Black Sojourners in the Soviet Union

25 Jun

Grigorii Zinoviev, Claude McKay, and Nikolai Bukharin in Moscow, 1923.

Grigorii Zinoviev, Claude McKay, and Nikolai Bukharin in Moscow, 1923.

Guest:

Joy Gleason Carew, Associate professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. She is author of Blacks, Reds, and Russians: Sojourners in Search of the Soviet Promise and most recently of “Black in the USSR: African Diasporan Pilgrims, Expatriates and Students in Russia, From the 1920s to the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century” in African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal.

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Ukraine’s Refugee Crisis

5 Jun

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Brian Milakovsky, a volunteer with refugee aid organizations in Kiev, Kharkiv and the Donbas. Brian Milakovsky first traveled to Ukraine in 2009 with the Fulbright program, and for the past five years has worked in Russia as a forest ecologist. This year he returned to eastern Ukraine for three months to volunteer with refugee aid organizations and learn more about the humanitarian crisis there. He blogs about this experience at http://milakovsky.livejournal.com/ and is author of “Time for a Lousy Peace in Ukraine” published on the National Interest.

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Questioning Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine

14 May

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Guest:

Michael Kofman, Public Policy Scholar at the Kennan Institute where he specializes in security and defense in Eurasia. His most recent publications are “How to Start a Proxy War with Russia” and with Matthew Rojansky, “A Closer look at Russia’s “Hybrid War.”

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The Memorialization of WWII in Russia

7 May

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Guest:

Elizabeth Wood, professor of history at MIT. She is the author of Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia and The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia. Her current work centers on the performance of power under Vladimir Putin in Russia today.

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Russian Culture Under Putin and Ukraine’s Historical Memory Laws

23 Apr

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Guests:

Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. He is the author of Overkill: Sex Violence, and Russian Popular Culture after 1991 and blogs about Russia at All the Russias Blog.

John-Paul Himka, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History & Classics at University of Alberta. He is co-editor with Joanna Beata Michlic of Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe. His recent article is “Legislating Historical Truth: Ukraine’s Laws of 9 April 2015” published at Ab Imperio.