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UNC Humanities Spotlight on Scholars

When: Tue., March 20, 3:30-5 p.m. 2012

It was a sad twist of history when the tide of liberation and democratization that tossed out dictatorships in Eastern Europe in the 1990s also loosed centuries of simmering ethnic quarreling in the hodgepodge nation of Yugoslavia, "land of the southern Slavs." Though the Serbs were largely the aggressors, talk to one and prepare to hear a litany of grievances against his neighbors, some relatively recent and others dating back centuries. Even my American-born grandfather inherited some of these ancient tribal antagonisms. His family tree was a mishmash of Central and Eastern European ethnicities, but his father was an immigrant known to friends as "Gus the Serb." My grandfather was a man of few words, which made his reaction to the violence in the disintegrating Yugoslavia all the more memorable: "They're killing my people!" he remarked, as scenes of Europe's worst fighting since World War II played on the TV news. The conflict has long since cooled, and the Balkans are no longer producing more history than can be consumed locally. Robert Jenkins, director of UNC's Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, will discuss the region then and now in today's installment of the UNC Spotlight on Scholars series. The lecture runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 in advance, $20 at the door. —Marc Maximov

Price: $18-20

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