Bloomsbury Publishing Announces the Release of "The Power of Language and Rhetoric in Russian Political History" by Richard Wortman
By exploring the usage of these words in a wide range of texts, Richard Wortman provides glimpses into the ideas and feelings of leading figures and thinkers in Russian history, from Peter the Great to Alexander Herzen and Nicholas Berdiaev, as well as writers like Mikhail Lermontov, Ivan Turgenev, and Fedor Dostoevsky, giving a sense of the intellectual and emotional universe they inhabited.
The Power of Language and Rhetoric in Russian Political History provides both students and scholars with a specific focus through which to approach Russian culture and history. This book is essential reading for students of Russian government, thought, literature and political action.
The Media Misconceptions About Uzbekistan
The media is calling Uzbekistan a "hotebed of terror." Watch Edward Lemon, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harriman Institute, discuss the misconceptions about Central Asia circulating in the media after the recent terror attack on New York on the New York Times webpage. You can also watch him discuss the topic, along with Harriman alum Steve Swerdlow ('03), on DemocracyNow!
"Why Did Russian Jews Support the Bolshevik Revolution?" by Michael Stanislawski in the Tablet
Michael Stanislawski (Nathan J. Miller Professor of Jewish History) publishes "Why Did Russian Jews Support the Revolution?" in Tablet (Oct. 24), part of a week-long series on the centenary of the Russian Revolution.
Dictators Without Borders Is Number One on the International Affairs Top 5 Book Series
Harriman Alumna Ani Kokobobo Writes Op-Ed for Washington Post on Alexandra Kollontai and the Present Childcare Crisis
Ani Kokobobo, Harriman alumna (Ph.D. 2011, Slavic Lanaguages) and Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages at the University of Kansas, published an op-ed in the Washington Post on how "the solution to America’s child care problem comes from an unexpected place," namely, Alexandra Kollontai and her proposal of childcare co-ops.
Kokobobo is the author of the forthcoming Russian Grotesque Realism: The Great Reforms and Gentry Decline (Ohio State University Press), for which she was awarded a Harriman First-Book Subvention grant, as well as the edited volume, Beyond Moscow: Reading Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives (Routledge).
Christopher Caes To Deliver Lecture on Czeslaw Milosz at the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America
Mark Mazower Publishes "What You Did Not Tell"
Mark Mazower (Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies and Director of the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination) has just published a family memoir, What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home (Other Press, 2017).
Alla Smyslova and Ronald Meyer Quoted in RBC Investigative Report on a Russian Troll Factory
Alla Smyslova (Director of the Russian Language Program at Columbia) and Ronald Meyer (Harriman Institute) served as consultants for RBC in their investigative report on a Russian troll factory that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election (published October 17, 2017). Their analysis of the English-language texts provided by RBC showed that these posts were almost certainly written by Russians:
Журнал РБК также попросил лингвистов проанализировать семь публикаций из сообществ, указанных в списке. Авторы постов во многих случаях были русскими — «достаточно доказательств» этого нашли адъюнкт-профессор Колумбийского университета Рональд Мейер и его коллега, директор программы по изучению русского языка Алла Смыслова. Они указали на прямые кальки с русского (например, sitting on welfare — «сидеть на пособии») и огрехи в пунктуации вроде запятых перед союзом that («что»), на отсутствие артиклей и в целом «странные» формулировки.
You can read the full story here.
Harriman Alumni on 2017 ASEEES Prize List
Sergei Antonov, former Harriman Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-13), now Assistant Professor in the Yale University History Department, Benjamin Peters (Communications, 2010), now Associate Professor at the University of Tulsa, and David Szakonyi (Political Science, 2016), now Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, are among the 2017 prize winners announced by ASEEES. Antonov received the Ed A. Hewitt Prize for outstanding publication on the political economy of Russia for his book Bankrupts and Usurers of Imperial Russia: Debt, Property, and the Law in the Age of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy (Harvard University Press, 2017); Peters received the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize for his How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet (MIT Press, 2106); Szakonyi won the Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize for his dissertation, “Renting Elected Office: Why Businesspeople Become Politicians in Russia." The prizes will be awarded at the annual convention in Chicago on November 11, 2017.
You will find the complete prize list here.
ASEEES Announces Winner of 2017 Marshall Shulman Book Prize
ASEEES announced the winner of the 2017 Marshall Shulman Book Prize, awarded for an outstanding monograph dealing with international relations, foreign policy, or foreign-policy decision-making of any of the states of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe. This year's prize winner is Juliet Johnson for her book, Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World (Cornell University Press). Honorable mention was given to Agnia Grigas for her Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire (Yale University Press).
The jury this year was chaired by Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute. The award will be presented at the ASEEES annual convention in Chicago, on November 11, 2017.