Events

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Event Format

Upcoming

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The Davis Center has hosted this colloquium since 1996, showcasing work in the field by students from Harvard, Wellesley, and Wheaton. We invite you to celebrate undergraduate research and engagement in the region. 

Executive Director, Davis Center

Director, Davis Center
Adjunct Professor of the History of Urban Form, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Co-Director of the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative

Visiting Professor of Government, Harvard University

Professor of Russian, Wellesley College

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, Wheaton College

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Alex Averbuch will discuss his research on the Ostarbeiters and open the new Davis Center exhibit devoted to the topic. 

Independent Researcher

Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History / Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute , Harvard University

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U.S. policymakers are navigating a new Black Sea strategy, focusing on the region's importance to U.S. strategic interests. This half-day event brings together experts and practitioners to share insights on regional security and Georgia's pivotal role in European-Central Asian connectivity.

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University; Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School

Director, Program on Georgian Studies, Harvard University; Professor of Modern Georgian History, Ilia State University, Tbilisi

Senior Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, American Foreign Policy Council; President, America-Georgia Business Council

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The Balet Polski Reprezentacyjny’s German tour provides new insight into the Second Polish Republic’s utilization of art and performance in its foreign affairs in the 1930s, and the precarity of identity in the Second Polish Republic’s national self-expression.

PhD candidate in Slavonic Studies at Clare College, University of Cambridge

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

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Professor Boris Lanin will discuss the Jewish destinies of Russian-language émigré writers of the so-called third and fourth waves of emigration.

Recording Available

Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies; Boston College; Chair, Seminar on Russian and Eurasian Jewry, Davis Center

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Emigrate or stay in Russia? The question so central to Russian intellectual discussions nowadays was also Anna Akhmatova’s dilemma one hundred years ago.

Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

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"This Kind of Hope" follows Belarusian human rights activist and former ambassador Andrei Sannikov.

Belarusian Politician, Diplomat and Activist

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Using recently declassified materials from Russian archives, historian Oleg Budnitskii examines atrocities committed by Red Army soldiers at home as well as abroad.

 

Fellow (2023-2024), National Humanities Center, North Carolina

George F. Baker III Professor of Russian Studies, Harvard University

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The presentation addresses school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) as a violation of human rights and a form of gender discrimination with harmful effects on physical, psychological, and educational well-being. 

Assistant professor of Sociology, Ilia State University

Director, Program on Georgian Studies, Harvard University; Professor of Modern Georgian History, Ilia State University, Tbilisi

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Can this century's Central Asian leaders notch energy wins like their predecessors in a more challenging environment?

Recording Available

U.S. Ambassador (ret.)

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Come hear more than 20 outstanding young scholars present on topics as diverse as energy, child care, migration, managed successions, and much, much more.

Executive Director, Davis Center

Assistant Professor of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

U.S. Ambassador (ret.)

Strategic Advisor at the Women in Digital Transformation (WinDt LLC) and Senior Advisor of the CAPS Unlock

Senior Fellow; Director, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center

A.M. Candidate in Regional Studies—REECA

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This talk will explore major developments that led to mass displacement, including the Central Asian revolt of 1916, civil war in 1917–23, Soviet reforms in the 1920s, and the Kazakh famine of 1930–33, while paying particular attention to settler colonial violence and the loss of Muslim sovereignties in Central Asia.

Assistant Professor of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Join us for an evening featuring an acclaimed filmmaker from Kazakhstan, Olzhas Bayalbayev. We will screen Bayalbayev’s captivating short motion picture ‘GOK’, depicting a dramatic takeover of a mineral mining plant in North Kazakhstan. 

Harvard Kennedy School Policy Analysis and Communications Exercise Coach

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This talk will examine how Russia employs the tactics of borderization and creeping occupation to gradually expand its control over Georgian territories.

PhD, Lecturer in Political Science, Linnaeus University
Researcher, Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research, Malmo University

Director, Program on Georgian Studies, Harvard University; Professor of Modern Georgian History, Ilia State University, Tbilisi

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This seminar will discuss the changing relations between the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, and North Korea from 1949 through 1991 and the way these earlier relationships affect the close interactions between Russia, China, and North Korea today.

Recording Available

Senior Managing Director, Brock Securities

Director, Cold War Studies Project

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This talk will consist of three parts: the impetus leading to the erection of the statue and the numerous hurdles that had to be overcome, its destruction during World War II and subsequent reconstruction, and its historical and symbolic significance since 1959, when Chopin concerts began to take place around the statue.

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Russian and Slavic Studies, Boston College

Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Boston

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This seminar will discuss relations between Yugoslavia and the USSR after the end of World War II.

Recording Available

Scholar-in-Residence, Philosophy Department, Duquesne University; Cultural Outreach Coordinator, Serb National Federation

Professor of International Law and International Relations, Institute for Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Director, Cold War Studies Project

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 In this workshop, participants will consider new ways of teaching about Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet Eurasia through the use of maps, data, oral histories and more.  

Director, Imperiia Project / Lecturer on History, Harvard University

Associate Director, Davis Center

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With evidence from Kosovo, Serbia, and North Macedonia, this seminar will explore several issues, including protest behavior and state bureaucracies in postwar Balkan countries.

Recording Available

Director of the Democracy and Governance Program and assistant professor of government

Director, Cold War Studies Project

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Two nights of performance draw on censored Soviet-era texts by iconic singer-songwriters Okudzhava and Vysotsky to explore intergenerational trauma in refugee experience and illuminate the sublime social power of poetic practices.

Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

Singer/Songwriter

Dance-Theater Artist

Scholar of Russian Literature and Culture

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This workshop, hosted by the Global Studies Outreach Committee at Harvard University, will be offered in person on Harvard's Cambridge Campus July 29-August 1, 2024. 

Associate Director, Davis Center

Program Coordinator, Educator Outreach and Program on Georgian Studies

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Visiting scholar Irina Busygina will present key arguments from her latest book, considering Russian regions’ role in the war against Ukraine and in the resilience of Moscow’s authoritarian system.

Recording Available

Independent Researcher

Executive Director, Davis Center

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Come see this classic Cold War film with dance greats Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines, with a post-screening discussion led by Dr. Ilya Vidrin.

 

 

Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

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Drawing on social science literature on infrastructure and 15 years of research in Central Asia, Till Mostowlansky will discuss concepts that might prove useful in studying Ukraine from a long-term perspective. 

Research Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Geneva Graduate Institute

Director, Davis Center
Adjunct Professor of the History of Urban Form, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Co-Director of the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative

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Russian language competition for high school students. 

Associate Director, Davis Center

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Join Davis Center fellow Malika Toqmadi for a discussion about the newest volume of The Global Encylopaedia of Informality.

Ph.D. Candidate, School of Slavonic and East European Studies of the University College London (UCL)