University of Wisconsin–Madison


Isak Dinesen / Karen Blixen: Masks and Styoryteller @ 1418 Van Hise
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

Avedon/Capote and Arendt ‘reading’ Isak Dinesen – the storyteller

So speaketh the Arbiter of the masquerade: “By thy mask I shall know thee” (Isak Dinesen:

“The Deluge at Norderney”). ‘As a storyteller I shall know thee.’ Thus spoke Richard Avedon – with his Dinesen photos. The Baroness was shocked, when she saw herself ‘exposed’ by Avedon. / ”She was like an apparition from god knows where or when. Also: a great lady” (Hannah Arendt on Isak Dinesen at “The Y” on 92nd St. in NY, 1959). The Baroness would have been proud if she had known how her storytelling in Arendt’s thinking became a key concept for her study Men in Dark Times.


Russia and the 2016 US Election: Cyberwar and Prospects for Future Conflict @ Varsity Hall, Union South
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm

In January, the US intelligence community concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered a campaign to influence the 2016 US presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor. Russia has also widely been blamed for last year’s cyber-attacks against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. What were Russia’s motivations for interfering in the election? Do its actions represent a significant threat for the US or just a distraction from more fundamental issues? Is this a new form of “cyberwarfare,” and what are the prospects for future conflict? The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Society & Politics Committee invite you to hear a panel of UW experts discuss these and related issues.

CREECA Lecture Series: “Historical Legacies, Current Realities, and Future Expectations in Transitional Central Asia: Ethnic Divides and Societal Optimism in Krygyzstan” @ 206 Ingraham Hall
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm

Join us to hear this lecture by Victor Agadjanian, a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the sociology department of the University of Kansas!

44th Annual Scandinavian Retreat at Beaver Creek Reserve @ Beaver Creek Reserve
Feb 24 – Feb 26 all-day
44th Annual Scandinavian Retreat at Beaver Creek Reserve @ Beaver Creek Reserve | Fall Creek | Wisconsin | United States

Invigorate yourself at the 44th Annual Scandinavian Studies Retreat! Throw axes, sing, snow-shoe, renew old friendships and ignite new ones. Hosted by Norden Folk and Scandinavian Studies programs from colleges throughout the Upper Midwest, our annual retreat is a weekend to relax, learn, and have fun in the company of like-minded folk.

A per-person registration fee of $50, payable by check or cash at the event, covers participation, accommation, and meals. If you’re interested in presenting please contact Lauren Poyer (lpoyer[at] Presentations can cover any aspect of Scandinavian culture or society and last 15–20 minutes.

CREECA Lecture Series: “Enhanced Interrogation: The Violent Subjects of Russian (Post-)Modernist Culture” @ 206 Ingraham Hall
Mar 2 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for a lecture by Eliot Borenstein, a professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University!

LITERATURLENZ: Lesung mit Marlen Schachinger (Österreich), Antje Rávic Strubel (Deutschland) und Simon Froehling (Schweiz) @ Union South
Mar 9 @ 3:30 pm

LITERATURLENZ: Lesung mit Marlen Schachinger (Österreich), Antje Rávic Strubel (Deutschland) und Simon Froehling (Schweiz)

Marlen Schachinger liest aus Martiniloben (2016), Antje Rávic Strubel aus In den Wäldern des menschlichen Herzens (2016) und Simon Fröhling aus Lange Nächte Tag (2010). Die Veranstaltung findet auf Deutsch statt. (This reading is in German only!)

Wenn Sie weitere Informationen benötigen, kontaktieren Sie bitte Prof. Sonja Klocke:

CREECA Lecture Series: “Between Self-Censorship and Propaganda: The Russian Media in the Putin Era” @ 206 Ingraham Hall
Mar 9 @ 4:00 pm

Vladimir Putin’s war on independent media began soon after his ascent to power in 2000. What is alive in the Russian media after 15 years of systematic demolition? What choices are available to the independent media? Join us for a lecture by poet, journalist, and essayist Marina Stepanova, who is the founder and editor-in-chief of, one of the most visible independent media resources in today’s Russia.

CREECA Lecture Series: “Soviet Justice in the Local Courts: Civil Claims, Messy Divorces, and Social Rights in Early Soviet Russia” @ 206 Ingraham Hall
Mar 16 @ 4:00 pm

People’s courts were established in 1917 as the courts of first review in Soviet Russia. They were the most widely used courts by both citizens and state prosecutors and an important entry into what citizens and state expected from the Soviet legal world. Aaron Retish, a UW alum and associate professor of Russian and Soviet history at Wayne State University, examines the functioning and cases of people’s courts in the early Soviet countryside.

CREECA Lecture Series: Lecture by former Russian foreign minister Andrey Kozyrev @ 206 Ingraham Hall
Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for an exciting lecture on Russian-American foreign policy by the former foreign minister of the Russian Federation, Andrey Kozyrev!

MKI Symposium “People of Faith, Voices of Tradition: Germanic Heritage Languages among Christians and Jews” @ Pyle Center
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm
Graduate Student Professional Development Panel (German) @ TBD
Apr 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
CREECA Lecture Series: “What We Talk about when We Talk about Janusz Korczak (Henryk Goldszmit)” @ 206 Ingraham Hall
Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm

Come listen to Halina Filipowicz, a UW-Madison professor of Polish and Slavic Languages and Literatures, discuss Polish-Jewish doctor, educator, and children’s author Janusz Korczak in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Cinematheque film) @ UW Cinematheque
Apr 8 all-day

Jean-Marie Straub / Danielle Huillet, Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach, West Germany / Italy, 1967, DCP, 93 min. (music accompaniment by Gustav Leonhardt on period instruments!)

Not Reconciled (Cinematheque film) @ UW Cinematheque
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm

Jean-Marie Straub / Danielle Huillet, Not Reconciled (Nicht versöhnt oder es hilft nur Gewalt, wo Gewalt herrscht), West Germany, 1964, 35mm, 55 min. (based on Heinrich Böll’s novel “Billiard um halb 10”)

CREECA Lecture Series: Lecture by Robert Otto @ 206 Ingraham Hall
Apr 13 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for a talk by civilian officer with the US Department of State Robert Otto!