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This fall, the Davis Center celebrated its 70th anniversary with a weekend of panels that brought together alumni, current students, faculty and others for discussions on a wide range of topics concerning Russia and Eurasia. 

Teachers doing activity at table during workshop

How can teachers advance learning for youth who think and play, and increasingly live, online?

Class of 2018 Cap Toss

It’s standard at graduations to remind the students of how much we have taught them. Of how much they’ve learned in our classes, or from their peers, or in the library. But in doing so, we overlook something even more important—how much they have taught us.

Olga Breininger-Umetayeva and Maria Vassileva

Olga Breininger-Umetayeva and Maria Vassileva have been awarded dissertation completion fellowships for the 2018–2019 academic year.

Richard Pipes

The Davis Center mourns the passing of Professor Richard Pipes, former director of the Russian Research Center and author of seminal works on Russian history, including The Russian Revolution, Russia under the Bolshevik Regime, and Property and Freedom.

Man tears down Lenin's image

Former Soviet citizens and American scholars discuss the excitement and anxiety that surrounded the fall of the USSR.

Aurélie Bros, Mariana Budjeryn, and Megan Race.

Aurélie Bros, Mariana Budjeryn, and Megan Race will join the Davis Center as postdoctoral fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Meduza's Anna Veduta

Anna Veduta of the independent media outlet Meduza discusses the challenges of journalism in Russia and the media landscape surrounding the recent Russian presidential election.

Original building, Russian Research Center

Seventy years ago today, the Russian Research Center opened its doors at Harvard University. Much has changed, yet much remains the same.

Women's March

In honor of International Women's Day, we've combed through our audio archives to bring you a selection of recordings on the role of women in the societies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. 

Cris Martin next to bowl of soup

"One of my favorite things to do with high school students," writes Outreach Director Cris Martin, "is to encourage them to consider history through an alternative perspective—in this case, not the American perspective but the Soviet." 

Applying for the Davis Center’s 2018–2019 Postdoctoral Fellowships? Read these tips from our staff to strengthen your application!

Anne Applebaum is author of "Red Famine"

Anne Applebaum talks about her new book, Red Famine, in which she argues that the 1932–1933 famine in the Soviet Union was part of a deliberate operation by Stalin to rid the USSR of Ukrainian opposition.

Genesis Philanthropy Group

The Davis Center and Genesis Philanthropy Group announce the launch of a series of events on Harvard's campus focused on Russian-speaking Jewry.

1917 Research Guide

With the official anniversary of the October Revolution upon us, Harvard’s libraries and archives offer endless opportunities to dig into the year 1917. 

Images from John Reed collection

Curators of an exhibit of original artifacts from the Russian Revolution speak about the individuals who witnessed these tumultuous events, and about the wealth of revolution-era materials in Harvard's own collections. 

"Gorbachev: His Life and Times" by William Taubman

Mikhail Gorbachev, revered by many in the West for his commitment to "openness" and democratizing reforms, has a more mixed reputation in Russia, where he is associated with the fall of an empire. 


The Eurovision Song Contest was created in 1956 as an opportunity to bring nations and people together in an expressly nonpolitical fashion. Sixty years later, Eurovision has been used as a political tool to reignite recent conflagration between Ukraine and Russia.

Soviet Daughter by Julia Alekseyeva

Two decades after immigrating from Kiev to Chicago, Julia Alekseyeva found her great-grandmother’s hidden memoirs of a life spanning the Soviet 20th century. With input from comics scholar Hillary Chute, she turned a lifetime of secrets into a work of art.