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Blues Singer Kaz Hawkins at Bill’s Bar (12/3/14)

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Memories of Slavery and French Public Discourse: A Lecture by Françoise Vergès (11/18/14)

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The Department of Romance Studies, the African Studies Program, the African American Studies Program, and the Center for the Study of Europe present a lecture by Françoise Vergès, Titulaire de la Chaire “Global South(s)”, at the Collège d’études mondiales, (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme), Paris. Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 12:30 to 2 PM Pardee School of Global Studies  121 Bay State Road, 1st floor After a long marginalization in French history and culture, colonial slavery became... Read More

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Landscapes of History: Photography by Vivien A. Schmidt (10/21/14)

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Italian landscapes are inseparable from European art history and its aesthetic self-awareness. Yet, these landscapes also profoundly influence Western understandings of politics and history. Foundational concepts and ideas that shape our political imagination are embedded in visual images of Florence, Rome, Siena, Venice, or the Tuscan countryside. The land- and cityscapes of Italy evoke notions of the self-governed republic, civic virtues, dangers of tyranny and importance of citizens’ rights, duties and obligations. Through their timelessness, Read More

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Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows Information Session (10/31/14)

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The Pardee Center will hold an information session on the Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows program. The session will give current Boston University graduate students the opportunity to learn about the Summer Fellows program from previous fellows. The session will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 12-1p.m. (lunch will be provided) at the Pardee House, 67 Bay State Road. Seating is limited and advance registration is required by Monday, October 27. Click here to... Read More

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Remembering the Great War (1914-1918): A Centenary Symposium & Concert (12/11/14)

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The Center for the Study of Europe and the International History Institute at Boston University present: Remembering the Great War (1914-1918) Boston University Castle • 225 Bay State Road 1 to 1:15 | Introduction 1:15 to 2:45 | Panel I - WAR AND DIPLOMACY Erik Goldstein - Professor of History and International Relations | “The Middle East: Roots of Current Crises” Bill Keylor - Professor of History and International Relations | “Why Did it Last So Long?: Failed Efforts to... Read More

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Faces from Eastern Europe – 13 Short Films from 13 Countries in the European Union (11/21/14 – 11/22/14)

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Friday, November 21 | 6 t0 9 PM Saturday, November 22 | 2 to 5 PM Boston University College of Communication 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room B-05 Free and open to the public Full Program Here Since its establishment 60 years ago, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has devoted itself to the latest developments in the world of short film. From the very beginning, the Festival has fostered a strong connection to East European filmmaking. The 1958 Festival motto "Path to... Read More

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Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall (11/6/14 – 11/07/14)

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The BU Arts Initiative, the BU Center for the Study of Europe, and the Goethe-Institut Boston present events featuring the award winning German filmmaker, author, and cultural nomad Marten Persiel Thursday, November 6 European Studies Lunch Talk: “German Unification: Myth vs. Reality” Lesia Kovalenko is Associate Professor of the World History and International Relations at Zaporizhzhya National University (Ukraine) and Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Boston University's Center for Europe. Her presentation will analyze the perception of public perceptions... Read More

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The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson (11/19/14)

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The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson Based on Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler’s “The Mother” Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8 PM Marsh Chapel at Boston University "They believe it will soon be over if they weaken the weakest. But one day soon, change will come." What does political opera mean to us today? Do works of the historical avant-garde still resonate? The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson interweaves Brecht/Eisler’s revolutionary cantata with new texts written by Boston University undergraduates about... Read More

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Slavic Voices: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Sylva Fischerova, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Vera Pavlova (10/15/14)

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Sylva Fischerová (born 1963) is one of the most formidable Czech poets of her generation. A distinguished classicist who teaches at Charles University in Prague, she writes poetry with a vivid imagination as well as a historical reach. She has published eight volumes of poetry in Czech, and her poetry has been translated into numerous languages and is published widely. An earlier selection of her poems, The Tremor of Racehorses, was published by Bloodaxe in... Read More

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European Studies Lunch Talk: Different Trains but Not “Er” (10/14/14)

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Among the many musical compositions commemorating the Holocaust, Different Trains (1988), by the contemporary American composer Steve Reich could be singled out as one of the most outstanding for its emotional and psychological impact on listeners. Born in 1936 in America and being spared from the actual horrors of the Holocaust, Reich takes listeners through journeys from the ghettos to the concentration camps to the death camps. Ludmilla Leibman will talk about one of... Read More