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Art Installation: September 2003, Duke University Museum of Art
Celebration of the tri-centennial of the founding of St. Petersburg with an installation of works by Yuri Dyshlenko and Koz'ma Prutkov. There will also be several related programs on the culture of that region. Details will be available later this summer at

Free Concert: Russian Hornist Arkady Shilkloper
(French horn, flugelhorn, alphorn, didgeridoo, Wagner tuba etc.)
Saturday, April 12, 2003, 4 pm
Fletcher Recital Hall

Arkady Shilkloper is a master at jazz improvisation and makes some amazing sounds on the horn.

Tallying Social Costs of Post-socialist Transformation in Eastern Europe: The case of Lithuania, lecture by Dr. Leta Dromantiene, Dean of the School of Social Work, Law University of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania
Thursday, April 10, 2003 12 noon -1 pm
Brewster D-313
Sponsored by Center for Russian and East European Studies , Department of Sociology

Dr. Dromantiene was instrumental in establishing programs to train the first generation of social workers and social work educators of post-independent Lithuania. She specializes in developing new methods of social work with delinquent children and currently is an editor of the Social Work/Socialinis Darbas journal published by the Law University (see

Lithuania, along with the two other Baltic states--Latvia and Estonia, is considered to be among the most successful countries in post-socialist transformation. Lithuanian economy is growing on average 4-6 percent a year, inflation is very low, and direct foreign investment had increased dramatically. Much less attention had been paid to the discussion of the social costs of the reforms such as growing poverty, unemployment, and various forms of marginalization becoming widespread among various strata of the society. Dr. Dromantiene will discuss these issues as well as provide a brief overview of strengths and weaknesses of social policies currently being implemented in the country.

If you have questions regarding the lecture please contact Dr. Arunas Juska, Department of Sociology,
410-A Brewster, 328-6386.

The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series
Zsolt Hamar, permanent conductor
February 15, 2003

January 2003 marks 80 years since the formation of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, formerly known as the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra. Throughout its rich history, a handful of remarkable conductors have lead the organization. In 1997 Zsolt Hamar was named permanent conductor, and Zoltan Kocsis was named music director. They have toured extensively throughout Europe and have recorded all the symphonic and oratoric pieces of Liszt, Bartok, and Kodaly and recorded such operas as Verdi's Tosca with Jose Carreras. One of Europe's most heralded and distinguished orchestras, they will perform Debussy's Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un faune, Liszt's Piano Concerto in E-flat major (pianist Gergely Boganyi) and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36.

Anti-Americanism in the Pantheon of Russia's Enemies in the Russian Mind, lecture by
Dr. Vladimir Shlapentokh, Professor, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University
Brewster D-313
Friday, January 31, 2003, 12 Noon to 1 PM
Sponsored by ECU Department of Sociology

Dr. Shlapentokh is one of the leading sociologists specializing in Soviet and post-Soviet studies. Before emigrating to the United States, he worked as a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Sociology in Moscow, where he conducted first nationwide public opinion surveys in the USSR. In the USSR he published 10 books and numerous articles on various social issues.

Since emigrating to the United States, Dr. Shlapentokh has published 18 books, numerous academic articles on Soviet and contemporary Russian issues, and dozens of columns in periodicals such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor.

Among his most recent books are Fears in Post-communist Society ( New York: Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002); A Normal Totalitarian Society (Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2001); and The New Elite In Post-Communist Eastern Europe (College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1999).

Dr. Shlapentokh's lecture will be based on a research he is currently conducting on the rise of anti-Americanism among the elites in Russia, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany and India.

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist: Olga Kern
S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series
November 15, 20002

A ferocious virtuoso, she made history when she tied for the gold with Stanislav Ioudenitch, and she is the first woman to win the gold in thirty-two years. The twenty-six year old "darling of the competition" took judges and audiences by storm with her sensational skills and sparkling charisma. The Russian native will perform Schumann's Toccata Kinderszenen, Barber's Sonata, Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Taneyev's Prelude and Fugue, and Balakirev's Islamey.

A Marriage Proposal, a one-act play by Anton Chekhov
Messick Building, Room 205
November 14 and 15, 2002
Directed by Natalie Stewart with Jason Sofge, Angela Flick and Tyler Price