Decades after the theories of Soviet agronomist Trofim Lysenko were discredited, his name is back on the tongues of some Russian scientists. Historian of science Loren Graham explores Lysenko’s political legacy and the extent to which new developments in microbiology validate his claims.
Narratives and stories are all around us. How do we as participants in civic life make sense of these stories? How can educators help students make sense of journalism to foster greater understanding of global challenges? Teachers tackled these questions in annual workshop.
Stalin’s death in March 1953 took the world by surprise.His passing marked a major turning point, but did it lead to lasting change? Joshua Rubenstein discusses his latest book, The Last Days of Stalin.
How has the iconic image of standing in line shaped Russian identity? Literary scholar Jillian Porter examines how the queue has wound its way through narratives of revolution and continues to find expression in Russian political, social, and cultural life today.
As students of Eurasia, we deal often with ideas such as “post-factual” politics, but this characterisation is as true now of the United Kingdom as any other country.
“Migration is a process that has been going on for millennia.” Knowing this, and considering current migration crises around the globe, how do we incorporate informed and compassionate discussion of human movement into social studies education?
The Davis Center has awarded travel grants to ten undergraduates from Harvard College to pursue research and internships in the Eurasian region. These awards were made possible through the generosity of Marshall I. Goldman.
From the Harlem Renaissance to Black Lives Matter to Pussy Riot, literary scholar Jennifer Wilson discusses intersections between critical race theory and Russian studies.
What happens to the oil flowing across international borders as political relationships get chilly? What does the future hold for Russia and Turkey? Davis Center Director Rawi Abdelal discusses how state and commercial interests shape Russia’s place on the world stage.
Is the Internet in Russia a tool of totalitarianism or of freedom? Investigative reporters Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan—authors of The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries—say perhaps it is both.