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Displacement and Re-invention: Postwar Russian Emigration from Europe by Sheila Fitzpatrick
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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 the Harriman Institute for a discussion with Sheila Fitzpatrick. Moderated by Catherine Evtuhov, Professor of History.

Sheila Fitzpatrick will discuss migration and displacement as prime topics for socio-cultural historians because of the self-re-invention that necessarily accompanies uprooting. Fitzpatrick draws on material from her work on Russians resettled in Australia after the Second World War and explores points of comparison and contrast with the experience of Russian resettlement at the same period in North America.


Sheila Fitzpatrick is a historian of modern Russia and twentieth-century migration who is a Professor at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, and Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago. Her recent books include: On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics (2015), Mischa’s War (2017), White Russians, Red Peril: A Cold War History of Migration to Australia (2021), and The Shortest History of the Soviet Union (2022). She is currently writing a book on Soviet and Baltic “displaced persons” after the Second World War, Lost Souls, to be published by Princeton University Press.




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