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March 13: Colloquium series screens GULAG 113

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A documentary about the Soviet GULAG camps will be shown March 28 at 6:45 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center.

The screening, sponsored by the College's annual Center for the Humanities colloquium series, which is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, will be followed by a discussion with award-winning filmmaker Marcus Kolga.

GULAG 113 follows Eduard Kolga, an Estonian survivor of the forced labor camps, as he journeys from his home in Canada to the now decaying GULAG camp sites in remote parts of Russia where he was once incarcerated. His account is one of toil and starvation in the camps administered by the Soviet Red Army during World War II. While his story is familiar within other Eastern European communities that suffered in the Soviet camps—Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanian Poles, Ukrainians and Finns—it is largely unknown in the West.

A communications and brand strategist, journalist, political activist and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Kolga has worked internationally in print, television and theater. In addition to GULAG 113, he is the writer, director and producer of Sinking the Gustloff, which explores the way history has remembered the 1945 sinking of the German cruise liner Wilhelm Gustloff and the subsequent death of nearly 10,000 German refugees from East Prussia. His latest documentary, Outside the Sphere, investigates the history of the Baltic communities in North America.

The spring colloquium concludes April 16, when celebrated Baltimore craft artist Joyce C. Scott, guest speaker for the annual Rosenfeld Family Lecture, traces her 30-year journey as a visual and performance artist.

For more information about the colloquium, contact Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities, at