A warm congratulations to our alum Ambassador Jack Matlock, who earned his Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures this spring after a long and distinguished career in the Foreign Service. Read more about it here.
It was announced on March 5, 2013, at the Annual Members Meeting of Pen American Center that Jeri Laber, an alumna of the Russian Institute and a former Harriman Alumna of the Year, was elected Vice President of the Board of Trustees.
In the latest issue of Columbia University's alumni magazine, Gene Sosin, Russian Institute alumnus ('49) recalls his experiences at the university and the Institute, the forerunner of today's Harriman Institute.
Emily Johnson, Harriman Institute Alumna and Associate Professor of Russian at the University of Oklahoma, was awarded the 2007 Antsiferov Prize for Best Contribution to the Study of St. Petersburg by a Foreign Author for her book "How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself: The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie," published in Studies of the Harriman Institute by Penn State University Press (2006). The Antsiferov Prize, named for the "kraeved" and historian of Petersburg, Nikolai Antsiferov (1889-1958), is awarded every two years by the Likhachev Fund (St. Petersburg).
Emily Johnson, a Harriman Certificate holder and Associate Professor of Russian at the University of Oklahoma, was awarded the South Central MLA Book Prize in Cultural Studies for her book, "How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself: The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie," published in Studies of the Harriman Institute by Penn State University Press (2006).
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From the Wall Street Journal:
"Last week, on the Christian feast of the Ascension, leaders of the émigré Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia agreed to re-establish "canonical communion" with the Russian Orthodox Moscow Patriarchate. Thousands stood in line to attend the celebration at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. But this was clearly an event of more than religious significance. The attendees were a veritable who's who of Russian political life, including Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and President Vladimir Putin, the merger's architect."