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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, 20:00 - 21:30

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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May 2022

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

Friday 20 May, 20:00 - 21:30

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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September 2022

“Korney Chukovsky, the writer & translator. Then and Now”. A two-part talk marking Chukovsky’s 140th anniversary

Friday 23 September, 19:00 - 20:30
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Chukovsky, Then and Now with Dr. Megan Swift  (You may DOWNLOAD the presentation by Dr Megan Swift here) Korney Chukovsky created a canon of Soviet children’s literature in the 1920s, but he was also the most popular children’s writer in post-Soviet Russia as late as 2016 with over 2.35 million copies of his works sold in that year alone. This first part of our anniversary talk looks at how Chukovsky has been republished and re-illustrated for his new child (and…

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November 2022

Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey: “On the Edge: Life Along the Russia-China Border”

Friday 25 November, 18:00 - 19:30
Trinity Hall Main Lecture Theatre, Trinity Lane
Cambridge, CB2 1TJ United Kingdom
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Presentation of the book "On the Edge: Life Along the Russia-China Border"

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