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October 2021

“Daily Life in Moscow Following the Collapse of Communism”: An illustrated talk with Robert Stephenson

Thursday 7 October, 2021, 19:00 - 20:30

This year sees a major historical milestone for Russia with the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism and the break-up of the USSR in December 1991, followed by a turbulent period of loss of empire and internal social, economic and political transformation. While Russia’s new leaders were battling with these issues and fighting for power on the macro level, at the micro level individual citizens, families and communities faced their own daily struggles to cope with chaos, change and…

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November 2021

Marking the Bicentenary of Dostoevsky’s Birth – A talk by V. Dimitriev (in Russian): On the Structure of the Idea in Dostoevsky’s Works

Thursday 4 November, 2021, 19:00 - 21:00

Dr Dimitriev's lecture will examine the hallmark of Dostoevsky's plot construction in his later works: the action in Dostoevsky's novels develops in such a way that the fate and character of any given protagonist may alter significantly without exhaustive explanation in the plot. The shift in Raskolnikov's outlook, Stavrogin's sufferings after his crime against Matryosha or the character development of Arkady Dolgoruky as he comes of age are not sufficiently motivated by any particular plot developments. An analysis of the…

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May 2022

Happy Anniversary, Egyptology! Hieroglyphs, Tutankhamun, and Thoughts for the Future: A talk by Dr Alex Loktionov

Friday 20 May, 19:00 - 20:30

Tutankhamun and his wife (Abo Rashad, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons) 2022 marks an important double anniversary for Egyptology. Exactly 200 years ago, the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs by Jean-François Champollion heralded the dawn of academic Egyptology, while exactly 100 years ago, the discipline captured the popular imagination like never before with Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. This talk provides an overview of both breakthroughs, summarising the key events of each and providing an assessment of their broader…

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June 2022

Literary Evening with Carina Cockrell-Ferre (in Russian)

Friday 3 June, 18:30 - 21:00
Webb Library, Jesus College, Cambridge, Jesus College
Cambridge, CB5 8BL United Kingdom
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Carina Cockrell–Ferre, "How Wars End" (2022) You are invited to time-travel! "And here it's still living history..." (Bill Bryson) Indeed, history is living in Britain. The past in this country has never gone away, it's just become invisible and melted into the air we breathe. People find in British history food for thought, amusement, entertainment and solace in times of uncertainty. Carina Cockrell-Ferre, a writer, journalist and blogger who came to this country 31 years ago, speaks about it from…

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