Category Archives: Colloquium Talks

The Complications of Unbelief in The Brothers Karamazov

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By Rachel Ballinger On Monday, September 20, the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed its first guest lecture event for the fall colloquia series on “Dostoevsky at 200” with John Givens, professor of Russian at the University of … Continue reading

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History of Russian Jewish Jokes, 1900-1990

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By Alex Adams Joining us from an expedition in the Caucasus, Dr. Aleksandra Arkhipova, Senior Research Fellow at the Russian State University for the Humanities and the Russian School of Economics, presented her new research to the Havighurst Center for … Continue reading

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“Not Just for Fun: The Soviet Satirical Magazines As a Weapon, Mediator, and Entertainment”

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By Anna Simile On Monday, March 8, 2021, Miami University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed its third colloquium lecturer of this spring semester, Dr. Kateryna Yeremieieva, to discuss the Ukrainian satirical magazine “Perets [Pepper]”. A senior lecturer … Continue reading

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“Why Do Extremist Political Parties Publish Satirical Magazines?”

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By Duncan Burke Most everyone tells jokes and there are multitudes of reasons why. Some like to entertain or seek comfort in laughter. Others want to belittle something and mock it. Why then would a national socialist or communist party … Continue reading

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The Weapon of Laughter: On Boris Efimov’s Soviet Caricatures

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By Yuri Klinkenbergh On Monday, February 22, 2021, Miami University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed its second guest lecturer of the semester, Dr. Stephen Norris. Dr. Norris is the director of the Havighurst Center and received his … Continue reading

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Sino-Russian Rapprochement: What does it mean?

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By Zach Martin The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed Dr. Hilary Appel, professor of government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, to speak for its penultimate lecture in its spring colloquium series “Russia and … Continue reading

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