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July 2021

Uses of the Past and Literary Scandals: Scholarly Knowledge and Historical Drama in the Russian Empire (with Kirill Zubkov and Discussant Victoria Somoff)

July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another 19v seminar! This lecture will be in Russian. "Использование прошлого и литературные скандалы: Научное знание и историческая драматургия в Российской империи" В середине 1860-х гг. случилось несколько событий, которые, на первый взгляд, никак не связаны друг с другом: сотрудники нескольких университетов в печати обрушились с сокрушительной критикой на Академию наук, академик Никитенко разочаровался в способностях своих коллег оценить литературное произведение, известный писатель А. К. Толстой написал трагедию «Смерть Иоанна Грозного», но не получил за нее литературной…

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Cultivating the Reader in Late Nineteenth-Century Russia (with Brian Kim and Discussant Anne Lounsbery)

July 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another 19v seminar! The rapid growth of literacy in the Russian Empire of the second half of the nineteenth century gave rise to attendant debates concerning the roles that reading could play in the moral and intellectual development of the individual. In this talk, Professor Kim examines how such figures as Leo Tolstoy, Vissarion Belinsky, and Nikolai Rubakin approached the task of guiding new readers to worthy texts that would maximize their potential for self-improvement, and by…

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Russian TV Commercials: The Short Course, Lecture Six – Tampax Comes to Russia (and Jumps the Shark)

July 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a series of lectures by NYU Professor Eliot Borenstein about the joys and sorrows of Russian and Soviet television advertising. These informal lectures are geared towards students, scholars, and anyone who might be interested in the topic. And yes, we take requests. The series runs weekly on Fridays. Lecture Six – Tampax Comes to Russia (and Jumps the Shark) In the 1990s, commercials for feminine hygiene, one of the most neglected consumer product segments in the USSR,…

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June 2021

Russian TV Commercials: The Short Course, Lecture Five – “Bank Imperial”: The Great Man Theory of History and Finance

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a series of lectures by NYU Professor Eliot Borenstein about the joys and sorrows of Russian and Soviet television advertising. These informal lectures are geared towards students, scholars, and anyone who might be interested in the topic. And yes, we take requests. The series will run weekly on Fridays. Lecture Five - "Bank Imperial": The Great Man Theory of History and Finance Why isn't Count Suvorov eating anything? What does Genghis Khan think is man's greatest pleasure?…

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Shorthand, Violence and Melodrama: Folk Stories by Marko Vovchok Between Ukrainian and Russian Culture (with Alexei Vdovin and Discussant Sara Dickinson)

June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another 19v seminar - the first of the summer series! Судьба и творчество Марии Вилинской-Маркович (псевдоним – Марко Вовчок) сыграли важную роль в развитии женского письма и прозы о крестьянах в украинской и русской литературах. Три сборника ее народных рассказов из украинского и русского быта (1858, 1859, 1861) стали литературной и даже политической сенсацией. Если украинские рассказы Вовчок существенно повысили культурный престиж украинского языка в Российской империи и позже вошли в канон украинской литературы, судьба рассказов Маркович о…

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Russian TV Commercials: The Short Course, Lecture Four – MMM: Marketing the Pyramid Scheme

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a series of lectures by NYU Professor Eliot Borenstein about the joys and sorrows of Russian and Soviet television advertising. These informal lectures are geared towards students, scholars, and anyone who might be interested in the topic. And yes, we take requests. The series will run weekly on Fridays. Lecture Four - MMM: Marketing the Pyramid Scheme The infamous MMM pyramid scheme flooded the airwaves in 1994, reeling in viewers with a series of commercials that cashed…

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State-Sponsored Hijacking and International Responses: The Political Challenge of the RyanAir Incident

June 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another NYC Russia Public Policy Series panel! Register here for the Zoom webinar, or tune in on YouTube Live. The New York-Russia Public Policy Series is co-hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. The forced landing of a Ryanair flight by Belarusian authorities and coerced detention of dissent journalist Roman Protasevich has spotlighted the practice of transnational repression: the targeting of political exiles and opposition figures abroad by authoritarians and their security…

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Russian TV Commercials: The Short Course, Lecture Three – Snickers: The Milk Chocolate Invader from Mars©

June 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a series of lectures by NYU Professor Eliot Borenstein about the joys and sorrows of Russian and Soviet television advertising. These informal lectures are geared towards students, scholars, and anyone who might be interested in the topic. And yes, we take requests. The series will run weekly on Fridays. Lecture Three - Snickers: The Milk Chocolate Invader from Mars© When Snickers came to Russia, it was not just a chocolate bar; it was a verb. But what…

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19v Seminar Series: 19v Annual Collective Meeting and One-Year Jubilee

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

At one year after the official founding of 19v, the Working Group on 19th-Century Russian Culture, we are going to take a communal pause to reflect on the course of the last year, rest briefly on our laurels, and think together about the future. Please join us to share your comments, ideas, concerns, and to help us chart our plans for 2021-2022. All participants and fellow travelers are welcome! This event will be hosted virtually as a Zoom meeting.   

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May 2021

Russian TV Commercials: The Short Course, Lecture Two – Late Soviet Commercials and the Art of Bad Taste

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a series of lectures by NYU Professor Eliot Borenstein about the joys and sorrows of Russian and Soviet television advertising. These informal lectures are geared towards students, scholars, and anyone who might be interested in the topic. And yes, we take requests. The series will run weekly on Fridays. Lecture Two - Late Soviet Commercials and the Art of Bad Taste Imagine TV commercials produced with a sensibility halfway between David Lynch and John Waters, and you…

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