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75th Anniversary Issue of Harriman Magazine
December 2, 2021

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.


Director’s Letter

Cultural Exchanges:

Cultural Exchanges: A Personal Reflection by Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier

The Success of U.S.-Russia Academic Exchanges During the Cold War by Mark Pomar

The University Consortium and the Harriman Institute: Promoting Engagement with Russia by Julie Newton


Getting the Finger-Tip Feel: Reporting on the Soviet Union in the Late Fifties and Sixties by Colette Shulman

Let them Listen: Covering the Soviet Collapse by Ann Cooper

Ebbing & Flowing: A Brief History of Eurasianet by Justin Burke

A Slow-Motion Crackdown: A Decade as a Foreign Correspondent in Putin’s Russia by Joshua Yaffa

Additional Content:

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

Alumni Notes: Students, Postdocs, & Visiting Scholars

The Peter Jacyk Centennial

Giving to Harriman