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Communist Game Shows on Russian TV?

UW-Milwaukee’s Christine Evans shows a little-known side of Soviet media

Oct. 11, 2016
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In the first-ever comprehensive account of Soviet mass culture, UW-Milwaukee history professor Christine Evans provides an engaging and well-researched account of the news programs, serial films, and game and variety shows during the long reign of Leonid Brezhnev (1964-1982). Through her scholarship, Evans challenges the common perception that Soviet media was dull and formulaic by showcasing programs that excelled for their experimentation and creativity and laid the groundwork for the reforms that followed.

Evans serves as an assistant professor of history at UWM and the faculty coordinator of the Russian and Eastern European Studies Certificate. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and International Studies from Yale University and her master’s and doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley. Evans will discuss her newly published book Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central Television at Boswell Book Co. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.


Norma Cole

2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16

Woodland Pattern Book Center

720 E. Locust St.

Norma Cole is a Canadian-born poet and translator who currently teaches at the University of San Francisco. Her most recent compilation, Actualities, is a collaboration with painter Marina Adams. Among numerous accolades, Cole has received a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award. 


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