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Of Scholarship and Song

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 4:00pm - 5:00pm



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Gazette Classification: Humanities,Music,Social Sciences,Special
Events Organization/Sponsor: Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian
Studies Speaker(s): <strong>Maggie Paxson</strong><br /><em>Author and
Singer</em><br /><strong>Alexandra Vacroux</strong><br /><em>Executive
Director, Davis Center; Lecturer on Government, Harvard
University</em> Cost: Free and open to the public. Ticket Web Link:
Contact Info: Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian
and Eurasian Studies Harvard University 1730 Cambridge Street, 3rd
Floor • Cambridge, MA 02138 617.495.4037 Harvard Key Required: No
Link: https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events/scholarship-and-song
Join Maggie Paxson and Alexandra Vacroux for a wide-reaching,
long-looking, spirit-warming conversation and mini-concert as we
prepare for this strangest of holiday seasons. Paxson is an
anthropologist whose first book, Solovyovo, explored the way memory,
tradition, and the present gave meaning to post-Soviet life in a
Northern Russian village. Her second, The Plateau, explores other
villages, these in southeastern France. During World War II, residents
risked everything to protect strangers; today they offer refuge to
migrants. Maggie explores the traditions and traits that might explain
why these villagers choose selflessness in the face of need. Can their
actions help us find meaning in our difficult present? Paxson's
perceptive thoughts about the world should shake us out of our 2020
torpor. And if the conversation doesn't do it, her singing will!
Paxson has launched her own series of solo concerts of music from the
Second World War--sing-along, participatory events that she calls "The
Bomb Shelter Café." Maggie is also a performer with the Imperial Palms
Orchestra, a 15-piece, 1930s-themed band based in Washington, D.C. Her
interpretation of English, French and Russian songs from the
1930s-1950s will leave you convinced that art and scholarship belong
together. Register for the Zoom webinar, or watch live on Facebook.
Photo credit: Nancy Milburn Kleck.



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Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 16:00 to 17:00



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