This blog is dedicated to Slavic Studies, East and Central European Studies and Central Asian Studies librarianship.
This personal blog was created by Liladhar R. Pendse (Slavic & Eastern European and Central Asian Studies Librarian at University of California, Berkeley).
Keywords: Slavic Studies, Russian, Central and East European, Eurasian Studies, Academic Librarianship, University of California, Berkeley, UCLA-My Alma Mater, Russian Diaspora, Caucasus, and Central Asia.
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12 of about 66 Central European University is in danger: A letter from Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector
A letter from Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of the Central European University (Budapest):
"Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Friends,
CEU is demanding an immediate correction to falsehoods about our institution published this afternoon by origo.hu. The claim that we do not have program accreditation is entirely false. The claim that we have failed to meet our obligations regarding data to official public registry is also false. Our master’s and doctoral programs are accredited with the Hungarian authorities as well as by the State of New York and the University’s accreditation is overseen by the Middle States Commission, which certifies American institutions like Princeton and UPenn.
More importantly, than these false accusations, legislation has been proposed to the Hungarian Parliament that, after careful legal examination, would make it impossible for CEU to continue its operations as an institution of higher education in Hungary authorized to grant degrees accredited in both Hungary and the United States. As we see it, this is legislation targeted at one institution and one institution only. It is discriminatory. It strikes at the heart of what we have been doing at CEU for over two decades. We are in full conformity with Hungarian law and have been for more than two decades.
I want you, the dedicated faculty, staff, and students of this University, to know that the Board of Trustees and the administration will contest this legislation through every means possible. Please know that the legislation states that enrolled students can continue their studies and receive their degrees. Let me assure you that, under all circumstances, CEU will continue its operations.
It is time for our community to gather together to defend our institution. We urge you to communicate respectfully to your members of Parliament, to your friends, to our partner institutions, universities, and sympathetic colleagues in Hungary and around the world, that CEU is a proud Hungarian institution, a university whose freedom is in danger. A university that provides added value to its students by awarding U.S.-accredited degrees as well as Hungarian-accredited degrees. A university that is private and independent, funded by a generous endowment but independent in its academic activities. A university that contributes over 1 billion HUF annually to the Hungarian economy in taxes. A university that is deeply embedded in Hungarian academic life, collaborating with other institutions of academic excellence in Hungary from ELTE to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, sharing research projects, teaching, knowledge, and enabling student exchanges. A university that attracts prestigious grants from the European Union and other bodies, in competition with all other European research institutions.
These are just a few of CEU’s rich contributions to Hungary and the world. Any legislative measure that makes it impossible for CEU to operate in Budapest would destroy this fabric of cooperation with Hungarian institutions and the Hungarian public and would damage Hungary’s justified and long-held reputation as a center of innovation, academic excellence, and scientific inquiry.
CEU has no other desire than to remain in Budapest. As our community comes together to defend the freedom of our institution, I invite you to a community forum tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29 at 12:45 in the Auditorium.
Web-comics: Some Links by Liladhar R. Pendse (UC Berkeley)
This exhibit also takes in consideration comics that are born digital. The webcomics represent a unique opportunity for their creators to provide outreach to multiple audiences. Below are some suggested webcomics that can make this exhibition more interesting to our visitors.The list below was adapted for use from Buzzfeed.com, scroll.in and other sites. Some of these comics might be sensitive to their viewers. I would advise viewer’s discretion. This is not a comprehensive list but it provides a meaningful insight into the mysterious world of the webcomics.
A Century of Movement: Russian
Culture and Global Community Since 1917 CFP Deadline: April 7, 2017 October
12-13, 2017 http://centuryofmovement.web.unc.edu University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Keynote Speakers: Katerina
Clark and Marina Frolova-Walker Conference Organizers: Jamie
Blake and Grace Kweon, in collaboration with Annegret Fauser The
cultural products of the last century reflect change, opportunity, and
uncertainty, and demonstrate active negotiations between personal identity and
social awareness, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, artistic voice and security.
This conference, in the centennial year of the Revolution, seeks to explore the
transformations set in motion during and after the events of 1917 through an
examination of cultural production and practices, located both within and without
will explore first and foremost the issue of human migration, particularly the
patterns and developments set in motion by the Revolution. In light of today’s
CALL FOR PAPERS Accelerated development? Socio-political landslides, cultural ruptures and literary history in Eastern Europe Ghent University September 29 – October 1, 2017 http://www.slavistiek.ugent.be/Accelerateddevelopment). In 1964 the Bulgarian-Belarusian-Russian scholar Georgii Gachev coined the term ‘uskorennoe razvitie’ or ‘accelerated development’ in his 1964 monograph Accelerated Development of Literature: On the Basis of the Bulgarian Literature of the First Half of the 19thCentury. The term describes what happened to Bulgarian literature during Ottoman rule. Being a ‘young’ and ‘peripheral’ literature, having started to develop only recently at the time, Bulgarian literature ‘had to’ go through the whole evolution of European literature at a high pace in order to catch up with the latter. One of the side effects of this accelerated development was that characteristics of different style periods could even co-occur. Gachev’s thought-provoking idea has never really received a l…