25th Annual Undergraduate Colloquium on Russian and Eurasian Studies

Event Format

The Davis Center has hosted the annual Undergraduate Colloquium on Russian and Eurasian Studies since 1996, when Kathryn W. Davis first committed her support to showcase work in the field by students from Harvard, Wellesley, and Wheaton colleges. Undergraduate speakers will present their research findings and engage in lively Q&A sessions with an audience of fellow students, faculty, family, and friends. We invite you to join us in celebrating undergraduate research and engagement in the region. This event will be held in a Zoom seminar format.


Opening Remarks | 1:00 PM

Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director, Davis Center

Panel I | 1:05-1:50 PM

Tay Rooney, Wheaton College, Figure Skating and US/Russian Relations
Helen Simpson, Harvard College, Enemies Foreign and Domestic: The Domestic Roots of Russian, Iranian, and Chinese Digital Influence
Nadia Ostreicher, Wheaton College, советская арктика: The Scientific Exploration of Siberia
Ryan Comrie, Harvard College, Siberia: A Case Study for Geography vs Institutions in Developmental Economics
Chair: Tom Dolack, Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, Wheaton College

Panel II | 2:00-2:35 PM

Hope Ferris, Wellesley College, Communist Heroes, Jewish Victims: Buchenwald and East German Memory of the Holocaust
Christine Kang, Wellesley College, Koryo-Saram: A Nationless People
Chair: Thomas Hodge, Professor, Russian Department, Wellesley College

Map Tasting | 2:40-2:55 PM

Kelly O'Neill, Director, Imperiia Project, Seeing Stars: Russia and the History of Celestial Mapping, from the Moon to Mars

Closing Remarks | 2:55 PM

Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director, Davis Center


The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 617-495-4037 or daviscenter@fas.harvard.edu in advance of your participation or visit. Requests for Sign Language interpreters and/or CART providers should be made at least two weeks in advance if possible. Please note that the Davis Center will make every effort to secure services but that services are subject to availability.