Describe the Night Post-Show Community Conversation
June 9, 2019
with Sergey Parkhomenko & Dr. Natalie Rouland
Sunday, June 9 // Following the 2 PM Performance of DESCRIBE THE NIGHT
Join us for a post-show community conversation about the vital questions raised by Describe the Night, and their personal and societal implications. At this session, we will be joined by Sergey Parkhomenko, Russian journalist and publisher, and Dr. Natalie Rouland, Senior Advisor for the Billington Cultural Initiative at the Kennan Institute, as well as some of the artists involved with bringing Describe the Night to life. Each has unique perspectives on the play that will act as conversation catalysts.
About Sergey Parkhomenko
SERGEY PARKHOMENKO is a Russian journalist, publisher, and founder of several projects aimed at developing civic activism and promoting liberal values in Russia. He is a former political reporter, commentator and editorialist at popular daily newspapers; founder and first editor-in-chief (1995-2001) of Itogi, Russia's first current affairs weekly, published in cooperation with Newsweek. Parkhomenko was instrumental in organizing mass rallies in Moscow in Winter 2011 – Spring 2012. He organized the 'Vse v sud!' ('Go to court!') a civic campaign helping people to file lawsuits against widespread election rigging. One of the founders of 'Dissernet' ('DissertationWeb'), a network community dedicated to exposure of dissertation plagiarism, and 'Posledny Adres' ('Last Address') civil campaign helping people to create a collective memorial dedicated to the victims of political repression in the Soviet Union and Russia. One of the founders of 'Redkollegia' program, an independent award supporting free professional journalism in Russia. Since December 2017, Senior Advisor at The Kennan Institute at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC), in charge of “Russian Newsroom Project” to support the Russian journalistic community and facilitate exchanges between Russian journalists and their European and American colleagues.
About Dr. Natalie Rouland
DR. NATALIE ROULAND is the Senior Advisor for the Billington Cultural Initiative at the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. A scholar of Russian literature, culture, and performing arts, Rouland is currently completing her first book Ballet Empire, Russian Invasion. She has taught Russian literature, language, and film courses at Wellesley College, Miami University, and Stanford University. Rouland holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her past awards include the Billington Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Fellowship for the Study of Russia and Ballet at New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress, the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in St. Petersburg, the Geballe Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center, and the IIE Fulbright Fellowship in Moscow.
Rouland has spoken on Russian culture and the arts at the French Embassy, the Russian Cultural Centre, the World Affairs Council, the German Ambassador’s Residence, the Wilson Center, the Library of Congress, New York University, Stanford University, Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard University. She currently serves as the inaugural Scholar in Residence for the Washington Ballet.