2018-19 Events

Fall Quarter

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey -Programs & Careers Using Russian

November 2 | Kaplan 305 | 11 am

Symposium on Contemporary Russia

November 7 | Botany 325 | 4-6 pm 

International Education Week

November 12-16 | Multiple Locations

Lights, Camera, Action! Careers in Film & Entertainment

Get a behind the scenes look at careers in production, talent management, marketing, and more!

November 15 | UCLA Career Center | 4-5:30 pm

Illustrating Russia: Comic Art, Graphic Narratives, and Book Illustration

Featuring artists Victoria Lomasko, Vladimir Zimakov, and Julia Alekseyeva

November 16 | Royce 362 | 7-9 pm

Power to the People! Careers in Social Justice & Advocacy

Want to make a difference? Come learn about careers in non-profits, advocacy groups, public policy, and more!

November 28 | UCLA Career Center | 4-5:30 pm

Board Game Night!

Hang out, de-stress, and play some board games in Russian. We have all the classics!

November 30 | Kaplan 301 | 5-7 pm

Annual Holiday Celebration

December 5 | Royce 314 | 6:30-8 pm


Winter Quarter

Cheburashka Viewing Party

Join us for a screening of this classic мультфильм, organized by our Flagship Ambassadors! 

January 10 | Kaplan 301 | 5-7 pm

Capstone Application Deadline

January 10 

Humanities Dialogue: Humanity

January 11 | Royce Hall 342 | 1-2:15 pm

The Captive Mind and the War of Nerves

Historian and psychoanalyst Daniel Pick will offer a brief A-Z of the “brainwashing” fears and theories that first crystallized during the Cold War. He will also reflect on the continuing relevance of those stories, ideas, and models of the mind in our present circumstances.

January 11 | The Wende Museum, Culver City (Culver City Bus #6 from UCLA) | 1-2:15 pm

Closing Reception and Public Conversation

Come celebrate the exhibitions "War of Nerves: Psychological Landscapes of the Cold War" and "Red Shoes: Love, Politics, and Dance During the Cold War" with remarks by Red Shoes curator and Wende Museum Board Member Thomas E. Backer, PhD. Then, learn about the Wende's exhibitions philosophy in an interactive discussion with Joes Segal (Chief Curator and Director of Programming), Anna Rose Canzano (Exhibition and Programming Associate), and Dany Naierman (Gallery and Special Projects Manager).

January 13 | RSVP for additional details | 3 pm

BON VOYAGE! Careers Abroad

Interested in working abroad? Come learn about opportunities around the world in language teaching, humanitarian work, and more!

January 17 | UCLA Career Center | 4-5:30 pm 

Slavic Department Film Club Screening of Движение вверх (Three Seconds)

Questions? Contact Dane Reighard

January 16 | 4216 Young Hall | 7 pm

Humanities Dialogue: War & Peace

January 22 | Royce 342 | 1-2:15 pm

Movie Night

Join us for a screening of Leviathan, organized by our Flagship Ambassadors!

January 25 | Kaplan 301 | 3-5 pm

Annual Flagship Luncheon

Join us for the Annual Flagship Luncheon and Stephen Lesser Awards. This event if for Flagship students only. 

January 26 | 12-2 pm

Please RSVP for additional details; Flagship students must RSVP, regardless of attendance.

BREAKING NEWS! Careers in Media & Journalism

Get the inside scoop on careers in social and print media, public relations, broadcasting, reporting, and more!

January 30 | UCLA Career Center | 4-5:30 pm 

Midterm Study Night

Having trouble with the Russian Language and need to study? Join us for a study night - all levels welcome!

February 1 | Kaplan 301 | 5-7 pm

Slavic and East European Film Club Screening of Innocence Unprotected

Come watch this film by Dušan Makavejev in Serbian with English subtitles. 

February 7 | Dodd Hall 161 | 7 pm

Boren Scholarship Application Deadline

February 9

Film Screening of Ether

Enjoy the film and subsequent discussion with director Krzysztof Zanussi, in Polish with subtitles.

February 9 | Kaplan Hall 169 | 2 pm

Crumpling Empire: The Power of Dissident Voices and Upside-Down Propaganda: The Art of North Korean Defector Sun Mu 

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibitions Crumbling Empire: The Power of Dissident Voices and Upside-Down Propaganda: The Art of North Korean Defector Sun Mu. Free to the public. Please RSVP

February 10 - June 2 | Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City | 11-5 pm

Artists Talk: Artists, Activism, Agency.

A conversation with Pussy Riot Founder Nadya Tolokonnikova, Shepard Fairey, Catherine Opie, and Tavares Strachan, followed by a live performance by the activist performance art collective Pussy Riot. 

February 11 | The Broad Stage, Santa Monica | 7:30 pm

Film Screening of The Queen of Spades

Come see the opera by Tchaikovsky based on the short story by Pushkin, performed by the Royal Opera and transmitted as film. In Russian with English subtitles. 

February 13 | Laemmle Royal, Santa Monica | 7 pm

Valentine's Day Social

Come with your Flagship friends or anyone else you think would fall in love with Russian!

February 14 | Kaplan 301 | 5-7 pm

Sincerity Out, Authenticity In: Poetry on the Quest for Trust in Times of Post-Truth

A lecture by Stanislav Lvovsky (Yury Sorochkin), contemporary Russian poet, sponsored by the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Language and Cultures. 

February 15 | Kaplan Hall 348 | 4 pm

Application Deadline for the summer Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Almaty, Kazakhstan

February 15

New Trends Shaping the International Order - Perspectives from the U.N.

Join us for a conversation with Kai Sauer, Ambassador of Finland to the UN. 

February 19 |RSVP for details 

#Careers in Tech & Entrepreneurship

North campus major interested in tech? Come meet a panel or experts who use their BAs in tech-related ways!

February 21 | UCLA Career Center | 4-5:30 pm 

Humanities Dialogue: Responsibility

February 22 | Royce 342 | 1-2:15 pm

First Friday on Abbot Kinney!

Join us for great LA street food!

March 1 | RSVP for additional details

Dennis Keen on "Monumental Art from Soviet Kazakhstan" 

From the 1960s to 1980s, a boom in modernist architecture in the Soviet Union was accompanied by one of the grandest public-art efforts the world has ever seen, with thousands of large-scale mosaics, murals, relief sculptures, and other forms of “monumental art” erected on civic buildings. Specially trained “monumentalists” were sent to the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan to develop a local cadre of artists. Far from the watchful eyes of Moscow, they were able to create fascinating artworks with a touch of the avant-garde. Now, 27 years after the collapse of the USSR, Kazakhstanis are reckoning with a legacy that many associate with a troubled past, while others fight for its preservation. 

Free to the public. RSVP required. 

March 3 | The Wende Museum at the Armory, Culver City | 3 pm

Poetry & Music Night 

Perform and hear your peers recite poetry at our annual Russian and Poetry Music Night. Theme for 2019: Поэзия серебряного века.

March 6 | Royce 314 | 6-7:30 pm

Undergraduate Conference on Slavic and East/Central European Studies: Proposal Submission

Submission of a proposal to a Slavic Department faculty member on your campus and to the conference coordinators, Lydia Roberts and Peter Winsky.

March 8

Humanities Dialogue: Immigration

March 8 | Royce 342 | 1-2:15 pm

Film Screening of The Eagle Huntress (2016)

Set against the breathtaking Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress follows 13-year old Aisholpan as she trains to become the first female eagle hunter in 12 generations of her tribes' history. In Kazakh and English with English subtitles, 87 min - admission is free!

March 10 | Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum | 11 am

Study Night

Having trouble with the Russian Language and need to study? Join us for a study night - all levels welcome!

March 15 | Kaplan 301 | 5-7 pm

Victoria Lomasko, "The Last of the Soviet Artists: Who Are They?"

The historic memory of the Soviet Empire, its art and its heroes, ends with the generation born in the mid-1970s. Educated by a generation of teachers who established themselves in the Soviet system, the last generation of Soviet artists process the complex histories of their country. The artist Victoria Lomasko will document and reflect on this ongoing dialogue by discussing how her generation uses Soviet themes, images, and style.

Free to the public. RSVP Required.

March 22 | The Wende Museum at The Armory | 7 pm


Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Conference on Slavic and East/Central European Studies: Information Submission

Submission of paper title, short abstract, and request for technical equipment to the conference coordinators, Peter Winsky and Lydia Roberts. Please let us know if you would like to serve as a moderator at the conference.

April 5

ORDER IN THE COURT! Careers in Law

Come learn about career opportunities in the legal field. Whether it's in or outside of the courtroom, there's bound to be a job for you.

April 10 | Royce 314 | 4-5:30 pm

Humanities Dialogue: Identity (Culture & Religion) 

April 19 | Royce 342

Flagship Easter Egg Hunt

April 19 | UCLA Sculpture Garden | 3 pm

Undergraduate Conference on Slavic & East/Central European Studies

April 20 | Kaplan Hall | All Day

SUIT UP! Careers in Government

Gain intel about various opportunities within different branches of the local, state, and federal government. 

April 25 | Royce 314 | 4-5:30 pm

Yoga with Flagship

April 26 | 11 am

Humanities Dialogue: Individualism & Collectivism

May 3 | Royce 342

West Hollywood City Tour

Join us for a tour around. Tour will be conducted in English and Russian. 

May 4 | Plummer Park | 10:30-1:30 pm

May Sky Classical Night

Join us for a gorgeous Saturday evening filled with beautiful music by Tchaikovsky, Glier, Arensky, Drubich, and more!

May 4 | W. Hollywood City Council Chambers | 4 pm

Teacher Appreciation Day

May 7 | Kaplan 301 | 5-7 pm

Annual Michael Henry Heim Memorial Lecture

We invite you to attend the 6th Annual Michael Henry Heim Memorial Lecture featuring "Epic Foolishness: Translating Epic poetry for the 21st Century" by Bill Johnston, Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University Bloomington. 

May 8 | Royce 314 | 5:30-7 pm

Alumni Visit

May 13 | Kaplan 301 | 2:30 pm

 Humanities Dialogue: Prep/Practice for the Symposium

May 17 | Royce 342

Russian Arts & Culture Festival

Join us for the 18th annual Russian Arts & Culture Festival: There will be food, music, a car show, and live entertainment! 

Volunteers needed! Please contact Dr. Kresin by April 15 if you are interested. 

May 19 | 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood | 11-7 pm 

Undergraduate Research Week: Slavic Department Presentations

Slavic Department presentations include Hannah Bennet's "Beyond Fort Ross: Defining Russia's Impact on California, Past and Present" and Melissa Miller's "Putin and Patriarch Kirill's Mutually Advantageous Relationship and Its Effects on the Russian Federation's Growing HIV Epidemic."

May 23 | UCLA Luskin Conference Center | 10-3 pm

Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures Annual End-of-Year Event

May 29 | Royce 314 | 6-8 pm

Humanities Dialogues Symposium

May 31 | Royce 236

Russian-Related Events in the Los Angeles Area

Reflecting Culture: The Francis E. Fowler, Jr. Collection of Silver

Comprising 251 objects representing 16th through 19th century Europe, Great Britain and the United States, this exhibition interprets silver in its social contexts. Gleaming vessels from renowned workshops—such as those of Russian jeweler Karl Fabergé (c.1900)—highlight important styles and techniques.

UCLA Fowler Museum | Free

Collection includes early 20th century Russian art (Goncharova, Chagall, Rodchenko, etc.)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) | Ahmanson Building

 Yuri's Night - Celebration of astronaut Yuri Gagarin

April 6 | California Science Center | 6 pm


April 9 | Walt Disney Concert Hall | 8 pm


April 12 | The Wende Museum | 7 pm

Salonen's Stravinsky: Faith

April 14 | Walt Disney Concert | 7 pm

 In Remembrance: Classical Music by Armenian Composers

April 23 | Hammer Museum | 7:30 pm

 Modest Mussorgsky 180th Anniversary

April 28 | Plummer Park | 2 pm

Exiles, Protestors, Envoys: Russian History in Photographs 

Organized by UCLA Opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 18, 6-8 pm. 

May 17-24 | Plummer Park Art Room 1

 Crumbling Empire: The Power of Dissident Voices

Crumbling Empire will present Russian poster designs of the 1980s and early ’90s alongside contemporary American street art by Shepard Fairey in a salon-style display that highlights connections as much as differences in dissident art of the East and the West, the past and the present.

Until June 2 | The Wende Museum

Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe

Organized in collaboration with British-Slovenian media historian Sabina Mihelj and British cultural historian Susan Reid, this exhibition focuses on the impact of Cold War-era television programming in Eastern and Western Europe on private lives. It will demonstrate how television on both sides of the Iron Curtain became incorporated into family homes, everyday life and festive occasions, as well as how television technologies participated in restructuring public spaces and contributed to both national integration and to cementing a sense of global belonging. It includes an installation recreating two “typical” living rooms with a TV set, one taken from somewhere in Eastern Europe, another from the West, to demonstrate both differences and similarities in everyday domestic life with TV on both sides of the iron Curtain. Another section will relate to TV towers as powerful symbolic objects that had a distinct effect on public space, and served as material demonstrations of a country's ability to master modernity.

June 23 - October 20 | The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City