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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
The Ghost of Shakespeare (Academic Studies Press, 2020) collects the critical prose of award-winning poet Anna Frajlich (Senior Lecturer Emerita), who taught Polish language and literature at Columbia University for over three decades.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Kimberly Marten (Professor and Chair, Political Science, Barnard College) is quoted in a Foreign Policy report by Amy Mackinnon and Jack Detsch about UAE funding of Russia's Wagner Group. “The overall impression that I have had for a very long time is that Wagner is being completely funded by foreign contracts,” said Marten, a leading expert on the Wagner Group.
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Friday, November 20, 2020
We're excited to share the latest issue of Harriman Magazine. It includes a cover story on Vlodko Kaufman's exhibit at the Ukrainian Museum, an excerpt from Catherine Grace Katz's Daughters of Yalta, a profile of the New Yorker correspondent Joshua Yaffa, an interview with Michael Idov, and more. Read the issue.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Alexander Cooley (Director, Harriman Institute) delivered a keynote at the 20th anniversary of  DCAF–Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, "Civil Society and Confidence Building in Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe: Best Practices and Outstanding Needs."
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Friday, December 4, 2020
12:00PM EST
Zoom webinar & YouTube Live
This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar (register here) and streamed via YouTube Live. Please join the Harriman Institute, PEN America, and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights for a discussion of the work of Akram Aylisli, author of Farewell Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works (Academic Studies Press, 2018), with translator Katherine E. Young and journalist Alex Raufoglu. Moderated by Professor Mark Lipovetsky. This event is part of our Contemporary Culture Series.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
7:00pm EST
Zoom webinar & YouTube Live
This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar (register here) and streamed via YouTube Live. Please join the Harriman Institute and the Russian Film Club at Columbia University for a discussion with Nancy Condee, Stephen Norris, and Dusty Wilmes about the 2019 Russian thriller Text. This event is part of our Contemporary Culture Series.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
12:00pm EST
Zoom webinar & YouTube Live
This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar (register here) and streamed via YouTube Live. Join us for a meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Forum, jointly hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. This month, our distinguished panelists will bring a comparative perspective to the ongoing anti-regime protests in Belarus. Drawing on current and ongoing research, they will discuss what the several months long movement may mean for the political future of Belarus, Russia, and other countries in the region. Speakers include Aliaksandr Herasimenka (University of Oxford), Olga Onuch (University of Manchester), Katsiaryna Shmatsina (Marshall Fund), and Gerard Toal (Virginia Tech). Moderated by Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute) and Joshua Tucker (NYU Jordan Center).
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Thursday, December 10, 2020
12:00pm EST
Zoom webinar & YouTube Live
This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar (register here) and streamed via YouTube Live. Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a presentation of the new publication Quiet Spiders of the Hidden Soul: Mykola (Nik) Bazhan’s Early Experimental Poetry (Academic Studies Press, 2020).
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Friday, December 11, 2020
3:00pm EST
Zoom webinar & YouTube Live
This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar (register here) and streamed via YouTube Live. Please join us for an event with poet, essayist, and journalist Maria Stepanova. Moderated by Professor Mark Lipovetsky. This event is part of our Contemporary Culture Series.