Marc Skelton, basketball coach for the team at Fannie Lour Hamer Freedome High School in the Bronx--and Harriman Institute Alum ('08)--is the subject of an in-depth profile in the New York Times: "A Long Hardwood Journey: A Coach's tough, cerebral style guided a Bronx high school team through pain and triumph as it pursued a city basketball title," by Michael Powell. Photographs by Todd Heisler. NY Times, July 16, 2015.
Carol Ueland, former Harriman Visiting Scholar and Columbia Slavic Ph.D. alumna, is the translator, with Robert Carnevale, of "Apollo in the Grass" by Aleksandr Kushner, just released by Farrar Straus Giroux.
Lara Nettelfield (Harriman Postdoc 2010-11) launches the Bosnian-language version of her award winning co-authored book (with Sarah Wagner), "Srebrenica in the Aftermath of Genocide" in Sarajevo.
Stephen F. Cohen ('69), Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at New York University and Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University, is a founding board member of the newly-created American Committee for East-West Accord, "a nonpartisan, tax-exempt educational organization of American citizens from different professions — business, academia, government service, science, law, and others — who are deeply concerned about the possibility of a new (potentially even more dangerous) cold war between the United States/Europe and Russia." Learn more about the Committee and read their full mission statement here.
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Gene Sosin a friend and alumnus of the Russian Institute. Sosin, who was 93, died peacefully on May 6, 2015. He was a former director of broadcasting at Radio Liberty, where he worked for 33 years. He has been a part of the Columbia University community since he started studying here as an undergraduate in 1937.
Peter Zalmayev, a 2008 graduate of the Harriman Institute, writes in Al Jazeera that we may never know the truth about Boris Nemtsov's murder, but we can be sure that "the stage for this crime was set a long time ago."
Lara J. Nettelfield, former Harriman postdoctoral fellow currently a scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London, is quoted in the New York Times, "U.S. Seeks to Deport Bosnians over War Crimes"
Harriman alum John Isham (MIA '94; HI Certificate '94, Ph.D. Slavic '02) received Carrthage College's Distinguished Teaching Award.