The 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 2019 is a fitting moment to take stock of the cultural changes in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe over the past three decades and to reflect on the region’s conflicted and contested “Europeanness.” This is also a propitious moment to reexamine the existing analytical frameworks for writing the cultural history of this period, and to consider new possibilities.
This conference aims to introduce Wyspianski’s revolutionary ideas, often way ahead of his time, to the American university audience. Preceding those of Gordon Craig and Antonin Artaud and bordering on what we call now post-dramatic theatre (that is non-linear theatrical composition, disconnected images, overlapping of various realities, and interplay between heterogeneous discourses), Wyspianski propagated a vision of an all-embracing, highly artistic, politically responsive, open theatre.
Human capital is fleeing Russia. Since President Vladimir Putin’s ascent to the presidency, between 1.6 and 2 million Russians – out of a total population of 145 million – have left for Western democracies. This emigration sped up with Putin’s return as president in 2012, followed by a weakening economy and growing repressions. It soon began to look like a politically driven brain drain, causing increasing concern among Russian and international observers.
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Primo Levi’s birth. To celebrate the centenary of Italy’s revered and beloved survivor/witness of the Shoah, Yale will host Levi’s biographer, Ian Thomson, who will speak about how the author came to write his first great book, Se questo è un uomo (published in the U.S. as Survival in Auschwitz, and in the U.K. as If This Is a Man, the literal rendering of the Italian title).
We are delighted to welcome Berlin-based experimental cineaste Ute Aurand for a screening of four 16mm shorts. One of the leading voices of lyrical cinema today, and a key figure in the German alternative film culture, Ute Aurand’s interest lies in the mundane and the intimate. Her films approach issues of female embodiment in the milieu and offer glimpses of her entourage’s lives over time. The screening will take place on April 24th at York street 212 (6.30 pm) and will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.
Panel discussion followed by a short performance by panelists.
“From the Fair to the Stage: Cypriot Traditional Music in the Twentieth Century” with Nicoletta Demetriou, Visiting Fellow at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
“Ethno-giving musicology a bad name? Rethinking Greek musical studies” with Gail Holst-Warhaft, Adjunct Professor of Clasiscs Comparative Literature, and Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University
1979. USSR. Directed by Lana Gogoberidze. In Georgian; English subtitles. 95 min.
Next in our Women Filmmakers Series:
A 30th anniversary 35mm screening of LITTLE VERA (1988; 135 minutes, with English subtitles)
Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm, in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
REEES Film Series of Spring 2019 presents a Documentary Screening & Post-Film Discussion with Marianna Yarovskaya, Director & Producer
The film is based on Hoover Institution Press Publication’s Paul Gregory’s book Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives. In researching the surviving threads of memoirs and oral reminiscences of five women victimized by the Gulag, author
“Never Closer Union. Does the EU Have a Future?”
Vernon Bogdanor is a frequent contributor to TV, radio, and the press. In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. His books include Devolution; The People and the Party System: The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics; Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution; Power and the People: A Guide to Constitutional Reform; Devolution in the United Kingdom; The New British Constitution; and The Coalition and the Constitution.