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Bayara Aroutunova Manusevitch, formerly of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, died at home in Belmont, Massachusetts, on March 12, 2019, at the age of 102.

Female deputies representing the Uzbek Republic at an elected council session

This International Women's Day, the Davis Center commemorates the Soviet “liberation" of Central Asia's women with a web exhibit of images documenting the radical cultural and economic shifts that were transforming Central Asia in the postwar era.

Humanities Study Group on red background

The Davis Center is delighted to announce a new addition to our lineup of public events: the Humanities Study Group.

Flag collage

If you've spent time at the Davis Center recently, you may have noticed a pair of weathered flags hanging on the wall: one Russian, one American, tied in a knot at the corner. 

Collage of resources for teaching U.S.-Russia Relations

Keeping track of the ups and downs in the U.S.-Russia relationship is hard enough these days. For teachers, understanding the news is not enough. They must also find ways to make current events meaningful to their students.

CURRENT timeline

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. 

Olga Breininger-Umetayeva and Maria Vassileva

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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