A Herzen Reader (Northwestern University Press, 2012), edited and translated by Russian Studies Director Kathleen Parthé, has just been awarded the 2013 Book Prize for Best Scholarly Translation into English by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL)! Featuring one hundred essays and editorials previously unavailable in English, A Herzen Reader has been receiving rave reviews for its contribution to our understanding of and access to the work of the Russian radical thinker Alexander Herzen (1812–1870).
As Victoria Frede wrote in her recent review for the Times Literary Supplement, “For the first time, anglophone readers have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Herzen’s voice…” For the full TLS review, click here.
A formal press release issued by the University of Rochester is available here.
DANTE THE ABOLITIONIST:
African-American Appropriations of the Italian Poet in the Nineteenth Century
Professor of French and Italian
University of Pittsburgh
Friday, November 15 at 3 pm
Robbins Library (Rush Rhees 416)
Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, and the Undergraduate Medieval Society.
Refreshments will be served.
Summer Study Abroad in Quito, Ecuador (June 3–July 3, 2014)
Thursday, November 21 at 7:40 pm
Want to improve your Spanish while learning about the history and culture of Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Heritage site? Come to this information meeting to learn more about this exciting summer study-abroad opportunity!
For more information, or if you are unable to attend, contact Kirt Komocki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAJAMARCA, A CITY SUSPENDED IN TIME:
Architecture and Urbanism from the Incas to the Conquistadores of 1532 and of Today
Adriana Scaletti Cádenas,
Visiting Assistant Professor
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Tuesday, November 12 at 5 pm
Gamble Room (Rush Rhees 361)
On the late afternoon of November 16, 1532, a small group of Spanish adventurers led by Francisco Pizarro found themselves waiting for the most transcendent meeting of their lives: an encounter with Atahualpa, the last sovereign of the Inca Empire that dominated most of today’s South America. The world-changing meeting took place in the huge—at least by XVI century European’s standards—main square of Cajamarca, a settlement then only recently incorporated to the Inca Empire, and that served as an administrative and commercial center in the northern Peruvian Andes.
Cajamarca was of course changed from this highly symbolic moment onwards, but that wouldn’t be the only way in which history changed from within its territory: mining, for good and for bad, proved fruitful both in the time of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru and in modern times, and shaped it from a minor village to a thriving villa and back again to an isolated city. To study Cajamarca is to review a fascinating case of a city suspended in time, unique in its art and architectural manifestations, and that deploys the very latest expressions of the Peruvian Baroque. But it is also a unique case in terms of the little-studied residential architecture, with numerous stunning examples of houses where mining-rich families displayed all their new wealth.
From the Incas to the XXI century, globalization has flirted with and finally come to the city in the XXI century, and it appears that its urbanism and structures—among other things—are not completely ready for it: thus, the future of Cajamarca is at a pivotal point in time, much like almost 500 years ago.
Sponsored by Program of Archaeology, Technology and Historical Structures, Departments of Anthropology, Art and Art History, History, and Modern Languages and Cultures
Refreshments will be served.
Pizza, Pop and Professors: Pre-Registration Party
Thursday, October 31
Hartman Room (Lattimore 401)
Discuss spring course offerings!
Learn more about study abroad and other language-learning opportunities!
Lunch (pizza, sandwiches, dessert and more!) will be provided. Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options available.
The current issue of the esteemed Times Literary Supplement includes a glowing review of A Herzen Reader, edited and “admirably translated” by Kathleen Parthé, director of the Russian Studies Program. Featuring one hundred essays and editorials previously unavailable in English, A Herzen Reader reflects the diverse and complex positions articulated by the Russian radical thinker Alexander Herzen (1812–1870).
As Victoria Frede states in her review: “For the first time, anglophone readers have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Herzen’s voice in [his journals] The Polar Star and The Bell, gaining a sense of the personality behind the words, the priorities and events that motivated him, but also of the dilemmas posed by publishing a free journal under politically tense and rapidly changing circumstances.”
For the full TLS review, click here.
Early Greek Cinema:
Humble Beginnings, Heroic Representations
A lecture by P. Julie Papaioannou, Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Professor Papaioannou will discuss the beginnings of Greek Cinema, with focus on the periods between the World Wars, and immediately after World War II. These historically significant time periods—which saw Greece involved in the Asia Minor campaign and later in a civil war after the end of WWII—marked the early and unstable Greek film production with images of strong national character. In the first half of the 20th century, Greek film production was caught between its role in forming a cohesive national identity and its goal of artistic experimentation.
Cosponsored with the Hellenic Cultural Society of Rochester.
From Rome to Jerusalem:
The Myth of United Italy and the Birth of Zionism
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Lattimore 401, Hartman Room
Presented by Roberta Ascarelli
Professor of German Literature, University of Siena
Professor of Ashkenazi Literature, Rabbinical Collegium – Rome
Visiting professor for Italian, University of Rochester
In the history of Zionism we find an absolutely eccentric model with respect to the Jewish tradition: Italy. Italy is a topic for the political ideologues who first begin to imagine a country for the Jews: from the socialist Moses Hess, to the rabbi Leo Pinsker. Along with them, even the Italian patriots imagine a new land for the Jews: indeed the first modern treatise on Zionism is written by a fighter for the freedom of Italy, Musolino, leader of the riots in the South against the House of Bourbon. What connects two distant countries such as Italy and Israel and with such different histories and traditions? There are political similarities: the huge problem of the foreign domination and the power of religious institutions opposed to unity – the Catholic Church and Islam. But there is also the powerful memory of the book of Exodus that becomes the basis of a common revolutionary thought.
Refreshments will be provided.
Professor of Russian and the Director of the Russian Studies Program, Kathleen Parthé, editor and translator of “A Herzen Reader,” will have the book featured in a panel discussion at the 2014 American Association of Teachers of Slavic and European Languages Conference.
Professor Jenny Creech will sit on the discussion panel for the film, “The Price of Sex,” Tuesday, March 26 at The Little Theater. The film will begin at 7pm with the discussion to follow.
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