This Week

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027

Please join us for a talk with Shaun Walker, Moscow correspondent for the Guardian, about his new book The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past (Oxford University Press, January 2018).

Shaun Walker talks about his new book, which traces Vladimir Putin's use of history, especially victory in the Second World War, to create a new sense of national pride among Russians and fill the void left by the Soviet collapse. It looks at how this, along with a parallel process in Ukraine, led to the events of 2014 and the resurgent Russia we see today. 
Shaun Walker is Moscow Correspondent for the Guardian and has reported from Russia for more than a decade. 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 to Friday, January 19, 2018
Kellogg Center, 1512 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute and Columbia Global Policy Initiative for a conference on the transnational issues of migration and forced migration, taking a comparative approach that considers the European, Eurasian, and North American cases.

The event will bring migration experts from Russia and the post-Soviet region together with those in the Columbia community and the wider New York area. The objective is to discuss and learn from various experiences, including across regions, as well as across the fields of migration and refugee studies, in order to develop policy recommendations. The full-day conference will include panel discussions on the following themes: security dimensions (including interethnic conflict); economic dimensions (including employment and integration); human rights dimensions; and institutional effectiveness.

The keynote address will be delivered by Michael Doyle, Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and University Professor at Columbia University, who is leading the development of the Model International Mobility Convention ( The full-day conference will consist of a series of panel discussions on these themes, resulting in a final policy recommendation memo based on the research and observations of participating experts on migration and refugee issues in their respective regions.

Participants include: 

Jack Snyder (Columbia)

Daniel Naujoks (SIPA)

Andre Correa d’Almeida (SIPA)

Saskia Sassen (Columbia) 

Irina Ivakhnyuk (Global Migration Policy Associates)

Carolyn Horn (Senior Advisor to Dr. Agnes Callamard)

Clara Long (Human Rights Watch)

Neil Boothby (Mailman School of Public Health) 

Irina Kuznetsova (University of Birmingham) 

Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute) 

Edward Lemon (Harriman Institute) 

Nancy Hiemstra (Stony Brook) 

Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia (Rutgers) 

Emil Nasritdinov (American University of Central Asia) 

Els de Graauw (Baruch College) 

Andrei Korobkov (Middle Tennessee University) 

Support for this event is provided by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
World Room, Pulitzer Hall 3rd Floor (Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Columbia Journalism School for a panel discussion featuring:

Chris Hedges, host of RT America's 'On Contact' interview show

Maria Snegovaya, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

Trevor Timm, Executive Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation

Jeffrey Trimble, Deputy Director, U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors

Moderator: Steve CollDean, Columbia Journalism School

In November 2017, the U.S. forced RT, a Russian-financed international news outlet, to register as a foreign agent. Within weeks, Russia responded by labeling U.S.-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty foreign agents. The actions come in the wake of a January 2017 report by U.S. intelligence agencies that accused the Kremlin of using RT America as a tool "to undermine faith in the US Government and fuel political protest." 

Support for this event is provided by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written eleven books, including the New York Times best-seller Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. His other books include Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, (2015) Death of the Liberal Class (2010), Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), I Don’t Believe in Atheists (2008) and the best-selling American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (2008). His book War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and has sold over 400,000 copies. He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig in Los Angeles, run by Robert Scheer, and hosts a show, 'On Contact,' on RT America. Hedges spent two decades as a foreign correspondent in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, fifteen of them with The New York Times. He was the Times' Middle East Bureau Chief and the Balkan Bureau Chief.

Maria Snegovaya is a PhD candidate at Columbia University (Comparative Politics and Statistical Methods) whose work focuses on the sources of support for populist parties in Central and Eastern Europe. She regularly travels to Russia and Ukraine and contributes to Russian and U.S. journals including political science blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, The National Interest, and The American Interest. Snegovaya's articles have been referenced by (among others) David Brooks (NYT), Andrew Sullivan (The Dish), Bloomberg, The Economist and The Telegraph, and she regularly gives talks at U.S. think tanks.

Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a journalist, activist, and lawyer whose writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianThe AtlanticUSA TodayPolitico, and can be read regularly in the Columbia Journalism Review. Trevor formerly worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, he helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment. He received his J.D. from New York Law School.

Jeffrey Trimble joined the BBG in 2007 as Director of Programming and later served as Executive Director. He became IBB Deputy Director in 2012 and worked with the Global Strategy team, focusing on special projects to advance collaboration and coordination across the BBG. Trimble also worked for 10 years at RFE/RL, where his positions included Acting President, Counselor to the President for Programs and Policy, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning, and Director of Broadcasting. Previously Trimble worked at U.S. News & World Report magazine for 15 years, in positions including Assistant Managing Editor, Foreign Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, and diplomatic correspondent. He holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and is a fluent Russian-speaker.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

Rainn Wilson (The Office) leads a troupe of actors from stage and screen in performing a night of Chekhov's tragically comedic tales. Laura Strausfeld, Chekhov superfan and curator of New York's annual celebration of the author's birthday, joins with Selected Shorts to curate an evening of Chekhov's great works and raise a glass in honor of his 158th birthday. With a special musical performance by Joan Osborne.

To buy tickets, please click here to go to Symphony Space's website.

Co-produced by The Harriman Institute at Columbia University

"Chekhov is the greatest comedy writer of all time." --Rainn Wilson

Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space and broadcast on more than 150 stations around the country. The Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes. The series began in 1985 and enjoys sold-out performances to this day. Selected Shorts was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors of stage and screen. Featuring stories around a lively theme, the favorite works of a guest author, or a special collaboration, each Selected Shorts event is a unique night of literature in performance.

Actors subject to change.

Premium tickets are available and include a $50 tax-deductible donation to Symphony Space. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027

Please join the Harriman Institute and the East Central European Center for a talk with Miriam Schulz (Department of Yiddish Studies, Columbia University) about her German-language book Before The Bow That Was Drawn: The Vilnius Komitet and its documentation of the destruction of Polish Jewry, 1939–1940/41 (Metropol, 2016).

In November 1939, a group of sixty Polish-Jewish refugee authors and journalists who had managed to escape to still neutral Vilnius from recently occupied Poland clandestinely founded the Komitet tsu zamlen materialn vegn yidishn khurbn in Poyln, 1939, the "Committee to Collect Material about the Destruction of Polish Jewry 1939." It would be the earliest known Jewish collective effort in Eastern Europe to document German atrocities against Polish Jewry, preceding every other known comparable activity by roughly a year. Its archive had been lost in the depot of the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide in London for almost eighty years and was only recently unearthed by Miriam Schulz. Her book Before the Bow That Was Drawn: The Vilnius Komitet and its documentation of the destruction of Polish Jewry, 1939–1940/41 [German title: Der Beginn des Untergangs. Die Zerstörung der jüdischen Gemeinden in Polen und das Vermächtnis des Wilnaer Komitees (Berlin: Metropol, 2016)] provides the first analysis of the genesis, agenda, activities, and achievements of the Vilnius Committee as the cradle of Jewish Shoah historiography and includes a Yiddish to German translation of the Komitet’s six bulletins.

Miriam Schulz is a Graduate Student of Yiddish Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York, and a Harriman Institute affiliate. She completed her B.A. in Judaic Studies followed by a M.A. in Modern Judaism and Holocaust Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and has been recipient of numerous fellowships, among them the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund, Irene C. Fromer Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Louise Hoffman Memorial Scholarship, Naomi Prawer Kadar Scholarship, DAAD and PROMOS scholarships. Miriam currently works as a research assistant for the project “Protecting Memory: Preserving and Memorializing the Holocaust Mass Graves of Eastern Europe” of the Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Berlin) and the international, collaborative Shvidler Project for the History of the Jews of the Soviet Union, spearheaded by New York University’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. In her dissertation, she is working on an exegesis of the Soviet Yiddish Holocaust discourse and commemorative culture unfolding ever since the beginning of World War II through the Cold War. She is the author of Der Beginn des Untergangs. Die Zerstörung der jüdischen Gemeinden in Polen und das Vermächtnis des Wilnaer Komitees (Berlin: Metropol, 2016). For her monograph, Miriam was awarded both the Scientific Award of the Polish Ambassador in Germany in December 2015 and the Hosenfeld/Szpilman Memorial Award in January 2017. In 2017, Miriam coorganized the first Summer University for Yiddish Language and Literature in Berlin together with the Maison de la culture yiddish – Medem Bibliothèque (Paris) and the Institute for Eastern European Studies of her alma mater Freie Universität Berlin. Her academic interests are matched by unhealthy proclivities for Hip Hop, R&B, and Soul music. She hosts the monthly radio show CSC on Berlin experimental radio station Cashmere Radio as part of the collective Crush.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
7:00 pm
Deutsches Haus, 420 116th St. (off Amsterdam Ave.)

Please join the Ukrainian Film Club and the Harriman Institute for the unofficial New York City premiere of Ukraine’s 2018 contender for the Oscar, Black Level, directed by Valentyn Vas’yanovych. Going back to the roots of the art of filmmaking, the director abandons verbal language and uses exclusively visual images to tell the story. Black Level is as cinematographically beautiful as it is intellectually stimulating.

Vas’yanovych is one of the most talked about contemporary Ukrainian directors. He runs his own production outfit, The Harmata Film, thanks to which he enjoys the kind of creative independence denied to most of his Ukrainian peers. His impressive filmography includes narrative shorts, and full-length pictures, both narrative and documentary. His film Counter-Clockwise (2004) won the Jury Prize at the 7th International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Yuri Shevchuk will introduce the film and lead the discussion.