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Karen Petrone
Historian and author
6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018

'Remembering and Forgetting War: Politics and Memory in Putin’s Russia'

Karen PetroneDr. Karen Petrone, Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Kentucky, will be speaking as part of the 100th anniversary of World War I and the Russian Revolution. March 2018 marks a century since the signing of the Brest-Litovsk Treaty, which ended the war on the Eastern Front between Russia and Germany.

She will present at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22, at the Alumni House. A reception will follow. The event is open to everyone.

The context of Dr. Petrone's speech: The memory of a nation’s participation in war is always and ever contested.  This phenomenon is especially true in contemporary Russia where growing trends of militarism and nationalism are confronted by the complicated Soviet legacies of the Second World War and the Imperial legacies of the First World War, Russian Revolution, and Civil War. Attempts to frame Soviet and Russian wars as heroic, manly, and national endeavors must come to terms both with rapidly changing political environments and the grim realities of 20th century warfare.

Edward Hirsch
4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12
Eccles Conference Center auditorium, free to attend

  • April 12, 2018: Edward Hirsch, Eccles Conference Center auditorium, 4:30 p.m.


Ed Hirsch: Celebrated author of nine books of poetry. He is also the author of A Poet's Glossary, a complete compendium of poetry terms and the author of the bestseller about poetry, How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. 
Hirsch is an international advocate for poetry and serves as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He taught creative writing at Wayne State University and the University of Houston and is now president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, which offers fellowships to those engaged in any field of knowledge and creation of the arts. 

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Many thanks to the e
arlier speakers in this series:
March 16, 2018: Leah Middlebrook: Associate professor of comparative literature and Romance languages at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Imperial Lyric: New Poetry and New Subjects in Early Modern Spain.
Oct. 30, 2017: 
Christina Karageorgou-Bastea, an associate professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University.  She is the author of Arquitectónica de voces: Federico García Lorca y el Poema del cante jondo (El Colegio de México, 2008)
Dec. 4, 2017 : Daniel Aguirre Oteiza, an assistant professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (Spanish) at Harvard University. Among his translations are works by John Ashbery, Samuel Beckett, Wallace Stevens, and W. B. Yeats. His second book El canto de la desaparición: memoria, historia y testimonio en la poesía de Antonio Gamoneda appeared in 2015. His forthcoming book is titled This Ghostly Poetry: Spanish Republican Exiles between Literary History and Poetic Memory.

2017-18 Tanner Talks series presents

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has an informative and timely schedule of talks for the 2017-18 Tanner Talks series. CHaSS is very appreciative of the funding by the O.C. Tanner Foundation that allows us to invite scholars and writers from across the country to speak on campus and mix one-on-one with our students.

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