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Friday, April 6, 2018

Frajlich Gives Interview to Dzień Dobry TVN on the 1968 Exile of Jews from Poland

Anna Frajlich (Senior Lecturer in Polish, Emerita) gave an interview to Dzień Dobry TVN about the March 1968 emigration of Jews from Poland. Frajlich and her family left Poland 50 years ago as part of the Jewish exile, and settled in New York City. The interview was given in Warsaw in March 2018, while Frajlich was in Poland to promote 4 new publications and take part in commemorations of the traumatic events of  1968. (The interview is the second piece on this link.)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Student Spotlight: Sophie Pinkham (Ph.D. Candidate in Slavic Languages; MARS-REERS '12)

Sophie Pinkham, Ph.D. Candidate in Slavic Languages; MARS-REERS '12, is featured in the Student Spotlight on the website of Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

What drew you to your field? 
I became interested in Russian literature in high school, and began studying Russian in college. After I graduated, I went on an exchange program to work at the Red Cross in Siberia. I became fascinated by the subject of public health in the former Soviet Union, and worked in that field for several years. Eventually, I returned to my first love—literature—and entered the PhD program at Columbia. 

How would you explain your current research to someone outside of your field?
I am researching the use of Russia's greatest cultural hero, the writer Alexander Pushkin, in evolving ideas of Russian national identity during the transition from communism. I am particularly interested in how a cultural hero can be used as a kind of bridge to reduce the sense of trauma and loss associated with major political and historical ruptures.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at Columbia GSAS?
The libraries. It gives me endless delight to know that I have access to almost any book on any topic in any language. I love to fall down research rabbit holes.

Read more on the GSAS website.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Thomas Kitson Receives Read Russia Prize Special Mention

Thomas Kitson (Harriman Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-11) received special mention for his translation of Iliazd's Rapture from the 2018 Read Russia Prize jury. Kitson's translation was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. The award ceremony will take place during the London Book Fair, on April 11. 

Rapture is a fast-paced adventure-romance and a literary treat of the highest order. With a deceptively light hand, Iliazd entertains questions that James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Thomas Mann once faced. How does the individual balance freedom and necessity, love and death, creativity and sterility? What is the role of violence in human history and culture? How does language both comfort and fail us in our postwar, post-Christian world? Censored for decades in the Soviet Union, Rapture was nearly lost to Russian and Western audiences. This translation rescues Laurence's surreal journey from the oblivion he, too, faces as he tries to outrun fate.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

European Western Balkans Interviews Tanya Domi

European Western Balkans published an interview with Tanya Domi (SIPA) on April 3, 2018. Topics covered include U.S. foreign policy toward the Balkans after Tillerson, media freedom,  the role of Russia, and security challenges.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Garafola Authors Website for the Columbia Exhibition "Arthur Mitchell: Harlem's Ballet Trailblazer"

Lynn Garafola (Professor of Dance, Emerita), curator of the Columbia exhibit "Arthur Mitchell: Harlem's Ballet Trailblazer," has authored an exhibit website for Columbia University Libraries. 
The website, created in tandem with the exhibition "Arthur Mitchell: Harlem’s Ballet Trailblazer," on display at the Wallach Art Gallery from January 12 to March 11, 2018, highlights material from the Arthur Mitchell Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University.  It also includes commissioned essays, timelines, links to publicly available sources, and other resources in addition to material from the physical exhibition.  Please share this website with friends, students, and colleagues, using it to explore the rich histories behind Arthur Mitchell’s career and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2019, and encourage new scholarship about African Americans and ballet.