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