Events

Are you looking to be in conversation with the world of Russian and Eurasian studies? You have come to the right place — pull up a seat.

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Join us for the Davis Center's version of back-to-school night!

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

Executive Director, Davis Center

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A poetry reading by Alex Averbuch, postdoctoral fellow at the Davis Center and 2024 HURI research fellow at Harvard's Ukrainian Research Institute, moderated by Oleh Kotsyuba.

Independent Researcher

Manager of Publications, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University (HURI)

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A celebration of songs and stories fusing Georgian and American themes, linking cultures, and demonstrating our common humanity.

Writer and Literary Scholar, Republic of Georgia

Choir Director and Music Teacher, Somerville High School

Georgian Folk and Rock Musician, TV Producer, Republic of Georgia

Writer and Educator, Boston

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There are major geopolitical shifts afoot in the South Caucasus and Georgia is central to their outcome. What explains the strains in the Georgian-U.S. relationship and what are its prospects?

Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff; Former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia

Professor Emeritus, Oxford University

Senior Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

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

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Professor Mark Kramer will discuss archival work during Russia's war against Ukraine. 

Recording Available

Director, Cold War Studies Project

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2023 Ilia Chavchavadze Lecture featuring Charles King.

Charles King is a Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University.

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

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Maggie Paxson's Bomb Shelter Cafés are sing-along events inspired by the collective music of embattled communities in the era of the Second World War.

Author and Singer

Executive Director, Davis Center

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Join us for the first Imperiia game night of the year and find out. We will play a boardgame that dates to 1790 and enjoy some refreshments. Grab your friends, your powdered wigs, and your good luck charms – no skill or experience needed.

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Central Asia can become a major global supplier of selected critical materials for clean energy technologies. The seminar will discuss the economic and geopolitical aspects of this development.

Recording Available

Global Distinguished Professor in Environmental Studies and Public Policy, New York University Abu Dhabi, the UAE

Head of Climate and Energy Research Group, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

Senior Fellow; Director, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

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How was the Jewish tradition reinvented in Russian-language literature after a long period of assimilation, the Holocaust, and decades of Communism?

Recording Available

Professor and Chair of Slavic Literatures, Technische Universität Dresden

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

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Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. ambassador to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan George Krol will discuss the development of relations between the United States and the Central Asian republics from the inception of diplomatic relations in 1992 to the present time.

Adjunct Professor, U.S. Naval War College

Senior Fellow; Director, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

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Learn about the REECA  A.M. program in this virtual info session.

Student Programs Officer, Davis Center

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We hope you'll join us October 27-28, 2023, as we celebrate the history of the Davis Center while also looking to the future of the field. 

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

Executive Director, Davis Center

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The event and its aftermath enabled Yeltsin to expand the power of the presidency and restructure the political system through the adoption of a new constitution in December 1993.

Recording Available

Editor-in-Chief & CEO, The New Times

Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University

Director, Cold War Studies Project

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 In the Soviet bloc, Communist rulers sought to prevent CSCE from being invoked by human rights activists and organizations to press for greater freedom. This seminar will explore how this issue was viewed in the Soviet bloc.

Recording Available

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 seminar focuses on the clandestine activities of Soviet-bloc intelligence services from the late 1960s through the late 1980s.

Research Fellow, Institute for Historical Scholarship, Humboldt University in Berlin

Director, Cold War Studies Project

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K-14 educators are invited to join us at our fall teacher workshop, where we will learn to navigate the Caucasus. 

 

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

Associate Director, Davis Center

Program Coordinator, Program on Georgian Studies

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Learn about the REECA  A.M. program in this virtual info session.

Student Programs Officer, Davis Center

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Scholars are using photographic evidence from archives in the former USSR to help fill in the stories of people killed during Stalin's Terror. A large effort is underway to assemble photographic evidence in a repository that will be permanently accessible not only to scholars but to the descendants of those who were killed.

Senior Scholar in Exile, Center for Contemporary History, Berlin; Former Professor of Political Science, St. Petersburg State University

Director, Cold War Studies Project

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A presentation of new research will share some contradictory results from a multi-pronged data-gathering project on antiwar sabotage.

Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

Ernest E. Monrad Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

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Join the conversation with Erik Scott — University of Kansas history professor and author of the book Defectors: How the Illicit Flight of Soviet Citizens Built the Borders of the Cold War World and the director of the Davis Center's Cold War Studies Project, Mark Kramer.  

Associate Professor of History and Director, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas

Director, Cold War Studies Project

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Giorgi Badridze, Georgia’s former ambassador to the UK, will address the impact the war against Ukraine has had on Georgia’s relations with the European Union and Russia. 

Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (Rondeli Foundation)

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

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The interview excerpts and analysis in this new book provide a necessary corrective to stereotypical or oversimplified presentations of Russia in the 1990s, arguing for a more sophisticated look at the country and its enduring role in the geopolitics, economics, and culture of our evolving world.

Consultant and Independent Researcher

Executive Director, Davis Center