Krokodil Digital Archive now available!


The Binghamton University Libraries are now offering a trial of the Krokodil Digital Archive  (Russian: «Крокодил», «Crocodile») via our Trial Databases page.

Krokodil (Crocodile) was the USSR’s most famous and longest-running satirical journal. It was first published in Moscow as the illustrated Sunday supplement for a newspaper on 4 June 1922. Originally called Rabochii (The Worker), then renamed Rabochaia Gazeta like its parent newspaper, the supplement was humorous from the beginning. Satire, mainly in the form of cartoons and poems, featured heavily in the magazine, with one-colour illustrations in its first seven issues. As circulation increased, the editors became convinced of the need for a regular independently numbered journal, and the magazine appeared as Krokodil (after Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s satirical short story, The Crocodile) No.1 (13) for the first time on 27 August 1922 (Stykalin and Kremenskaia 1963: 176-179). The red crocodile pictured on the first edition’s front cover thereafter symbolized the aims of the magazine itself.

Although political satire was dangerous during much of the Soviet period, Krokodil was given considerable license to lampoon political figures and events. Typical and safe topics for lampooning in the Soviet era were the lack of initiative and imagination promoted by the style of an average Soviet middle-bureaucrat, and the problems produced by drinking on the job by Soviet workers. Krokodil also ridiculed capitalist countries and attacked various political, ethnic and religious groups that allegedly opposed the Soviet system.

The journal represent a collaboration of some of the best artists, writers, and illustrators of the time — including Vladimir Mayakovsky, Kukriniksy, Yuliy Ganf, Vitaly Goryayev, and many others.

This trial will be active until February 26, 2015. For access, go to the Libraries Trial Databases page.

Artist: B. Semyonov "The Fighting Pencil" 1967 WHERE ELSE IS THERE NEED FOR REPAIRS? Refers to the fact that very often repairmen worked not for their salary but solicited vodka from the tenants of big housing projects.

Artist: B. Semyonov
“The Fighting Pencil” 1967
Refers to the fact that very often repairmen worked not for their salary but solicited vodka from the tenants of big housing projects.

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Political science colloquium

Hein Goemans, associate professor of political science at the University of Rochester, will speak on “The Politics of Territorial Claims in Africa” from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in LN-2409.

This talk is presented by the Department of Political Science as part of the 2014-15 Harpur Dean’s Speaker Series on “Domestic Politics and International Relations.”

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Getting to know your Chinese students

The ESL Program and the Multicultural Resource Center invite faculty and staff to their upcoming program “Getting to know your Chinese Students” from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the UU-Undergrounds.

Designed to engage faculty and staff, the goal of the program is to raise awareness of issues among Chinese international students, as well as to provide information that will enable faculty and staff to better assist these students.

Panelists will include:

• Mark Reisinger: associate professor and undergraduate director, Department of Geography
• Xuan Chen: undergraduate admissions counselor
• Patricia Alikakos: lecturer, ESL Program
• Fang Wang: Chinese visiting scholar and lecturer, Northeast Forestry University

Lunch will be provided. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 9. For more information, send an e-mail to Mengchen Huang, MRC program coordinator.

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Singing Chinese class recital Friday

Hear the accomplishments of the Binghamton University Singing Chinese Class, under the direction of Hong Zhang, at its student recital at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in FA-Casadesus Recital Hall. Come and enjoy Chinese folk and art songs in the form of solos, duets, ensembles and choruses. This free recital is sponsored by theDepartment of Music.

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University Art Museum to open student-curated exhibit of African art

The University Art Museum will open a student-curated exhibition of African art from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in room FA-179, Nancy J. Powell Lower Galleries. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition, “Living Objects: Makers, Markets, Museum,” is the result of a collaboration by 36 members of Museums and the Art of Exhibitions, an anthropology/art history course taught by Associate Professor of Anthropology and Art History Pamela Smart. Seventeen pieces of 20th-century art from West Africa, on loan from the private collection of retired Binghamton University professor of anthropology Michael Horowitz, and his wife Sylvia Horowitz, will be on display. The exhibition will run through Saturday, March 14.

For more information, contact the University Art Museum at 777-2968.

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IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series

The IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series continues from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.10, when Jay Newberry, assistant professor of geography, will present “Is Refugee Resettlement a Sedentary Solution? The Case of the Somali,” in LN-1106, the IASH Conference Room. For more information, go online.

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Nukporfe African Dance and Drumming Ensemble to perform

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MRC Global Fiesta: Celebrating Holidays around the World

The Multicultural Resource Center invites you to the 6th Annual “MRC Global Fiesta: Celebrating Holidays around the World” from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the UU-Mandela Room. This event features presentations on both religious and non-religious holidays around the world, cultural performances, holiday food samplings, interactive activities/games and special prizes!

This program is co-sponsored by Campus Activities, the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera, the Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas, the International Student and Scholar Services and the SA Vice President of Multicultural Affairs.

Come and check out what our cultural groups have in store for you before the holiday season. This event is free and open to all. For questions, contact Mengchen Huang, MRC program coordinator, at 607-777-6071 or via e-mail.

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Trial Database: Human Rights Studies Online


Human Rights Studies Online is a research and learning database providing comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. The collection includes primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than thirty additional subjects.

Access Human Rights Studies Online here

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Harpur Cinema presents ‘Grisgris’

Grigris_2013_film_posterHarpur Cinema presents ‘Grisgris’ at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in LH-6. Grisgris hopes to become a professional dancer despite a bum leg. But the extra cash he makes on the dance floor is not enough to pay the bills when his stepfather falls critically ill. When Grisgris begins to smuggle oil to make ends meet, he jeopardizes all his dreams and risks his future with Mimi, a beautiful but damaged prostitute. Haroun is the first African director to win an award at Cannes for his 2010 feature A Screaming Man (HC-Spring, 2012). ‘Grisgris’ was nominated for the Cannes Palm d’Or and was Chad’s entry for the 2013 Academy Awards. Friday’s screening will be introduced by Associate Professor Dora Polachek.


The film will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, in LH-6. Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.

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