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The Sarajevo Winter Olympics: A Photo and Media Retrospective

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International and Area Studies Library, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, European Union Center, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Main Library, North/South Corridor, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana (map)
Feb 8, 2014 - Feb 24, 2014  
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European Union Center Events

2014 and the Sochi Olympics in Russia mark the 30th Anniversary of the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. To celebrate the Winter Olympic Games, the International and Area Studies Library has partnered with Bosnian-American sports photographer, Ivica (John) Jurisic, to exhibit photography and highlight media advertising coverage of the Games from across the globe.

The Sarajevo Games took place within communist Yugoslavia in the midst of the Cold War. Despite the potential for conflict, these games marked a broadening of participation and a renewal of the Olympic movement following the boycotts and ill will that marred the 1980 and Summer of 1984 games. As noted in the press coverage, China returned to the games after an absence and Egypt’s flag was flown for the first time in Olympic history. Latin America and the Caribbean sent its biggest representation with 36 athletes from seven countries. The media coverage shows the global impact of the games and focuses, for a short time, the world’s attention on an event that promotes peace and international cooperation. There is also, however, much divergence in coverage with national tastes, cultural preferences, and political forces forming the prisms through which we all view these events. Overall, the documentary legacy left by the games in Sarajevo is a testament to the paradoxical rise in global cooperation amidst political, cultural, and economic diversity. This Olympic legacy remains, regardless of the tragic events that would befall Sarajevo a mere decade later.

The materials features in this exhibit come from the personal collection of Ivica (John) Jurisic; the University Archives; the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library; and the International and Area Studies Library.

Special thanks for helping to organize this exhibit go to: Judith Pintar; Antonio Sotomayor; Mirella Bajric; Sonal Mithal Modi; Sanja Koric; Seid Koric; Medina Spiodic; Quetzalli Barrientos; the staff at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; International and Area Studies Library; History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library; and University Archives.

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