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Monday, September 18, 2017

Kimberly Marten Discusses Russian Propaganda on NPR's 1A

Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College; Director, Harriman Institute Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, appeared on NPR's 1A with Joshua Johnson, to discuss Russian propaganda and the RT and Sputnik media networks. You can hear her segment 30 minutes into the program.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kimberly Marten on Ukraine's Volunteer Militias

Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College; Director, Harriman Institute Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, warns against the dangers posed by Ukraine's volunteer militias in an essay co-authored with Olga Oliker (Center for Strategic & International Studies), published in the War on the Rocks policy blog.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Stanford University Press Publishes Prof. Dennis Tenen's "Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation"

Dennis Tenen (Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Co-Founder of Columbia's Group for Experimental Research Methods in the Humanities) is the author of "Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation," published this summer by Stanford University Press. 
 
From the publisher's website:
 
This book challenges the ways we read, write, store, and retrieve information in the digital age. Computers—from electronic books to smart phones—play an active role in our social lives. Our technological choices thus entail theoretical and political commitments. Dennis Tenen takes up today's strange enmeshing of humans, texts, and machines to argue that our most ingrained intuitions about texts are profoundly alienated from the physical contexts of their intellectual production. Drawing on a range of primary sources from both literary theory and software engineering, he makes a case for a more transparent practice of human–computer interaction. Plain Text is thus a rallying call, a frame of mind as much as a file format. It reminds us, ultimately, that our devices also encode specific modes of governance and control that must remain available to interpretation.
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Program on Russian Studies and Policy

Program on Russian Studies and Policy
 
In the fall of 2016, facilitated by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Harriman Institute launched an intensive two-year project to expand the study of Russia across the social sciences at Columbia University and the greater New York university community. The New York Russia Public Policy Seminar Series is the centrepiece of this program and builds on Harriman’s rich tradition of policy-outreach to bring scholars and policy-makers together to discuss contemporary issues of critical importance to the U.S. and Russia. The series includes invited talks, panel discussions, and seminars aimed at engaging graduate students and the wider public on topics relating to Russia.
 
To learn more about the program, including information about events, grants, and principal investigators, please click here.
 
Press Release, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 8, 2017

Kimberly Marten Weighs in On Russia Facebook Story

Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College; Director, Harriman Institute Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, discusses, with dw.com, the online platform for the German newspaper Deutsche Welle, the implications of Facebook's recent disclosure of a possible Russia-linked political advertising campaign.