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Student reviews of guest lectures

From Partisan Warfare to Memory Battlefields: A Lecture by Dr. Dovilė Budrytė

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By Selin Misirlioglu One country. Two women fighters. On opposite sides, but united in their relation to memorializing history and commemorating war. One was a Holocaust survivor, another spent years in the Gulag.      On October 14th, 2021, Dr. Dovilė … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky’s Incarnational Realism

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By Joseph Puckett Dr. Paul Contino, Professor of Great Books at Pepperdine University, joined Miami’s academic community on Monday, October 4, for a lecture based on his new book, Dostoevsky’s Incarnational Realism. Contino’s lecture was the second in this year’s … Continue reading

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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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