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April 2014


TALK "Before the Catastrophe: New Revelations in Russian, Ottoman, and Armenian Archives regarding the period 1909-1914"

Monday April 21, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Tomson 317

Garabet Moumdjian

Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

shinn@uw.edu

 "Before the Catastrophe: New Revelations in Russian, Ottoman, and Armenian Archives regarding the period 1909-1914"

Bio details:

GARABET K MOUMDJIAN holds a Ph.D. from UCLA in History, where his dissertation explored Armenian and Young Turk Relations in the period 1895-1909. He is currently preparing a monograph on Armenian-Turkish relations for the University of Utah Press. His publications include two academic books, seven book chapters, and about twenty articles in academic journals and periodicals. Since 2002, Dr. Moumdjian has been employed by federal government agencies as a security analyst, consultant, and linguist.

[He has and still continues to conduct research at the Ottoman Archives Directorate (Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi, BOA) in Istanbul. He is currently trying to conduct research at the Ottoman Military Archives Directorate (ATASE) in Ankara.


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Current Military Developments in Ukraine

Tuesday April 22, 2014
3:00-4:30pm
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Lecture sponsored by University of Washington Baltic Studies Program, Polish Studies Endowment Committee, and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies.

Glen Grant

Glen Grant is Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Civil-Military Relations, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, and Lecturer at Riga Business School. As a diplomat in the British foreign service (2002-2005), he provided British and NATO Ambassadors with military advice and support, and consulted the government of Latvia on reform of Latvia’s intelligence and security agencies. Prior to 2002, he served as Defense Attache in Helsinki and Tallinn, and NATO Branch Chief, Air Operations Centre 5, Italy.


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Exploring the History and Charting the Crisis: Understanding Ukraine

Tuesday April 22, 2014
5:30-8:30pm
University of Washington, Thomson Hall Room 101

Global Classroom

Cost: $30, includes presentations, 3 clock hours, resource packet, and light buffet

Join the World Affairs Council, the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European & Central Asian Studies, and the Center for Global Studies for this special evening as we grapple with the current crisis in Ukraine. How have Russia and Europe shaped Ukrainian politics over the centuries? What triggered the current political crisis in Ukraine? Who are the major players and how does the current crisis impact Ukraine's neighboring countries?How do we teach our students the complex challenges and opportunities facing this region today? 

First educators will enjoy Ukrainian food and an intimate conversation with our keynote speaker, UW Professor Glennys Young. She will give an overview of the history of Ukraine and explore the Russification of Ukraine that began 250 years ago with Catherine the Great. She will discuss not only the historical and cultural connections from the past, but how Ukraine is economically and strategically important to Russia today. 


Next, we will meet UW graduate student Christi Anne Hofland who lived in Ukraine from 2008 to 2011 and has returned several times since then. She will help us "chart the crisis" that began on November 21, 2013 when the Ukrainian government suddenly suspended preparations for signing an Association Agreement with the European Union. This unleashed a slew of events: from President Yanukovych fleeing Kiev to the March 16 referendum when residents of Crimea voted to break from Ukraine and join Russia.  

Finally, we will discuss classroom resources. How can you keep up-to-date on this region of the world?  What resources can you turn to - and point students to - that will portray various sides of this complicated story? Global Classroom will share common-core aligned lesson plan ideas and articles from our new 50-plus page resource packet on Ukraine.


For more information and to register, click here


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Military Security of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

Wednesday April 23, 2014
7:00-9:00pm
University of Washington, Savery Hall Room 264

Glen Grant

University of Washington Baltic Studies Program, Polish Studies Endowment Committee, and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

Glen Grant is Adjunct Faculty at the Centre for Civil-Military Relations, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, and Lecturer at Riga Business School. As a diplomat in the British foreign service (2002-2005), he provided British and NATO Ambassadors with military advice and support, and consulted the government of Latvia on reform of Latvia’s intelligence and security agencies. Prior to 2002, he served as Defense Attache in Helsinki and Tallinn, and NATO Branch Chief, Air Operations Centre 5, Italy. 


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“Uzbek Folktales in Comparison to Brothers Grimm’s Folktales”

Thursday April 24, 2014
12:30-1:30/1:40 pm
Denny Hall 123

Ilse Cirtautas, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, UW

Central-Inner Asian Studies Seminar

icirt@uw.edu

Uzbeks value their folktales. They include them in school books under chapter headings like “Folktales lead to Kindness.” Indeed, Uzbek folktales do not  depict old women as witches who entice children to enter their houses in order to kill and eat them (“Hänsel and Gretel”)as we read in  Grimm’s Fairy Tales. London: Routledge, 1959, p. 97. There are also other differences in style and motifs which will be discussed.

 

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Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library

Saturday April 26, 2014
11:00am
Green Lake Public Library in Seattle

Polish Book Club

The book for the meeting is Bezdech by Andrzej Bart, published by WAB in 2013. Bart is a Nikenominated novelist, screenwriter and film director. Movie Reverse based on his novel won the Golden Lions award at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia in 2009.


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20th Annual Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies (REECAS NW)

Saturday April 26, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Portland State University

Ellison Center

reecas@u.washington.edu

Conference program now online! 

Bridging Trends in Area Studies for the Next Generation


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Workshop for Educators: Exploring Asia: Asian Cities – Growth and Change

Tuesday April 29, 2014
5:00 - 8:00 pm
The Vancouver Room, Seattle Times Building, 1000 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Newspapers In Education

snodgras@uw.edu

The Asia Centers and the Center for Global Studies of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington are proud to present Exploring Asia: Asian Cities - Growth and Change, its 2014 Newspapers In Education Series and Workshop. The five-part series, in conjunction with The Seattle Times, includes articles on Vietnam, China, India, and Central Asia, in addition to an overview article. The workshop will include presentations by series authors as well as an introduction to the curriculum guide that pairs with the articles.

This workshop is one aspect of a collaborative project between the Newspapers In Education program of The Seattle Times and the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Asia and Global Studies outreach centers as well as the East Asia Resource Center. The project consists of a five-article series, a teaching guide, and this workshop for K-12 educators.

Designed with high school readers in mind, each article in the online newspaper series entitled Exploring Asia: Asian Cities - Growth and Change, focuses on cities of Asia. The teaching guide provides a lesson plan for each article that includes activities to do with students before, during, and after reading the featured article. Together, the articles and accompanying lessons take students on an exploration of contemporary urban issues in several Asian countries, asking students to look at the issues from multiple perspectives and investigate the complexities and challenges of Asia's rapidly growing cities.

The cost of registration for the workshop is $30.00, which includes three Washington State clock hours, dinner, and curriculum guide. To register for the workshop, please complete the online registration form at 
https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/snodgras/224702

To view curriculum and video from last year's workshop, go to http://depts.washington.edu/nie/curriculum.htm

For more information, please email the South Asia Center at snodgras@uw.edu.


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May 2014


“The Ahiska (Meshkhetian) Turks as Immigrants in Turkey and in the US"

Thursday May 1, 2014
12:30-1:30/1:40 pm
Denny Hall 123

Betul Balbay, Visiting Ph.D. Student, University of Washington

Central-Inner Asian Studies Seminar

icirt@uw.edu

The paper will address issues of migration in Central Asia since independence (1991). Borders have been opened and new conditions for migratory processes have been created. The Central Asian states were faced with different external and internal , voluntary and forced migratory waves,  which  have had both positive and negative aspects. The geopolitical dynamics of  great power neighbors -China and Russia – and closeness to conflict zones, like Afghanistan, could become  a challenge to Kazakhstan as well as to the whole region’s status-quo.


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American Romanian Cultural Society's book club meeting - on Vladimir Bartol's ALAMUT, with special guest Translator, Michael Biggins

Friday May 2, 2014
6:30 pm
TBD

Otilia Baraboi otiliab@u.washington.edu

"Alamut" explores the intertwining paths of politics and religious devotion, drawing on the true story of a 11th century Persian sect of assassins. Originally written in 1938, Bartol's novel was first read as an allegory of European fascism. During the 1990's and the "Balkan Wars", it grew to symbolize the small nations' fight for independence and following September 11 2001, thanks to the first-ever translation in English by Michael Biggins, the novel has been interpreted as a valuable insight on world terrorism.


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Asian Languages and Literature Colloquium

Saturday May 3, 2014
9:00am-4:00pm
Savery 408 & 409, University of Washington

asianllcolloquium@gmail.com

 


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The Beggar’s Opera

Wednesday April 23, 2014 to Sunday May 4, 2014
7:30 pm
101 Hutchinson Hall, UW Campus

Katrina Ernst: 206.685.0600

On April 25, the School of Drama opens its production of Václav Havel’s The Beggar’s Opera. Tony-nominated director Wilson Milam leads a large cast of BA student-actors into Havel’s farcical underworld to tell the story of a satirical society where adversaries lie, deceit is commonplace, and shifting alliances come as second nature. Nearly 40 years after its first performance, Havel’s The Beggar’s Opera remains a potent commentary on contemporary society.

Running from April 23 through May 9 at the Jones Playhouse, we hope you’ll join us – and invite your colleagues and students – for a show. Doctoral candidate Susan Fink will lead a post-show discussion on Thursday, May 1. It’s our goal at the School of Drama to engage the greater UW community in important conversations through theatre. We hope to see you there!


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Václav Havel's The Beggar's Opera

Wednesday April 23, 2014 to Sunday May 4, 2014
Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm
Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

University of Washington School of Drama

The University of Washington's School of Drama will be staging Václav Havel's The Beggar's Opera from April 23 - May 4 at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse. For his take on The Beggar's Opera,Havel borrowed characters and plot elements from the iconic 18th century The Beggar's Opera and the more recent Three Penny Opera to create an entirely new commentary on 20th century society.

 

A post-show talk will be held on Thursday, May 1.

Learn more & buy tickets


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Energy Security in new European Union member states

Wednesday May 7, 2014
7:00-9:00pm
University of Washington, Savery Hall Room 264

Agnia Grigas

Agnia Grigas (PhD, University of Oxford) is Fellow at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Occidental College.  She is author of The Politics of Energy and Memory between the Baltic States and Russia (Ashgate, 2013). Her numerous recent publications include studies for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute. She is a frequent media contributor (CNN, Forbes, Bloomberg, BBC, CSM, Al-Jazeera, openDemocracy, LA Business Journal) and speaks regularly at policy and business conferences. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Grigas is an active member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, where she is a frequent speaker on Russia and Eastern Europe.


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“Water and Energy Problems in Central Asia”

Friday May 9, 2014
12:30-1:30/1:40 pm
Denny Hall 123

Kamit Savay, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Social Development and Business, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, now living in Seattle

Central-Inner Asian Studies Seminar

icirt@uw.edu

The problems are grave: melting of glaciers due to climate change; shortages  of clean fresh water and desertification of land in countries  situated at the lower reaches of cross-border rivers (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan).  Every country of Central Asia looks at water issues separately according to its own interest and does not consider problems of  its neighbors. The shortage in financial resources allocated to research of water issues is critical. A Central Asian Water Institute/University needs to be created.

(Please note: the above presentation had been scheduled for Winter Quarter 2013, but had to be cancelled due to a time conflict).


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“Recent Publications on Central/Inner Asia”: Zentralasien-Analysen (Central Asian Analyses), published monthly by the Forschungsstelle Osteuropa an der Universität Bremen, Germany

Thursday May 15, 2014
12:30-1:30/1:40 pm
Denny Hall 123

Ilse Cirtautas, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, UW

Central-Inner Asian Studies Seminar

icirt@uw.edu

Three of the latest issues will be discussed. Topics: “Turkish Schools in Central Asia;” “Rocket Center, Baikonur, Kazakhstan;” “Preservation of Heritage Buildings in Uzbekistan.”


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Recent Publication in/on Kazakhstan: Muratbek Imangazinov.Iliyas Jansügirov (1894-1938). Almaty: Qazaq universiteti, 2004

Friday May 16, 2014
12:30-1:30/1:40 pm
Denny Hall 123

Ilse Cirtautas, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, UW

Central-Inner Asian Studies Seminar

icirt@uw.edu

The author discusses the life and work of one of the many Kazakh poets and writers who were killed under Stalin’s orders in 1937/1938. Ilyas Jansügirov’s mother passed away early and the young Iliyas grew  up under the guidance of a remarkable father who even as a shoemaker was an educated man, played the dombira, the national instrument of the Kazakhs, and sang Kazakh songs.  Jansügirov first started to compose poems/songs and later  also wrote prose (novels, plays).


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Recent Publication on/in Kyrgyzstan: Roza Aytmatova. Tarïxtïn aktay baraktarï. Menin eskerüülörüm (White Pages of History. What I Remember). Bishkek: Biyiktik, 2007

Thursday May 22, 2014
12:30-1:30/1:40 pm
Denny Hall 123

Ilse Cirtautas, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, UW

Central-Inner Asian Studies Seminar

icirt@uw.edu

Roza Aytmatova is the sister of Chingiz Aytmatov (1928-2008), the world-renown Kyrgyz writer. In her memoirs she concentrates on the fate of her father who was shot on Stalin’s order in 1938, together with 137 other Kyrgyz intellectuals. Their burial place was only revealed in August 1991. In describing her father’s life Roza Aytmatov also gives a detailed description of her own life during the Soviet years, growing up as the daughter of an “enemy of the people.”


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Recent Publications on/in Uzbekistan: Naim Karimov, ed.Tarixning hasratli sahifalari (Sad pages of history). Tashkent: Sharq Nashriyoti, 2006

Friday May 23, 2014
12:30-1:30/1:40 pm
Denny Hall 123

Ilse Cirtautas, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, UW

Central-Inner Asian Studies Seminar

icirt@uw.edu

This book provides us with heartbreaking details of the torturous methods the Soviets had in place to interrogate people whom theyhad singled out to convict. The chapter “Qatag’on devri dahshatlari” (The Horrors of the Persecution Period) gives accounts of interrogations pp.191-209). We also learn that on just a single day (e.g., August 23, 1937) in one court meeting 95 people were sentenced to death (p.191). The book should be translated into English.


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July 2014


3rd Annual Polish Festival at Seattle Center

Saturday July 12, 2014
12:00pm-8:00pm
Seattle Center- Armory & Fisher Rooftop, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Polish Home Foundation

http://www.polishfestivalseattle.org/

Polish Festival returns to Seattle Center on July 12, 2014 as part of Festal cultural programs. Come explore and experience Polish culture and traditions through live music and dance performances, workshops, traditional folk costumes, exhibits and children’s activities. Merchandise market place will showcase Polish glass art, hand-crafted pottery, amber jewelry, crystal, and cut-out paper art, as well as information about local Polish-American community organizations. The beer garden will be well stocked with a variety of imported Polish beer, and food vendors will serve plenty of authentic delicious Polish food.

New this year will be presentation of cultural traditions from northern Poland’s region known as Pomerania and Kashubia. The festival will also showcase the “Traditional Passions of Poland” and information on travel to Poland for business and pleasure.

For over a century, the Polish-American community of the Puget Sound has been active locally and is proud to participate in Festal to present Polish cultural traditions at the Seattle Center. 


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REECAS Program
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203B Thomson Hall
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reecas@u.washington.edu