70th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 5:30pm

Harvard University Campus
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies celebrates 70 years since its founding as the Russian Research Center. Join us Friday, October 26, through Sunday, October 28, for programming and activities that represent the best the Davis Center has to offer.

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Friday, October 26

Arriving on campus on Friday? The Ukrainian Research Institute welcomes 70th anniversary guests to a noon luncheon before our pre-event workshop, "Icons: Signs of Faith, Signs of Power." Professor Michael Flier will explore the storied tradition of Kievan Rus’ icon painting, and REECA alum Sarah Van Sickle will demonstrate its unmistakable echoes in the Ukrainian street art painted during the Maidan protests.

REECA/SUP master’s alumni and their guests are then invited to join us from 4:30 for special reunion activities. We start with an interactive case study taught by Davis Center faculty director Rawi Abdelal. We then move on to an evening reception at the Harvard Faculty Club, complete with—start studying—Jeopardizatsiia, our Eurasia-themed quiz show!

Saturday, October 27 (morning)

We’re officially kicking off the 70th anniversary of the Davis Center with a champagne breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by two panels on contemporary Russia. Our experts will cover the ways in which domestic concerns color Russian foreign policy, and how Russia’s history colors its present.

Saturday, October 27 (afternoon)

After lunch, our new scholar-entrepreneurs will present the interdisciplinary research projects being launched at the Davis Center this year. You’ll get drawn into the art of maps, hear three very different perspectives on Central Asia, and experience how we deploy negotiation simulations to teach students the conflict resolution skills they will need in any career involving Eurasia. The afternoon will conclude with a series of short and vivid talks from our younger scholars, capped by a special performance.

Saturday, October 27 (evening)

On Saturday evening, join the party as we fête the Davis Center’s 70th birthday in the soaring courtyard of the renovated Harvard Art Museums. Enjoy cocktails amidst the art, jazz, and mingling before taking in dinner and a keynote address by Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar.

Sunday, October 28

All attendees are invited to the unique Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts, for a private tour and reception. A complimentary shuttle bus will depart from the Harvard campus at noon and return at approximately at 5:30 p.m.

Be sure to take in “Current,” a special exhibition on Russian and Eurasian studies at Harvard on display throughout the CGIS South Concourse.

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Registration is now closed.

Please contact us at daviscenter@fas.harvard.edu or call 617-495-4037 if you have questions or would like to be added to the waiting list.