“Our series is an opportunity to see how the arts and politics interact from a number of perspectives,” said Timothy Schorn, Ph.D., J.D., coordinator of international studies and associate professor of political science.

The event will kick off Wednesday, Feb. 8, with a discussion about the intersection of these three areas from a historical perspective. The conversation will be led by Ilmira Dulyanova, director of online graduate programs and coordinator of political science, David Burrow, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of history, and Skip Willman, Ph.D. associate professor of English.

On Feb. 15, the intersection of arts and politics will be analyzed from a humanities perspective. The discussion will feature Lisa Ann Robertson, Ph.D., graduate programs coordinator and associate professor of English, Elise Boxer, Ph.D., director of the Institute of American Indian Studies and associate professor of history, and Joe Stollenwerk, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre.

The third event in the series will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and will feature Joseph Horowitz, a historian and biographer of composers. He will speak on the relationship between Russian composer Dmitri Schostakovich and Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin.

The first three events will all take place at 6 p.m. in Patterson Hall room 117.

The final event of the series will feature the Dakota String Quartet of the South Dakota Symphony in a performance of a Shostakovich String Quartet, with excerpts from the journal of Shostakovich read by Horowitz. The performance will take place on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall in the College of Fine Arts.

All events are free and open to the public.

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