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Harriman Institute




Saludos desde Mariúpol: Covering Ukraine for the Spanish Audience
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1219 International Affairs Building
420 W 118th Street, 12th floor

This is a hybrid (in-person/virtual) event. Registration required for attendance. Please note that all attendees must follow Columbia’s COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines. Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. To that end, all visiting alumni and guests must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status in order to attend in-person events. Vaccination cards may be checked upon entry to all venues. All other attendees may participate virtually on Zoom or YouTube.


Please join us for a discussion with writer Argemino Barro, moderated by Yuri Shevchuk.

In the Spanish media landscape, the shadow of Russia has always loomed large over the image of Ukraine: a confusion fueled by geographical distance and historical myth-making. The Russian-Ukrainian war that began in 2014 and the current large-scale invasion have created an opportunity for Spanish journalists to get to know Ukraine, challenge stereotypes and engage in a dialogue with the readers back home. An ongoing process that nevertheless has brought some change.



Argemino Barro is a Spanish freelance writer based in New York City. His latest book, “Una historia de Rus: crónica de la guerra en el este de Ucrania” (La Huerta Grande, 2020), is a first-hand account of the war in Donbas intertwined with the history of Ukraine. His work has been featured in El Confidencial, El País Semanal, El Mundo and La Vanguardia among other media outlets. In 2014 he was a visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University and in 2013 he won the Belarus in Focus Journalism Award for his reporting on the Belarusian dictatorship.


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