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Welcome to the Slavic and East European Collections at UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries!

Eastern Europe has produced some of the most important cultural, political and scientific developments in modern history, and continues to profoundly shape world affairs. The Slavic and East European Collections at UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries are vital to the research, teaching and learning of UNC faculty, students, staff and all residents of North Carolina who seek to understand this complex region. Our unique holdings likewise serve scholars throughout the United States and worldwide.


Europa regina

Europe as queen with Bohemia at the heart and Eastern Europe as the long gown. From the Comenius Muzeum Mauzoleum in Naarden, Netherlands. Source: Wikimedia Commons.


Past Events

UNC-Chapel Hill has the privilege of hosting Adam Michnik, well-known Polish dissident, organizer of Solidarity, and currently editor of Gazeta Wyborcza, the largest daily newspaper in Poland. Mr. Michnik will give two public lectures sponsored by CSEEES:

The Traps of Democracy after Communism

(in English)

6:30 pm, Tuesday, April 29th

1st Floor Auditorium of Tate-Turner-Kuralt (Social Work) Building.  


Ukraina – Nowy Typ Demokracji

(in Polish)

7:00 pm, Thursday, May 1st

Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center

Please join us for:

Russian-Belarusian Integration as a Part of the Integration on the Post-Soviet Space: Myth and Reality

Marina Shabasova

Associate Professor of History at Belarusian State University

Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Indiana University


12:00 pm, Wednesday, April 23rd

Rm 2008/2010, FedEx Global Education Center

15th Annual Czech Studies Workshop

April 11-12, 2014 UNC Chapel Hill

The Workshop will take place on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 and is open to the public.

The Workshop is organized by Chad Bryant, Hana Píchová, Kirill Tolpygo, and Christopher Bowen and sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies; the Center for European Studies; the College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Initiatives Fund; the History Department; the Music Department; UNC Libraries; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; the Institute for Arts and Humanities; the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies; and the Czechoslovak Studies Association.

For questions please contact Chad Bryant.

Friday, April 11
2:00 Memory and Representations -- Hill Hall, Room 103
Veronika Pehe, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, “The Past Re-Visited and the Past Recreated: Czechoslovak Socialism as Retro”
Katalin Deme, Aarhus University, “Public Encounters with WWII and the Holocaust in Post-socialist East-Central Europe within the State and the NGO-sector”
Christopher Bowen, UNC-Chapel Hill, “‘Savage Sumptuousness’ in the City of Lights: The Paris Premiere of The Bartered Bride”
Discussant: Michael Beckerman, NYU
4:15 Keynote address - Person Recital Hall
Michael Beckerman, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, New York University, “Kde domov můj? Kdy domov můj? (Where Is My Home?-When Is My Home?): How the Czech National Anthem Lost Its Ending and What it Means.”Michael Beckerman is Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music at New York University and Distinguished Professor of History at Lancaster University.  He has received the Janáček Medal from the Czech Ministry of Culture and is a Laureate of the Czech Music Council.  He is author of New Worlds of Dvořák, (WW Norton), Janáček as Theorist (Pendragon) and Janáček and His World (Princeton).

8:00 Concert - Person Recital Hall
“Bohemian Music through the Ages,” performed by members of UNC’s Music Department
Sinfonia in C Major
Movement I
František Benda

UNC Baroque Ensemble
Dir. Brent Wissick
Conducted by Christopher Bowen


Polka in G minor, op. 8 no. 2
Polka in A major
Bedřich Smetana

Michael Beckerman, Piano


“V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest”
“Já vím, že v sladké naději”
“Nad krajem vévodí lehký spánek”
from Písně milostné
Antonín Dvořák

Melissa Martin, Soprano
Deborah Hollis, Piano


String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, op. 96 “American”
Movements II and IV
Antonín Dvořák

UNC String Quartet
Ledah Finck, Alexander Ullman, Mason Allen, [***]


“Mať moja, mať moja”
“Povedz že mi, povedz”
“Mala som ja rukávce”
from Nové Slovenské Písně
Bohuslav Martinů

Melissa Martin, Soprano
Deborah Hollis, Piano


Bugatti Step
Jaroslav Ježek

Michael Beckerman, Piano

Saturday, April 12
Davis Library, Room 214
10:30 Power and the State
John Robertson, UNC-Chapel Hill, “That Iron Fist: Czech Industrial Labor and the State, 1914-1918”
Molly Pucci, Stanford University, “The Czechoslovak Road to the Secret Police”
Bradley Moore, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The Political Economy of Pollution in Králův Dvůr”
Discussant: Cynthia Paces, The College of New Jersey
1:30 Gray Spaces and Oral History
Miroslav Vanĕk, Ústav pro soudobé dĕjiny, “Us and Them, or Identification with the Political System”
Pavel Mücke, Ústav pro soudobé dĕjiny, “‘Friends and “Friends’: Images of “Others” in Czech Society from 1968 to the Present”
Discussant: Hana Pichová, UNC-Chapel Hill
3:00 New Directions in Czech-Jewish History
Laura Brade, UNC-Chapel Hill, “Between Community and Emigration: The Transformation of the Jewish Religious Community in Prague, 1939-1941”
Sarah Cramsey, UC Berkeley, “‘The Most Significant Spot in Europe’: How 130,000 Polish Jews and the Ethnic Revolution came to Náchod, Czechoslovakia in 1946”
Ilana Miller, U. of Chicago, “‘Let us remember Munich’: Czechoslovaks, Israel, and Small-Nation Empathy after the Six-Day War”
Discussant: Jindřich Toman, U. of Michigan



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