In honor of our 75th anniversary we have reached out to our multigenerational community of alumni and faculty and asked them to give us unique insight into how some of the professional fields and activities associated with studying the Soviet and post-Soviet region have evolved over the decades, as well as the challenges that they face today. In this issue we explore cultural exchanges and journalism. We also include an interview with our former director Timothy Frye about his new book on Russia, and an excerpt from Mark Andryczyk’s translation of Mondegreen: Songs about Death and Love by Volodymyr Rafeyenko. We will publish another anniversary issue next semester.
Cultural Exchanges: A Personal Reflection by Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier
Let them Listen: Covering the Soviet Collapse by Ann Cooper
Ebbing & Flowing: A Brief History of Eurasianet by Justin Burke
Challenging the Misconceptions About Russia: Timothy Frye on his New Book, Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia, interview by Masha Udensiva-Brenner
Mondegreen: Songs about Death and Love (an Excerpt) by Volodymyr Rafeyenko. Translated by Mark Andryckzyk