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Victor Sonkin, the author of this prize-winning guidebook to Ancient Rome, will talk about the everyday details of ancient Roman life, concentrating on (sometimes deceptively) simple questions of what the ancient Romans ate and drank for supper and how they calculated time. An authority on this culture, with public appearances from education, to television, and ship cruises, he makes the layers and quirks of history amusing, as much as his treatment is informative and in-depth.
Continue reading “Here was Rome”
Screening and talk with the director
We welcome you to a second movie of our guest Alexander Mindadze. This, like the previous one, is based on a true story. As visceral and fragmented as life itself, the story is a dance on the volcano – relentless in style, events and characters.
Set over some 36 hours, the film begins at night, with Valery, an engineer and party official, running desperately to get to Chernobyl, rushing up roads and through undergrowth. The first we hear of events, it seems there have been some containable explosions, but when the camera wanders into a meeting of despairing bigwigs, it emerges that the main reactor has blown – as signaled by an ominous glow in the night sky. Continue reading “Innocent Saturday – 2011, Mindadze”
Screening and talk with the director
German with English subtitles. Q&A in Russian, English translation.
It is the spring of 1941. German engineer Hans and his colleagues arrive at a USSR glass manufacturing factory. The Soviet Union is to deliver raw materials to Germany – in exchange for the latest industrial machinery and technologies. It quickly becomes apparent this is not the whole story and both sides have the foreboding of things to come. Yet they meet as people and become friends.
Continue reading “MY GOOD HANS – 2015, Mindadze”
King’s MLC presents
a talk by the author
“The revolution and accompanying Civil War was the main event, or the main catastrophe, of the 20th century for Russia. It was a momentous and tragic period.”
In this talk,
Alexei Makushinsky addresses the subjects of the Russian Revolution and Civil War, particularly the psychology of revolution; the mental and ideological premises of the revolutionary action.
Continue reading “Writing about Revolution”
Join our contributors Owen Hatherley and Dawn Foster in conversation to mark the launch of the Autumn 2016 New Humanist.
The Chernobyl accident of 1986 is one of the greatest catastrophes of the nuclear age, yet its aftermath was followed by a wave of local solidarity and international co-operation. Does it take a disaster to get people to help one another? Should such an event make us think again about the potential of new technology?
Continue reading “New Humanist – autumn launch party”
On April 26th, 1986, reactor four at Chernobyl nuclear power station explodes, sending an enormous radioactive cloud over Northern Ukraine and neighbouring Belarus. The danger is kept a secret from the rest of the world and the nearby population who go about their business as usual. May Day celebrations begin, children play and the residents of Pripyat marvel at the spectacular fire raging at the reactor. After three days, an area the size of England becomes contaminated with radioactive dust, creating a ‘zone’ of poisoned land.
On Atomic TV ⇒
On Youtube ⇒
Continue reading “HEAVY WATER – Mario Petrucci”
& Arkady Shtypel
Вечер поэтов и переводчиков Марии Галиной и Аркадия Штыпеля.
Стихи, переводы, разговоры oб Украине, на русском и украинском языках.
Continue reading “Україна в серці — Галина & Штыпель”
with poet and translator Arkady Shtypel
Поэт и переводчик Аркадий Штыпель представит свой проект перевода полного свода сонетов Шекспира, расскажет о принципах подхода к текстам и о том, почему поэты и переводчики спорят с канонической версией Маршака.
Оригинал Шекспира прочтет актриса Кристин Милворд.
Continue reading “Evening dedicated to William Shakespeare”
One after another they
into the light
creatures great and small
all of them strangers
all of them naked as the white
moths that skitter
only half surfacing
from the deep dream place
where they live
and from where they greet you
who arrive out of dark hedges
like sight clearing
or all at once
who stand and wait to address
your bright path
from Fiona Sampson – The Border
Continue reading “Fiona Sampson – Poetry in a Changing World”