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.

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, November 18, 2020
12:30 to 1:45pm EST

In examining Jewish life during three eras of Stalinism, Jurgenson will read Soviet and Jewish history through the lenses of three prominent writers.

Professor, Department of Slavic Studies, Université Paris-Sorbonne

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

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12 to 1:30pm EDT

How does writing for money affect what is written? Dr. Jonathan Paine’s talk draws on the main themes of his book.

Supernumerary Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford; Senior Advisor and former Managing Director, Rothschild & Co.

Associate Professor, Russian Literature, University of Toronto; President, North American Dostoevsky Society

Research Professor, Harry Tuchman Levin Professor of Literature, Emeritus, Harvard University

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
10 to 11am EDT

China is transforming its wealth and economic power into potent tools of global political influence. What does this mean for Eurasia?

Senior Research Professor, International Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), John Hopkins University

Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Asia Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
1 to 2:15pm EDT

How might changes in the post-Soviet metanarrative reflect and influence Russian self-perception and the perception of Russia from the world outside its borders?

Artist, University of San Diego

Visiting Scholar, Harriman Institute at Columbia University

Friday, October 23, 2020
2 to 3:30pm EDT

Race in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Professor of History, California State University, Los Angeles

Associate Professor, Ohio State University

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

University of Pennsylvania

Corvinus University