Undergraduate Colloquium

The annual Undergraduate Colloquium on Russian and Eurasian Studies, made possible with the support of the Davis family, showcases multidisciplinary research by students from Harvard, Wellesley, and Wheaton Colleges.

The 19th Undergraduate Colloquium took place on April 11, 2014, at the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) South Building, Concourse level, Belfer Case Study Room (S020).

Program of Events

Opening Remarks - 1:45-2:00 p.m.

Panel I - 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Emma Farrow, Wellesley College, Catherine's Enlightenment: Enlightenment Thought and the French Revolution in Eighteenth Century Russia

Floriane Murphy Borel, Wheaton College, "Normative power Europe?” Assessing the impact of European integration on the Kremlin’s influence over post-Soviet states

Allison Gofman, Harvard College, Political Identification of the Children of Russian-Speaking Jewish Immigrants in the United States

Nicholas Cicchinelli, Wheaton College, Putin's Propaganda Ban & the Struggle of Russian Civil Society

Chair: Jeanne Wilson, Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Russian Studies and Department Chair, Wheaton College; Center Associate, Davis Center

Panel II - 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Thomas Crane, Wheaton College, The Surreal World of Gogol and Lewis Carroll

Sophie Kerwin, Wellesley College, The Tree in the Forest: The Individual and the Whole in Fathers and Children

Rosetta M. Berger, Wheaton College, Closed-Syllable Constraints and Vowel Harmony in Proto-Russian Loanwords

George Pocheptsov, Harvard College, Traces of Oblomov's Utopia: Applying Methods in Text Mining to Track and Critically Analyze the Thematic, Aesthetic and Linguistic Features of the Dream in the Rest of the Novel

Chair: Jonathan Bolton, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Davis Center

Panel III - 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Akanksha Sharma, Harvard College, The Politics of HIV/AIDS in Russia: A Case Study in the GLOBUS Project (2003-2014)

Maria Smerkovich, Wheaton College, Not-So-Strange Bedfellows: Explaining Russia’s Involvement in the Syrian Crisis

Beatrice Walton, Harvard College, Strategizing Justice: NGOs in Russia and the Cases Against the Russian State Before the European Court of Human Rights, 1998 - 2010

Renee LeBaron, Wheaton College, Russia's Identity Crisis

Chair: Nina Tumarkin, Professor of History, Wellesley College; Center Associate, Davis Center

Exhibition Opening - 5:30-6:30 p.m. - CGIS South Concourse

From Berlin to Khiva: Student Photographers on Urban Eurasia