“Why Do Extremist Political Parties Publish Satirical Magazines?”

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By Duncan Burke Most everyone tells jokes and there are multitudes of reasons why. Some like to entertain or seek comfort in laughter. Others want to belittle something and mock it. Why then would a national socialist or communist party … Continue reading

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The Belarusian Art of Protest

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By Alex Adams “If I say it ended in tragedy, this is, in the first place, because of the size of the human toll taken in course of that social – or chronological – change. For in a real tragedy, … Continue reading

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Wellness through War and Peace

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By Alex Adams On the March 25 Wellness Day, a couple friends and I decided to watch War and Peace. The definitive War and Peace adaptation. The 431-minute long, four-part, 1967 Sergei Bondarchuk War and Peace film.             Sergei … Continue reading

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Five Questions With … Brigid O’Keeffe

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Note: 2020-21 marks the 20th anniversary of the Havighurst Center.  One of the ways we will mark this occasion is through a regular “Five Questions With …” series, where we will check in with former colleagues, postdoctoral fellows, and students.  In … Continue reading

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The Weapon of Laughter: On Boris Efimov’s Soviet Caricatures

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By Yuri Klinkenbergh On Monday, February 22, 2021, Miami University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed its second guest lecturer of the semester, Dr. Stephen Norris. Dr. Norris is the director of the Havighurst Center and received his … Continue reading

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Russian Demons: The Klikushestvo Phenomenon

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By Avery Imes One of the many functions of culture is to provide a framework for how to understand and navigate the world in which people live. Folklore, which includes beliefs, customs, and stories of a given culture, is able … Continue reading

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