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All Davis Center events will occur virtually during the Spring 2021 semester.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021
12:30 to 1:30pm EDT

During the Cold War, distribution of translated works about the pathologies of Soviet-style Communism helped the West in its political campaigns against Communism.

Independent Scholar and Translator

Director, Cold War Studies Project

Thursday, April 29, 2021
12:30 to 1:30pm EDT

How has environmental activism evolved in Russia over the last decade?

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stetson University

Executive Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies / Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

Friday, April 30, 2021
9am to 4pm EDT

This conference aims to further complicate conventionally-held ideas about the late Soviet Union by looking at how exactly the post-Stalinist environment informed social practices and individual lives.

Ph.D. Candidate in History

Ph.D. Candidate in History

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
12 to 1:15pm EDT

Drawing on archival sources and memoirs from Russia and Austria, the speakers will review many aspects of the Soviet occupation of Austria from 1945 to 1955. 

Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on War's Consequences (Austria)

Professor of Modern History, University of Graz (Austria)

Professor of Economic History, University of Graz (Austria)

Professor of Modern History, Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Director, Cold War Studies Project

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
12:30 to 1:30pm EST

Ambassador Ron Prosor will address negotiations and conditions for diplomacy in the Middle East.

Head, Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC)

Director, Negotiation Task Force; Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
12:30 to 2pm EST

This panel discussion on disinformation will present what happened in the past, what is happening now, and the best ways for Western governments to deal with it.

Professor and Senior Scholar, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland—College Park

Associate Professor of History, University of Gdańsk

Director, Cold War Studies Project

Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Santa Clara University

Friday, February 26, 2021
2 to 3:30pm EST

This session will cover the reception of the Black Lives Matter Movement in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia.

Assistant Professor of Romani Studies, Chair of Romani Studies Program, and Academic Director of the Roma Graduate Preparation Program, Central European University, Budapest

Research Fellow, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology Law, Lund University

Professor and Director, Russian and East European Studies Program, Department of History, Seton Hall University

Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor, Department of History, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head, Coordinator for Interpretation Theory, Swarthmore College

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
3 to 4:15pm EST

During the Cold War, Soviet Jews had to make one of the most important decisions of their lives: to flee, or not to flee, the incoming German invasion.

Senior Lecturer, Israel Heritage Department, Ariel University

Director of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry at the Davis Center / Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies, Boston College

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
12:30 to 2pm EST

Analysis from a project aimed at gathering and analyzing declassified archival materials pertaining to the Cold War and Communist rule in the Balkans.

Professor of Modern History and former Director, Institute for Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

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

Director, Cold War Studies Project