This Week

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Auditorium Hall at DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)

Please join us for a round table organized by The New Review/Novyi Zhurnal in co-partnership with the Harriman Institute. This event will be held at DCTV (Downtown Community Television Center) as part of a program dedicated to the 75th anniversary of The New Review, the oldest Russian-language intellectual magazine in the US. The event will be conducted in English.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Americans began connecting with post-Communist Russia. Policymakers, journalists, and scholars were motivated not only by their professional interests to form these new ties, but also by pure human curiosity and inspiration. They worked together with a circle of liberal Russian intellectuals such as journalists Yury Schekochikin, Anna Politkovskaya, Galina Starovoytova, Professor Galina Belaya, Ekaterina Genieva, and others. During Perestroika, Yeltsin’s presidency and Gaidar’s reforms, American slavists, journalists, and film-makers took an active part in the American-Russian multi-cultural dialogue. They participated directly in the observation, analyses, official advising, and research, as well as in giving their genuine support for the process of building a New Russia. They researched and established special expertise in political, social, economic, and cultural fields. They visited the countryside, trying to understand the Russian lifestyle, Russian culture, and Russian "soul." They “fell in love” with Russia—though, shortly afterward, they were plunged into disappointment and frustration.

This round table will be composed of American slavists who were active participants in this process. They will discuss the following questions: What do they think about that period of time after over two decades have passed? How do they feel today about their hopes, ideas, and projects of the 90s? What do they think about the real value of those years as well as present-day perspectives on Russia?

Participants include:

Moderator: Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Vice President of the European Federation of Journalists and co-founder of the “Free Word’ Association

Jonathan Alpert, film director, co-founder of the DCTV

Professor Ellen Chances, Princeton University

Jamey Gambrell, translator

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor-in-chief of The Nation

Piskounov Eugene, NTVA/ART Distribution Inc., CEO

Professor Carol Ueland, Drew University

Lynn Visson, United Nations, retired

Grace Warnecke KennanNational Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP), Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Harriman Institute at Columbia University

This event will take place at the television center DCTV during the 10th annual documentary film festival organized by The New Review Inc. The film-program includes several screenings about Andrey Sakharov, Yuri Shchekochikhin, the Duma’s members in the 1990s, Yegor Gaydar, Boris Nemtsov, and others. All details about this remarkable program of the film-festival can be viewed on the website

Sunday, October 22, 2017
American Museum of Natural History (Enter on 77th St)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia as we co-present the US premier of the film Siberian Love (2016) at the Margaret Mead Film Festival. Director Olga Delane will be in attendance. For more detailed information and directions, please visit the event page on the AMNH website. To receive a discount when booking tickets, use code MEADPARTNER10.

Run time: 82 Minutes

Plays with The Block


How do we reconcile who we are with where we came from? At age 16, Olga Delane moved from her family’s small Siberian village to Berlin. Twenty years later, she returns home as a single woman and is forced to confront the cultural differences between her upbringing and those of her current Western community. Back home, age-old attitudes toward love and marriage run deep. Despite her initial distaste for these values, Olga calls into question her own preconceptions about love.

“My quite easy answer to your question lies in the first shot of the film and in the last. There we see a close-up of a person, which means seeing ourselves, a self-directed picture, an ‘I’- position."The last shot is 100 percent opposite of the first one—we look wide out over ourselves. There is no more ‘I’- position." And this is the head message of the film and this is what the film has taught me.”

—  Olga Delane | Director, Siberian Love

2017 Mead Film "Siberian Love" Trailer
Monday, October 23, 2017
NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia (19 University Place, 2nd Floor)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia for the next installment of our New York Russia Public Policy Series. Jordan Center Director Joshua A. Tucker will host a panel featuring Timothy Frye of Columbia University, Seva Gunitsky of the University of Toronto, and Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic magazine, as we try to sort out the causes and consequences of these events.

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

Perhaps no single event in recent memory has had such an effect on – and continues to have the potential to affect – US-Russian relations then the ongoing allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 United States Presidential Elections.  From secret meetings at Trump Tower to Facebook ads and bots to FBI wiretaps and raids, this story seems to take new twists and turns almost weekly.

Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.  He is also the Research Director for the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, Higher School of Economics in Moscow and the editor of Post-Soviet Affairs. His most recent book is Property Rights and Property Wrongs: How Power, Institutions and Norms Shape Economic Conflict in Russia (Cambridge University Press 2017). 

Seva Gunitsky is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. His writing has appeared in International OrganizationInternational Theory, and Perspectives on Politics, as well as the Washington Post's Monkey CageThe American InterestToronto Globe & Mail, and others. His book Aftershocks: Great Powers and Domestic Reforms in the Twentieth Century was recently published by Princeton University Press.

Julia Ioffe is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering politics and international affairs. She was a Moscow-based correspondent for Foreign Policy and The New Yorker from 2009-2012.

Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, an affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and an affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University. He is the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia. He is one of the co-founders and co-Directors of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory, and a co-Author/Editor of the award winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. His most recent book is Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Atttiudes, co-authored with Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton University Press).

Monday, October 23, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join us for a talk with Dan Baer, former U.S. Ambassador and current Diplomat in Residence at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Affairs.

Dan Baer is a Diplomat in Residence at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Affairs.  He was U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe from 2013 to 2017. He previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2009-2013. Baer was an assistant professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, a Faculty Fellow at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics, and a project leader at The Boston Consulting Group. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky, and The Colbert Report and his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, The Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Westword, The Denver Post, and several other publications. He holds a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a degree in Social Studies and African American Studies from Harvard.  He lives in his native Colorado with his husband, Brian.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Anne Applebaum of her book Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine (Penguin Random House, October 2017). Chair: Ann Cooper (CBS Professor of Professional Practice in International Journalism; International Director; Columbia School of Journalism).

In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.

Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of rebellions unsettled the province, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. The state sealed the republic’s borders and seized all available food. Starvation set in rapidly, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil.

Today, Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more. Applebaum’s compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post, a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, and a contributor to The New York Review of Books. Her previous books include Iron Curtain, winner of the Cundill Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, and Gulag, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and a finalist for three other major prizes. She lives in Poland with her husband, Radek Sikorski, a Polish politician, and their two children.

This event is free and open to the public.


Thursday, October 26, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights for a discussion with artist Vladimir Miladinovic and Srdjan Hercigonja (Columbia University, Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow, Institute for the Study of Human Rights) who are both members of the art/theory working group on memorial production strategies "Four Faces of Omarska". Aida Šehović, artist and creator of the nomadic public monument Što Te Nema?, will serve as discussant. Tanya Domi (SIPA/Harriman Institute) will moderate.


Vladimir Miladinovic lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. He graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade and has completed doctoral level courses in the department of Art and Media Theory at the University of Arts, Belgrade. He has been working as an independent artist since 2007. He is a member of the working group “Four Faces of Omarska” an art/theory group that questions memorial production strategies. 


Srdjan Hercigonja is a Bosch Foundation Fellow in the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability program at the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Hercigonja is also a junior researcher at the Belgrade-based Center for Comparative Conflict Studies. In addition, he serves as Director of the Initiative for Contemporary Art and Theory (ICAT). It is in this capacity that he serves as a founding member of the ‘Four Faces of Omarska’ Working Group project. Prior to joining ICAT, Srdjan worked for a number of local NGOs dealing with human rights issues and transitional justice and has also worked for UNDP Serbia and the Center for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University, London.


Aida Šehović is a Bosnian-born artist whose work examines loss, trauma and displacement caused by war through a combination of ritual and politics. She is the creator of Što Te Nema?, a public monument created as a response to Europe’s worst atrocity since World War II - the systematic killing of 8,372 Muslim men and boys in the UN-protected safe area of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July of 1995. Conceived as a participatory nomadic monument, ŠTO TE NEMA travels to a new location annually, enabling different communities to commemorate the Srebrenica genocide collectively and in a public space on its anniversary. 


Event image: "El Mundo, 9 August 1992" Inkwash on paper, 2015


Thursday, October 26, 2017
1512 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St, 15th floor)

Please join the Harriman Institute, the European Institute, and the Technology, Media and Communications (TMaC) specialization at Columbia SIPA for talk with Silvio Gonzato, Director for Strategic Communications, Parliamentary and Legal Affairs at the European External Action Service.

Discussant: Yochai Benkler, Berkman professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

Moderator: Anya Schiffrin, Director of the Technology, Media and Communications Specialization, Columbia SIPA

Registration is required. To register, click here and scroll down to the "RESERVE YOUR SEAT" button.

Friday, October 27, 2017 to Saturday, October 28, 2017
1219 IAB -and- Second Floor Common Room, Heyman Center for the Humanities

Please join us for a two-day conference co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute, Institute for the Study of Human Rightsthe Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the HumanitiesCenter for Israel and Jewish Studies, and Columbia University Seminar on History, Redress and Reconciliation.

For up to date information on this event please visit the event page on the Heyman Center website.

The Friday session will be held in 1219 International Affairs Building, and the Saturday Session in the Second Floor Common Room at the Heyman Center for the Humanities. Click here for directions to the Heyman Center. Note that to access the venue you must provide picture ID and sign in at the security desk. Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis.

Since the 1980s, interest in politically and legally shaping public memory regarding the Holocaust and other crimes perpetrated during the Second World War has been evident in a wide variety of arenas. One manifestation of the trend has been the increasing demand for the right to truth, which is purportedly a precondition to conflict resolution and policies of redress.  At the same time, however, there is an increased recognition of the propensity for conflicting narratives about the past, particularly instrumentalized narratives about group identity and violent pasts, to escalate hostilities among nations, ethnicities and/or religions. These hostilities, anchored as they are in the collective memory and history of conflict, have become subject to extensive legislation, with the criminalization of statements about history and violent pasts becoming more commonplace. 

This workshop will explore narratives that engage the memory of past violence in contemporary policies and the politics surrounding the legislation of historical memory. Given the central role that the Holocaust and other mass atrocities have played with regard to human rights concepts today, the memory laws that address these topics, as well as the role of history in conflict resolution, are also of interest. Finally, the workshop will pay particular attention to censorship and punitive measures that aim to constrain counter-narratives to established national identities and to freedom of expression.


Tarik AmarAssistant Professor of History, Columbia University

Omer BartovJohn P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Professor of German Studies, Brown University

Fatma Müge GöçekProfessor of Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

Stephanie GolobProfessor of International Relations and Comparative Politics, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Jan Tomasz GrossNorman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society, emeritus; Professor of History, emeritus, Princeton University

Yifat GutmanSenior Lecturer, Ben-Gurion University

Robert KahnProfessor of Law, University of St. Thomas

Yukiko KogaAssistant Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College

Nikolay KoposovVisiting Professor, Russian, Emory University

Eva-Clarita PettaiSenior Researcher at the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu

Henry RoussoResearch Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Victoria SanfordProfessor of Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Dubravka StojanovicProfessor of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

Lars WaldorfSenior Lecturer, Centre for Applied Human Rights, York Law School