Colorful and vibrant language distinguishes the oeuvre of Nikolai Leskov, “the most Russian of Russian writers” in the assessment of D. S. Mirsky and many others. This presentation addresses the language of Leskov’s oeuvre from various perspectives: connections with Leskov’s biography, critical reception, and, with reference to Leskov’s“The Sealed Angel,” its principal features and dialectical inconsistencies.
Ani Abrahamyan is a PhD student in Russian Literature at the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century Russian literature and the work of Nikolai Leskov, especially the strengths and limitations in his embodiment of underrepresented and marginalized groups.
Dr. Vera Kuklina, Research Professor, Department of Geography, George Washington University
While the impact of large infrastructural projects on Siberia’s people and environment has increasingly been gaining attention, important issues related to local infrastructures are less known. Taking the Evenki village Vershina Khandy as an example, Vera Kuklina’s research explores the relationship between different scales of local indigenous communities, extractive industries, and the state. With the introduction of infrastructural development and new transportation technologies, some traditional routes are being used as a base for public road construction, while others are being replaced by new elements: geological clear-cuts, forestry roads, and service roads, and as such, are informally used by motorized vehicles. These informal roads continue to serve as mediators between the village and large-scale infrastructural projects (e.g., the Baikal-Amur Mainline during the Soviet period, and more recently the Power of Siberia gas pipeline construction). The analysis and observations in this talk are based on materials gathered during summer 2019 field work, which included interviews with local leaders, hunters, and fishermen; travelling by different transportation modes; and participation in local subsistence activities.
Besides her post at GWU, Vera Kuklina is also Senior Research Associate at the V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include urbanization of indigenous people, traditional land use, socio-ecological systems, cultural geographies of infrastructure and remoteness.
Public Lecture by Logan H. Westbrooks in the Showers City Hall as part of Bloomington's Black History Month. The lecture was followed by a reception in the lobby of City Hall. The lecture video available here was edited together from the camera footage.
Public lecture by Logan H. Westbrooks in the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall as the opening event of Indiana University's "Black History Month." The lecture was followed by a reception in the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge. The lecture was shot using two separate cameras and lasted for approximately 75 min. The lecture video available here was edited together from the three video files of main camera footage.
Generally, when we think of a digital collection or repository, we think of digital images, ebooks, audio and video files. But some important digital collections, such a bibliographies, don't have content per se but consist of metadata describing a physical object such as a book, a digital object such as an audio recording or an event such as an opera performance. Not surprisingly, this kind of "contentless" digital object is dependent on metadata to describe it. And while we have standards for bibliographic entries in books and articles, we need more complex metadata for digital bibliographic entries. For the past several months, the Library Technology Software Development group has been working on exactly how to represent these contentless digital objects in our Fedora digital repository using the Hydra based software development environment. Using The Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database as a sample, we will discuss the work we have done to create a general bibliographic tool for the Fedora Digital Repository.
Visiting environmental journalist Angelina Davydova speaks about environmental problems and challenges in Russia, the policies to tackle them, and the civil society initiatives and movements that have grown to face them.
Davydova is currently based at UC Davis as a Humphrey Fellow. She was a past Reuters Foundation fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University (2006) and head of the German-Russian Office of Environmental Information (www.rnei.de). Since 2008 Davydova has been an observer of the UN Climate negotiation process (UNFCCC) and regularly publishes her work in Russian and international media (including the Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Conversation, Open Democracy, and Science Magazine). Davydova is also the curator of a two-year media training program, “Water Stories,” which features stories dedicated to water issues in Central Asia.