Events

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Upcoming

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This webinar will consider the most recent developments between Armenia and Azerbaijan, emphasizing changes over the last three years and expectations for the foreseeable future.

Recording Available

Independent Researcher

Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Durham

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Professor Darchiashvili will examine the history of both Polish and Georgian nationalism to elucidate the parallels and differences between them.  

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

David Darchiashvili, Professor, Ilia State University

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Alex Averbuch will introduce hitherto unknown archival materials from Parajanov's case file, discussing how the authorities employed sexual dissent as a pretext for political purging.

Independent Researcher

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

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The Queer Focus series will address a variety of questions and themes regarding LGBTQIA+ issues within Eurasia and Eastern Europe.

Recording Available

Assistant Professor of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Doctoral Candidate in Political, Societal and Cultural Change

FWO Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow

Title VIII Research Fellow, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

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In this talk, Sergei Erofeev makes the case that if the problem of Vladimir Putin’s never-ending threat to the world is not solved through his defeat in Ukraine or a domestic coup, he may be driven to putting an end to it himself “amidst a revolution.”

Assistant Director, Scholars Without Borders

Lecturer at Rutgers University, New Jersey

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The movie "Bucha" is based on the true story of an unlikely hero and refugee from Kazakhstan who risked his life to save hundreds of Ukrainians from towns occupied by Russian troops.

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

Ukrainian Screenwriter and Producer

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Cash For Refugees Inc.

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The speaker, a senior U.S. State Department official at the time dealing with policy toward Eastern Europe and the USSR (and became U.S. ambassador to Poland in 1990), recently completed a memoir on his career. He will offer his assessment of how the United States responded to the momentous changes in Eastern Europe and the USSR.

Recording Available

U.S. Foreign Service Officer (1963-1998); U.S. Ambassador to Poland (1990-1993) and Pakistan (1996-1998)

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

Director, Cold War Studies Project

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This talk draws on 20 years (2004-2024) of religious political signaling by Putin as it explores his claim on Kyiv as the sacred center of Russian history and culture. 

Professor of Russian Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Boston

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Political scientist Maria Snegovaya's new book examines the rise of populism in postcommunist Europe and elsewhere, arguing that left-wing parties' neoliberal economic policies have alienated their traditional supporters.

Senior Fellow, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service

Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, Georgetown University in Qatar

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On International Women's Day Marta Havryshko will discuss her research about sexual violence in Ukraine during the Holocaust and its manifestation in the current Russian invasion.

Recording Available

Visiting Fellow, Clark University Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center

Research Scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

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The Queer Focus series will address a variety of questions and themes regarding LGBTQIA+ issues within Eurasia and Eastern Europe.

Recording Available

Journalist

Co-Founder, Kazakhstan’s LGBTQ Feminist Initiative “Feminita”

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, American University of Central Asia

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Women, Gender and Sexualities

Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, Colgate University

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The Queer Focus series will address a variety of questions and themes regarding LGBTQIA+ issues within Eurasia and Eastern Europe.

Recording Available

Independent Researcher

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas

Professor and Principal Research Scholar, Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, Princeton University; Associate, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

Visiting Lecturer, Gender Studies, Mount Holyoke College

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Join us for a screening of the documentary film Two Poets and a River. The film explores the lives and musical poetry of the two most prominent and innovative Wakhi musicians in Central and South Asia: Qurbonsho in Tajikistan and Daulatsho in Afghanistan. Following the screening, there will be time for questions for Richard K. Wolf, Harvard professor and the film’s director, and Afghan musician Dawood Pazhman.

Professor of Music and South Asian Studies

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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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Russian language competition for high school students. 

Associate Director, Davis Center

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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 Third and the 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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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 Davis Center is planning a graduate student conference on Central Asia in April 2024. We invite paper proposals from graduate students, including MA students, working on Central Asia in any discipline. 

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

A.M. Candidate in Regional Studies—REECA

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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 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, Outreach and Program on Georgian Studies

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This talk will examine selected Polish ecopoetic texts to reflect on the challenges and possibilities of literary imagination attempting to cross various borders.

Associate Professor, University of Warsaw

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

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Yaroslav Trofimov, the author of “Our Enemies Will Vanish” and chief foreign-affairs correspondent of The Wall Street Journal, discusses Ukraine’s resistance against Russia as the war enters its third year, casualties mount on both sides and indispensable American support for Kyiv begins to crumble.

Recording Available

Chief Foreign-Affairs Correspondent, Wall Street Journal

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

Executive Director, Davis Center

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The Queer Focus series will address a variety of questions and themes regarding LGBTQIA+ issues within Eurasia and Eastern Europe.

Recording Available

Professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College

Associate Professor, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University

Professor of Law

Research Fellow, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

Associate Professor of Political Science, Nazarbayev University

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As Vladimir Putin heads into his fifth presidential election while casualties mount in the Russo-Ukrainian War, a panel of experts will shed light on how various sectors of Russian society view the war and their president.

Mary L. Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College

Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University; Editor, Russia.Post

Executive Director, Davis Center

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Our speakers will discuss current developments in and around Abkhazia, human rights violations, and Georgian and international responses. 

Recording Available

Senior Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

Associate Professor, Head of the Memory Studies Center, Ilia State University

Deputy Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations