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TOMORROW:

The October event of the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University will 
feature:

"THE PIANO TUNER"
(2004, director Kira Muratova (Ukraine), 154 minutes)

"The Piano Tuner" is a penetrating portrayal of a society on the verge 
of moral collapse. As the old network of interpersonal relationships 
falls prey to the kleptocratic capitalism of the Kuchma era, human 
behaviour is overtaken by one principle: “Money does not smell.” Virtues 
like honesty, decency, compassion and trust become liabilities, and can 
lead to ruin. The main protagonists, two women past their prime, are by 
choice out of tune with the real world. Enter the Tuner. His nice 
manners, quick wit and empathy are a trick. Ominously, the tuning of an 
old piano becomes the “tuning “of the two ladies to the new reality of 
post-Soviet Ukraine.

Starring Georgiy Deliyev (Ukraine), Alla Demidova (Russia), Nina 
Ruslanova (Russia), Renata Litvinova (Russia) – each of whom delivers an 
unforgettable performance in this film. Original Russian language 
version with English subtitles.

The film will be introduced by Yuri Shevchuk, the director of the 
Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University. Discussion will follow the 
screening.

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Room 717, Hamilton Hall, Columbia University, 1130 Amsterdam 
Ave., New York, NY (subway train #1 to 116th St.).

The screening is free and open to the public.

For more information, please see: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ufc/

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ALSO, ONE WEEK FROM TODAY:

The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University will host a 
lunchtime talk, titled:

"UKRAINIAN REGIONALISM ACCOMMODATED: DEFUSING SEPARATISM VIA 
DECENTRALIZATION"

This talk, given by Gennadi Poberezny (Rutgers University), intends to 
outline the principles and validity of employing decentralization rather 
than federalization in accommodating regionalism for the purposes of 
arresting, containing and defusing separatism in Ukraine.

Regionalism has always been an extremely important factor in the 
national development of Ukraine; it was greatly exacerbated during the 
“Orange Revolution” of 2004 and was exploited again in the run up of the 
March 2006 parliamentary election. Territorial divisions play crucial 
roles in social and economic development of both the state and the 
regions. Borders of provinces, counties or communes create formal 
framework in which different actors of socioeconomic and political life 
perform their functions. Political decentralization in a unitary state 
may be employed to accommodate persistent regionalism and, therefore, 
successfully defuse separatism.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, at 12:00
WHERE: Room 1219, International Affairs Building, Columbia University, 
420 W. 118th St., New York, NY

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Diana 
Howansky at ukrainianstudies@columbia.edu or (212)854-4697.

-- 
Diana Howansky
Staff Associate
Ukrainian Studies Program
Columbia University
Room 1208, MC3345
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY  10027
(212) 854-4697
ukrainianstudies@columbia.edu
http://www.harrimaninstitute.org/courses/ukrainian_studies_program.html



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