her native Kazakhstan ravaged by 60 years of Soviet occupation. She leads her audience to the brutally changed region of the Aral Sea where its indigenous people live in the Aralkum, the desert of a once thriving region now entirely devoid of water due to radical Soviet irrigation politics...
In Transoxiana Dreams, Menlibayeva, a pictorial sorceress herself, breeds an eccentric storyline and fantastical imagery extracted deeply from her own atavistic repertoire, and leading visionally through an existing, yet unimaginable landscape in a distant and hypnagogic world.
For more information and a biography of the artist, click here.
Recent Fatwas from the Ulema Council of Afghanistan: the Role of Islamic Jurisprudence in Afghanistan in the Post-9/11 Era, 12:00 pm (Monday)
Please join the Harriman institute for a talk by Dr. Emily Jane O'Dell (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia). Since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the Ulema Council of Afghanistan has been playing an influential role in political affairs and civil society. Recent fatwas (religious opinions) from the Ulema Council of Afghanistan demonstrate the Council's influence over legislative and judicial matters, and illustrate how the Ulema Council attempts to reconcile Afghanistan's constitution with Islamic law. This talk will analyze how recent fatwas from the Ulema Council promote a distinct brand of Islam for the nation and adjudicate agendas of secularization and reform in domestic politics, international relations, human rights, and the media.
Can Social Journalism Make a Difference in Russia? 707 SIPA, 6:15 pm (Monday)
Please join the Paul Klebnikov Fund along with the Harriman Institute and School of Journalism, Columbia University for a talk by Katya Kronhaus, Deputy Editor of Bolshoi Gorod—the popular magazine dedicated to modern life and culture in Moscow—as she discusses what it is like to investigate Russia’s pressing social issues with characteristic wit and humor. Previous articles of hers have covered a wide range, from cyber culture to neglect of aging veterans. Her satirical portrayal of able-bodied citizens trying to navigate city streets in wheelchairs prompted Moscow authorities to begin building much-needed access ramps. Katya will be in New York for two weeks as the newest winner of the Paul Klebnikov Fund Civil Society Fellowship, starting April 25th. The Paul Klebnikov Fund was established in the memory of Paul Klebnikov, American journalist and editor of Forbes Russia, who was assassinated in Moscow in 2004. The Fund upholds the growth of civil society in Russia by supporting journalistic integrity, the rule of law and the preservation of its cultural heritage.
Towards a New Architecture for Politico-Military Security in Europe: The Role of the OSCE, 1219 SIPA, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm (Tuesday)
Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Petros Efthymiou, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), member of the Greek Parliament, and Former Minister of Education of the Hellenic Republic. Co-sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, USA.
Strategic Security and Political and Military Threats in the Black Sea Region, 1219 SIPA, 12:15 pm (Thursday)
Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by General Constantin Degeratu (Former National Security and Defense Advisor to the President of Romania).
In Conversation: Vladimir Sorokin and Keith Gessen, 4:30 pm – 6 pm (Saturday)
The Cooper Union, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square New York City
Tickets: $15/$10 for friends of The Harriman Institute, New York Review readers, PEN/Morgan Members or students with valid ID. Use discount code "pen11" Call (866) 811-4111 for tickets or for more information or to purchase tickets online visit http://www.nybooks.com/calendar/event-59/
Vladimir Sorokin is one of Russia’s most accomplished and well-regarded novelists and dramatists. NYRB Classics published The Queue and, in March 2011, the English translation,by Jamey Gambrell, of his masterpiece, Ice Trilogy. His novel, Day of the Oprichnik, also arrives in bookstores this year. Listen to Sorokin discuss his work with young literary star Keith Gessen, editor-in-chief of the celebrated journal n+1.
Vladimir Sorokin: ICE TRILOGY (Play Reading), 7 pm (Saturday)
Old Gym, 268 Mulberry Street, New York City
With Vladimir Sorokin and Kornel Mundruczo. See a live performance, directed by the Hungarian film and theater director Kornel Mundruczo, based on great Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin's American debut, Ice Trilogy, a riveting suspense novel about the twentieth century Soviet Union to modern-day Russia.
Russia in Two Acts, 1 pm (Sunday)
The Morgan Library & Museum, Lehrman Hall 225 Madison Avenue New York City
With New York Review contributors Garry Kasparov, Jamey Gambrell, and Christian Caryl!Plus Vladimir Sorokin and Fedor Svarovskiy!!
Watch a world champion chess player, now journalist, unravel the complexities of Russia’s cultural and geopolitical landscape. In part one of this event, Garry Kasparov will offer his personal spin on the state of contemporary Russian politics and culture. After a brief intermission, a panel of Russian experts—from critics to novelists—will comment on Kasparov’s talk and engage in a debate about where this mammoth country is headed.
Tickets: $25/$20 for friends of The Harriman Institute, New York Review readers, PEN/Morgan Members or students with valid ID. Use discount code "pen11"
Thursday, April 14, 2011
RIA was able to invite Nurbek Egen, who has come all the way from Kyrgyzstan to speak about his new movie "Manas Birth as a Premonition" in New York City. Manas is a great legendary hero, who united different Kyrgyz tribes and brought them peace and prosperity. His existence is accounted in an epic poem titled "Manas," which is 20 times longer than "The Odyssey" and "The Iliad" combined. While Kyrgyzstan has a rich cultural history, it is relatively unknown in the West. Most people know that it is a politically and economically unstable country, ousting two presidents in the last five years, one of which was last spring.
Here are some links that may be of interest:
Please read more about the director here: http://bestkino.net/director/nurbek-yegen/
Please join RIA tonight in 304 Hamilton at 8 pm!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Lindsay Rogers Room (707)
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th Street
What are the current professional opportunities available to human rights students? What skills, credentials, and experiences are valuable? What are the benefits and challenges of various types of human rights work?
Human rights professionals will discuss their current work and previous professional experiences, and offer insights and advice to students who are interested in pursuing and developing a career in human rights.
The panelists are engaged in various forms of human rights work and have focused on a range of issues, including children's rights, minority rights, immigration, humanitarian affairs, and development and human rights.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
This conference will bring together scholars from various disciplines across the humanities and social sciences to discuss the politics of language and the pragmatics of language policy under state socialism in one of the most linguistically diverse regions of the world. Invoking “translation” in the broadest terms, the conference will address such topics as the art of translation of formal literary works from minority languages into Russian (i.e., Boris Pasternak’s use of cribs to translate Georgian literature without ever learning the Georgian language), practices of code-switching between official and local languages in informal conversation as well as formal literary contexts, and the mobilization of local language ideologies as a form of resistance against the hegemony of the Russian language in every aspect of daily experience. In an effort to understand the politics and pragmatics of translation in the USSR in comparative perspective, the conference program also features scholars whose work addresses similar problems elsewhere in the world and in other socio-historical contexts.
Keynote speakers: David Bellos, Princeton University and Nancy Condee, University of Pittsburgh.
For more information, contact Lauren Ninoshvili. Conference Program
Sunday, April 3, 2011
"Roundtable on Emma Gilligan's Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War (Princeton University Press, 2010)," SIPA 1512, 4:25-6 pm (Monday)
"Terror in Chechnya is the definitive account of Russian war crimes in Chechnya. Emma Gilligan provides a comprehensive history of the second Chechen conflict of 1999 to 2005, revealing one of the most appalling human rights catastrophes of the modern era--one that has yet to be fully acknowledged by the international community. Drawing upon eyewitness testimony and interviews with refugees and key political and humanitarian figures, Gilligan tells for the first time the full story of the Russian military's systematic use of torture, disappearances, executions, and other punitive tactics against the Chechen population.
In Terror in Chechnya, Gilligan challenges Russian claims that civilian casualties in Chechnya were an unavoidable consequence of civil war. She argues that racism and nationalism were substantial factors in Russia's second war against the Chechens and the resulting refugee crisis. She does not ignore the war crimes committed by Chechen separatists and pro-Moscow forces. Gilligan traces the radicalization of Chechen fighters and sheds light on the Dubrovka and Beslan hostage crises, demonstrating how they undermined the separatist movement and in turn contributed to racial hatred against Chechens in Moscow.
This panel brings together a group of distinguished scholars and experts to discuss the arguments and findings of Gilligan's book.
Emma Gilligan, Assistant Professor of Russian History and Human Rights, University of Connecticut. She is also the author of Defending Human Rights in Russia: Sergei Kovalyov, Dissident and Human Rights Commissioner, 1969-2003.
Jason Lyall, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Kimberly Marten, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College
Diederik Lohman, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch
This event is part of the “Human Rights in the Post-Communist World: Strategies and Outcomes ” series (Harriman Core Project 2010-2011, Co-Directed by Alexander Cooley and Jack Snyder). This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP. Seating is on a first come, first served basis."
Renowned Russian author Ludmila Ulitskaya will give a reading from her new novel Daniel Stein, Interpreter (Overlook Press, 2011). Ulitskaya is the author of twelve fiction books, of three tales for children and of six plays staged by a number of theatres in Russia and in Germany. She is frequently called the most profound and far-reaching author of the contemporary Russian literature. She made her first appearance on the literary stage as a short-story writer; several collections of Ulitskaya's short stories published under various titles are full of rich color and psychological details. Then followed several novels, each having become an important event of Russian literature of our days. Ludmila Ulitskaya is one of the most published modern Russian writers abroad. This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Modern Russia and the Harriman Institute.