Society and Culture Events

Preface to a Russian Jazz Archive

December 05, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Russia has a long, complicated history with jazz, reaching back to the 1920s. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian jazz has been undergoing a fertile period of revitalization, both in the classroom and on the bandstand. In 2011, Larry Appelbaum traveled to Russia to meet with academics, critics, broadcasters and musicians in order to consult on the vision and planning for a Russian Jazz Archive and Research Center. He will discuss the challenges, prospects and progress toward the opening of the archive, scheduled for 2012 in Yaroslavl.

Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves

December 02, 2011 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Program on America and the Global Economy
If the financial crisis has taught us anything, it is that Americans save too little, spend too much, and borrow excessively. Join us for a discussion of Sheldon Garon's new book "Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves."

Tolstoy and Russian Politics

November 28, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
This illustrated talk will explore why Tolstoy continues to be such a politically explosive figure in Russia today. As well as providing an overview of the writer’s often fraught relationship with the Tsarist regime, it will show how the Soviet government systematically sought to suppress his religious and philosophical legacy after 1917, and how the Kennan Institute played a crucial role in preserving it.

The Tolerance Program in St. Petersburg (2006-2011): Its Logic and First Results

November 17, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute

Book Discussion: "Chaos, Violence, Dynasty: Politics and Islam in Central Asia"

November 17, 2011 // 8:30am10:30am
Kennan Institute
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // The speaker will discuss his book, a compelling study of the divergent political courses taken by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan in the wake of Soviet rule. McGlinchey examines economics, religion, political legacies, foreign investment, and the ethnicity of these countries to evaluate the relative success of political structures in each nation.

Book Discussion: The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics

November 14, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Irina Papkova will present the major findings of her recent book, "The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics," which was jointly published by Oxford University Press and the Woodrow Wilson Center press in April 2011. The book examines church-state relations in post-Soviet Russia, and questions popular assumptions about the close nature of the relationship between the Orthodox church and the Putin regime in particular.
Webcast

Why Latino/a History Matters to U.S. History: A lecture by Dr. Vicki Ruiz

October 18, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
United States Studies
Join US Studies and the National Women's History Museum on October 18 for the first lecture in "The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Women's History" series.
Webcast

Religion in the Social Transition of Contemporary China (Day 2)

October 14, 2011 // 9:00am12:30pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The rapid growth of religious activity in China, especially among Christians but including other religions as well, raises profound questions about the relationship of religion to government and its potential effects on the emerging social challenges facing China.
Webcast

Religion in the Social Transition of Contemporary China (Day 1)

October 13, 2011 // 9:30am5:00pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The rapid growth of religious activity in China, especially among Christians but including other religions as well, raises profound questions about the relationship of religion to government and its potential effects on the emerging social challenges facing China.
American Dreamers
Webcast

Book Discussion: "American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation"

October 12, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
United States Studies
Join us for a book discussion of Michael Kazin's new book, which provides a "panoramic yet intimate portrait of the American left."

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